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14th June 2016 - Constitution 2016/17

  • AEK Boco
  • Bishops Cleeve Reserves
  • Bristol Telephones
  • Broadwell Amateurs
  • Cheltenham Civil Service
  • Ellwood
  • Frampton United
  • Gala Wilton
  • Hanham Athletic
  • Hardwicke
  • Henbury
  • Kingswood
  • Lebeq United
  • Patchway Town
  • Rockleaze Rangers
  • Southmead CS Athletic
  • Stonehouse Town
  • Thornbury Town

12th June 2016 - Respect Tables

Final Respect Tables up on the respect pages, congratulations to Rockleaze Rangers who win the overall award and AEK Boco who win a match ball for their good behaviour in the technical area. The following clubs will be getting some prize money, others need to try harder next season.

  • Rockleaze Rangers
  • AEK Boco
  • Frampton United
  • Bishops Cleeve (Res)
  • Hardwicke
  • Patchway Town
  • Kingswood

16th May 2016 - Programme Sale

2015-16 Match-day programmes for sale.

A pack of 17 programmes will cost £5.50 including Packaging & Postage.

Please make Cheques payable to Gloucestershire County Football League

Please send to:
Ron Holpin
27, Brockley Close
Little Stoke
BS34 6HA.


If you wish to contact me by email: sec.gloscountyleague@btinternet.com

Tel: 01454 612842

AEK Boco Champions 2015-16

AEK Boco Champions 2015-16
AEK Boco Captain Austen Shopland recieves the Trophy from Marcliff Managing Director Cliff Orchard

AEK Boco Champions 2015-16
AEK Boco Champions 2015-16

AEK Boco Champions 2015-16
AEK Boco Champions 2015-16

3rd January 2016 - Promotion Applicants

With the deadlines for promotion applications passing on the 31st December the following applications have been made

Promotion to step 6

  • AEK Boco - Application Withdrawn
  • Bristol Telephones
  • Patchway Town - Application Withdrawn
  • Thornbury Town - Application Withdrawn

Only one club will be promoted and must meet the ground grading criteria specified by the FA for promotion to step 6. The highest placed club that meets the criteria will be promoted. For this season only the FA has stipulated that the team does not have to finish in th top five to be considered.

Promotion to the Marcliffe Gloucestershire County League

Bristol Premier Combination League
  • Highridge United
  • Mendip Broadwalk
Bristol Suburban League
  • Lebeq United
  • Little Stoke
  • Mangotsfield Sports
Gloucestershire Northern Senior League
  • Newent Town
  • Stonehouse Town

A maximum of two teams may be promoted into the County League and must finish in the top two of their respective league. To be considered for promotion the club must meet the ground grading criteria specified by the 30th April 2016.

The number of relegated clubs will be identical to the number of clubs promoted from the feeder leagues. For the purposes of this rule Kings Stanley will be considered the first relegated club.

Any vacancies after promotion and relegation has been resolved will be filled at the AGM

Old news here

Ron's Match Reports

15th May 2016 - Hardwicke win Les James Cup - Sponsored by Boca Teamwear

Match Report by Jon Palmer

Hardwicke 1 Rockleaze Rangers 0

Hardwicke Les James Cup Winners 2015-16, Image courtesy Hilary Issac

A perfectly placed finish from Craig Harris was enough to capture the Les James League Cup for Hardwicke.

Harris struck in the 63rd minute after Will Matthews' pass to sink Rockleaze Rangers at Tytherington Rocks' Hardwicke Playing Field.

It capped an impressive first season back at County League level for Lee Chivers' side, who finished 11th in the table.

In a game of few clear cut chances, Rockleaze hit the post in the 21st minute through James Fitzpatrick.

Hardwicke's best chance of the first half fell to Jamie Reid after Harris' pass, but the former Gloucester City man failed to hit the target.

Steve Bick nearly played in Matthews, but Rockleaze's defence stood firm and it remained 0-0 at the break.

Matthews had to clear of his own line in the 49th minute after Hardwicke failed to deal with a corner from Greg Parr.

But the all important breakthrough arrived when Harris kept his cool to lift the ball deftly over advancing goalkeeper Sam Burgess and into the top left corner.

Dominant displays from central defenders Andrew Price and Dan Chivers then ensured that Rangers were shut out.

Craig Harris
Craig Harris about to score the winner, Image courtesy Hilary Issac

Hardwicke boss Lee Chivers said: "I thought the game was a cagey one of which neither side created a great deal and the majority of the game was played out in the middle of the park with neither keeper having a lot to do.

"The one bit of quality in the whole game came from Craig Harris with his quality lob over the keeper.

"To win the cup has capped off a good first season back in the County League and we will now enjoy the summer before the hard work begins in pre-season to really push on and aim for a top five finish and retain our Les James Cup."

Hardwicke Captain
Hardwicke Captain Rob Hine recieves the Les James Cup from Rob Boyd Managing Director of Boca Teamwear, Image courtesy Hilary Issac

Hardwicke: K Edwards, N Jones, D Chivers, A Price, P Vernall (R Mansell 56), S Bick, R Hine, T Webb, J Reid, C Harris, W Matthews. Subs not used: W Higgins, S Thorp, L Tonks, J Hunt.

Rockleaze Rangers: S Burgess, N Simons, T Coombs, B Thomas, J Grotzke, G Parr, J Fitzpatrick, M Williams (E Freeman 82), S Fitzpatrick, I Crowe, R Bray (T Murray 74). Subs not used: J Willott, M Jones.

Referee: J Seymour.

Attendance: 155.

14th May 2016 - Broadwell finish with a win

Before the game kicked off the leagues leading goalscorer Dhani Golding was presented with the Golden Boot award by league Chairman Bob Stewart.

Dhani Golding
Dhani Golding recieves the leading Goalscorer award from Chairman Bob Stewart

The very last fixture of the league season turned out to be quite a close affair after Bristol Telephones could only manage to field 10 players throughout the game. A Craig Lewis free kick just on the edge of the box after 2 minutes was disappointing when his shot went straight into the arms of Phones keeper Aaron Greatbanks. On 18 minutes Phones Dhani Golding worked an opening down the left and crossed for Martin Blacker at the far post but he his shot over the bar from 8 yards. Graetbanks brought off a great save on 20 minutes when he tipped a goal bound header from Ross Gabriel over the bar. A ball over the visitors defence saw Ross Gabriel head goalwards as Greatbanks tried to punch clear but the strikers effort went just the wrong side of the upright. Broadwell’s next attach on 25 minutes saw Gabriel’s shot across goal go just wide of the post. Kane Fellows had a great chance to open the scoring for Broadwell in the 27th minute after latching onto a great ball that put him clear on goal but Greatbanks closed down quickly and blocked the shot. Kristian Burnard was unlucky with a very tight angled shot on 32 minutes and then 10 minutes before the break Gabriel was on target with his header but it was not good enough to beat the keeper. The visitors put up a great fight and were never going to let the home side run away with the game.

8 minutes into the second half we saw a great overhead kick from Ross Gabriel that went just over the bar - that would have been some goal if that had gone in. The home side did eventually make the break through on 60 minutes an in-swinging corner from the right was parried by Greatbanks the second shot was then cleared off the line before it came back to Greg Lewis to power into the net from around 8 yards. Phones almost gifted a second goal to Broadwell on 65 minutes when Sam Williams’s attempted back pass fell short and Kristian Burnard was onto it like a flash but once again Greatbanks saved well. The home side went 2-0 up on 66 minutes a high ball knocked into the box which Greatbanks attempted to punch clear but Ross Gabriel out jumped the keeper to head the ball into the empty net. Although the visitors had plenty of the ball they failed to create many chances and a rare shot from full-back Sam Sarre brought home keeper Craig Edwards into action to make a good save. Telephones surprised the home side in the 81st minute from a break down the left and a through ball from Dhani Golding to Ryan Hicks and he neatly chipped the ball over the keeper from a tight angle.

7th May 2016 - Henbury seal second place

The match of the day was the game at Arnell Drive where Henbury took on Thornbury Town both team looking to grab the runners-up place in the league. Henbury needed to win whilst Thornbury would be satisfied with a draw or a win with one game left to play next Tuesday.

The final result a 5-0 win for Henbury was well justified against a much changed Thornbury Town side. For the first 20 minutes of the game both sides crated very little then in the 21st minute Aaron Anglin missed a golden opportunity to give Henbury the lead when he headed wide with just Lippiatt to beat. Within a minute Anglin made up for that miss from the penalty spot after Kane Simpson had been brought down in the box. Thornbury had a great chance to level on 32 minutes when the home keeper Jake Hannam miss-kicked the ball straight to Marcus Wormwell who was so surprised that he hit straight back to the keeper. On 35 minutes Jack Mills opened up space and sent a great pass to Adam Rosser who then pulled his shot wide from the edge of the box. Thornbury’s first real effort on goal came in the 37th minute a tremendous shot from 25 yards from Luke Franklin but Hannam got well behind it to save.

2 minutes into the second half Thornbury had a great chance to make it 1-1 when Craig Lancastle drove a low shot from a tight angle goal wards but Hannam brought off a fine save to deny the striker. Henbury went 2-0 up on 50 minutes from a tremendous dipping shot from Jack Mills that left Lippiatt stranded. It was 3-0 on 65 minutes as Scott Thomas headed home from a corner as the visitors keeper made no attempt to go for the ball. Thomas scored his second in the 77th minute picking up on a terrible piece of goal keeping from Lippiatt as he spilled the ball straight to Thomas to head home. Henbury scored their fifth and final goal in the 83 minute after Lippiatt had pushed the ball out for a corner. The cross from the corner was met at the near post by Aaron Anglin to steer the ball into the net. The players were presented with their Runners-up trophies after the game by Chairman Bob Stewart.

Henbury 2015-16 League Runners-Up

Southmead SC Athletic travelled to Hardwicke for their final fixture of the season knowing that they needed a win to avoid finishing on the bottom of the table. Unfortunately they were unable to achieve their goal and were defeated 4-1. The game was fairly even for the first 35 minutes until Hardwicke broke the dead lock a minute later when Will Matthews knocked home a Jack Twyman cross. The home side went into the break with a 2-0 lead when Will Matthews netted from the penalty spot. Southmead hit back on 55 minutes when Andy Makepeace drove the ball home from 10 yards. A third goal on 71 minutes from the home side shook the visitors a Craig Harris free kick took a deflection and Tobie Webb chipped the ball over the keeper. Sam Hill bundled in a fourth for Hardwicke on 84 minutes from right on the goal-line. To make things even worse for the visitors Hardwicke keeper Ken Edwards save a penalty after Glen Gittings had given Southmead a slender chance.

Bristol Telephones rounded off their home fixtures with a resounding 8-1 defeat of Ellwood. Strangely though it was the visitors who took the lead on 15 minutes when Byron Ranford found space in the box to head home from a free kick. Phones drew level 10 minutes later when Dhani Golding headed home from a corner for the first of his four goals of the afternoon. Just before the break Phones Mike Alvis missed a sitter, but right on 45 minutes Billy Downes scored with a crisp shot to give them a 2-1 lead. Golding scored again on 50 minute when he latched onto a long ball rounded the keeper and a couple of defenders before slotting the ball home. Byron Ranford could have scored a second for the visitors on 65 minutes but missed an open goal. Two goals in 6 minutes from Golding the first on 66 minutes set up by Kieran Hunt and a second on 72 minutes a headed goal from a corner put the home side well in command. The home side brought on Ryan Webber who scored with a 25 yard volley on 80 minutes and then scored a second five minutes later set up by Golding. In the 89th minute Mike Alvis who had earlier missed good chances finally found the back of the Ellwood net. Ellwood’s keeper Scott Tyler brought off a magnificent save right on time to deny Ryan Webber his hattrick.

An early kick-off at Broadwell Amateurs which the home side had requested because they were staging their end of season function straight afterwards. Their visitors today were Rockleaze Rangers who have had a very good season so far. Broadwell got off to a great start taking the lead after just 2 minutes when a long ball over the Rangers defence was met by Ross Gabriel who volleyed into the roof of the net. Gabriel should have made it 2-0 on 12 minutes but shot wide. Rangers drew level on 29 minutes with a well worked corner that was flicked on for James Fitzpatrick to volley home. The play was fast and furious with both teams going for the win and it came in the 80th minute for Rangers when Richard Bray laid the ball on for Steve Fitzpatrick to drive home.

2nd May 2016 - Southmead grab a lifeline

Only four fixtures today but two involved teams one who are trying for runners up spot and the other to try and avoid going down.

Henbury came unstuck at home to Bishops Cleeve Reserves whilst Southmead CS Athletic won their crucial game at home to Ellwood.

Southmead CS Athletic prop up the rest at present and had to win today to try and avoid finishing bottom of the table. They did it in style against a much changed Ellwood team that are safe for another season. The home side got off to a tremendous start and were a goal up in the first minute when the Ellwood keeper Scott Tyler dropped the ball from a free kick right at the feet of Kye Perks to fire home. Two minutes later the home side were two in front again it came from a free kick from the right that was headed home by Ben Fry. Ellwood’s first attempt on goal after 10 minutes was from a free kick just out side the box that was struck well by Tom Liddington but it went straight to Sebastian Gribble in the home goal. The home side went 3-0 up on 18 minutes when Gribble’s long ball up field found Dominic Holver who forged into the Ellwood box and drove his shot past Tyler. A couple of minutes later Tyler did well to save a Rob Sivers free kick. Ellwood pulled a goal back on 22 minutes when Matt Remnent sent Tom Liddington clear and he carefully picked his spot to drive the ball past Gribble. Ellwood should have scored again on 24 minutes when Liddington squared the ball across goal only for Matt Wayman who sky the ball over the bar from eight yards. The home side went 4-1 up in the 29th minute when Holver burst into the box got his shot on target only to see Tyler parry it away but it went straight to Rob Sivers to fire home. Ellwood were unlucky right on half time when Gary Wildins powerful header was heading for the top corner only to be deflected away for a corner at the last moment.

Southmead took a 5-1 lead in the 53rd minute when Sam Rushworth brought down Holver just inside the box and Rob Sivers neatly tucked away the penalty. Holver almost scored again in the 62nd minute when his 40 yard run saw the striker hit a good low shot on target but Tyler stuck out a leg and the ball rebounded up field and was cleared. A minute later Ellwood struck with a second goal the initial work by Liddington saw the striker square the ball to Matt Wayman to slide home. The visitors were having much more possession and the home side were on the back foot as the visitors pushed forward to try and reduce the arrears. Steve Blaby was only just wide of the target for Ellwood as Gribble scramble across goal on 73 minutes, then with just 3 minutes to go the visitors scored a third. The ball was struck across goal from the right it was deflected to Wayman who drove the ball past Gribble with ease. Southmead travel to Hardwicke next Saturday for their final game of the season and all is at stake because only a win can prevent them from finishing bottom of the table.

Henbury stumbled at home today going down 2-0 to visitors Bishops Cleeve Reserves. According to the reporter the home side missed so many chances it was just unbelievable. Strikes from Adam Rosser Aaron Anglin and Kane Simpson that had been going in previous games were all missed. Cleeve went ahead on 10 minutes from a cross into the box from Tom Cooper that was headed home by Adam Gill. The visitors increased that lead on 50 minutes when Jack Bebbington fouled Rob Reid in the box and Reid slotted away the resulting penalty. Henbury will now have to win both of their remaining fixtures to gain the runners-up spot.

Gala Wilton finished their season in style with a 4-1 win over today’s visitors Hanham Athletic. Gala took the lead on 15 minutes with a well worked move down the left between Adam Hemming and Alex Pritchard with Pritchard driving the ball into the far corner. Five minute later it was 2-0 to the home side this time the move developed down the right between Sam Webb and Jack Overthrow with Overthrow volleying the ball into the top corner. Pritchard made it 3-0 on 55 minutes firing a low left footed shot just inside the near post. On 75 minutes Hanham broke out of defence following a questionable back pass that was waved away and the cross into the Gala box was headed into the far corner by George Cryer. Gala increased their lead on 85 minutes from a great shot from Joel White that was saved by the visitors keeper but rebounded to Daniel Mazurek to fire home.

Hardwicke bounced back from their defeat on Saturday with 4-2 victory over Bristol Telephones. It was Phones who went ahead on 13 minutes when Dhani Golding headed home from a corner at the near post. The home side levelled the score in the 30th minute from a Paul Carter 25 yard strike that the visitor’s keeper got his fingers to but could not prevent it going in. Two minutes later Carter sent Will Matthews clear to drive the ball into the top corner. A minute before the break it was 3-1 to the home side as Paul Carter drove his 30 yard free kick into the top corner well away from the keeper. Phones pulled a goal back on the hour when Aaron McQuaid beat the keeper. The home side rounded the scoring off in the 76th minute when Will Matthews netted the fourth and final goal from the penalty spot.