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22nd November 2014 - Patchway Town make Kingswood pay the penalty

Four of the nine scheduled fixtures had to be postponed due to waterlogged pitches.

Cheltenham Civil Service march on and opened up a 7 point gap at the top after their win at home to Kings Stanley. Chipping Sodbury moved into second spot after shocking high scoring Bristol Telephones.

It was an all action packed game at Scott Park where Patchway Town took on Kingswood and recorded their third win of the season. This game had 7 goals – two players had to leave the field through injury – 3 penalties and a sending off. It was equal shares until the 14th minute when Patchway struck the up right and a further 12 minutes before the deadlock was broken. A break from Kingswood down the right and a good cross squared to Simon Clarke on the edge of the box who took his time and fired the ball across the Patchway keeper Lloyd Kelsell into the far corner. There was a long break for an injury to the Kingswood keeper Chris Fox and Patchway forward Craig Horseman with both players having to leave the field. Ben Hemmings took the keepers jersey for the visitors. Patchway first corner 1n the 33rd minute was headed just wide of the post. 2 minutes later Kingswood’s Ben vale was dismissed for 2 bookable offences. The home side levelled the score on 38 minutes with a superb goal from Russ Church as he cut into the edge of the box from the right and sent a very powerful shot past Hemmings into the far corner. Kingswood almost regained the lead on 44 minutes but Gary Simmons shot was deflected over the bar. Kingswood did snatch the lead in the time added for the earlier injury. A long ball was lifted into the centre of the box Keeper Kelsell decided to come out to collect but he was beaten by the sharpness of Gary Simmons who lifted the ball over his head into an empty net. The visitors although down to 10 men went into the break with a 2-1 lead.

That lead did not last long as the home side made it 2-2 in the very first minute of the second half from a Charlie Collins shot that took a wicked deflection before finishing up in the back of the visitors net. In the 49th minute Frazer Robertson almost gave the home side the lead with a thunderous shot that struck the underside of the crossbar and rebounded into play. A minute later Patchway had a golden opportunity to take the lead when Matt Davies was brought down in the box the referee pointing straight to the spot. There seemed confusion who would take the penalty before Frazer Robertson stepped forward and drove his shot against the upright. Fortune was on the side of Patchway as 4 minutes later a handball incident was spotted by the referee in the Kingswood box and a second penalty was awarded. This time Matt Davies elected to take the kick and gave Hemmings no chance to save. Davies’s second on 63 minutes was a piece of individual skill as the ball was played into him on the edge of the box he shimmed past two defenders before sliding the ball across Hemmings into the far corner. Kingswood pulled it back to 4-3 on 71 minutes when Gary Simmons went down in the box and the referee gave the penalty. Simon Clarke sent the ball home from the spot. Matt Davies really should have made it a hattrick on 85 minutes as the ball was squared across the box and with a free shot on goal he sent it past the outside of the post.

Bishops Cleeve Reserves remain second from bottom after taking a 5-1 battering from Thornbury Town. Cleeve should have been two up in the first few minutes but squandered the chances. Then in the 7th minute Rob Wilks gave Thornbury the lead. A disputed penalty netted by Craig Lancastle in the 21st minute put the visitors two up. Thornbury were on a high and made it 3-0 on 36 minutes with a goal from Scott McCleod. A minute before the break Town found themselves with a 4-0 lead after Josh Pirie scored. A 70th minute penalty converted by James Pickup made it 4-1 but 5 minutes later Craig Lancastle netted his second of the afternoon for a final score of 5-1 to the visitors.

Chipping Sodbury Town gave Bristol Telephones a shock when they inflicted a 5-2 reverse. Telephones: noted for their free scoring were on the receiving end this time. It was the home side who got off the mark first after 12 minutes a Dhani Golding cross was fired home by Adam Gregory. In the 18th minute Gregory failed to clear the ball from the edge of the box and Luke Meacham moved into the box and slotted the ball home. Telephones thought they had scored a second on 41 minutes but it was ruled out for a push on the keeper. They were also disappointed in the 54th minute when they appealed for handball in the box but it was waved away. Sodbury went ahead in the 61st minute from a corner from the left misjudged by the home keeper and Jack Smyth was there to knock the ball in. 4 minutes later Smyth was on hand to head home his second and put the visitors 3-1 up. A Justin Cattle shot from the edge of the box gave the visitors a 4-1 lead in the 76th minute. The home side hit back and scored a second on 80 minutes a great effort from Jack Fillingham a high volley from inside the 6 yard box. Sodbury made it five on 90 minutes with a second from Luke Meacham his shot skidding of the head of Martin Blacker on its way into the net.

Cheltenham Civil Service march on at the top with a 2-0 victory over challengers Kings Stanley. This was a very keenly contested game with no quarter shown by either side. Stanley had several half chances that they failed to take. Home sides Stuart Midwinter struck the post on two occasions during the game. The home side eventually ran out 2-0 winners but had to wait until the last 7 minutes of the game before they scored the opening goal. It came from a goalmouth scramble after the first shot was cleared off the line Chris Pates stabbed the ball through a crowed of players for the lead. Stuart Midwinter’s goal on 90 minutes was a long through ball which he latched onto before rounding the keeper and sending the ball home.

Gala Wilton are disappointed that they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Hanham Athletic after taking the lead in the 14th minute when Sean Bennett flicked the ball out to Liam Halliday to cross for Myron Turner to lash home. The home side lost Greg Artus in the 35th minute when he was instantly dismissed for a high footed challenge on an opponent. Hanham grabbed a point on 85 minutes when Ben Francis scrambled the ball over the line.

15th November 2014 - Kings Stanley come back to beat AEK Boco

Cheltenham Civil Service opened up a 6 point gap at the top after winning at home to Rockleaze Rangers. Kings Stanley defeated AEK Boco and Chipping Sodbury hammer Berkeley Town.

All 3 teams at the bottom lose but Yate Town Reserves win at home to Patchway Town.

Kings Stanley 2-1 win at home to AEK Boco saw them drop a place in the table on goal difference. It was the visitors who got off to a great start taking the lead after just 2 minutes. They were awarded a penalty after an incident in the Stanley box, Charlie Stevens took the penalty but it was brilliantly saved by keeper Gavin Dean who had come out of retirement for the day, but Stevens followed up to knock the rebound home. Boco should have been 2-0 up after 14 minutes but a cross from the right gave Jordan Scott a clear header on goal but he sent it over the bar. On 17 minutes Stevens the hero became the villain when he was dismissed for a dangerous tackle leaving the visitors with 10 men for the rest of the game. Ben Newman’s effort on goal for the home side was on target but pushed onto the post by the keeper. Then Liam Gale sent in a super cross that sped across the face of the goal but Stanley were unable to capitalise.

The home side levelled the score on 50 minutes when Liam Gale broke into the box and was felled by a defender giving Stanley a penalty. Reliable Ben Newman made no mistake from the spot. Even though Boco were down to 10 men they gave the home defence something to think about. Then in the 65th minute Stanley broke out of defence and a cross into the box found Newman who clipped the ball goalwards only to see it strike the underside of the crossbar and away. A good move down the left flank in the 72nd minute led to the second goal for Stanley as Brad Moore and Toby Gardiner exchanged passes before a final cross from Gardiner into the box found Moore on the far post to drive the ball home.

Cheltenham Civil Service increased their lead at the top with a 2-1 win over Rockleaze Rangers, but the 2-1 score line was a little flattering to the home side as Rangers were a little unlucky to leave with nothing. It was their leading goalscorer at the double as he opened the scoring for Cheltenham 4 minutes before the break from a cross into the box that found him unmarked and left him with a simple tap in. Within 2 minutes Rangers were level when Ed Freeman volleyed the ball into the top corner. Sklenar got his second on 52 minutes when Mark Jones squared the ball to the edge of the box and striker volleyed the ball into the top corner.

Frampton United v Southmead CS Athletic produced 5 goals and also 3 dismissals. Southmead were the first to score after 10 minutes when keeper Scott Gearon brought down Shane Nicholls in the box. Nicholls took the spot kick himself and made no mistake. Only 2 minutes had passed before the home side were level. A corner from Kris Bulley headed home by Steve Jackson. Frampton then took 2-1 lead in the 18th minute with a 20 yard curling free kick from Kris Bulley. The visitors drew level in the 61st minute a similar goal to Bulleys this time it was Luke Coghlan curling the ball past Gearon from a free kick. Frampton netted their third on 75 minutes again from a set piece a free kick sent into the box by Minola Espada that found Steve Jackson on the far post to head home. Very late in the game unsavoury incident between the two sides led to Southmead having two players dismissed and Frampton keeper Scot Gearon dismissed for a second yellow card.

Chipping Sodbury Town showed no mercy to bottom Club Berkeley Town hammering them 6-1. The star of the show was undoubtedly their striker Justin Cattle who found the back of the net on five occasions. Cattle opened his account after 4 minutes when he beat the keeper to the ball from a cross by Josh Cann. Cattle’s second on the half hour mark came from a cross from Dan Bendall that he fired low into the net. Berkeley Town were given a life line in the 44th minute after Josh Cann brought down Dan Gaynor in the box and Tom Palmer netted the spot kick. A break down the flank in 59th minute brought a third goal for the home side as Dan Bendall and Justin Cattle interchanged passes before Cattle squared the ball for Dan Coombes to score. Cattle then scored twice in the space of 5 minutes 80 and 85 with one on one situation with the keeper. Cattle rounded the scoring off in the 90th minute when he ran onto a long ball over the Berkeley defence before rounding the keeper. The one sad note for Sodbury was the dismissal of James Mackie.

Yate Town Reserves gained only their second victory of the season with a 3-0 win against visitors Patchway Town. Yate took the lead from the penalty spot in the 17th minute after the referee spotted a push in the box. Penalty taker for the home side Sean Keet made no mistake from the spot. In the 22nd minute Patchway had Oliver Bacon dismissed for a bad tackle. A minute before the break a good move by Sam Gilchrist set up Lewis Fogg to give them a 2-0 lead. In the 55th minute Yate also had a player dismissed Mike Connor was shown the red card for a professional foul. Yate netted their third on 60 minutes a header at the far post from Sean Keet from a Zac Garston cross.

Bishops Cleeve Reserves visit to Kingswood could not produce the same result as their win at Cheltenham Civil Service. They remain second from bottom after going down 2-1. The visitors got off to a disastrous start when they conceded an own goal in the 1st minute. The ball came to Adam Gill who chested it back to his keeper or so he thought but the keeper was missing and the ball went into the net. In the 37th minute Kingswood went 2-0 up when James Gilvear brought the ball under control on the edge of the box before finishing with a great shot into the bottom corner. The visitors put up a better show in the second half and pulled a goal back on 58 minutes this time Gill scrambled the ball over the line at the right end.

Hanham Athletic and Henbury ended all square with 2-2 score-line. It was the home side who went ahead on 30 minutes with a well placed chip over the keeper from Lucas Hart. Henbury levelled on 60 minutes when Jack Bebbington headed home from a corner. The visitor’s then went 2-1 up, again from a corner that was flicked home at the near post by the same player Bebbington. The home side got out of jail in the very last minute when Matt Vickery stabbed the ball home in a goalmouth scramble.

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Gala Wilton romp into the Semi-final with a crushing 5-0 victory over Ellwood. Dion Lee started the ball rolling in the 27th minute with a shot into the bottom corner. Jack James pass to Liam Halliday saw a thunderbolt of a shot into the net for 2-0 lead in the 46th minute. A Danny Hicks flick to Dion Lee allowed the striker to set up Jack James for number three on 60 minutes. 2 minutes later Lee rounded two defenders to score his second. After 71 minutes it was 5-0 when James got to the by-line before pulling the ball back for Myron Turner to score.

The other League Cup fixture scheduled for today was postponed when Thornbury Town found that their dressing rooms had been broken into and a considerable amount of damage had been done to the plumbing.

8th November 2014 - Telephones late show salvages point

The abysmal weather conditions wiped out all but one fixture of the eight scheduled to be played. Bristol Telephones v Frampton United went ahead with a very interesting finally.

35 spectators braved the weather conditions to watch Bristol Telephones and Frampton United finish with a point each in a very exiting 3-3 draw. Considering the amount of rain that had fallen during the morning the pitch played very well. Frampton had the advantage of the wind in the first half but it was Telephones Martin Blacker who tested the Frampton keeper in the second minute of the game. At the other end Kris Bully’s shot was well saved by the home keeper. Play evened out until the 39th minute when Frampton broke the deadlock. The ball had been knocked into a crowded goalmouth, the home side failed to clear and in the scramble Kris Bulley lifted the ball over the keeper for the lead. Frampton pushed the home side hard and the pressure paid off with a second goal on 42 minutes when Nathan Dennis drove a 25 yard free kick into the Telephones net. 

The home side now had the wind advantage in the second half but failed to break through the visitors defence. Dhani Golding struck the crossbar with a screamer of a shot on 54 minutes with the keeper well beaten. The home side made the break through in the 70th minute when Adam Gregory sent over a corner from the right and a bullet header from Dhani Golding flew into the Frampton net. In the 82nd minute and against the run of play Frampton were gifted a third goal. The ball came to Pierce Bryne who attempted to pass the ball back to his keeper but had not realised he had moved off his line and the ball slipped past the keeper into the net. A brilliant interchange of passes between Ryan Hicks and Jack Fillingham almost brought a second goal for Telephones but Frampton keeper Scott Gearon brought of a tremendous save to deny Hick’s. All looked lost for the home side with just minutes left in the game, but in the 89th minute they scored a second from a long free kick knocked into the box and Mike Grist headed home. The home side salvaged a point 3 minutes into time added, this also came from a free kick that was hit long to the far post where Mike Grist rose to head back across goal and past Gearon.

1st November 2014 - Gala Wilton take points at Yate

Biggest surprise of the day was the defeat of Cheltenham Civil Service who lost their unbeaten record to bottom Club Bishops Cleeve Reserves. There are 4 Clubs all on 27 points occupying the next four places in the table.

AEK Boco won at Ellwood to close the gap to 3 points at the top. Berkeley Town lost at Frampton and now find themselves on the bottom of the table.

A mixed performance from both sides at Yate Town Reserves where the visitors were Gala Wilton. The first half was controlled by Gala Wilton who should have been more than 2-0 up at the break. That was down to some outstanding keeping from the Yate keeper Dan Worton. The first effort from the visitors after 9 minutes was a great save by Worten from a Jack James goal bound shot that the keeper pushed around the post for a corner. The resulting corner saw Gala take the lead when Dave Wilkinson’s header from the cross struck both posts before nestling in the back of the net. Just a minute later Worton came to the rescue again. In the 25th minute Joel White struck the Yate crossbar and a minute later Worton saved again with his legs as Martin Smith was clear on goal for the visitors. Gala were rather fortunate with their second goal on 30 minutes a 25 yard shot from Mike Light took a wicked deflection sending Worton the wrong way after the keeper had positioned himself for the shot. The young Yate side hit back in the 32nd minute when Joe Guest broke into the box and was brought down the referee had no hesitation in awarding the penalty. Sean Keet was given the task of taking the spot kick and sent the Gala keeper the wrong way to make it 2-1. Yate had another good opportunity to level the score in the 39th minute but Josh Beddis blasted the ball high over the bar.

The second half never really got going with both sides conceding possession much to frequently resulting in a lot of midfield play but no hits on goal. The only real chance created by the home side was a shot from Josh Beddis that flew across goal just the wrong side of the post. Gala scored a third goal right on 90 minutes, Dion Lee had come on as a substitute fired the ball across Worton into the far corner from just inside the box, which was hard on the home side who had battled well throughout.

Shocks all-round as Bishops Cleeve Reserves who had won just one game all season took the undefeated record from top of the table Cheltenham Civil Service. This being a very local derby, just about 3 miles between the two grounds. Cleeve opened the scoring with a goal from Gareth Davies after 7 minutes, but Jack Sklenar made it 1-1 from a free kick on 15 minutes. Josh Goodhall then put the home side in front on 49 minutes with a 25 yard volley. Cleeve hit back to level on 63 minutes with a goal from Stefan Hunt and 10 minutes later Cleeve were in the lead with a strike from Elliott Marlow. Paul Holmes jumped with the keeper from a long ball floated into the box and found the keeper had misjudged the cross and Holmes had the simple task of tapping the ball home to make it 3-3. The winner for Cleeve came in the 80th minute with Giles Elliott getting that all important goal and the three points.

Ellwood took a two goal lead after 11 minutes the opener coming courtesy of Matt Addis in the 1st minute. Ten minutes later the home side went 2-0 up with a strike from Derek Roberts. AEK Boco were a different side in the second half and hit back on 49 minutes through Richard Sperring. Liam Powell levelled the score on 70 minutes and Boco snatched all 3 points when Charlie Stevens scored on 90 minutes following a corner.

Kingswood’s Simon Clark is the flavour of the day netting four of the five goals in their 5-0 win over Henbury. Clark netted his first on 6 minutes with a neat drive from just inside the box. His second on 15 minutes came from a goalkeeping mistake by the Henbury keeper who dropped the ball right at Clarks feet leaving him a simple task to send the ball home. Frank Hitchings headed home a Josh Stokes cross on 20 minutes for the third and Kingswood went 4-0 up on 25 minutes when James Blackwell was fouled in the box and Clark scored from the spot. Clark’s final goal 2 minutes from the end came from a through ball that put him clear to cheekily chip the ball over the Henbury keeper.

A close game at Southmead CS Athletic in the fixture with Thornbury Town where the home side hit back from a three goal deficit after 67 minutes with two late goals, but was unable to find that elusive third goal to level the score. Toby Bennett gave Thornbury the lead on 35 minutes with a great run at the home defence before firing the ball into the bottom corner. A 25 yard swerving shot from Ash Budd gave Thornbury a 2-0 lead on 53 minutes and then a defensive mix up by the home side allowed Pete Fowler a simple tap home for a 3-0 lead on 67 minutes. The home side upped their game and hit back in the 70th minute when Gary Booths header from a corner struck the crossbar rebounded to John Henson who drove the ball into the net. The home side were had their tails up and scored a second on 87 minutes when Luke Mills went past 3 defenders before hitting the ball into the net.

With other results going the way they did Frampton United 3-1 victory over Berkeley Town sent them to bottom of the table. It was the visitors who took the lead on 12 minutes when Martin Smith headed home a cross into the box. A minute before the break a header from Kris Bulley sent the teams in all square. A great shot from the edge of the box from Matt Cook on 55 minute put the home side in front and on 71 minutes Chris Fower was put clear to round the keeper to make it 3-1.

Rockleaze Ranger continues their good form of recent with a 3-1 win at home to Patchway Town. Not much action in the first 45 minutes but plenty after the break. Patchway’s Ollie Bacon almost gave then the lead on 52 minutes but for a great save from keeper Burgess pushing the ball onto the post. Rangers took the lead just a couple of minutes later when Liam Jenkins scored when he was faced with a one on one situation. An Ed Freeman free kick was headed on to his own crossbar by Ash Brown and was picked up by Tim Downes to put Rangers two up on 75 minutes. Downes then netted a second on 81 minutes to make the score 3-0. Patchway did find the back of the net on 83 minutes from a simple tap in by Matt Davies.

Kings Stanley v Chipping Sodbury Town was keenly contested throughout with both sides having to be content with a draw. Stanley scored first on 35 minutes from a breakaway with Danny Chandler sending over a long cross to the far post where Steve Robertson pounced to head the ball home. Sodbury levelled the score early in the second half when they were awarded a penalty that was taken by Ollie Clark but well saved by Ashley Gale, but Sam Jenkins was quick to react from the rebound and slotted the ball home.

Hanham Athletic upset the applecart with a 1-0 victory over these season’s high scorers Bristol Telephones. The only goal of the game came at the very crucial time of 89 minutes scored by Lucas Hart.