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Ron's Match Reports

13th January 2018 - Broadwell take points at Stonehouse Town

Thornbury Towns win at Kingswood keeps them clear at the top by six points but there are new contenders for the title in Broadwell Amateurs after their win at Stonehouse Town.

The bottom five teams all lost today.

Stonehouse Town went down 2-0 at home to Broadwell Amateurs and lost ground after their excellent win in the week at Lebeq United. The first chance of the match fell to Broadwell on 20 minutes a powerful strike from Liam Thomas that hit the post. Just 4 minutes later the visitors took the lead from a free kick that was headed in by Jordi Sheen. The home side then missed a couple of good chances when Jonny Brodie headed over and Liam Walsh in acres of space also missed the target. 5 minutes before the break another chance went begging for the home side when Tim Williams headed Lewis Fogg’s free kick over the bar. 5 minutes into the second half Town had another good chance to level the score from a corner that was only partially cleared by Broadwell but centre back Jordan Rouse missed an open goal. Broadwell scored a second on 78 minutes from a free kick that struck the crossbar fell nicely to Greg Lewis to finish off.

A heavy defeat for Southmead CS Athletic at Frampton United going down 7-1. A high Lewis Wilton shot on 6 minutes caught the keeper out and the ball dropped through his hands into the net. The visitor’s first chance came after 20 minutes a shot from Simeon Hopkins that was saved by keeper Marklove. On 40 minutes a Manolo Espada free kick was headed back across goal and Lewis Wilton finished it off. 3 minutes later Frazer Wilsons shot was deemed to have crossed the line for a 3-0 lead. The second half saw a hattrick from Ryan Vincent the first coming on 60 minutes. Then on 75 minutes Southmead scored their only goal a shot from Lucas Spindola that hit the inside of the post on its way in. Three more goals were to follow for the home side Jack Bartman on 80 minutes then a double from Ryan Vincent on 86 and 89 minutes.

Local derby Hanham Athletic v Wick ended in a convincing victory for the visitors 6-0. The homes side had the first chance to open the scoring when Sam Brown’s free kick was well saved by keeper Edmunds. The opening goal for the visitor came in the 21st minute from a scramble in the Hanham goal and Allen Williams got the final touch. a very short time had elapsed when wick went 2-0 up after Sam Brown put through his own goal. Two further goals just before half time Joe Thomas running clear of the home defence on 42 minutes and a second for Allen Williams a tap in from close range made it 4-0 at the break. In their first attach after the break Jake Robertson made it 5-0 and on 60 minutes Robertson scored his second to make the final score 6-0.

Thornbury Town continue to lead the table and gained another 3 valuable points at Kingswood today. A well worked move down the right on 7 minutes saw Craig Lancastle turn a good cross into the net for a 1-0 lead. The home side lost possession around 16 minutes and Brandon Benjamin capitalised and put Thornbury two up. The second half saw the home side create several chances but failed to get the ball into the visitors net then 3 minutes from the end a long ball over the home defence found Lancastle to lob the ball over Fox to make it 3-0.

AEK Boco were only leading 1-0 at the break but this goal came from a brilliant eight pass move that was saw Jack Green fire the ball into the net. The visitors were unlucky when their keeper had to leave the field on 40 minutes with an outfield player taking his place. Early in the second half Callum Ball decided to go on a solo run before hitting a 30 yard shot past the Gala keeper. Harrison Kyte made it 3-0 when the ball deflected straight to him and he hit his shot from just inside the box into the bottom corner. Luke Basseng raced onto a through ball to complete the scoring on 72 minutes.

Hardwicke had most of the play in the first half in their home fixture with Little Stoke but it remained goalless at the break. Steve Bick was brought down in the box early on but the match official waved play on. Then midway through the half Paul Carter was just over with a good shot. On 35 minutes a cross from Will Higgins to Paul Carter saw Amin Jones pull off a great save for Little Stoke. Just before the break Jones again saved well to deny Craig Harris. The home side took the lead on 52 minutes from a corner after Rob Hines header was cleared off the line the ball was cleared for a second corner and this time Carters cross was powerfully headed in by Will Matthews. Several more chance by the home side went begging before Little Stoke levelled the score on 65 minutes with a free kick from Luke Sperring that whipped past the wall and bobbled into the Hardwicke net. The winner on 78 minutes for the home side stemmed from a great piece of dribbling fro Matthews who smashed the ball against the post by Will Higgins was following in to knock the ball home.

Henbury had a tough game against today’s visitors Ruardean Hill Rangers but managed to win the game by the odd goal in three. The home side took an early lead when a Jack Mills free kick was spilled by keeper Underwood and Tom Palmer knocked the ball in. Underwood then saved well from Keiron Cooper. The visitors thought they should have had a penalty on 21 minutes but it was waved away. Andy Dickinson then missed a glorious chance on 30 minutes from a Cooper cross for the home side. A corner from Luke Cox on 40 minutes that sped across the box was missed but Aaron Rosser but George Loud was on the far post and he made no mistake for a 2-0 lead at the break. 5 minutes into the second half Ruardean pulled a goal back and it came fro Charley Mason’s free kick from the edge of the box deceiving the home keeper. The visitors lost Luke Johnson on 70 minutes after a clash with Aaron Rosser. The visitors almost levelled on 80 minutes when Shaun Tingles shot hit the post and a few minutes later Tingle saw his goal bound effort just tipped over the bar by keeper Simon Bone.

Rockleaze Rangers ran out 4-2 winners over local rivals Patchway Town. Dan Webb gave the home side the lead on 17 minutes from the penalty spot. Patchway keeper Boulton saved well from Ali Boyer on 26 minutes. Rangers took a 2-0 lead on 55 minutes when Kyle Ford slid the ball over the line from a Hammond free kick. 5 minutes later it was three as Boyer raced away from the Patchway defence. Town hit back just a minute later with a fantastic goal from just inside the Rangers half by Shuah-Anthony Okonmah that dipped over the head of keeper Will Stabb. On 86 minutes the Patchway centre back Pritchard misjudged his headed clearance and the ball dropped to Dan Webb to chip the ball over Boulton from 20 yards. Patchway score a second on 89 minutes when Dan Rees fired home from 12 yards.

6th January 2018 - Stonehouse hold off Patchway Fightback

Patchway Town v Stonehouse Town was our destination today.

This was the first fixture that Patchway had played since they lost heavily at AEK Boco before Christmas. The way it started with Stonehouse Town opening the scoring in the first minute of the game looked as though they were going to be on the end of another possible hiding. Stonehouse dominated the first 28 minutes and at that stage they were leading 5-0. The opening goal came from a long ball up to Liam Gale with Lee Keveren finishing off his cross. Just 2 minutes later it was 2-0 this time Luke Soule just drifted past his marker and gave home keeper no chance. Patchway did have their first chance on 15 minutes but Antonio Nurse shot wide of the goal. The visitors third on 17 minutes was an own goal after a scramble in the goalmouth. Liam Gale then missed a great chance for the visitors and at the other end David Ishi was through on goal but could not get the ball past Adam Clark in the visitors goal. Another dreadful mistake on 23 minutes allowed Luke Soule through clear on gaol to make it 4-0 and 5 minutes later a corner from the right to the near post was headed on and Lee Keveren hooked the ball into the net. The home side barely ventured into the Stonehouse half but on 34 minutes they broke down the left and the cross into the box was met by David Ishi whose shot hit the keeper on the way into the net. Within a minute it was 5-2 when the home side strung several good passes together and then fed the ball through to Ishi to net his second.

The second half again was dominated by the visitors then on 58 minutes the home side broke away and Joe Dalby ran through on goal only for his shot to be smothered by Clark. Just 2 minutes later Patchway stuck their third goal of the game when Dan Rees chased the ball to the bye-line cut back then drove the ball in off the keeper from a very tight angle. The visitors continued to press hard but somehow the home side managed to keep the ball out of their net with some stout defending and several great saves from their keeper Luke Bragg with one save in particular a point blank shot from Keveren. It finished 5-3 to the visitors but Patchway can take heart from this result after that hammering several weeks ago.

Lebeq United closed the gap on leaders Thornbury Town who were not in action today with a 4-0 win at home to Hanham Athletic. The home side almost went ahead on 15 minutes but Hanham keeper Max Heaven brought of a great save to deny Leroy Swaby. United did open the scoring on 25 minutes when a brilliant pass from Mohamed Eljadei was controlled by Shah Bhakerd and blasted into the net. It was almost two on 45 minutes but Cameron Browns shot went just wide. On 55 minutes Brown drifted past four Hanham players before setting up Bharkerd to score his second. Bharkerd might have completed his hattrick but with clear shot on goal failed to beat keeper Heaven. On 75 minutes the home side made it 3-0 when Warren Collins scored his first goal for the club. The home side completed the scoring on 77 minutes when Abdirizak Hussein ran clear to slip the ball past the hapless Hanham keeper.

Broadwell Amateurs 3-0 win over Kingswood moves them up into third place in the table. Kingswood had a glorious chance to go ahead on 20 minutes but somehow Kristian Burnard managed to clear off the line. Kingswood keeper Chris Fox then brought off a great save to deny Liam Thomas on 33 minutes. The home sides Harry Williams could have done better with a couple of good chances in the first half but it ended all square with neither side able to break the deadlock. On 55 minutes Liam Thomas rounded his defender and then squared the ball across goal for Harry Williams to give the home side the lead. Then on 67 minutes Williams scored again for a 2-0 lead. The final goal on 90 minutes was a fine individual effort from Jordi Sheen.

Rockleaze Rangers at one stage were leading in their visit to Wick but eventually lost 4-2. Wick’s opening goal came on 20 minutes from a cross from the left being picked up by Joe Thomas and his low shot flew under keeper Will Stabb. A fantastic 20 yard drive from Rangers Dan Bendall was just tipped over the bar by keeper Tyler Edmonds. Allen Williams then missed a great chance for the home side to increase their lead. On 41 minutes Rangers got the equaliser – a long free kick from the right was met by Ali Boyer whose looping header went over Edmonds and dropped in the net. In the 50th minute a chance opened up for Rangers when home keeper Edmonds dropped a simple ball but they managed to get it clear. Wick then thought they had a certain penalty but the Referee waved play on. Just after this Rangers went into the lead when Marcus Williams turned sharply and fired a shot into the bottom corner. Wick hit back to level on 77 minutes when Ben Stiff scored from just inside the box. Rangers Ali Boyer then missed a great chance to put his side back in front and at the other end Mike Hardiman struck the crossbar. Wick went in front on 89 minutes when Rangers gave away a free kick right on the edge of the box and Shaun Morris hit the top corner. Just a minute later a Rangers defender brought down Dan Payne in the box and Hardiman made it 4-2 from the spot.

GFA Challenge Trophy

The Marcliff Gloucestershire County Football League have two Clubs in the Semi-finals after Hardwicke and Ruardean Hill Rangers won their quarter-finals games today.

Hardwicke knocked out Toolstation League Premier side Cadbury Heath 1-0 whilst Ruardean Hill Rangers went through after drawing 2-2 with Somerset County Side Shirehampton and then won 7-6 on penalties.

At Hardwicke Cadbury Heath should have taken the lead on 30 minutes but Sasha Tongs point blank header went straight into the arms of keeper Chris Perks. The home sides first effort on 35 minutes was wasted as Tobi Webb gave striker Will Matthews a clear shot on goal but he hit it way over the bar. The home side thought they should have had a penalty on 42 minutes when Tobi Webb was brought down in the box but the referee thought otherwise. Right at the start of the second half Tong was guilty of missing another point blank header. The home side took the lead on 52 minutes when Paul Carter sent over a cross that was met by Steve Bick whose header was saved by the Heath keeper but the ball went to Tobi Webb whose acrobatic overhead kick nestled in the back of the Heath net. The home side had to withstand a lot of pressure before the final whistle blew that sent them into the Semi-finals.

Ruardean Hill Rangers playing at this level for the very first season also find themselves in the Semi finals. Although they did have to come from behind twice during the 90 minutes. There were several chances for both sides in the first 45 minutes but at the break it was still 0-0. Shirehampton went ahead on 66 minutes with a sweet move that saw Joe Harvey find the back of the home net. Then Underwood brought off a great save to deny Scott Bamford making it 2-0. On 71 minutes Rangers drew level after a cross from Luke Johnson was headed home by Nick Jayne. Shirehampton got a second with just 5 minutes to go when Scott Bamford’s free kick beat Underwood. A last gasp equaliser right on 90 minutes from Bobby Walding sent the tie into penalties. Three great saves from home keeper Aaron Underwood and the winning penalty scored by captain Dan Mason gives them their deserved Semi-final place.

Frampton United were also in action in the Trophy today but unfortunately were defeated 2-0 by Hellenic League Premier side Brimscombe & Thrupp. It was early action for home keeper James Marklove pulling off a good save after 5 minutes to keep his side in the game, but he could not prevent the visitors taking the lead on 20 minutes as a header came back off the crossbar and Christian Turner following up drove the ball home. The home side were unlucky a few minutes later when a Fraser Wilson shot was deflected by Ryan Vincent but it went the wrong side of the upright. A second goal for the visitors on 28 minutes this time headed homed by Kyle Phipps made it comfortable for Brimscombe. Although there were no further goals in the second half the home side had a chance when Manolo Marquez Espada’s shot from the edge of the box was well saved by the visitors keeper.