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16th December 2017 - Broadwell quick off the mark to win at Frampton

Lebeq United close the gap at the top with a win at Kingswood as Thornbury town are held to a draw at Henbury.

Broadwell Amateurs stunned Frampton United with two goals in the first 13 minutes of this game at the Bell Field. The home side were unable to contain the constant attacking as the visitors went into the lead after just 2 minutes as a cross from the left by Jordi Sheen was headed past keeper James Marklove by Billy Guest. The home side were caught again on 7 minutes from a long free kick to the edge of the Frampton box that Liam O’Neil tried to hook over the bar but only succeeding looping the ball over his own keeper. A low free kick from the edge of the box by Broadwell’s Liam Thomas only just went past the outside of the post and a minute later Jordi Sheen’s shot just dipped over the bar. The home side did manage to get a shot on goal in the 13th minute when Manolo Marquez Espada was just wide with a shot from the edge of the box. Kris Bulley then lifted a fair chance over the bar. At the other end a cracking 25 yard shot from Kristian Burnard was pushed over the bar by Marklove. Liam Thomas broke down the left and sent over a graet cross into the box but Marklove was able to collect.

Frampton pulled a goal back on 59th minute from a long free kick from their own half that bounced awkwardly for the Broadwell defence and Ryan Vincent got behind them and scored with a brilliant shot from a very tight angle. The home side were having a fair share of the ball at this stage and several attacks looked promising but good defending and some excellent goalkeeping from Jamie Merry kept the home side at bay. A third goal on 74 minutes from Broadwell made it tough for the home side to get anything from the game, Kristian Burnard got the ball wide on the left sent over a cross to the far post where Harry Williams was waiting to head past Marklove. The visitors were lucky when a shot from the home side was hammered into the box it was cleared but hit another Broadwell defender it cannoned goal-wards but Merry got down well to save. Danny Latham had a good chance to make it 4-1 on 81 minutes but his shot was just wide of the target. The last action of the afternoon was a good shot from Frampton’s Jake Lowe but Merry was their again.

AEK Boco have jumped to third in the table after thrashing Patchway Town 10-0. The home side dominated the game and restricted the visitors to just one chance that came in the first half a tremendous 30 yard shot from Tom Potterill that went over the bar. The onslaught start on the 14th minute when Jack Green’s shot was saved by the keeper by Harrison Kyte hammered home the rebound. It was Luke Basseng’s chance next to score two quick goals the first he hammered into the bottom corner followed by a header from a Liam Crewe cross. Boco made it 4-0 by the break with a ten pass movement ending with Liam Crewe sending over a cross to the far post for Harrison Kyte to volley home. The fifth on 55 minutes came from centre back Luke Nash who had sauntered forward for a corner saw the ball half cleared to Harrison Kyte and his cross into the six yard box found Nash to stab the ball in. Jack Winter then cruised past several defenders and curled the ball around the keeper and following that Jordan Scott then scrambled the ball home. Darren Werrett’s cross was finished off by Jack Green shooting under the keeper. Jordan Scott then grabbed his second when he was put clear by Kyte. The final goal was knocked in by Jack Green after another scramble in the goalmouth. But for the visitors keeper making at least half a dozen great saves this could well have been a much worse result for Patchway.

  • Frampton United (Blue) v Broadwell Amateurs (Claret/Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Frampton United (Blue) v Broadwell Amateurs (Claret/Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Frampton United (Blue) v Broadwell Amateurs (Claret/Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Frampton United (Blue) v Broadwell Amateurs (Claret/Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Frampton United (Blue) v Broadwell Amateurs (Claret/Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Frampton United (Blue) v Broadwell Amateurs (Claret/Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Frampton United (Blue) v Broadwell Amateurs (Claret/Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Frampton United (Blue) v Broadwell Amateurs (Claret/Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

Lebeq United came away from Kingswood with a 5-1 win that closed the gap at the top to 6 points and they have two games in hand. The visitors took the lead on 10 minutes from a break down the right and a cross into the near post that was turned in by Nathan Hall. United went two up on 21 minutes another break this time down the left and the cross being turned in by Shah Bhakerd. Then Lebeq missed a penalty just 5 minutes later. Kingswood scored in the 41st minute from a free kick knocked into the box where it bobbled about before Levi Morris lashed it into the net. Elan Plummer then chipped the keeper on 71 minutes for a 3-1 lead and 5 minutes later Plummer cut in from the flank and unleashed a shot that rattled into the bottom corner. The final goal on 83 minute came from the penalty spot put away by Mohamed Eljadei.

Thornbury got out of jail late in their game at Henbury. The home side created the better chances after a very tight first 35 minutes the first opportunity arose on 40 minutes when full-back Tom Palmer broke clear on goal but then failed to get the ball past keeper Tom Sheppard. A minute later George Loud cut in from the flank but then fired the wrong side of the post. Then right on half time Jacob Hicks who was well placed fired over the bar. Henbury took the lead on 53 minutes from a great cross from George Loud that found Andy Dickinson to send a bullet header past Sheppard. Sheppard then saved from Loud pushing the ball around the post for a corner. Thornbury were unlucky in the 65th minute and could have levelled after Dan Rees made a good recovery from his collision with home keeper Dan O’Brien to get his shot on target only to see Aaron Rosser clears the ball off the line. Thornbury did however manage to get the equalising goal on 85 minutes after piling pressure on the home defence Henbury failed to clear and Brandon Benjamin’s low cross was swept in by Substitute Nathan Irwin.

Hardwicke suffered a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Wick who by all accounts were the better side on the day. Wick went ahead on 15 minutes after Harwicke keeper Chris Perks saved well from Jake Robertson only for Joe Thomas to stab the ball home from the rebound. On 26 minutes Wicks’s Shaun Morris picked the ball up and let fly from 25 yards with his shot being well saved by Perks. Perk was in action again a few minutes later this time denying Jake Robertson trying to convert a Danny Sheldon cross. A great 18 yard shot from Hardwicke’s Paul Carter saw Wick keeper Tyler Edmunds pushing the ball over the bar. In the 65th minute Paul Carter sent Will Matthews clear to fire past Edmunds to make it 1-1. Wick grabbed all three points in the 83 minute when Danny Sheldon broke down the right sent in a cross for Alan Williams to slot past Perks.

Stonehouse Town continue to climb the table with another home win this time against bottom Club Hanham Athletic. Andy Maryon gave the home side the lead on 14 minutes with a low shot that the keeper could only help into the net. Maryon was involved in the second goal on 25 minutes setting up Luke Soule to find the back of the visitor’s net. In the 56th minute Tim Williams set off on a mazy run before finding Luke Soule to make it 3-0. Within a minute Hanham had pulled a goal back when Tom Bircham’s through ball set up Jamie Fry to hammer the ball home. Liam Gale’s corner found Dan Stephens to power the ball home in the 66th minute and Jamie Fry was unlucky not to get a second for the visitors but his shot struck the bar.

9th December 2017 - Hardwicke and Lebeq share spoils

3 Fixtures postponed today in the North of the County leaving just 5 that were completed.

Second place in the table Lebeq United travelled to Hardwicke who are currently lying third on the same number of points but with an inferior goal difference. It was the coldest Saturday of the season so far but the game itself was fast and furious with both sides making it very competitive. Lebeq United might have scored as early as the 6th minute when a ball cut back from the by-line by Shaquille Hunter was basted over the bar by Elan Plummer. Then Cameron Brown tried his luck from 25 yards but that went over the bar as well. At the other end United’s keeper Maciej Jesionowski saved well from a Will Matthews effort. Then Hardwicke keeper Chris Perks saved well at the near post from Hunter. On 23 minutes a long ball out of United’s defence found Elan Plummer who cut into the centre of the box and let fly with a shot that cannoned off the crossbar, Hunter picked it up but then saw his shot pushed away for a corner by Perks. In the 27th minute Mohamed Eljadei lost possession to Steve Bick about 30 yards out, the Hardwicke player headed towards the united goal but his final shot was not good enough to beat the keeper. The 28th minute saw United take the lead with a cracking through ball from Ibrahima Sarr that found Elan Plummer unmarked and he fired the ball past Perks. Within 2 minutes Hardwicke were level as Rich Mansell’s left footed curling free kick to the far post was ushered home by Rob Hine. Hardwicke had another free kick just on the edge of the box and Mansell was on Target but it was saved by the United keeper.

The home side got off to a dreadful start to the second half finding themselves 2-1 down in the 47th minute after Plummer was brought down in the box leaving the referee no choice but to award a penalty. Cameron Brown took the kick and sent Perks the wrong way. The home side were behind for just 5 minutes when Tobie Webb broke into the United box - his shot was well saved by Jesionowski but Will Matthews slotted the ball home to level the score once again. Hardwicke were unlucky when Tobie Webb’s free kick from the flank almost beat the keeper but he just managed to push it onto the bar. Ibrahima Sarr then saw his shot well saved by Perks whilst at the other end Jesionowski pulled off a good save to deny a header from Rob Hine. This result keeps both teams in the same positions in the table with Hardwicke playing a game more.

Kingswood improved their chances of moving up the table with a 6-0 victory over bottom Club Hanham Athletic. The home side went ahead after just 6 minutes from a ball over the defence that Charlie Read latched onto and neatly chipped the keeper. The second goal was rather fortunate as a low cross into the Hanham box was turned into the net by a defender. On 53 minutes Junathian Walker turned in a great cross from Levi Morris. On 75 minutes Hanham were down to 10 men and just after that incident Levi Morris scored from a tight angle to make it 4-0. Kingswood then scored 2 late goals both netted by Nick Bishop the first on 86 minutes and his second 2 minutes into time added.

  • Hardwicke (Blue) v Lebeq United (Red), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Hardwicke (Blue) v Lebeq United (Red), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Hardwicke (Blue) v Lebeq United (Red), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Hardwicke (Blue) v Lebeq United (Red), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Hardwicke (Blue) v Lebeq United (Red), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Hardwicke (Blue) v Lebeq United (Red), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Hardwicke (Blue) v Lebeq United (Red), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Hardwicke (Blue) v Lebeq United (Red), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Hardwicke (Blue) v Lebeq United (Red), Images courtesy Peter Langley

AEK Boco had 96 spectators watching them on this bitterly cold day against local rivals Wick. The first 45 minutes produced very little in the way of scoring chances with Wick’s Mike Hardiman blasting a free kick from the edge of the box over the bar. Boco started really well in the second half and took the lead within a minute of the start a cross from Liam Jenkins saw Jack Greens looping header give them the lead. The second came on 70 minutes when Luke Basseng sent Scott Jordan clear to score. 5 minutes from the end Luke Basseng set up Liam Powell to run clear with a one on one situation he slotted the ball under him to make the final score 3-0.

Southmead CS Athletic almost pulled off a surprise win at home to Little Stoke who made it easier for the home side when they had Fraser Robertson sent off for a bad tackle in the 19th minute. Goalless at the break the home side went ahead on 50 minutes with a goal from Frank Stallard burying it into the bottom corner from 10 yards. 10 minutes later the home side committed the cardinal sin and gave away a penalty a long ball had been played into the Southmead box there was some pushing and the referee awarded a penalty. Sam Hill took the kick and made no mistake from the spot.

Unfortunately no goals to report between Henbury and Broadwell Amateurs. A near miss from a free kick by Liam Thomas that hit the post was the only effort on goal by the visitors, then just before the break Broadwell’s keeper Jamie Merry brought of a great save to deny Henbury’s George Loud. The home side had a great chance to score on 50 minutes when Jacob Hicks sent over a cross from the flank but both George Loud and Dan Dodimead went for the same ball and the chance was wasted. The home side were down to ten men of 80 minutes when Shaun Heal was dismissed for a second yellow card. The final chance fell to Kieran Cooper in the 89 minute when he found himself clear on goal but took the choice to shoot from 25 yards when he might have got a little closer and the shot was saved.

2nd December 2017 - Rockleaze end winless streak

Rockleaze Rangers recorded their first win since the 30th September with a 4-1 victory over Kingswood. They showed their intentions right from the start when Kingswood’s keeper Chris Fox had to punch the ball clear in the first minute. A free kick from the right saw Malique Christian’s header pushed away by Fox and Bendall following up shot wide. The home side went one up on 16 minutes from a cross from the right flank that was poorly defended by Kingswood and the ball came out to Dan Bendall to fire home from the edge of the box. Kingswood’s first effort after 25 minutes was a shot from Nick Bishop that was easily dealt with by Rangers keeper Will Stabb. Dan Webb then broke clear for Rangers but his shot went wide of the far post. Webb made up for that miss on 33 minutes when his 25 yard shot flew into the top corner for a 2-0 lead. Kingswood failed to make any inroads in the first 45 minutes.

2 minutes into the second half Rangers went 3-0 ahead when Brad Thomas tapped home from a low cross. Bendall should have scored to make it four on 54 minutes but shot wide of the target. Just a couple of minutes later Dan Webb put Rangers 4-0 up. At the other end Kingswood’s Charlie Read hooked the ball just over the bar then on 69 minutes Matt Poole pulled a goal back for the visitors when he was put clear down the right cut into the box and fired the ball past Stabb with a great left foot shot. A 25 yard shot from central defender Adam Eldridge almost gave the visitors some hope but it went just the wrong side of the post.

  • Rockleaze Rangers (Red) v Kingswood (Yellow), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Rockleaze Rangers (Red) v Kingswood (Yellow), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Rockleaze Rangers (Red) v Kingswood (Yellow), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Rockleaze Rangers (Red) v Kingswood (Yellow), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Rockleaze Rangers (Red) v Kingswood (Yellow), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Rockleaze Rangers (Red) v Kingswood (Yellow), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Rockleaze Rangers (Red) v Kingswood (Yellow), Images courtesy Peter Langley

Patchway Town had no answer to a rampant Henbury side and were defeated 9-1 at home. The star of the day for Henbury without any doubt was the seven goals scored by Jacob Hicks with the other two being netted by George Loud and Craig Davis. The home side were trailing 6-0 at the break and Hicks had scored 5 of them. Henbury were 3-0 up after 15 minutes all scored by Hicks the first a tap in then a low shot into the corner and the third went under the keeper. Two more followed a tap in from close range and a rasping shot from outside the box made it 5-0 with George Loud netting the sixth right on half time. Hicks then netted number seven before Matt Davis pulled a goal back for Patchway but that did not deter the scoring machine of Henbury as Hicks then made it 8-1 and finally Craig Davis scored to make the score nine – one.

Lebeq United lost more ground when they were held to a 2-2 draw at home to AEK Boco. Boco went ahead on 12 minutes from a free kick that was well struck by Jason Thatcher and then took a deflection off of Jack Green into the net. The home side lost the services of Rick Davis on 17 minutes with a bad injury and his place was taken by Cameron Brown. Twaine Plumber was only just wide on 25 minutes as the home side started to pile on the pressure which eventually paid off when Elan Plummer burst through to fire past keeper Joe Pople. Boco retook the lead on 70 minutes when Luke Basseng turned and fired home from 10 yards. A rare mistake by Boco keeper Joe Pople handed the home side a life-line when his kick went straight to substitute Cameron Brown to level the score.

Thornbury Town continue the challenge for the title with a hard fought 3-1 win against Southmead CS Athletic and for the third week running Craig Lancastle netted a hattrick. The home side went ahead on 26 minutes when Lancastle was brought down in the box and then took the spot kick for a 1-0 lead. Southmead shook the home side on 35 minutes when Lucas Spindola lunged at a low cross into the box and touched the ball home. Lancastle restored the lead in the 51st minute when he found himself in acres of space in the box and slotted the ball in. His third on 72 minutes came from some individual skill rounding two defenders before slotting the ball home.

Wick found themselves on the end of a 2-0 home defeat to Frampton United although they did create several early chances. Frampton also had two good chances to break the deadlock midway through the half but good saves by both goalkeepers and a couple of near misses kept the score-line to 0-0 until the 45th minute when Kris Bulley gave Frampton the lead. The visitors grabbed a second on 60 minutes from a ball into the Wick box that was only half cleared and Manolo Marquez Espada fired a low shot under keeper Tyler Edmonds. The home side had some late chances but were unable to find the back of the Frampton Net.

Hardwicke are up there in the top three also making a challenge for the title and came away from bottom Club Hanham Athletic with a 4-0 win. The home started well and created several good scoring opportunities before the visitors took the lead on 20 minutes a header from Mark Carter that stand in keeper Craig Sperring was unable to keep out. 3 minutes later it was 2-0 to Hardwicke Will Matthews getting on the score sheet. In the second half Jamie Fry went close on two occasions for the home side before a Steve Bick cross come shot landed up in the back of the Hanham net on 84 minutes and a few minutes later it was 4-0 from an own goal deflected in from a corner.

  • Lebeq United (Red) v Aek Boco (Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Lebeq United (Red) v Aek Boco (Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Lebeq United (Red) v Aek Boco (Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Lebeq United (Red) v Aek Boco (Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Lebeq United (Red) v Aek Boco (Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

Little Stoke will be please with their 4-1 win over Gala Wilton coming back from the hiding at Thornbury last week. A cross from Dan Cockram gave Sam Hill the chance to put Stoke ahead on 12 minutes. The home side had several near misses with efforts from Jesse Owens and Tim O’Loughlin before the break and Mark Edwards fired over the bar for Gala. A great chance for Gala came in the 50th minutes as Edwards set up Jack Jerimiah but he hit his shot over the top. Stoke went 2-0 up on 56 minutes from a cross that was headed down to Jesse Owens to volley home. Gala made it 2-1 on 65 minutes when Sam Green headed home Ryan Dobbins corner. Stoke made sure of the point with two late goals the first on 75 minutes Owens and Hill setting up Sam Thomas to score and on 80 minutes O’Loughlin and Rugman combined to send Kieran Williams in for a 4-1 lead

GFA Challenge Trophy

Stonehouse Town exit the Cup in the third rounds going down 2-1 to Toolstation league premier Division side Cadbury Heath. They put up a good show against a side two divisions above them. The visitors started brightly but it was the home side who took the lead on 12 minutes when Sasha Tong headed home from a free kick. Liam Gale went close following a Tim Williams free kick for the visitors on 28 minutes. Heath went 2-0 up on 52 minutes with a fantastic strike from Matt Huxley but Stonehouse hit back on 67 minutes when Dan Stephens rose above the home defence to head home. In the closing minutes Stephens almost levelled but his effort went just past the post.