Ron's Match Reports
22nd April 2017 - Bristol Telephones crowned champions
With Bristol Telephones winning the title in mid-week at Little Stoke their last home fixture of the season was against Broadwell Amateurs who had been successful on their previous visit to the ground in the Les James League Cup. The game got off to a brilliant start for the visitors when a long ball found Kristian Burnard to run clear and chip the ball over Will Osborne after just 50 seconds. The home side grafted their way back into the game and it was a long ball up to Lee Pitman who also chipped the ball over the Broadwell keeper Jamie Merry to level the score after 31 minutes. Just a minute before the break the home side grabbed the lead after a ball in from the right just bobbled backwards and forwards before Dhani Golding turned it into the visitors net.
On the restart the home side pushed hard for a third goal and Martin Blacker was only just over from the edge of the box. A few minutes later Blacker blasted a great shot from 25 yards that whistled past the post. Broadwell never really troubled the home side in the second period but were always looking for that second goal. Near the end a great cross from Mike Alvis was met at the far post by Dhani Golding but he failed to direct his header on target.
At the end of the game the players were presented with their trophies and the Cup by the leagues Main Sponsors - Managing Director Cliff Orchard.
A win at Hardwicke in the week meant that Frampton United had to travel to Rockleaze Rangers knowing only a win would guarantee the Runners-up spot. They managed to grab the only goal of the game in the 34th minute to secure the Runners-up position. An early chance fell to Frampton’s Kris Bulley but Sam Burgess saved with his legs. Then in the 34th minute a long cross to the far post was met by Stuart Maule who headed back across goal and into the far corner. Midway through the second half the Frampton custodian James Marklove pulled of a great save to deny Kye Simpson then 10 minutes later Marklove pulled off another good save to deny Nick Jones. Right on time Frampton almost made it 2-0 but Jonathan Lewis’s chip struck the crossbar. Frampton were presented with their Runners-up Trophies after the game.
A 4-0 win at Bishops Cleeve Reserves by Southmead CS Athletic has closed the gap to just 1 point at the bottom. If they should win their last fixture home to Gala Wilton they will avoid finishing bottom. Southmead galloped into a 2-0 lead within the first 10 minutes with both goals being scored by Rob Sivers from long balls over the defence and one-on- one situation with the Cleeve keeper. The visitors went 3-0 up early in the second half when Ashley Harwood headed home from a corner. The Sivers completed his hat-trick with another long ball over the Cleeve defence to run through and score.
Thornbury Town who have completed their fixtures will have to settle for fourth position in the table exactly the same spot they finished last season. They came away from Henbury with a 2-1 win. They opened the scoring on 8 minutes from a corner from the right that was headed home by Joe Guest. The only real chance created by the home side came in the 12th minute a 20 yard free kick that was well saved by the Thornbury keeper. Five minutes before the break Henbury were reduced to 10 men when Reece Purnell received a red card. Thornbury went 2-0 up on 58 minutes from the penalty spot put away by Toby Bennett. The home side although a player short did manage to find the back of the Thornbury net in the 81st minute a Jack Mills free kick from the edge of the box finding the bottom corner.
Kingswood won their home fixture with Gala Wilton 2-0 with a goal in each half by David Parslow. His first on 40 minutes came from a good run down the flank by Jamie Evans a cross into Ryan Mudd and then Mudd setting up Parslow to side foot home. The second came in the last minute of the game when Parslow lobbed the visitor’s keeper from the edge of the box. Gala could hardly muster a shot at the target all game.
Little Stoke and AEK Boco finished all square with a 2-2 draw. A Zac Cosgrove cross to Kevin Williams saw Boco keeper Joe Pople pull off a good save on 10 minutes, then Danny Cochram missed a good chance a couple of minutes later after Owen Greening had done all the work. Stoke went ahead on 20 minutes from a Williams corner headed in by Sasha Tong. Liam Powell the cleared an effort from Tong off the line. In the 30th minute Boco drew level from a Joe Reeves free kick that fell to Liam Crewe on the edge of the box to blast his shot home. Stoke keeper Turner pumped a long ball up field to Simon Knight but Pople was there to prevent the ball going in. In the 55th minute Boco had a great chance to take the lead from a Liam Crewe corner but Jack Withey headed over the bar. The visitors went into the lead on 65 minutes from another Liam Crewe corner this time headed home by Darren Werrett. Stoke levelled the score on 70 minutes from a long ball up field by Chris Church and Russ Church neatly chipped the ball over Pople.
15th April 2017 - Bristol Telephones on brink after win at Frampton
Bristol Telephones go top after their win at Frampton United whilst Stonehouse Town drop to second after being held to a draw at Southmead CS Athletic
Mathematically Bristol Telephones require a win from their last four games to clinch the Championship.
The game of the day was the clash between Frampton United and Bristol Telephones second versus third at the start of the day. The visitors got off to a flying start going ahead after a minute and half with a fortuitous goalfrom a free kick on the left side halfway down the eighteen yard box. It was swung over by Ben Griffiths and the flight deceived home keeper Fraser Wilson struck the upright rebounded onto the keeper and into the net. Frampton’s first attempt on goal in the ninth minutes almost brought them level as Joe Wilton bore down on the ball but Phones keeper Will Osborne just managed to get there first and cleared. On fifteen minutes Wilton was through on goal but again Osborne came to the rescue saving with his legs. From that save the ball was pumped long up field where Mike Alvis was waiting and he strove forward to just outside the box and unleashed an unstoppable shot past Wilson. Frampton could not have got off to a worse start and their slowness to get started had put them two goals down after fifteen minutes. Whilst the visitors always looked dangerous the home side could well have pulled a goal back on twenty nine minutes when Steve Jackson broke through but Osborne smothered the ball. Then just before the break a great cross across the face of the Phones goal was met by Joe Wilton but he fired the ball into the side netting.
Frampton got off to a better start in the second half and a great cross from full back Max Harper-Emerson was just too high for Kris Bulley. In the fifty first minute Osborne brought of two great saves to deny Kris Bulley pulling a goal back for the home side. Then two minutes later a great cross from Nathan Dennis skimmed across the face of the Phones goal and Jack Bartman was unable to get the final touch. The home side were definitely looking to get back into the game but again with a great chance to score Jack Bartman headed over the bar from another good cross from Max Harper-Emerson. In the eighty third minute all the pressure paid of as Steve Jackson split the visitors defence to send Matt Cook clear to slot the ball past Osborne. The home side continued to press and in the eighty sixth minute Max Harper-Emerson had a great chance to level but shot straight into the arms of Osborne.
Southmead CS Athletic’s one - one draw at home to Stonehouse Town virtually wiped out any chance of the visitor’s title hopes. The point however brings the home side tally of points to double figures. Rob Sivers gave Southmead the lead on forty one minutes from Luke Soule’s cross that trickles across the face of the goal for Sivers to side foot home. But within three minutes Stonehouse were level and it came from a corner that was pushed onto the bar by home keeper Shaun O’Keefe only half cleared and Ryan Stewart hammered the ball into the home net. In the second half Stonehouse got the ball into the home net but it was ruled out for offside and near the end Rob Sivers was through on goal but the visitors keeper saved his shot.
AEK Boco really went to town when they hammered five into the Lebeq United net without reply. 240 spectators turned up for this game. The first came after five minutes a cracking shot from Jordan Scott from the edge of the box into the top corner. Just two minutes later Jack Green was put clear by Jason Thatcher to make it two – nil. It was three – nil after seventeen minutes when Harrison Kyte headed home a deep cross to the far post from Richard Sperring. Two further goals in the second half for Boco the first on sixty three minutes when Jason Thatcher scored direct from a corner. In the eighty fifth minute a great through ball from Jack Withy found Liam Jenkins to make it five.
Seven goals at Coombe Dingle where Rockleaze Rangers took on Gala Wilton. It was Gala who went ahead on ten minutes when Josh Homans rounded the keeper. Then in the sixteenth minute Rangers were awarded a penalty but James Kenway’s spot kick was saved by the keeper. A few minutes later Rangers were awarded a second penalty and this time Kenway made no mistake. Danny Webb made it two – one on twenty nine minutes with a shot into the top corner. Into the second half and Danny Webb scored again for the home side on fifty minutes for a three – one lead. Then on the hour mark Gala netted their second when Kyle Bakewell was put clear on goal and ten minutes later Josh Homans got a second for Gala to make it three – three. A Steve Fitzpatrick header on seventy seven minutes put the home side back in front and then had to hang on and clear the ball off the line in the last minute to take the points.
A double from Sasha Tong gave Little Stoke a two – one win at Broadwell Amateurs. Zac Cosgrove missed an early chance for Stoke and home keeper Jamie Merry brought of a great save to deny Owen Greening in the early stages of this game. On forty one minutes Tim O’Loughlin was fouled in the box and Sasha Tong gave Stoke the lead from the spot. A second goal from Tong in the sixty fifth minute picking up a loose ball before firing his shot from the edge of the box past Merry. The home side pulled a goal back on seventy five minutes when Kristian Burnard scored with a simple tap in.
A goalless draw at Bishops Cleeve Reserves where Henbury were today’s visitors. Cleeve looked the better side in the first half although Henbury were unlucky when Luke Cox hit the post in the thirty fifth minute. In the seventieth minute home keeper James Twigg brought off a great save to deny Reece Purnell giving the visitor’s the lead. Cleeves Jack Beardsell went close in the eightieth minute but the keeper saved well. Near the end the home side made an appeal for a handball in the box by the visitor’s but it was turned down by the referee.
8th April 2017 - Leaders Stonehouse lose at AEK
On a lovely spring afternoon perfect for watching football the three top Clubs challenge for the title all lost. In fact the top four Clubs before today’s fixtures all failed to gain any points.
AEK Boco v Stonehouse Town was out destination today. The visitors needed to hit back with a win after last Saturday’s defeat at home to keep up their challenge for the title. It was quite difficult to control the ball on a flat but very hard pitch. The first effort on goal came from the home side on 15 minutes from Harrison Kytes shot that was saved by keeper Will Pedrick. Then at the other end a low cross that skimmed across goal was missed by everyone except Boco’s keeper Joe Pople. Boco’s Liam Crewe should have done better from a cross in from the left but headed over the bar. Luke Barstow gave away a free kick around 20 yards out but Liam Jenkins failed to beat Pedrick. An attempted lob over home keeper Joe Pople by Liam Gale only just cleared the bar. Towns Tim Williams might have done better when he cut on from the left but then fired over the bar. On 35 minutes a Jason Thatcher free kick had to be fisted away by Pedrick and a cracking 35 yard shot from Liam Powell ended up in Pedrick’s arms. On 41 minutes Callum Ball’s shot just skimmed past the post. Town should have taken the lead on 43 minutes from a cross by Andy Maryon that found Liam Gale unmarked but he headed over.
The best chance to open the scoring fell to Jack Green on 59 minutes after the ball was half cleared by Towns defence Green latched onto the loose ball and then had to watch his shot creep agonisingly past the outside of the upright. A free kick from Jason Thatcher on 83 minutes was headed into the Stonehouse net but was instantly disallowed for pushing. The game went into time added after 90 minutes with the result looking like a 0-0 scoreline until Boco broke down the right the ball was slipped into Thatcher who swivelled and hit a 25 yard shot past Pedrick for the lead. There was still 3 minutes to play but the home side saw that out to take the 3 points.
Disappointment to at Bristol Telephones who also went down to a single goal against Harwicke. Nothing much happened in the first 44 minutes with both sides unable to break either sides defence down. Then right on half time a good ball was knocked into the Phones box it was cleared but immediately knocked back in again and as Hardwicke’s Rob Hine challenged Mike Alvis for the ball the unfortunate Alvis hit the ball into his own net. Phones Dhani Golding did get the ball into the Hardwicke net on 60 minutes but it was ruled out for offside. Ben Griffiths had a chance to level on 65 minutes but headed over the bar. Then on 80 minutes Ryan Hicks was just wide from a Luke Palmer corner.
A real off day for Frampton United as they were well beaten by Patchway Town at Scott Park. A dreadful back pass by the visitors on 27 minutes allowed Brandon Benjamin to nip in and slide the ball past the helpless keeper. A great through ball from Raphael Waugh split the visitors defence and Dan Dunt made it 2-0 on 47 minutes. The nail in the coffin for Frampton came on 81 minutes when Dunt returned the compliment and sent Raphael Waugh clear to make it three.
Kingswood also suffered a home defeat at home to Rockleaze Rangers going down 2-1. The home side started really well and went ahead after 1 minute from a Simon Clarke corner that was headed home by Ryan Mudd. They should have increased that lead 5 minutes later when Rangers Richard Bray brought down Jamie Evans in the box for a penalty. Simon Clarke is the usual penalty taker for Kingswood and certainly doesn’t miss many but on this occasion Rangers keeper Sam Burgess guessed correctly and brought of a great save. Rangers levelled the score on 25 minutes when Marcus Williams shot into the bottom corner giving keeper James Cole no chance. Rangers went 2-1 up on 50 minutes when Ashley Palmer headed past Cole for what turned out to be the winner.
Lebeq United finished their home fixtures with a 2-1 win over Little Stoke. The first 24 minutes were fairly even and then in the 25th minute Lebeq took the lead from a 25 yard free kick really well struck by Elan Plummer. Another good chance on 32 minutes was wasted by Plummer but the home side held the lead at half time. On 52 minutes Dominic Holver hit the crossbar and on 63 minutes Little Stoke had the ball in the home net but it was disallowed. Home keeper Amin Jones pulled of a great save in the 75th minute to deny Stokes Simon Knight from levelling the score. Lebeq took a 2-0 lead on 80 minute when Ibrahima Sarr fired a 25 yard shot into the top right corner. With just 2 minutes left Stoke pulled a goal back with a good shot from Josh Hull.
Hanham Athletic have completed their fixtures for the season with a 1-1 draw at home to Broadwell Amateurs. Broadwell took the lead on 17 minutes when Jordan Sheens shot bounced over Heavens hands into the net. Hanham’s George Latham had his shot well saved by the visitor’s keeper Jamie Merry on 26 minutes then Heaven saved again on 40 minutes to keep the home side in the game. Just before the break Ellis Kow almost levelled the score. Latham missed another good chance 2 minutes into the second half before the home side did eventually level the score on 68 minutes from a corner that was driven home by Steve Collins.
Two first half goals from Thornbury Town put Southmead CS Athletic on the back foot with an uphill struggle ahead. The opening goal in the 17th minute came from a long punt by the Thornbury keeper Sheppard and Will Howard latched onto the ball to make it 1-0. In the 25th minute the home side were caught out again by the long ball over the top and this time Craig Lancastle made it two. A third goal on the hour mark virtually sewed the game up for Thornbury when Danny Haines hit a 25 yard shot that struck the upright on its way in.
1st April 2017 - Southmead late show stuns Lebeq
Drama at the top and the bottom of the table as Stonehouse Town lose at home to Frampton United and at the bottom Southmead CS Athletic win at home to Lebeq United.
The leagues bottom Club Southmead CS Athletic pulled of their second win of the season coming from behind to beat Lebeq United two – one. A brilliant second half performance from the home side gave them a well deserved three points, but they could have made it much easier for themselves but for a catalogue of missed chances. Southmead might have taken the lead after eight minutes from a Luke Bayford free kick from thirty five yards that bounce over everyone and then over the Lebeq goal. Then five minutes later a cross into the box for Farai Chiwah was intercepted by keeper Amin Jones. The visitor’s first chance on eighteen minutes a mistake by Southmead’s Gary Booth ended in some poor finishing. Rob Sivers then tested Jones with a shot from the edge of the box. Lebeq snatched the lead on thirty one minutes from a corner on the left which Elan Plummer sent over and Kelvin Williams drove home. Several other chances went begging before the half time whistle brought things to an end.
It was the visitors who almost managed a second goal on fifty four minutes from a Cristian Dacosta free kick that was pushed around the post by keeper Connelly Jarrett. At the other end how the ball did not finish up in the back of the Lebeq net is a mystery as it ran backwards and forward across goal and a tremendous shot from Luke Soule that hit the upright and was eventually cleared. Then came three misses by the home side a header from Dave Johnson and shots from Soule and Chiwah clearing the bar it looked as though it was the same old story. It all turned in the seventy ninth minute from a corner on the left that was sent over by Luke Bayford and headed home by substitute Mamoudou Kourou Badji. Just three minutes later Jones pulled off a great save to deny Rob Sivers header going in and a free kick on the edge of the box struck by Bayford hit the upright. The home side won the game right on time when Tom Hutchings slipped the ball through to Luke Soule to slot the ball past Jones.
Bristol Telephones continue their push for the title with a three – one win at Thornbury Town. The visitors went into the break with a comfortable three – nil lead with the opening goal coming in the twenty fifth minute from Dhani Golding who had a clear run on goal but his first shot was saved but knocked in the rebound. The second on thirty one minutes is undecided who the goal should be credited to as a Ben Grifith shot struck the crossbar and bounced down and Thornbury’s Nathan Sage was unable to avoid the ball as he rushed back to clear and it finished up in the back of the net. The third on forty four minutes also came from a shot that was saved by the home keeper but the ball ran loose to Luke Palmer to drive home. The home side fought back in the second half but could only manage the one goal which was scored by Luke Franklin after sixty eight minutes.
First versus second in today’s fixture at Stonehouse Town where local rivals Frampton United were the visitors. A crowd of one hundred and twenty eight spectators witnessed a good game with the visitors taking the three points with a three – one victory. The home side went ahead on thirty seven minutes from a cross from Liam Gale that was headed home by Daniel Stephens. Frampton hit back to level from a Nathan Dennis swerving cross that was met by Kris Bulley to steer home with his head. Just before the break Bulley gave the visitors a two - one lead. The home side made it hard for themselves on sixty five minutes when Luke Barstow received a red card. Five minutes later home keeper Will Pedrick brought off two great saved to deny Bulley completing his hattrick. Frampton made the game safe on eighty five minutes when Joe Wilton netted a third.
Gala Wilton recorded an excellent three – two win at Patchway Town and led by three goals to – nil after forty five minutes. Sam Webb latched onto a through ball after twenty five minutes to open the scoring for Gala. Patchway had the chance to level just two minutes later from the penalty spot but according to the report Matt Tovey’s spot kick is on its way to the moon. Just a minute later Gala were two – nil up as Jack Jermiah headed home at the far post. A mix up in the home defence allowed Alex Pritchard to make it three – nil on sixty minutes before Patchway brought on Tallen Smith who from his very first touch headed home to make it three – one. With just five minutes to go a great run down the left by Dan Bendall then crossed to Dan Dunt to slide the ball home for Patchway’s second.
AEK Boco pulled off a good two – one win at Kingswood with all the goals coming in the first forty five minutes. The opening goal for Boco in the thirty second minute came from the penalty spot after Joe Blakeney was adjudged to have handled. Boco’s Callum Ball made no mistake from the spot. On forty one minutes the home side drew level as Ryan Mudd swivelled on the edge of the box left his marker to drive the ball home. Within a minute Kingswood were behind again with Boco breaking straight from the kick off driving the ball across goal and in an attempt to clear Joe Blakeney sliced the ball into his own net. Kingswood had a great chance to rescue a point from the game on fifty three minutes from the penalty spot but Adam Eldridge’s shot was well saved by Boco keeper Joe Pople.
Henbury are unbeaten in three games with a two – one victory over Little Stoke. The first thirty minutes of this game honours were even but the home side went ahead when Aaron Anglin was brought down in the box and Jack Mills stepped up to give them the lead from the spot. Stand in keeper Ed Wright pulled of a good save to keep his side in the game on sixty five minutes but then the home side went two – nil up when Aaron Anglin headed home. Little Stokes manager was removed from the technical area for something that was said to the referee. Little Stoke did pull a goal back on seventy four minutes from a corner that Titus Chinyama turned in. The home side almost got a third on eighty minutes but Stoke keeper Matt Turner save well from a Jack Mills free kick.
Two second half goals just two minutes apart saw Hardwicke go away with the three points at Broadwell Amateurs. Both sides had a couple of chances in the first forty five minutes but on sixty eight minutes a perfectly flighted ball into the home box was met by Rob Hine to head Hardwicke into the lead. A second on seventy minutes was from a loose ball picked up by Will Matthews to chip the ball over keeper Jamie Merry. The home side were unable to respond even with a triple substitution and Hardwicke keeper Kenny Edwards having to leave the field injured in the eightieth minute.
Bishops Cleeve Reserves were in action at home for the first time since January and it turned out to be successful as they took the three points against Hanham Athletic with a goal just four minutes from the end. The home side were on top for most of the first forty five minutes but were unable to break through and the only near chance for the visitors was cross shot that struck the crossbar. The winning goal in the eighty sixth minute came from a long throw by Nick Jones that was headed home by Dan Sherry.