Ron's Match Reports
29th March 2014 - Gala take three points at Berkeley as Longlevens win at Bristol Telephones
Longlevens march on with a 5-1 victory at Bristol Telephones. Gala remain second with a 1-0 win at Berkeley Town
At the bottom Henbury ease their problems with a 3-1 win at Chipping Sodbury Town and Rockleaze Rangers won 2-1 at home to Thornbury Town.
The game at Station Road Berkeley where Gala Wilton were the visitors was a game you could easily forget. The visitors had a large portion of the possession but failed to make it count. The home side were on the defensive for a large proportion of this game. It was difficult to play really good football on a very uneven pitch. The early chances fell to the visitors the first after four minutes was a thirty five yard drive from Gala’s Ben Wood that went over the bar. Another good chance went begging for the visitors on fourteen minutes. Gala’s Lee Allen then contrived to miss from six yards after the ball had been pulled back from the by-line on twenty six minutes. Town’s first effort on goal came after thirty mantes a powerful drive from Chris Andrews that went straight at keeper Ollie Hall. The only goal of the game came in the thirty eighth minute which had an element of luck. Brett James got behind the home defence cut the ball across goal and an attempted clearance from Richard Reece slice of his leg into his own net.
The second half was played almost entirely in the home teams half as Berkeley defended stoutly. The odd venture into the Gala half was usually a long ball over the defence which was always covered by the ever alert Ollie Hall. The only corner from the home side in the second half came after fifty eight minutes a Sam Strickland cross that was fisted away by Hall. For all the possession Gala had in the second period they failed to find away through the home defence.
A goalless first forty five minutes at Bristol Telephones who were entertaining league leaders Longlevens. That all changed in the second period with the home side taking the lead on fifty minutes when Mike Grist fired his free kick through the wall into the visitors net. The lead only lasted two minutes as Ed Smyllie headed home the equaliser. Dave Merrick gave the visitors the lead a few minutes later. The home side were unlucky in the sixtieth minute which would have levelled the score but Jack Fillinghams effort struck the bar. Shaun O’Connor put the visitors further ahead on sixty four minutes from a free kick. Two further goals from Brad Martin late on gave the visitors a comfortable win in the end.
A point each for Patchway Town and their visitors Ellwood. Ellwood went in front on twenty minutes after Darryl Addis hit a powerful drive from the edge of the box that the home keeper failed to hold and Addis followed up to score. The home side levelled the score on fifty five minutes after a cross into the box was punched clear by the visitor’s keeper it went straight to Sam Davies who returned the ball back across goal for Tallen Smith to stab into the net.
Kings Stanley hit six past the Bristol Academy defence with out reply. In a fairly one sided game the home side took a four – nil lead by the break. Steve Robertson almost gave them the lead on fifteen minutes, and then ten minutes later they opened the scoring from a break down the right and a cross into Liam Gale to put Stanley one up. Three minutes later Lee Pritchard rose at the far post to head number two. Gale scored again on thirty minutes picking up a loose ball after the visitors keeper failed to hold on to a previous shot. Gale completed his hat-trick on thirty seven minutes when he beat the Academy keeper to the ball and slotted it into the net. It was five – nil after fifty minutes when a corner was played in short then knocked to the far post for Luke Barstow to head home. The final goal on the hour came from the penalty spot slotted home by Sam Prior after Andy Roberts had been brought down in the box.
Rockleaze Rangers v Thornbury Town was a must win for both sides, but it was the home side who took the three points. The opening goal came on twenty one minutes from a forty yard shot whipped in by Jabari Ngozi that deceived everyone including the visitors keeper who seemed to be wrong footed as the ball crossed the line. That lead lasted just five minutes as Thornbury hit back from a free kick that was headed home by Nathan Sage. Rangers then missed a penalty in the thirtieth minute after Riki Lippiatt had pushed Ed Freeman following a corner; Sam Andrews had his penalty saved by the legs of Town keeper Alex Lippiatt and this being his second spot kick miss of the season. In the fifty second minute Rangers were reduced to ten men when Ashley Hawkins received a red card after a scuffle on the far side of the pitch. Rangers grabbed the winner in the seventieth minute with a superb piece of skill from Ed Freeman who volleyed home from fifteen yards at a very tight angle, the ball smashing into the roof of the net.
Henbury will be pleased with today’s performance at Chipping Sodbury Town after gaining their first win in weeks. The got off to a fantastic start when Gary Clark put Ben Sandle clear after just fifty five seconds to give Henbury the lead. Sodbury pulled it back level on seventeen minutes with a goal from Dan Bendall. Harry Bartlett put Henbury back in front on twenty eight minutes latching onto a long ball rounding Lloyd Harding before firing home. A third goal on sixty eight minutes from the penalty spot put away by Harry Bartlett gave the visitors the three points and help them climb the table.
Frampton United have just one fixture to play to complete there season, Their penultimate game at home to Bishops Cleeve Reserves ended in a three – nil win. United had several good chances to open the scoring early on but took the lead in the eighteenth minute with a wonder strike from Jake Ward who hit an unstoppable thirty five screamer into the Cleeve net. Cleeves first chance came in the fifty first minute when Neil Goodwin went close with a header that just cleared the bar. In the fifty eight minute Matt Cook squared the ball back for Chris Fower to slide the ball into an empty net. Fower made it three on eighty six minutes when he intercepted onto a back pass to net his second.
Yate Town Reserves picked up a valuable point at home to Hanham Athletic. It was Yate who were the better side for good portions of the game but they were unable to break the visitors defence down. The visitors were also unable to make the break through and the game ended goalless.
22th March 2014 - Longlevens and Rockleaze through to Cup Final
The focus today was on the two Les James League Cup Semi-finals. Ellwood entertained Longlevens whilst Patchway Town were the visitors at Rockleaze Rangers.
The surprise of the day was the 1-0 victory by Rockleaze Rangers over local rivals Patchway Town to reach their first ever final.
In the other Semi at Ellwood Longlevens 3-1 win means that they will be playing in the final for the second time in three seasons.
Gala Wilton closed the gap at the top of the table with a 3-0 win at Henbury. Bristol Telephones win 4-1 against close rivals Kings Stanley.
Berkeley Town won 2-0 at Hanham Athletic whilst Thornbury Town and Henbury lost at home.
Les James Cup sponsored by Braley Business Systems Semi-Final - Ellwood V Longlevens
The Les James League Cup Semi-final between Ellwood and Longlevens was a very competitive affair with both teams determined to reach the final. Longlevens are a very difficult team to beat and Ellwood had not lost at home going into today’s game. The visitors were the first to show their intent when Craig Martins shot skimmed the top of the crossbar after two minutes. At the other end a good build up allowed Matt Addis a clear shot at goal but it went wide. In the ninth minute Ellwood cleared off the line from a corner and a minute later home keeper Tim Yemm dived in courageously to take the ball off the toe of Brad Martin. At this stage Yemm in the home goal was kept busy when he pulled off another good save to deny Brad Martin again. Darryl Addis went really close to opening the score when he headed just wide from a good cross into the box on twenty minutes. Longlevens took the lead in the thirty third minute rather a fortuitous goal. Brad Martin curled a left footed free kick in from the right it seemed to deceive keeper Tim Yemm who failed to collect and Ed Smyllie was on the far post to force the ball home. A couple of minutes later a cross from left by Brad Barnard looked really dangerous but the Ellwood defence got it away for a corner. Longlevens made it two – nil on thirty seven minutes this time a brilliant individual effort from Brad Martin who cut in from the right and curled a superb left footed drive past Yemm into the far corner. Just before the break Ellwood were awarded a free kick twenty five yards out right in the centre of goal - Gary Wilden’s drive was powerful but was not quite low enough and it skimmed over the bar.
At the start of the second half Ellwood were second best and allowed the visitors a lot of possession. Disaster struck for the home side in the fifty eighth minute when Brad Martin was put clear on goal and with just Yemm to beat he was impeded by the keeper who received a Red card and gave away a penalty. Full back Adam Price took the keepers jersey and the first time he touched the ball was to pick it out of the back of the net after Shaun O’Connor scored from the penalty spot. The home side never gave up and a cross from Gary Wilden almost brought a goal for the home side with a good cross to the far post but sub Ryan Dawson was unable to make contact with the ball. In the seventy third minute Tom Creed went close for the home side with a shot just over the bar, but a minute later Ellwood got on the score sheet when Mike Nelson’s shot from just outside the box took a deflection that left keeper Mark Harris wrong footed. The visitors should have scored again a minute from the end when Brad Martin was put clear but his shot was well saved by stand in keeper Price pushing it away for a corner.
Les James Cup sponsored by Braley Business Systems Semi-Final - Rockleaze Rangers v Patchway Town - Report by Mike Wheatley
New Manager Neil Simons celebrated his first game in charge by guiding Rockleaze Rangers to the final of the Les James Cup against previous winners Patchway Town.
In a dour game of few chances, watched by a crowd of over 50 spectators, the home side had two shots on target to one from the visitors.
Sam Burgess in home goal was called upon to clear from way off his line in the 8th minute and this set the pattern for the rest of the half - as he appeared to be playing as an extra "sweeper" from the edge of the home penalty area.
The first shot on goal after 13 minutes resulted in the only goal of the game. Rhys Davis for Rockleaze made a run down the left and cut inside to shoot past Patchway 'keeper James Kaminski.
Burgess was called upon to clear again after 15 minutes, but Patchway could not find any sort of form - relying on pumping the ball forward in hope that one of their strikers could find a chance.
It was Rockleaze who took the initiative for the rest of the half, with chances from Oshane West after 19 minutes, Ashley Hawkins after 28 minutes and James Willot after 40 minutes - all off target.
The first half ended with Patchway replacing injury victim Matt Tovey with James Stephens.
The second half continued in similar uneventful manner until 71st. minute, when Sam Andrews for home side, shot straight at Kaminski - for only the second shot on target in the game. This was followed - on 73 minutes - by a shot over the bar from Oshane West.
After 75 minutes Patchway had their first shot on target when Matt Davies cut in from the left and fired directly at Burgess in the home goal.
Patchway replaced Oliver Bacon with Alex Graham after 88 minutes, but that was the final substitution - new manager Simons staying with his starting line-up.
On 88 minutes Jimmy Potts for Patchway ran the ball into the home defence and laid the ball off to Matt Davies who found Sam Davies, only for the resultant shot to pass harmlessly over the bar.
The game limped to its conclusion following a melee in home penalty area resulting from a free kick from within Patchway half which was eventually cleared by goal scorer Rhys Davis.
Not a memorable game for a pleasant - if breezy - Saturday afternoon.
Gala Wilton closed the gap on the Longlevens with a three – nil win at Henbury but they have played five games more than the leaders. Brett James gave them the lead from the penalty spot in the first half. Two goals in two minutes the seventy eighth and eightieth minute Joel White capitalising on a goal keeping error and Ryan Hughes finishing well saw the three points go to the visitors.
Bristol Telephones put a dent in Kings Stanley’s recent run of form with a convincing four – one victory. Mark Griffiths gave the home side a four minute lead with a twenty five yard shot. Michael Grist made it two – nil on fifteen minutes with a headed goal from a Luke Palmer free kick. Jack Fillingham made it three on the half hour heading home after the ball had deflected off Chris Misir. A long ball up the centre found Steve Robertson to pull a goal back for Stanley a minute before the break. Martin Blacker netted a forth for the home side on seventy five minutes after being set up by Chris Misir.
Berkeley Town pulled of a surprise two – nil win at Hanham Athletic. Both goals came in the first forty five minutes. The opening goal on thirty eight minutes was a corner headed down to Joe Blakeney who fired home from close range. A second on forty four minutes and individual effort from Sam Strickland who broke down the flank cut in and drove the ball across the keeper into the far corner. Unfortunately the home side finished the game with ten men.
Kingswood were held to a draw at home to Bishops Cleeve Reserves. Not a great game with few chances the visitors took the lead on twenty two minutes with goal from Will Pugh. It took a diving header from Lewis Jackson in the eighty fifth minute to salvage a point for the home side.
Thornbury Town’s winning streak came to an end when they were narrowly beaten one – nil at home by Chipping Sodbury Town. Thornbury had bad luck and also missed a catalogue of chances in the first thirty minutes of this game Pete Fowler – Nathan Sage – Nathan Irwin all had efforts either strike the cross-bar or the upright when on another day they may have gone in. The sucker punch came in the thirty fifth minute from a corner that Sodbury’s Justin Cattle forced home. In the second half Thornbury almost drew level after brothers Steve and Danny Thompson combined to create the chance that saw Danny’s shot hit the bar again.
15th March 2014 - Longlevens march on at top
Longlevens are now 4 points clear at the top after their win at Yate Town Reserves. Gala Wilton were held to a 2-2 draw by Kingswood. Bristol Telephones move into third place with a win at Chipping Sodbury Town.
Berkeley Town lose again at Patchway Town and Yate Town Reserves drop into second from bottom Both Rockleaze Rangers and Thornbury Town picked up 3 points today.
Yate Town Reserves who have struggled of late were up against leaders Longlevens and new they would have to perform exceptionally well to contain last seasons Champions. They managed to do that until the sixty seventh minute holding them to a one – nil score-line. The home side matched the visitors until the thirteenth minute when they gave away a corner on the right. A low cross into the box from the corner was not cleared by Yate and Ed Smyllie fired home from twelve yards in a crowded box. The visitors pushed the youngsters hard and Shaun O’Connor should have made it two on eighteen minutes but lifted his shot over the bar. In the twenty ninth minute a good run into the Yate box by Ryan Dunn should have resulted in a goal but the shot was off target. A good cross from the left by Brad Martin found the head of Craig Martin at the far post but again the header went wide of the target. Just before the break it was the turn of Dave Merrick to squander another good chance.
Yate struggled to get past the visitors defence but managed a good free kick into the box on forty eight minutes only for the visitor’s keeper Mark Harris to cut the cross out. The only shot on target for the home side came in the fiftieth minute from Jason Bradford a terrific drive from the edge of the box that Harris did really well to save. When Longlevens scored their second goal on sixty seven minutes it was a clever interchange of passes that allowed Dave Merrick a clear run on goal to chip the ball over the Yate keeper Reece Joint. The visitors had control of the game and a third goal on sixty nine minutes a fantastic thirty yard drive from Shaun O’Connor gave the keeper no chance. Longlevens brought on Brad Barnard and he had a shot cleared off the line on seventy five minutes by Ben Fox. In the eighty first minute a free kick out on the right was struck really hard at the Yate keeper who managed to parry the ball but it fell to Dave Merrick to net his second of the afternoon. By this time the Yate side were on the back foot and a corner from the left on eighty three minutes was headed home by Brad Martin to make it five – nil.
Bristol Telephones moved into third place in the table with a four one win at Chipping Sodbury Town. The first forty five minutes produced very little with all the goals coming in the second half. Chris Misir‘s through ball on fifty two minutes gave Martin Blacker the chance to put Telephones one up. Sodbury did level the score when Pierce Byrne turned the ball into his own net. Ryan Hicks then restored the lead for the visitors in the seventieth minute. Martin Blacker netted his second just three minutes later and leading goalscorer Chris Misir rounded it of with a fourth for Telephones for a convincing win.
Kings Stanley continued their good form with a two – nil win at home to Henbury. The opening goal came on thirteen minutes from a good run down the left by Liam Gale and a cross that found Natty Buckland on the far post to head home. They could have had another on twenty minutes but Josh Wilson lifted his shot over the bar. It was the eightieth minute before the second goal arrived and it was a long ball over the Henbury defence latched onto by Brad Moore who coolly chipped the ball over the keeper.
Patchway Town took the three points from their home game with Berkeley Town with the only goal of the game that was scored by Matt Davies after being put clear by Matt Tovey on fifteen minutes. Davies missed a golden opportunity to net a second on fifty minutes and in a game of few chances Berkeley Town failed to get one clear shot on goal.
Thornbury Town pulled of a good win at high flying Frampton United. The visitors went a goal up after four minutes when Nathan Sage headed home at the far post from a corner. Nathan Irwin made it two- nil to the visitors on thirty six minutes after a goalmouth scramble. Frampton pulled a goal back in the fifty fifth minute when Matt Cook scored direct from a corner. Frampton finished the game with ten men after Kris Bully received a red card late on for a bad tackle.
Rockleaze Rangers pulled of a double over Bristol Academy when they beat them two one this afternoon. The two teams met last Monday at the Wise Campus where Rockleaze came away with five – nil win. Today’s result will help them try to avoid finishing in the bottom two. Strangely this result was decided by two penalties for the home side. The Academy went ahead on fifteen minutes when Sam Johnson squeezed his shot under Burgess who tried in vane to recover the ball as it trickled over the line. Rockleaze did get the ball in the net on eighteen minutes but it was ruled out for offside. However ten minutes later they were on level terms when Academy keeper Seb Yemmes brought down Ed Freemen in the box and Nathan Bryer netted from the spot. A second penalty on seventy eight minutes won this game as Josh Cann brought down Otis Wilson for a second spot kick. Nathan Bryer duly obliged from the spot.
Ellwood and Hanham Athletic finished all square with both sides finding the back of the net once in the first forty five minutes. A poor back pass to Ellwood keeper Tim Yemm on twenty seven minutes caught the keeper out when the ball bobbled just as he struck it and Craig Stone latched onto it to put the visitors ahead. Six minutes later the home side were level when Gary Wildin’s chip over the visitors defence found Darryl Addis to score.
Southmeads CS Athletic’s trip to Bishops Cleeve Reserves saw the visitors come away with a two – one win. All the goals came in the first forty five minutes. The opening goal on twenty five minutes was a twenty five yard thunderbolt from Jordan Thaws. The second five minutes later was headed home at the far post by Luke Coghlan following a free kick. Cleeve pulled a goal back a minute before the break after some good build up play from Gavin Garthwaite and Harlie Price enabling James Pickup to side foot the ball home.
Gala Wilton dropped valuable points at home to Kingswood when they were held to a two – two draw. There were numerous chances throughout the game most of which fell to the home side. Ryan Hughes and Alex Prichard missed early chances, but Gala took the lead on twenty seven minutes from a free kick that was pumped up field picked up by Brett James who sent the ball across goal for Ryan Hughes to score. Kingswood levelled the score on sixty minutes from a Frank Hitchings cross squared into the box for Jim Crossfield to drive the ball into the net. The visitors took the lead on seventy nine minutes from the penalty spot after Adam Hemming had pulled back Jim Crossfield in the box and Simon Clark made no mistake from the spot. Ian Evans the Kingswood manager who was deputising in goal today brought of a great save to deny Myron Turner in the eighty fifth minute but was unable to stop Ryan Hughes getting the equaliser just a minute later.
8th March 2014 - Bristol Telephones quick off the mark to beat Frampton
Leaders Longlevens take a two point lead at the top with a 2-0 win over Bishops Cleeve Res. Gala Wilton were held to a 2-2 draw at Southmead CS Athletic and Frampton United remain in third place on goal difference after going down 3-2 at Bristol Telephones. At the bottom Berkeley Town gain a point with a 1-1 draw at home to Bristol Academy, But Thornbury Town win 1-0 at home to Rockleaze Rangers to widen the point’s gap. Yate Town Res lose 4-2 at Hanham Athletic.
Bristol Telephones lying forth in the table took on Frampton United who are currently third in the table. The home side stunned the visitors in the first four minutes with two well taken goals. Frampton were at fault for the opening goal after three minutes when fullback Lee Francis misjudged the bounce on the ball just outside the box and Martin Blacker pounced to fire a powerful shot past keeper Scott Gearon. A minute later they went two up from a cross into the box from the right and Chris Misir hammered the ball home. The home side almost made it three on fourteen minutes but for keeper Gearon diving full stretch to push Luke Palmers goal bound effort around the post. Frampton eased their way back into the game and Chris Fower pulled a goal back on thirty minutes turning in a cross from the right. A minute later Fower could have levelled but his effort went just over the bar. Frampton were getting on top and levelled the score on thirty three minutes, the ball was cleared off the line from the first shot but it was gifted to Kris Bulley to drive the ball home. Frampton could have gone in front in the thirty fourth minute but Chris Fowers shot across the goal went just wide of the post. At the other end a last ditch header from Frampton defender Liam O’Neil prevented the home side going in front. Right on half time Martin Blacker picked up the ball just inside the Frampton half steamed forward made space for the shot but then shot straight at Gearon.
Frampton must be kicking themselves at losing this game after creating three of four good goal scoring opportunities in the second half. In the forty eight minute Kris Bulley sent over a great cross right on the head of Frazer Wilson who headed the ball over the bar from six yards. Chris Fower also missed a glorious chance in the sixty ninth minute when he too headed over from a corner. The next opening for the visitors came in the seventy first minute a brilliant solo effort from Ryan Hughes who picked the ball up just inside Telephones half scrambled past two defenders but with a clear shot on goal put his effort over the bar. Frampton’s Player / Manager Lee Driver Dickerson then saw his thirty five yard drive just clear the crossbar. Telephones stole the three points on eighty four minutes with their only real chance of the second half. A low corner was hit into the box from the right and defender Jack Fillingham’s shot found the back of the visitors net.
Longlevens fixture with Bishops Cleeve Reserves was totally dominated by the home side with the visitors failing to get one shot on target throughout the ninety minutes. There were numerous chances created with efforts from Dave Merrick, Brad Martin and Ryan Dunn all being kept out by some excellent goal keeping from Cleeve keeper Dan Greenhouse. The break through came on thirty four minutes from a long goal kick from home keeper Mark Harris that was picked up by Brad Martin to put Dave Merrick clear and hit a tremendous shot that Greenhouse got his hands too but could not prevent it going in. The home side continued to control the game and got a second goal on sixty minutes from Nick Humphreys who had just come on as a sub and with his first touch fired a low drive past Greenhouse. Four clean sheets in a row for the leaders and Keeper Mark Harris has been a party to three of them.
Kings Stanley continue to climb the table and are now in fifth place after their three – nil win at Kingswood. A double strike from Luke Barstow got Stanley on their way to the three points in the twenty second minute with a shot from the edge of the box. Barstow then headed Stanley into a two goal lead on the half hour mark. Kingswood woes continue when in the very last minute of the game they conceded an own goal when Paul Elderidge put the ball into his own net.
Bottom Club Berkeley Town picked up a valuable point with a one – one draw at home to Bristol Academy. It is the same old story for Berkeley they are finding it difficult to score. They should have been one up at the break but missed a penalty. They did however take the lead on sixty five minute with a goal from Ross Phillips, but the lead was short liveds the Academy hit back three minutes later with a goal from Vinicius Pinto. The home side hit the crossbar and a brilliant double save from the Academy keeper kept them out.
Thornbury Town improved their chances of beating the drop with a one – nil win at home to fellow strugglers Rockleaze Rangers. Both teams knew how important the result would be. It was the home side who went close to opening the score but Mark Viners header just cleared the bar. Luke Franklin had his shot well saved by the Rockleaze keeper just before the break. Rangers had a glorious chance to take the lead on seventy five minutes when Theo Coombs missed from six yards. Thornbury snatched the winner in the eighty forth minute when Luke Franklin pulled the ball back for Mitch Brealey to pass the ball into the Rangers net.
Southmead CS Athletic and Gala Wilton shared the spoils in a two – two draw. Gala went into the break with a two – nil lead although they had not been the better side in the first half. Ryan Hughes gave the visitors the lead on thirty nine minutes and then Gala took a two goal lead four minutes later courtesy of Brett James. Southmead made some changes to their line up and got back in the game with a Rob Sivers goal in the fifty first minute. Luke Coghlan levelled the score on fifty six minutes and that is how it finished up.
Hanham Athletic took a two goal lead in the first thirty minutes against Yate Town reserves. Dean Gifford gave them the lead with a volley from the edge of the box on twelve minutes and Rob Burton increased that lead from the penalty spot on the half hour mark. Yate hit back with a Lewis Hughes strike on thirty five minutes and levelled the score on sixty minutes with a strike from Joe Guest. Jack Tottle then put Hanham back in front on sixty five minutes and a further goal from James Shipman ten minutes from the end sealed the visitor’s fate.
Ellwood v Patchway Town ended goalless but both sides were guilty of missed chances.
The game at Henbury where Chipping Sodbury Town were the visitors was a dower game with very few chances but a valuable point for the home side after their poor run of late.
1st March 2014 - Patchway edge out Yate youngsters as Longlevens stun Gala
This mornings leaders Gala Wilton suffer their heaviest defeat of the season going down 6-0 at home to local rivals and league challengers Longlevens.
Frampton maintain their third place position with a 2-0 win at Henbury.
At the bottom of the table Thornbury Town’s win over Berkeley Town moves them up a place to forth from bottom, but Rockleaze remain next to bottom after going down to Bristol Telephones. Yate Town Reserves are slipping down the table after losing at Patchway.
Yate Town Reserves young side put up a good display against a Patchway Town side who pressurised the visitors defence as much as they could in the opening fifteen minutes. Matt Tovey went close on three minutes and a minute later Phil Vice could have done better with a clear header on goal that he put wide. Yate weathered the storm and had their first attempt on the Patchway goal after ten minutes a twenty five yard shot from Sven Hopes that went straight into Ashley Wells’s arms. The only goal of the game came in the thirteenth minute from the penalty spot. Yate’s Daniel Worton committed the foul and Matt Tovey slotted the ball home from the spot. Twenty six minutes had passed before Yate ‘s second attempt on goal this time a powerful drive from Jordan Hickman that Wells dealt with comfortably. Matt Tovey was the driving source in the Patchway team and always looked dangerous around the box.
The second forty five minutes did not inspire and was limited to plenty of midfield play but very little activity in or around the box. Matt Tovey’s 20 yard free kick went jus over in the sixty fifth minute and Yate were limited to just one opportunity a minute from the end a very good low shot from Luke Burman that was well saved by Wells.
The fixture of the day had to be at Gala Wilton where local rivals and league challengers Longlevens were the visitors. Everyone was expecting a close encounter and 118 spectators turned out to watch, but it went badly wrong for the home side who conceded six goals without reply. Longlevens showed their intentions right from the start and had two early chances, but Shaun O’Connor was just off target with both. Gala had a great chance in the thirteenth minute but Adam Hemming was just wide with his effort. Longlevens were fortunate to take the lead on twenty minutes after a long ball over the home defence ran through to keeper Ollie Hall but his attempted clearance struck the oncoming Craig Martin who coolly controlled the loose ball to slide it into an empty net. A Ryan Hughes shot on twenty eight minutes could have levelled the score for Gala but it went just over the bar. Longlevens second goal in the thirty fifth minute came courtesy of a penalty that had the home players baffled. But Shaun O’Connor made no mistake from the spot. Gala were caught out again in the forty second minute with a long ball to the far post that was turned in by Shaun O’Conner to make it three - nil at the break. The home defence were caught napping again in the fifty fifth minute as Craig Martin took a quick free kick and sent brother Brad Martin clear to make it four. The home side did test the visitor’s keeper Mark Harris on a couple of occasions but he was in good form and kept the ball out. Two goals in the last two minute’s of the game a second for Brad Martin on eighty eight minutes and the sixth on eighty nine minutes a rare gaol from player manager James French who had come on as a substitute.
Frampton United retained their third place in the table with a double strike from Chris Fower to give them a two – nil win at Henbury. Honours were even until the forty fourth minute when Karl Palmer sent in a low cross across the face of the goal and Fower slid the ball home from three yards. The visitors went two up in the fiftieth minute after home keeper Cameron Tarr brought off a point blank save only to see the rebound go straight to Fower to drive the ball home. Henbury replied with a shot from Adam Rosser that struck the upright five minutes later and a thirty yard free kick from Jack Mills was well saved by the Frampton keeper Scott Georon. In the seventy fifth minute Georon turned Wes Pugh’s shot around the post. Henbury thought they had scored on eighty five minute when Billy George’s shot struck the underside of the crossbar and bounced clear. Frampton should have made it three nil right on ninety minutes from the penalty spot but Tarr saved Chris Fower’s shot.
Kings Stanley ran out three – one winners at home to Southmead CS Athletic. They took the lead on twenty minutes with an individual piece of skill from Ben Newman who broke down the left and cut inside before firing the ball home. The second on thirty minutes came from the midfield and some interchanging of passes before Steve Robertson was put clear to dummy the keeper amd run the ball into the net. The visitor’s pulled a goal back a minute into the second half from a cross that came inform the right to Luke Mills and although Ashley Gale got his hands to Mills’s shot he could not prevent it going in. Stanley regained the two goal cushion in te sixty fifth minute from a long diagonal ball that caught the visitors defence out and Steve Robertson ran through to score. Southmead had a great chance to pull a goal back but Luke Mills’s effort was just off target.
A Pete Fowler goal in the twenty sixth minute was enough to give Thornbury Town the three points against bottom of the table Berkeley Town. It came from a low corner to the near post where fowler was waiting to turn the ball home. Thornbury’s Luke Franklin went close on a couple of occasions and Toby Bennett was only just wide with his effort on eighty minutes. The visitors put up a good display but never really looked like scoring.
Chipping Sodbury Town had to come back from two goals down and down to ten men after Danny Coombes was dismissed late in the first half. Kingswood took the lead on twenty three minutes from a Simon Clarke shot from the edge of the box that squirmed under keeper Ed Mullins. A second goal for Kingswood on forty minute scrambled home by Jim Crossfield gave the visitors a comfortable lead. It was then made worse for the home side when Coombes got his marching orders. The home side put extra effort into their game in the second half and were rewarded on seventy five minutes when James Mackie pulled a goal back with a shot from just inside the box. With just two minutes to go Sodbury drew level. A shot from Dan Bendall was saved on the line by outfield player Josh Stokes who was cautioned and up stepped Lloyd Harding to score from the penalty spot. Sodbury almost stole the three points in the very last minute when Alex Fox set up Sam Jenkins but he was just wide of the goal with his shot.
Another defeat for Rockleaze Rangers against Bristol Telephones keeps them next to bottom of the table. Telephones took the lead on thirty six minutes a scrambled goal from Adam Gregory. The home side had a great chance to level when Telephones keeper Neil Hanson gave away a penalty but dependable penalty taker for the Rangers Aaron Day had his shot saved. On sixty five minutes Chris Misir gave Telephones a two goal cushion and in the dying minutes Savas Frangoullis gave away a penalty for the visitors, but Chris Misir missed from the spot.