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15th January 2017 - Stonehouse Town First Team Manager Vacancy

Gloucestershire County League club Stonehouse Town are inviting applications for the position of manager following the resignation of Haydn Murray.

Anyone interested in the vacancy should contact secretary Mike Smith by e-mail at msmith5699@aol.com by January 31st.

3rd January 2017 - Cheltenham Civil Service

It is with sadness that the league announces that Cheltenham Civil Service Football Club have withdrawn from the Marcliff Gloucestershire County Football League from immediate effect.

The Club only entered the league in the 2014-15 season and had an immediate impact winning the title at the first attempt. Their playing record will be expunged.

1st January 2017 - Respect Marks

The latest respect marks are on the respect pages now. Along with the third technical area marks of the season, congratulations to Patchway Town who win a football for being best marked in this set.

28th December 2016 - Henbury First Team Manager Vacancy

Henbury FC are currently looking to recruit a first team manager, the first team are currently playing in the Marcliff Gloucestershire County League.

Applications are welcomed from all individuals, if you wish to apply or obtain further information about the role please contact Ed Wright using the following details: e-mail:hfcsec@outlook.com

11th September 2016 - Marcliff Plumbing Supplies Sponsorship

The signing of a new 2 Year sponsorship deal between Marcliff and the league took place at Little Stoke before the game.

Sponsorship signing
Cliff Orchard (Managing Director Marcliff) - Bob Stewart (Chairman League)

Sponsorship signing
Ron Holpin General Secretary League – Rob Orchard (Director Marcliff) Cliff Orchard (Managing Director Marcliff) Bob Stewart (Chairman League)

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Ron's Match Reports

14th January 2016 - Lebeq United stun Leaders Thornbury

With Frampton United’s game at Hardwicke off Thornbury Town had the chance to increase their lead at the top but they came unstuck at home to Lebeq United.

Meanwhile Stonehouse Town have moved into second place with a draw at Little Stoke.

Thornbury Town’s three – one defeat at home to Lebeq United still leaves them four points clear at the top of the table after twenty games completed. The home side went a goal down after three minutes from a corner to Thornbury that was intercepted by the visitors defence cleared up field to Leroy Swaby who had a clear run on goal from the halfway line to slot the ball past keeper Tom Shepherd. Town hit back on twenty minutes from a quick free kick sent out to Joe Guest and his cross to the far post was met by Pete Fowler to head back across the keeper into the far corner.

Lebeq retook the lead in the fifty eighth minute when they switched the ball from the right across to Elan Plummer on the left and he made space to curl the ball into the top corner. The visitors sealed the points on eighty one minutes from a second strike from the edge of the box by Elan Plummer that Shepherd got his hand to but could not prevent it going in. The home side almost got a second right at the death when Tom Webb squared the ball back for Danny Thompson but he hit his shot straight at the keeper.

Another three points for Broadwell Amateurs with a two – nil win at AEK Boco. It was the home side who created the first real scoring chance on ten minutes when Jack Green cut into the box but his shot was well saved by keeper Jamie Merry. Two minute before the break the visitors took the lead from a free kick that found Greg Lewis and he directed his looping header over the Boco keeper. Boco’s Liam Jenkins had a great chance to equalise right on half time but he shot straight at Merry. It was Jenkins again in the fifty fourth minute who had the chance to level the score but again he failed to beat the keeper. Jordan Scott cleared off the line to keep the score at one – nil in the seventy fifth minute before Broadwell eventually got a second just five minutes from the end with a crisp strike from the edge of the box from Kristian Burnard.

The two bottom Clubs Hanham Athletic and Southmead CS Athletic faced each other at Vicarage Road with the result finishing all square. Southmead picking up only their third point in twenty games completed. In fact the visitors took the lead on fourteen minutes when Rob Sivers turned on the edge of the box and hit a shot that went in off the post. In the forty eighth minute Hanham were left protesting after Luke Bunting was brought down in the box for what they assumed was a penalty but the match official waved play on. Then came two brilliant efforts from Ashley Bowle both of which struck the crossbar. Bowle eventually found the back of the net on seventy minutes with a twenty five yard free kick that flew into the top corner. Southmead were a little under the cosh for the remainder of the game and cleared the ball off the line on two occasions to earn a point.

Rockleaze Rangers got out of jail in the very last kick of the game in the ninty third minute. Earlier the visitors Patchway Town should have opened the scoring in the seventeenth minute when Matt Davies’s effort from close range was stopped on the line by Ashley Palmer. A minute later Rangers Iggy Ilott found himself in acres of space with only the keeper to beat but hit his shot straight at him. Patchway took the lead on thirty two minutes when Matt Tovey broke into the box and was upended the referee awarding a penalty. Tovey dragged himself up and neatly tucked the ball past Sam Burgess. Patchway brought on Ben Dowdell and he missed four great chance in a one on one situation that could have put the result out of sight, but the home side grabbed a point in the ninety third minute when Marcus Williams was tripped on the edge of the Patchway box and James Kenway drove the ball in from the free kick.

Another goalless draw at Little Stoke Park where Little Stoke took on promotion hopefuls Stonehouse Town. Tim Williams should have given the visitors the lead as early as the third minute as he bore down on goal with just Turner to beat but he failed to get the ball past the keeper. Another chance went begging on seven minutes as Ryan Stewart sent a great low cross skimming into the six yard box but there was nobody there to get on the end of it. Then Lee Keveren went close with a shot from the edge of the box. Little Stokes only shot in the first forty five minutes came from Fraser Robertson but it did not have enough pace on it to trouble keeper Will Pedrick.

Twelve minutes into the second half Tim Williams again broke through on goal but once again Turner saved the day for Stoke. Then Stokes Keiron Williams was on target but Pedrick was not troubled. Stoke were much more in the game after the break and Sasha Tong tested Pedrick with a good shot. At the other end Stonehouse struck the crossbar twice in succession and then Stoke almost gave away an own goal with a sliced clearance. In the eightieth minute Stokes Sasha Tong struck the cross bar and from the rebound Pedrick tipped the ball over the bar from Tong. Right on time Turner pulled off a good save to deny Stonehouse substitute Ross Lindley.

GFA Challenge Trophy Quarter-Final

The last team representing the Gloucestershire County Football League in the GFA Challenge Trophy Kingswood travelled to Toolstaion Premier League Cadbury Heath for this Quarter- Final match. The game had been scheduled for a midweek match but unfortunate circumstances surrounding Cadbury Heath’s floodlight being out of action meant it had to be played today. The home side won four – two but not with out a good performance from Kingswood who took the lead on seven minutes when Ryan Mudd hit a sweet shot from the angle of the eighteen yard box into the home net. Just two minutes later Heath were level as Dan Huxley swept home a cross into the six yard box. On thirty minutes the home side got their noses in front when Andy Campbell powered a header into the top corner of the net following a corner. A third goal on forty six minutes from Huxley smashing it home following a goalmouth scramble put the home side well on the way to victory. But Kingswood hit back on the hour when Ryan Mudd headed home from a Simon Clarke free kick. Mudd almost levelled the score on eighty five minutes when his shot struck the upright, but it was not to be as Huxley broke away in the last minute of the game and on the third attempt after Fox had made two brilliant saves he finally got the ball in the net to complete his hattrick.