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18th October 2014 - Chipping Sodbury maintain unbeaten start at Frampton

The two undefeated teams in the league both continued their successful run. Cheltenham Civil Service winning 4-0 at home to Henbury whilst Chipping Sodbury Town won 2-0 at Frampton United. AEK Boco move into second place with a win at Hanham Athletic, but Gala Wilton drop to fifth after their defeat at Rockleaze Rangers.

Patchway Town win the battle at the bottom to leave Bishops Cleeve Res firmly rooted in last place and Berkeley Town just a point ahead.

The weather stayed fine for a trip to Frampton united this week who were entertaining Chipping Sodbury Town. The first ten minutes was fairly even with a half chance to open the scoring fell to Danny Coombes whose clear shot on goal from the edge of the box went well over the bar. As the game progressed the visitors were using the pace of Coombes Jenkins and Simpson to try to make the break through knocking long balls to the flanks and relying on good service into the box. Frampton defended very well and cut out most of the crosses knocked into their box with keeper Scott Gearon playing his part on several occasions. The best chance fell to the visitors after 35 minutes from a Danny Coombes cross into the box from the right flew across the six yard box with Justin Cattle only managing the faintest of touches. The home side’s only real chance came in the 39th minute from a cross into the box that sped past keeper George Hale but was safely cleared away.

What ever was said in the home dressing room at half time certainly worked as the Frampton side took the game to Sodbury right from the off. 4 minutes into the half a great shot from Matt Cook caught Hale by surprise as the ball rebounded off of him to Chris Fower and with the goal at his mercy he hooked the ball form six yards at the target only to see a Sodbury defender fling himself across the goal and deflect the ball away. At this stage Frampton were in charge and the visitors were struggling to keep them out. In the 56th minute and against the run of play the unthinkable happened as a long ball was punped up field by the visitors it came to Kye Simpson on the left side of the box, he took a couple of touches before unleashing a superb curling shot that bent around keeper Scott Gearon into the Frampton net. Frampton still pushed forward and only a very good save by George hale prevented Matt Cook from levelling the score. Frampton felt they should have had a penalty when Steve Jackson went down in the box but it was turned away by the match officials. A second goal from the visitors in the 81st minute prodded home by Justin Cattle took the stuffing out of the home side, but they were unlucky on the day.

Thornbury Town were coasting after 20 minutes in their home fixture with Berkeley Town after racing into a 3-0 lead .The opening goal after 11 minutes when Rob Wilks rounded a Berkeley Defender on the right side of the box and then fired a low shot that struck the upright on its way in. Nathan Sage made it 2-0 on 15 minutes when he headed home an in-swinging corner from Danny Haines. Luke Franklin put Thornbury 3-0 up on 20 minutes when he went passed the visitors defence before driving the ball home. In the 50th minute Danny Haines received a red card for as bad tackle and from that point on seamed to lose their concentration and in the 75th minute Berkeley pulled a goal back when Dan Gaynor got the ball in the net after a goalmouth scramble. Ten minutes later in almost identical circumstances the score was 3-2 as Mike Reece scrambled the ball home for Berkeley’s second. Thornbury managed to keep the visitors out for the remainder of the game to take the tree points.

Southmead CS Athletic pushed themselves a little further up the table with a narrow 2-1 victory over Yate Town Reserves. The home side took the lead right on half time when Danny Glancy hit a through ball for Vinney Coote drive a sweet left foot shot into the net. A minute into the second half Southmead increased their lead when Danny Warren broke down the flank crossed the ball to Vinny Coote who drove a sweet 25 yard volley into the visitors net. The home side gave away a free kick in the 58th minute after the keeper was adjudged to have handled out side the box and from the resulting free kick Lewis Fogg headed the ball home to make it 2-1.

Patchway Town’s clash with bottom Club Bishops Cleeve Reserves moved them out of the bottom two with a brace of goals from Ashley Brown. The first after 20 minutes came from a break into the box by Matt Davies who was tackled but the ball ran kindly to Brown to tuck the ball into the net. The home side were the better side through out the game and only some outstanding goalkeeping from Gavin Jones kept the score down. He was unable to do much about the second goal from Ashley Brown on 70 minutes as he hit a tremendous shot that stuck the underside of the crossbar before bouncing into the net.

The local derby of the day was at Hanham Athletic who entertained very local rivals AEK Boco in front of an estimated 200 spectators. The crowd at to wait until the last minute of the first half before Hanham‘s George Cryer fired them into the lead. The visitors hit back with a double from Darren Werrett the first after 58 minutes and a second on 71 minutes to give them the lead. The home side were then reduced to ten men in the 72nd minute. Boco finished the day worthy winners when Ben Meaner netted a third goal right on time.

Cheltenham Civil Service march on with another convincing win by 4-0 at home to Henbury. The home side were in control for much of the game and took the lead after 33 minutes when leading goalscorer Jack Sklenar netted from the penalty spot. Three quick goals in the 58th, 60th and 62nd minutes knocked the stuffing out of Henbury. Sklenar got the first followed by Josh Goodhall and John Evens wrapped it up.

Kingswood started the better side and Gary Simmons hit the post on 15 minutes. The visitor’s keeper then brought off a good save from a Simon Clark free kick to keep Bristol Telephones in the game after 25 minutes. The home side got a shock in the 35th minute when Jack Fillingham fired home from six yards to put the visitors one up. Just before the break Ryan Mudd should have levelled but fired over the bar. Clark was unlucky not to level the score on 60 minute but his free kick hit the post. Telephones caught the home side napping in the 62nd minute when they took a quick free kick and Dhani Golding fired home from 10 yards. The home side did reduce the arrears in the 65th minute when Gary Simons scored, but they were unable to get that second goal.

Rockleaze Rangers have found a bit of form of late and took all three points against Gala Wilton who started the day in second place. The first half saw plenty of opportunities but neither side found the back of the net. There was plenty of action in the second half and Tobias Hart missed a great chance to put Rangers in front on 49 minutes. Ranger’s keeper Sam Burgess brought off a great save to deny Dion Lee giving the visitors the lead. The only goal of the game midway through the second half from a mistake by gala the ball falling for Luke Fricker who lobbed the ball over the keeper from 25 yards to put rangers in front. Gala almost levelled in added time but for another great save from Burgess.

Kings Stanley’s first half performance was way under par and were lucky to reach the half way mark only trailing by a single goal although the visitors keeper. Steve Bowles had made several good saves from Liam Gale and Danny Chandler. Darryl Addis gave the visitors the lead on 35 minutes when he turned in a cross from brother Matt Addis. Matt Addis then put Ellwood 2-0 up three minutes into the second half and a few minutes later the home side were trailing 3-0 when Derek Roberts netted from the penalty spot. Stanley hit back on 60 minute when Andy Roberts turned in a cross from Danny Chandler and Jake Davies gave the home side some hope five minutes later with a second goal. Only a great save by the visitor’s keeper Bowles in the dying minutes prevented Stanley from gaining a point.

11th October 2014 - Rockleaze win in league as Kings Stanley advance in the cup

Due to the GFA Challenge Trophy second round being played today there was only one league fixture and a second round Les James League Cup game played today.

For the second week running we visited Southmead CS Athletic who entertained local rivals Rockleaze Rangers. The opening exchanges went to the visitors with Liam Jenkins testing Nick Bowering in the home goal after 4 minutes. At the other end Sam Burgess was also in action preventing the home side taking the lead. The visitors were definitely the better side early on and eventually took the lead in the 18th minute with a break down the right by Luke Fricker who was challenged by Bowering but he squaring the ball back from the by-line for Mark Parson to run the ball into an empty net. Southmead’s Gary Booth 25 yard shot was pushed away by Burgess in the 30th minute preventing the home side levelling the score. Right on half time Rangers got a second goal and it was almost identical to the first with a run by Mark Parsons to the by-line before returning the earlier compliment and squaring the ball back to the edge of the box for Luke Fricker to drive home.

Rangers thought they had scored again 2 minutes into the second half but although the ball was in the net it was disallowed for offside. The home side started to put their game together and really made a good effort to get back into the game. Luke Bayford was the first to have a real go at the Rangers goal on 52 minutes but he was off target. At the other end Bowering brought of a great save from a shot by Harry Rudkin to keep his side in the game. The home side were dominating possession and in the 65th minute only a tremendous save from Burgess prevented Gary Booth’s 25 yard free kick going in. A couple of minutes later another effort from Booth was deflected out for a corner. Vinny Coote should have pulled a goal back for the home side on 71 minutes but he headed wide of the target from a Dany Warren free kick. With the extra pressure being applied by the home side they got a deserved goal on 75 minutes with a cracking low shot by Kane Simpson from the edge of the box. Burgess came to the rescue in the 81st minute when he fisted away a dangerous looking free kick from Vinny Coote. A minute later Gary Booth hit the side netting from a low cross into the six yard box. Unfortunately Southmead finished the game with 10 men when Danny Warren was dismissed after getting involved on the half way line with a Rangers player.

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The other fixture played today was a second round Les James League Cup game. Kingswood had the home advantage over visitors Kings Stanley. Unfortunately for Kingswood the visitors had other ideas. Stanley took the lead in the 25th minute from a long ball that was picked up by Danny Chandler to face the home keeper before slotting the ball home. Kingswood had a great chance to draw level in the 35th minute from the penalty spot but Tom Higgins strike was well saved by the Stanley keeper. Stanley went 2-0 up in the first minute of the second half from another long ball that was latched onto by Jake Davies to slot the ball into the bottom corner. Kingswood came more into the game as it progressed and should have pulled a goal back in the 76th minute but Paul Bleaken fired over the bar from point blank range. A couple of minutes later Stanley scored a third, several errors by the home defence allowed Danny Chandler the opportunity to net his second of the afternoon.

GFA Challenge Trophy Round 2

Five games in this Cup Competition with just one club playing higher opposition the other four were County League encounters. Chipping Sodbury Town were drawn at home to Roman Glass St George from division 1 of the Toolstation League. The home side were much the better outfit in the first 45 minutes and went a goal up on 20 minutes with a fantastic 30 yard drive from Tim Baker. The rest of the half Town squandered numerous chances to have put the game to bed but failed to get the ball in the net again. The failure to score again by the home side bit them in the backside right on half time when Kris Douglas scrambled the ball home following a corner to make it 1-1. Second half the Romans woke up and were much the better side. They went ahead in the 52nd minute after a mix up in the home defence allowed Shah Bhakerd to net second. The poor second half performance from the home side has cost them a place in the next round of the cup.

Bristol Telephomes were drawn at home to Berkeley Town, but after their free scoring last week it took 22 minutes to find the back of the visitors net. A long punt up field by Dhani Golding found Aaron McQuaid to fire home from 20 yards. The second on 50 minute came from a Berkeley goal kick that was headed forward by Kyren Hunt to Dhani Golding to run clear and fire home. Jack Fillingham who hit the target six times last week then made it 3-0 in the 70th minute The home side then got a forth on 85 minutes with a headed goal from Mike Grist and 2 minutes later Berkeley scored a consolation goal a header from Joe Blakeney.

Hanham Athletic go through to the next round with a 2-1 over Frampton United. The home side opened the scoring on 30 minutes when George Cryer’s left footed volley found the back of the net. The home side then got a second on the hour mark a free kick from Josh Dakwa that took a deflection on its way in. 15 minutes from the end Frampton pulled a goal back when Dan Huxstep headed home at the far post. The home side held firm to reach the next round.

Thornbury Town took a 1-0 lead against visitors AEK Boco in a game that was decided by penalties through out. Thornbury’s penalty came in the 33rd minute after the referee spotted some pushing in the box. Craig Lancastle dully dispatched the spot kick for the lead. The visitors hit back in the second half with plenty of determination and levelled the score when a Thornbury defender handled in the box. Charlie Stevens was given the job to take the spot kick and made no mistake. Both teams were unable to find the back of the net again and so it was down to penalties to decide the winner. The eventual score was 6-5 to AEK Boco.

Ellwood v Henbury shared six goals three apiece after 90 minutes the game being decided from the penalty spot, which the home side won 3-0. Henbury opened first after 10 minutes with a 25 yard screamer from Aaron Anglin, but the home side levelled on 18 minutes with an equally well hit shot from Matt Addis. Anglin took full advantage of a mix up in the home defence to score his second 3 minutes later. A 35 minute strike from Darryl Addis brought the score to 2-2 at the break. A minute from the end Julian Addis scored what the home side thought would be the winner but four minutes into added time Aaron Anglin scored his third to send the game into penalties

4th October 2014 - Cheltenham Civil Service take points at unlucky Southmead

The top seven Clubs all recorded victories today whilst the bottom six Clubs tasted defeat. The highest score of the day was by Bristol Telephones with the 13-1 defeat of Yate Town Reserves.

Cheltenham Civil Service kept up their winning run with a 2-0 victory at Southmead CS Athletic. This was a much better performance from Southmead who have been struggling in previous weeks. The visitors can count themselves lucky to go away with the three points after they failed to get a shot or header on target in the first 45 minutes. The home side hustled for every ball and never let the visitors settle and once they had settled down looked the more likely to score. The home side had a great chance to take the lead on 17 minutes from a good build up Terry Caswell created space for a shot on goal but the final shot went way over the bar. Caswell was on target again in the 27th minute a free kick from 25 yards that never really troubled Tim Griffiths in the visitor’s goal. Cheltenham did manage to force their first corner in the 37th minute but it was easily dealt with by the home side. Player Manager for Southmead Gary Booth had Griffiths punching the ball clear from a superb 35 yard free kick just before the break.

The visitors’ first real venture on goal 3 minutes into the second half was a good break down the left but a poor cross in saw the ball drift outside. Against the run of play Cheltenham stole the lead from a long ball out to the right that was knocked into the box and leading goal scorer Jack Sklenar’s miss-hit shot beat home keeper Nick Bowering from 14 yards. The visitors second chance to score came in the 72nd minute after Jack Sklenar lobbed the ball over Bowering but somehow Matt Sykes got back to clear the ball away. The visitors were now getting a little more adventurous and a Jack Sklenar shot from just outside the box went just over the bar. The home side sensed that there was a chance of getting something out of the game and pushed forward more. Gary Booth made a good run down the middle and laid the ball off for Danny Tomlin but he failed to hit the target. Booth tried several shots that hit the target but never really troubled Griffiths. Cheltenham scored an opportunist goal in time added after the 90 minutes was up. The ball fell kindly to Sklenar who had that extra confidence to drive the ball past Bowering.

Bristol Telephones massacred Yate Town Reserves thumping them 13-1. The home side were leading 7-0 just before the break when Luther Larsen netted for Yate. Jack Fillingham hit the target on six occasions with Dhani Golding netting a hat-trick including a penalty. Ryan Webber netted a brace whilst Kyran Hunt and Aaron McQuaid netted the other two.

Chipping Sodbury Town kept up their challenge with a 3-0 win at home to Hanham Athletic. The home side took a little while to get going but took the lead in the 22nd minute with powerful left foot drive from Justin Cattle following a corner. They should have scored again before the break but good chances all headers were squandered by Alex Fox, Kye Simpson and Justin Cattle. Justin Cattle put the home side 2-0 up on 66 minutes after Kye Simpson had set the striker up. The home side were well in control through out the second half and a third goal came in the 84th minute a glancing header from Ruben Draper following a corner.

Gala Wilton hammered six past visitors Patchway Town without reply. On target for the home side was Lee Allen with a brace and further goals from Myron Turner - Alex Pritchard – Joel White and Mark Mason completed the wrought.

AEK Boco continues to challenges at the top with a 3-1 victory at home to Thornbury Town. The open goal came in added time at the end of the first 45 minutes from the penalty spot scored by Charlie Stevens. James Laver put the home side 2-0 up in the 65th minute but Thornbury pulled a goal back through Toby Bennett in the 80th minute. Stevens then missed a second penalty for the home side before James Laver netted his second to seal the points in the 86th minute.

Bishops Cleeve Reserves are still routed to the bottom of the table after yet another defeat this time at the hands of Kings Stanley. Stanley went ahead after 2 minutes with a strike from Liam Gale, but Harry Beaumont made it 1-1 two minute before the break. A double from Danny Chandler on 55 and 80 minutes sandwiched by a goal from Jake Davies on the hour gave the visitors a comfortable 4-1 win.

Ellwood managed a slender 2-1 win over visitors Frampton United. The three goals came in the first 17 minutes of the game. Matt Addis gave the home side the lead after 8 minutes with a simple tap in. Ffollowing a corner in which the ball was bobbling about Derek Roberts gave the home side a 2-0 lead on 16 minutes. A minute later Frampton pulled one back with a goal from Ryan Vincent following a mix up in the home defence.

Berkeley Town cannot seem to hang on the lead these days. They were going really well against Kingswood and opened the scoring in the 33rd minute when the visitors defence failed to cut out a through ball to Dan Turner who scored from close range. Turner then scored again in the 36th minute, again the visitors defence were caught out letting him in to net. Within 2 minutes Kingswood pulled one back when Paul Bleaken’s free kick was deflected into the home net. The visitors levelled the score one minute into the second half from a break down the flank by Ryan Mudd who squared the ball back for Bleaken to net his second. Kings wood then went on to win the game with a penalty netted by Tom Higgins in the 62nd minute.

Henbury and close rivals Rockleaze Rangers had to settle for a point each. Rangers took a first half lead on 15 minutes with a tap in from Neil Simmons, but within 2 minutes Henbury were level with 25 yard power drive from Adam Rosser.