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Ron's Match Reports

12th August 2017 - Henbury and Little Stoke share spoils

Lebeq United lead the table after two games with six points and a goal difference of nine. Thornbury Town and Hardwicke also have six points from their opening two games. At the bottom Kingswood have got of to dreadful start and have conceded ten goals in their opening two games.

For the first twenty five minutes of our visit to Henbury to watch their fixture with Little Stoke was a disappointment to say the least. Plenty of effort from both sides but no end result. In fact the first effort on goal came from Little Stokes Kieran Williams in the twenty sixth minute that he blasted over the bar. Then ten minutes later Jacob Hicks did the same thing at the other end for Henbury. The last effort on goal before the break was a thirty yard shot from Blaine Mitchell that failed to trouble the Henbury keeper Dan O’Brien.

There was a little more action in the second period and in the sixty fifth minute the home side took the lead from a corner headed home by Jack Bebbington. Stoke replied in the seventy ninth minute with a well taken goal from Dean Patterson stroking home Kieran Williams cross from the right. Henbury’s Dan Dodimead might have got a winner for the home side but Stoke keeper Amin Jones got to the ball just in time.

Rockleaze Rangers got off to a good start to the season at their new shared home at Southmead with a three – nil win over Hanham Athletic. From the report I received it was the Boyer Webb show as Danny Webb gave them the lead on twelve minutes when he chipped the ball over the Hanham Keeper from a neat flick on from Ali Boyer. On twenty one minutes the Hanham keeper made a terrible mistake rolling the ball straight to Ali Boyer who had a simple task of knocking straight back into the visitors net. On thirty minutes Henry Jones broke clear and hit a twenty yard drive past the visitor’s keeper but it was ruled out for offside. Rangers wrapped the game up on sixty five minutes when Boyer volleyed home from ten yards after Webb had set him up. The visitors were right off song today only managing one shot on target the whole of ninety minutes.

Lebeq United followed on from their six – nil win in the week with another good result at Stonehouse Town. They went in front on six minutes from a corner the ball ran loose to Hassankafi Ibraham to strike home. The visitors went further ahead on twenty five minutes after home keeper Peter Davis brought of a great save but unfortunately the ball ran loose to Marcel Smith to drive home. Lebeq went three up in the thirty eighth minute when Rick Davis turned in a cross. Brad Bird had a great chance just before the break to pull a goal back but shot over. Stonehouse pulled a goal back on fifty five minutes when Elliott King laid the ball back for Brad Bird to score. The home keeper gifted the visitors their forth goal kicking the ball straight to Ibrahim Sarr to neatly tuck it away.

Thornbury Town continued their good start with an excellent win at Frampton United. A Kris Bulley cross on six minutes should have put the home side in front but Matt Cook headed straight at the keeper. They did however take the lead on twenty minutes from a corner that found Ryan Vincent whose shot hit the crossbar and Jack Bartman put away the rebound. Thornbury’s Craig Lancastle made it one- one on fifty two minutes and then on sixty four minutes Joe Guest broke into the Frampton box was brought down by Nathan Dennis and Lancastle scored from the spot. On eighty two minute Ryan Vincent got what everyone thought was the equaliser but it was ruled out for offside.

Ruardean Hill Rangers first outing in the County League brought them three points at Gala Wilton. Rangers took the lead on thirty five minutes when Luke Brown burst into the box hit a shot that stuck the upright and Luke Johnson following up struck the ball home. Gala got back in the game early in the second half when Peter Boyle scrambled the ball home following a corner. Rangers regained the lead on the hour from a long ball up field that was misjudged by the home keeper Aaron Taylor and Johnson netted his second. Taylor was in action again in the sixty seventh minute saving well but unable to hold the ball and Sean Tingle headed home. On seventy three minutes John Antonio wriggled his way through the Rangers defence before unleashing a shot that took a deflection on its way in to the Rangers net.

Not a lot happened until the thirty forth minute in this game between Hardwicke and Patchway Town but a superb cross from Niall Morgan found Tobi Webb to volley home. A second for Hardwicke on sixty three minutes also involved Webb to set up substitute Sean Smith to drive the ball home in off the underside of the bar. A third five minutes later made the game safe and it was Smith involved this time setting up Craig Harris to score. It could well have been four on eighty minutes but Gittins blasted over the bar.

Wick who commenced their season last Saturday travelled to Kingswood today and will be well pleased with the result. Kingswood who were hammered six – nil in the week by Lebeq United must be wondering what has gone wrong as they conceded a further four goals today without reply. James Hubbard is the star of the day for Wick netting a hattrick for their convincing win. He netted his first on twenty eight minutes when he out jumped the Kingswood keeper to head home. Just six minutes later he was at it again this time heading home at the far post. On fifty two minutes Sean Morris made it three – nil when he was put clear on goal and slotted into the net. Hubbard completed his hattrick on the hour after nipping behind the home defence before slipping the ball past the hapless keeper.

AEK Boco’s first game of the season ended in a two – two draw against today’s visitors Broadwell Amateurs. Jordan Scott gave the home side the lead on twenty minutes but Broadwell hit back ten minutes later with the first of a double from Harry Williams. The visitors then took the lead on fifty seven minutes with a second from Williams but a Jacob Saunders goal three minutes from the end salvaged a point.

5th August 2017 - Southmead Start with a Win

Southmead CS Athletic who have finished bottom of the table in the last two seasons got off to a flying start at home to Gloucester side Gala Wilton. Ashley Harwoods shot after 35 seconds went just over the bar and then Ernesto Correia got his shot on target on two minutes and a minute later Luke Bayford’s 25 yard free kick went just over. Gala hit back and Paul Law went close with a shot that hit the side netting. Law got on the end of a long ball into the Southmead box but was unable to steer his header on target. Home keeper Shaun O’Keefe pulled of a great diving save at the feet of Sam Green to deny Gala taking the lead. On twenty two minutes there was a half chance for Gala’s Lee Allen but he pulled his shot wide. On twenty five minutes O’Keefe again denied Paul Law with a good save. On thirty two minutes the ball was squared across the box for Chris Earle to run onto but he skied it over the bar. Southmead’s Tom Hutchings fired in a low shot that saw Gala keeper Aaron Taylor dive low to his right to keep the ball out.

Connor Davies should have put the home side ahead on forty nine minutes when he was put clear on goal but failed to get the ball past Taylor who just managed to deflect the shot wide. A break down the left by Gala and a long cross found Mark Mason on the far post but he drove his shot well over the bar. How gala did not take the lead on sixty five minutes it is hard to know as a low ball in from the right was fumbled by O’Keefe the ball ran straight to Sam Green whose goal bound shot was somehow cleared off the line. A Southmead break on the left on seventy one minutes saw Aiden Hill break into the box and was brought down by Ashley Samuels the referee immediately awarding a penalty. Hill took the spot kick and coolly placed the ball past Taylor to give the home side the lead. Gala pushed hard for the equaliser but the home side stood firm to gain the three points.

New comers to the league Wick in their very first County League game were beaten two – one at home by Hardwicke. The first twenty minutes failed to produce any chances as the two teams tested each other out. The Wick keeper brought of a good save on 26 minute and immediately gave the home side a chance to break with the Hardwicke keeper being really tested for the first time. Hardwicke took the lead on forty two minutes from a free kick wide on the left that was delivered to the far post where it was headed back across goal for Steve Bick to score. Hardwicke had a second goal disallowed two minutes later for a foul on the home keeper. Three minutes into the second half the home side were level when Sam Thomas headed home, but just two minutes later Hardwicke got their noses in front again when the home defence failed to clear and Will Matthews hit the back of the net. An offside decision on 70th minutes saved Wick from going three – one down. Then on eighty two minutes a goal-line deflection stopped Wick from levelling. The home side put the pressure on in the last few minutes but could not find another goal.

Thornbury Town are top of the table after a three – nil win at home to Henbury. The game commenced in heavy rain then in the seventeenth minute the home side went one up when Jim Brocks long diagonal ball was chested down by Craig Lancastle who then swept the ball home. Five minutes before the break Tom Webb gave away a penalty to give Henbury the chance to level but the home keeper guessed right and dived to push the ball away. On sixty five minutes Town went two up when Toby Bennett sent a deep cross to Craig Lancastle who then rolled the ball into the path of Josh Morris on the edge of the box and his shot hit the underside of the crossbar before nestling in the back of the net. Tom Webb set up Dan Rees to hit a low shot past the Henbury keeper to make it three – nil.

116 spectators watched the game at Vicarage Road where Hanham Athletic came back from a goal down to lead two- one before conceding a second to make the final score all square. Stonehouse Town could well have been two up in the first seven minutes but for some poor finishing by Dan Martin and a great save by home keeper Max Heaven. The visitors did however take the lead on twenty five minutes with a great shot from Joe Martin that flew past Heaven. Hanham’s Jason Hallett then missed a good chance to level a minute later and Mike Saddler had a goal disallowed for offside. The home side did level on thirty one minutes when Saddler broke into the box was brought down and the referee awarded a penalty; Tom Welling made no mistake from the spot. Two minutes before the break the home side went two – one up when Luke Buntings cross was met by Liam Robson to send a bullet header into the Stonehouse net. The equaliser for the visitors came in the eightieth minute from a free kick that was struck into the top corner by Bradley Moore. The visitors were handed a chance to steal all the points in the eighty fifth minute from the penalty spot but Bradley Moore blasted his shot way over the bar. Right on time Hanham’s Luke Bunting struck the Stonehouse crossbar.

Broadwell Amateurs first home game of the season ended in a one – nil defeat from today’s visitors Frampton United. Frampton stole the early part of this game and a goal-line clearance from Craig Lewis kept the score at nil – nil. Jordan Sheen went close for the home side in the first forty five minutes but the half time came with no score from either side. A goal from Ryan Vincent a volley from the edge of the box on fifty five minutes was enough for Frampton to go away with all the points.