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Ron's Match Reports

11th November 2017 - Henbury grap victory at Ruardean

Just one league match this week with the second round of the Les James League Cup taking place.

Our visit this week was to Ruardean Hill Rangers who were taking on Henbury. Both teams had recorded away wins the previous week so a good competitive game was the order of the day and that is exactly what we got. Henbury shot out of the blocks right from the off with the home side having to defend and a shot from Keiron Cooper was only just wide after 3 minutes. A couple of minutes later Cooper was on target with a good shot but keeper Aaron Underwood saved well. Underwood made another good save to deny Jacob Hicks before the home side’s first real attach on 9 minutes resulted in a free kick on the left side of the box. The ball was knocked to the far post and Rangers Ricky Tingle’s header went just wide. The home side settled and started to take the game to Henbury made two great clearances off the line the second looked like it was going in from a Matt Barnard header. On 33 minutes Henbury had a great chance to take the lead but Peter Jarrett shot wide. On 41 minutes Underwood brought off a fantastic save to push Andy Dickinson point blank shot away.

This game was too close to call and on 52 minutes Henbury made the break through from a low Adam Rosser corner from the left that was poorly defended and Aaron Rosser hammered the ball home. Henbury keeper Ryan Fogarty then saved well from Rangers Luke Brown and with the home side pressing the visitors defence were being peppered with shots which somehow they managed to block. Jacob Hicks went close for Henbury on 62 minutes when he cut in from the left and let fly from the edge of the box the ball skimming past the post with Underwood diving full length. A minute later Luke Johnson saw his header go just the wrong side of the post for Rangers. Ranger did have the ball in the back of the Henbury net on 69 minutes but it was ruled out for offside. The home side had just one more chance to level on75 minutes a free kick floated into the box but headed wide of the target.

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Frampton United – Gala Wilton – Stonehouse Town and Thornbury Town are the four Clubs through to the semi-finals.

Lebeq United had to play their home tie at Gala Wilton because their home facilities at Oakland’s Park were unavailable. Gala opened the scoring in the 15th minute when the Lebeq defence stopped thinking that Ryan Dobbins was offside and he ran clear and rounded Daniel Jesionowski. A cross from Rick Davis saw Twaine Plummer strike the upright for Lebeq on 20 minutes. The Gala keeper then made two great saves to keep out shots from Twaine and Elan Plummer. On 50 minutes Lebeq levelled the score when Omar Lindsey sent Rick Davis clear. Lebeq were now in charge and took the lead in the 65th minute Rick Davis beat the offside and ran clear to score. In the 89th minute against the run off play Gala grabbed an equaliser when John Antonio prodded the ball home following a scramble in the goalmouth. The game was settled on penalties with Gala Wilton going through 3-2.

Little Stoke started well with Jessie Owens and Sam Hill efforts just clearing the bar. At the other end Manolo Marquez Espada should have scored for Frampton but hit his shot over the bar. Then Lewis Wilton went close for the visitors before nick Rugman shot wide for the home side after Owens had set the move up. Frampton opened the scoring on 28 minutes from a Lewis Wilton pass to Ryan Vincent to fire past keeper Amin Jones. The home side hit back in the 38th minute when Ethan Tucker headed home Jordan Yeo’s corner. Frampton’s Nathan Dennis’ shot from the edge of the box was only just over the bar. Then just 2 minutes before the break Frampton’s Manolo Marquez Espada stabbed the ball home after a scramble in the box. On 60 minutes the visitors went 3-1 up when Ryan Vincent headed home from a Espada corner. Visitor’s keeper James Marklove was called upon to make a good save from Jordan Yeo on 73 minutes and then Matt Price headed over from a corner. Frampton sealed their passage into the Semi-finals with a forth goal on 84 minutes Fraser Wilson knocking the ball in after a scramble in the box.

A good draw for both teams with either one likely to move into the Semi-final but it was Thornbury Town who progresses with a 3-1 win over Wick. Thornbury went ahead after 37 minutes from a move down the right which was started and finished by Brandon Benjamin firing the ball home from a very tight angle. Within a minute it was 2-0 to the home side when Craig Lancastle picked up the ball between the halfway line and the visitor’s 18 yard box pushed forward and then superbly shipped the Wick keeper from the edge of the box. A minute before the break Wick pulled a goal back when James Pocock headed home at the near post. The second half started well for the visitors but they failed to create any clear cut chances and on 83 minutes a low hard free kick around the wall by Thornbury’s Toby Bennett sealed the passage for Town into the semi-final.

Stonehouse Town versus Kingswood was a close affair looking at the result and it took until the 34th minute for Luke Soule to turn in Andy Maryon’s cross to give the home side the lead. Kingswood keeper Chris Fox then did exceptionally well to keep the score to 1-0 saving shots from Liam Gale – Lee Keveren – Andy Maryon and Lewis Fogg before the break. Immediately the second half got underway Kingswood drew level the ball falling nicely in the box for Tom Devine to prod home, but within a minute the home side retook the lead from a great free kick from Lewis Fogg that curled right onto the head of Luke Barstow to head home. 5 minutes later it was 3-1 as across from Liam Gale found Luke Soule who was brought down in the box leading to a penalty. Adam Ireland took the kick Fox saved it but it went straight back for Ireland to drive home. Tom Devine had a great chance to reduce the arrears on 65 minutes but made up for his miss a couple of minutes later to make it 3-2. There was no further scoring so Stonehouse are also through to the Semi-final.

Southmead CS Athletic v Hanham Athletic was postponed.

4th November 2017 - Ruardean win at Hanham

The game between Hanham Athletic and Ruardean Hill Rangers turned out to be a very uninspiring game with players from both sides more interested in disputing refereeing decisions and using foul language throughout. This was a very poor advert for County League Football.

Rangers Luke Brown was the first to get a shot on target after 5 minutes but fired straight at Max Heaven in the home goal. Then a minute later Luke Johnson hit his shot over the bar from 25 yards. Charley Mason had Heaven diving to his right to save from a 25 yard free kick. Rangers went ahead on 16 minutes with a great shot across the keeper from the left side of the box by Shaun Tingle. The visitors almost made it two on 26 minutes when Luke Brown sent a low cross into the Hanham 6 yard box which they managed to scramble clear at the second attempt. Hanham were given a great opportunity to level the score on 29 minutes from the penalty spot, Sam Brown took the kick Rangers keeper Aaron Underwood guessed right and pulled of a great save.

Rangers started brightly in the second half and Heaven brought off two really good saves to deny them a second goal. Hanham were given a second lifeline on 50 minutes when Underwood gave away a second penalty and this time Substitute George Latham hit a hard shot to the keepers left he did manage to get a hand on it but it nestle in the back of the net. Rangers Bobby Walding managed to bundle in a second goal in the 82nd minute for a 2-1 lead, in time added they hit the crossbar.

In the early kick off Lebeq United closed the gap at the top with a crushing 8-0 win over Southmead CS Athletic. The home side got off to a great start when Sheldon Sawyer gave them the lead after 3 minutes. A cracking 25 yard shot from Nathan Hall on 30 minutes made it 2-0. Elan Plummer then rounded a couple of defenders for the third and before half time poor defending by the visitors let in Ibrahima Sarr to make 4-0 at the break. Jordan Thaws misjudged cross by the visitor’s keeper increased the lead to five on 50 minutes. Southmead had the ball in the Lebeq net on the hour mark but it was ruled out for off-side. A second goal from Nathan Hall just made things worse for the visitors on 75 minutes with Twaine Plummer striding through the visitors defence to make it seven. A Christian Dacosta strike 3 minutes from the end making the final score 8-0.

Wick bounced back from their heavy defeat last week with a 3-1 success at home to Gala Wilton. It didn’t start very well when Gala took the lead on 5 minutes the home defence failed to stop Ryan Dobbins breaking clear to score. Gala keeper Dan Brabham brought off a good save to deny George Cryer on 20 minutes. The home side levelled the score on 29 minutes a long ball out to the flank from Jack Baber found Joe Thomas and his great cross into box was met by Danny Sheldon to make 1-1. Gala were unlucky when they saw their free kick from just outside the box strike the upright. Wick then went into the lead on 48 minutes a great strike from the edge of the box by Mike Hardiman. The home side sealed the points on 75 minutes when Tyler Dacres shot squeezed under the Gala keeper.

Broadwell Amateurs dented Thornbury Towns challenge for the title taking the three points with a 2-0 win. Not a lot happened in a pretty dull first 45 minutes the only action to speak about was a great save by home keeper Jamie Merry from Craig Lancastle. The fireworks started in the second half when the home side almost went ahead in the 46th minute but for a great save by the Thornbury keeper. Broadwell went ahead on 53 minutes when the visitors defence failed to clear a home attack the loose ball fell to Harry Williams to fire home. Liam Thomas was guilty of missing to glorious chance to put the home side clear before the second goal came along on 65 minutes with some good interchanging of passes before the ball was laid on for Williams who had his first shot saved but followed up to tuck the rebound away.

  • Stonehouse Town (Black/White) v Frampton United (Blue/White), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Stonehouse Town (Black/White) v Frampton United (Blue/White), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Stonehouse Town (Black/White) v Frampton United (Blue/White), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Stonehouse Town (Black/White) v Frampton United (Blue/White), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Stonehouse Town (Black/White) v Frampton United (Blue/White), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Stonehouse Town (Black/White) v Frampton United (Blue/White), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Stonehouse Town (Black/White) v Frampton United (Blue/White), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Stonehouse Town (Black/White) v Frampton United (Blue/White), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Stonehouse Town (Black/White) v Frampton United (Blue/White), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Stonehouse Town (Black/White) v Frampton United (Blue/White), Images courtesy Peter Langley

Patchway Town entertained local rivals Little Stoke on the back of their superb win last week must have been fancying their chances against the bottom team. But town had other ideas and although they lost the game 1-0 it was a much better performance. The home side only really created a couple of chances in the game with Liam Lloyd hitting the post and Sam Finn striking the crossbar. The only goal of the game came in the 28Th minute after Paul Noyse had brought down Sam Hill in the box, Hill then took the spot kick to score.

Kingswood went down 2-0 at home to AEK Boco who applied pressure right from the off. After several near misses they opened the scoring on 21 minutes when they gained possession sent a long ball through to Luke Basseng to fire past Fox. On 42 minutes keeper Fox pulled off a classic save to deny Boco a second but that only lasted a minute before a deep corner to the far post was headed in by Brad Wheadon.

Another local derby in the North of the County between Stonehouse Town and Frampton United end with a point each in a 3-3 draw. It took 30 minutes to open the scoring and it came from a good run down the flank by Liam Gale whose cross into the box was handled but fell to Adam Ireland to smash the ball home. 5 minutes into the second half Frampton drew level with a fine gaol from Ryan Vincent. Just 3 minutes later Gale was brought down on the edge of the Frampton box then got up took the free kick and smashed it into the Frampton net. The visitors levelled again on 79 minutes when Jonathan Lewis headed home at the near post. Just minutes later Liam Gale burst into the Frampton box was brought down for a penalty. Adam Ireland who had opened the scoring for Town took the kick and buried into the corner to make it 3-2. But Frampton hit back once more and Manolo Marquez Espada levelled once again from a corner. The home side then had two late chances to take the points first Warren Mann missed an open goal and then Luke Soule did exactly the same in time added.

Last but not least was the game that kicked off at 3pm between Rockleaze Rangers and Henbury. The visitors stormed into a 5-0 lead before the home side woke up. A Tom Palmer cross from the left on 5 minutes found George Loud to put Henbury 1-0 up and within 2 minutes that score-line double as Loud netted a second from an Adam Rosser low free kick. Rangers had their first chance on 12 minutes when a Marcus Williams cross was headed over by Dan Webb. It went from bad to worse on 20 minutes when Andy Dickinson made it 3-0. Then right on half time a corner from Jacob Hicks deceived all and dropped into the Rangers net. Two minutes into the second half Rangers Cameron Love whipped the ball into Marcus Williams but he turned the ball over the bar. On 51 minutes Henbury were 5-0 up when a good low cross from Jacob Hicks was finished off by Andy Dickinson. 7 minutes later Rangers woke up and Daniel Webb netted from a free kick on the edge of the box. On 60 minutes a Webb shot deflected to Marcus Williams to head a second. Rangers were on the up and a great shot from Daniel Webb made the score 5-3 to Henbury. Then the worst happened Ali Bowyer got himself sent off for throwing an elbow which meant the rhythm had gone and the game petered out.