Ron's Match Reports
19th April 2014 - Chipping Sodbury hit nine against Bishops Cleeve
Longlevens retain the Championship for a second season with a win at Hanham Athletic on Wednesday and a further win today.
Chipping Sodbury Town ran riot defeating Bishops Cleeve Reserves by nine goals to three. The visitors fielded a weakened side and had no substitutes. They did however create the first attempt on goal after eight minutes a shot from Gareth Davies that was well saved by keeper Cameron Currin. Sodbury opened the scoring on twelve minutes a twenty yard volley from Justin Cattle that gave Dan Greenhouse no chance. At this point Cleeve lost James Pickup and were down to ten men. A second goal on sixteen minutes was a close range shot from James Mackie that Greenhouse got his hands to but could not prevent it crossing the line. A Cleeve defensive blunder on twenty five minutes allowed James Mackie a free shot on goal for the third. Louis Speddings shot into the roof of the net from just inside the box on twenty nine minutes made it four – nil. Justin Cattle netted his second from a cross in from the left on thirty two minutes. Dan Bendall almost made it five but for a great save from Greenhouse. Cattle completed his hattrick in the forty first minute with a superb low drive that gave the keeper no chance. Just before the break Cleeve pulled a goal back when the Sodbury keeper gave away a free kick when he picked up a back pass fourteen yards out, Neil Goodwin’s free kick took a deflection on its way into the net.
Five minutes into the second half James Mackie headed home to complete his hattrick. Cleeves Nick Hill was unlucky when his forty yard free kick struck the crossbar in the sixty first minute. Cleeve got a second on sixty four minutes when Nick Hill broke clear and chipped the ball into the net. Cleeve went down to nine men in the sixty fifth minute when Chris Parsons went off injured. Sodbury scored an eighth goal on seventy minutes when substitute Luke Meacham raced clear before sliding the ball across to James Mackie to net his fourth. Four minutes later Dan Bendall broke down the right to smash home number nine. Gareth Davies netted a third for Cleeve in the seventy ninth minute. Cleeves woes continued as the game was held up for fifteen minutes with just six minutes left when Gareth Davies had to be taken to hospital with a badly damaged arm.
Longlevens have shown why they deserve to be the champions for a second time with a four - two win over Berkeley Town. It was Town who took the lead on ten minutes from a Sam Strickland shot that took a deflection and looped over the home keeper Mark Harris. The home side were level four minutes later when Craig Beaton volleyed home a Luke Kavanaugh cross. Brad Martin then provided the chance for Brother Craig Martin to put the home side in front on twenty five minutes. Berkeley levelled on the hour with Paul Brooks turning in a Chris Andrews cross. Two goal in the last fifteen minutes saw the home side home Dave Merrick back healing into the net on eighty minutes and Brad Martin netting the forth on eighty four minutes.
Ellwood must have the end of season Blues as they went down five-nil at home to Kings Stanley. Ben Newman gave Stanley the lead on twelve minutes and Sam Prior made it two–nil on twenty eight minutes. Two goals from Liam Gale and a fifth from Dan Chandler in the second half made it a very convincing win for Stanley.
Kingswood came away with the three points from Hanham with a two-one success over the home side. Adam Eldridge headed the visitors into the lead on thirty minutes, but good individual play from Adam Grinter levelled the score for Athletic five minutes before the break. A Frank Hitchings shot into the bottom corner on seventy minutes was enough for Kingswood to go away with the three points.
Henbury and Patchway Town shared a point each in a two–two draw. Patchway went ahead on nineteen minutes from a long ball over the home defence that was latched onto by Matt Tovey to chip the ball into the net. Henbury levelled on twenty one minutes with a screamer of a shot from Jack Mills. The home side then gave away a penalty in the very first minute of the second half keeper Cameron Tarr bringing Tovey down in the box. He dragged himself of the ground to hammer the ball home to give them a two – one lead. Henbury drew level on the hour from an in-swinging corner that caught the visitor’s keeper out and he only managed to punch the ball into his own net.
Bristol Academy thought they had done enough to win the game when they went into a three – one lead after seventy minutes, but Telephones hit back with two late goals to finish the game level on three – three. Toby Waterman put the home side in front on nineteen minutes, but the visitors levelled with a goal from Dhani Golding on twenty four minutes. Waterman then headed home a Sam Johnson cross to put the home side back in front on fifty six minutes and then Sam Johnson turned in an Alex Bisp cross to make it three – one. Kyran Hunt headed a goal back for Telephones on eighty minutes and in the very last minute of the game Mike Grist scored from the penalty spot to earn a point.
Thornbury Town v Southmead CS Athletic failed to produce a goal throughout the ninety minutes.
12th April 2014 - Patchway win over Rockleaze
Longlevens stay top after a 2-1 win over Ellwood. Gala Wilton and Bristol Telephones remain second and third after, they both recorded wins.
Berkeley Town have closed the gap to one point on Yate Town Res after their win at Bristol Academy, Yate Town Res went down at home to Gala Wilton.
Patchway Town gained revenge for their one – nil defeat in the Les James League Cup semi-Final a few weeks ago at Rockleaze with a one – nil win at home in the league. For the first twenty three minutes of this game both sides cancelled each other out with plenty of midfield play but no goal mouth action at all. The first real chance fell to the home side with a good break down the right by full-back Chad Horseman whose cross looked dangerous but was headed clear by Rangers defender Aaron Day. In the twenty ninth minute Matt Tovey should have given Patchway the lead when he latched onto a good ball over the Rangers defence but with a clear shot on goal the Rangers keeper Nick Adams covered the angle at the near post and brought off a great save. Town took the lead just two minutes later again a long ball caught the Rangers defence out and it left Jimmy Potts clear to fire the ball into the bottom corner giving Adams no chance. Rangers had a great chance to level the score on thirty five minutes but James Kenway’s effort on goal was easily saved by James Kaminski. Three minutes later Kenway had another good chance but again it was well saved by Kaminski.
Two minutes into the second half a cross into the box from the right found Phil Vice who hooked the ball goal-wards but it went just the wrong side of the post. A shot from Rangers Savas Frangoullis from the edge of the box sped across goal but went wide of the upright. At the other end Jimmy Potts found some space for a shot at goal but that went just wide as well. In the sixty forth minute Adams brought off a good save from a Potts header the cross from Tovey coming in from the right. A header from Rangers Nathan Bryer went wide of the post this time the provider was Ben Lear. Rangers kept Kaminski busy this time the keeper had to punch clear to get the ball away. In time added Rangers almost got on level terms with a forty yard free kick struck by Sam Andrews that Kaminski misjudged but luckily it struck the crossbar and was cleared.
Berkeley Town are going for the great escape after picking up three points at Bristol Academy to close the gap to one point on Yate Town Reserves. The home side took the lead after just two minutes when Marcus Thatcher pulled the ball back for Toby Waterman to score. Berkeley levelled on eleven minutes with a superb strike from the edge of the box by Sam Gillison. Dave Sims-Burgess put the home side back in front on sixteen minutes with a low shot into the bottom corner. A looping shot over the home keeper from Joe Blakeney on twenty five minutes levelled the score once more. A through ball from Tom Palmer found Sam Strickland to put the visitors ahead for the first time on fifty one minutes and in the sixty fifth minute Sam Strickland crossed for Paul Brooks to make it a four -two win for the bottom Club.
Yate Town Reserves shocked visitor’s Gala Wilton when the rushed into a three – nil lead in the first fifteen minutes. Jordan Hickman started the ball rolling after six minutes when he rushed clear of the visitors defence to open the scoring. Four minutes later Liam Pullen rounded the visitor’s keeper to make it two – nil. Jordan Hickman was involved in the third goal when he broke down the flank and crossed into the box for Lewis Hughes to net. Gala took their time but suddenly realised what had happened and hit back on twenty seven minutes when Ryan Hughes scored at the far post following a free kick. An unfortunate header into his own net by Joe Guest in the thirty sixth minute pulled the score back to three – two by the break. The visitors took just two minutes into the second half to level the score with a free kick from Dave Wilkinson. Liam Halliday then increased the lead and a fifth goal from Lee Allen spoiled the day for the young Yate side.
Thornbury Town found their feet again with a four – nil win over visitors Hanham Athletic. This was a game that did not take off until the fortieth minute although good chances had been squandered by the Thompson brother Steve and Danny with Josh Pirie also missing a good chance. Thornbury got the opening goal they deserved when Danny Thompson surprised the visitor’s keeper with a near post shot that he managed to save but it fell nicely for Josh Pirie to score. A second goal on fifty two minutes was a piece of individual skill from young Pirie who flicked the ball past the defender with his head before steaming away to drive the ball home. It was Pirie who was involved in the third goal when he was tackled on the edge of the box the ball ran across to Nathan Irwin who drove a low shot past the visitor’s keeper. Unfortunately Pirie had to leave the field with an injury but it did not deter the home side and scored a forth goal on seventy four minutes from a low cross into the box by Danny Thompson for Luke Franklin to drive home. Hanham Athletic had an off day and never really got into this game with the home keeper never troubled throughout.
Bristol Telephones came back from a goal down to win two – one against Kingswood. The very strong wind affected the game throughout and the players found the going hard. Kingswood took the lead after fifteen minutes from a dreadful back pass, and although the initial shot was saved the ball ran free to Craig Freeman to score. The home side were back on level term after twenty six minutes when Mike Grist sent Martin Blacker clear to chip the ball over the keeper. Telephones grabbed the three points in the sixty third minute from a corner taken by Ryan Hicks headed on by Kerion Hunt for Jack Fillingham to turn the ball in from six yards. Kingswood did have a chance to level later in the game but missed the opportunity.
Leaders Longlevens also had to come from behind to win this game against visitors Ellwood. The first chance fell to Darryl Addis who should have given Ellwood the lead but for a good save from home keeper Mark Harris. Ellwood took the lead on thirty minutes with a great goal from Gary Wildin hooking the ball over his shoulder and past Harris. Dave Rich almost levelled before the break but for a good save by the visitor’s keeper Dane Adams. Two minutes into the second half the home side were level Brad Martin netting at the far post from a Shaun O’Connor cross. The home side went in front on sixty five minutes the ball was pushed through to Nick Humphreys who turned sharply on the edge of the box to drive a low shot past Adams.
5th April 2014 - Kingswood too strong for Yate Reserves
Longlevens took a step nearer to retaining the title with a 3-0 win at Kings Stanley. Second place Gala Wilton lost 5-3 to third in the table Bristol Telephones. Frampton United who have completed their fixtures for the season lie in fourth place at present.
At the bottom of the table Berkeley Town shook Bishops Cleeve Reserve winning 4-1, but Yate Town Reserves lose 5-1 at Kingswood.
Three goal hero Gary Simmons saw Yate Town Reserves fall to their third successive five goal defeat this time at the hands of Kingswood. The visitors struggled throughout the first half and went into the break trailing three – nil. Kingswood opened the scoring on ten minutes with a header from Gary Simmons. The visitors young side found themselves up against a strong Kingswood side who took a two goal lead on seventeen minutes from a long corner knocked to the far post to be headed back into the middle of the box where Ben Vale stabbed the ball home. Simon Clarks powerful shot across goal hit the upright and bounced clear on twenty four minutes, but they got a third two minutes later again it came from a corner with Yate keeper Reece Joint saving the first drive on goal only to see it rebound to Gary Simmons to head home his second. The Yate keeper was kept busy and brought of several good saves to deny the home side going further in front.
Chris Fox in the home goal made his first save from a Yate effort on goal at the start of the second half as the visitors looked more determined to attach the home defence, but five minutes into the second period it was the home side that went further ahead. Jim Crossfield picked up the ball mid-way in the Yate half and pushed on towards their goal only to be brought down as he entered the box and the referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty. The chance to complete a hat-trick was handed to Gary Simmons and he duly obliged from the spot kick. Yate pulled a goal back on sixty minutes a superb strike from Sam Gilchrist cutting in from the right an unleashing a left foot drive across Fox and into the far side of the net. The home side seemed content to sit back at this point and contain the visitors but a break down the right flank five minutes from the end brought a fifth goal a brilliant strike from Josh Stokes who swivelled on the edge of the box and fire a low shot past keeper Joint.
Longlevens took a step nearer to retaining the title with a three – nil victory at Kings Stanley. It was Stanley who should have scored first but Natty Buckland’s header was cleared off the line. The opening goal on sixteen minutes scored by Longlevens was a little fortuitous as Stanley failed to clear their lines in a goalmouth scramble and Jamie Dunn stabbed the ball home. Ben Newman came on as a substitute for Stanley and almost levelled the score but for a good save from the visitors keeper. The score-line remained one-nil to the visitors until the seventy fifth minute when Stanley who were pushing forward to get an equaliser was caught on the break by Brad Martin to give the visitors a two – nil lead. Then in time added at the end Brad Martin broke away to net a third for Longlevens to send them clear at the top of the table.
Frampton United travelled to Ellwood for their last match of the current season and did what every other club has failed to do in the league up to now and that was come away with a win. This first home defeat for Ellwood was settled from a free kick that was headed home by Dan Huxstep.
Southmead CS Athletic continued their recent good form with a two – one victory at local rivals Patchway Town. It remained goalless until the forty fifth minute when a cross from Chris Williams was knocked into the Patchway net by Luke Coghlan. Patchway hit back five minutes into the second period from a Charlie Collins cross that found Phil Vice completely unmarked to head the equalising goal. That score-line lasted just five minutes as Rob Sivers restored the lead for Southmead. The nearest the home side came to scoring again was a shot from James Potts that just cleared the bar five minutes from the end.
Rockleaze Rangers continue their climb to safety with a three - one win at Hanham Athletic. Rockleaze took the lead on ten minutes from the penalty spot slotted in by Aaron Day after Sam Andrews had been brought down in the box. The visitors went two up on twenty minutes after Rhys Davis’s shot was saved by Hanham keeper Fletcher but Josh Adejokun fired the rebound through a crowd of players. The home side were much the better side for the first twenty minutes of the second half and pulled a goal back on sixty minutes a header from a yard out by Jack Tottle. A third goal on eighty minutes a header from Ed Freeman gave the visitors that two goal cushion. The sending off of Hanham’s Billy Hodge on eighty eight minutes for a bad tackle spoiled the day for the home side.
A really surprise result came from Bishops Cleeve Reserves where visitors Berkeley Town recorded a four – one victory over the home side. The star of the day was striker Sam Strickland who netted a hat-trick for Berkeley. He opened the scoring on thirty minutes followed by a second three minutes before the break. He completed his hat-trick on sixty five minutes. A further goal from Tom Andrews on seventy five minutes had the visitors well in command then James Pickup netted a consolation gaol for the home side in the ninetieth minute.
Thornbury Town are hovering above the relegation position after they were beaten two – nil at home by Henbury. Town got off to a dreadful start conceding a goal in the very first minute from a long ball hit down the flank to Harry Bartlett who cut into the box and unleashed a shot that flew into the roof of the net. The home side went further behind on thirty six minutes when Shaun Heal round the town left back and cut into the box before firing the ball home. Thornbury pressed hard in the second half and were unlucky when Nathan Sages’ header went just wide and Steve Thompson had his shot saved by the visitor’s keeper.
Bristol Telephones ran out five – three winners over Gala Wilton. Gala opened the scoring with a Lee Allen goal but the home side levelled with a gaol from Ryan Hicks. Two further goals from Jack Fillingham and Chris Misir put the hoe side three – one up. Martin Blacker made it four – one and then an own goal put the home side well in command at five – one. Two late goals from Gala a second from Lee Allen and a penalty from Dave Wilkinson right on time rounded the scoring off.