24th February 2024 - Avonmouth extend lead
Three more matches lost to the weather and two of the Clubs involved are going to have a very busy end to the season. Nevertheless things press on, and are Avonmouth out of sight, thirteen points clear with two games in hand? At the bottom things are becoming increasingly difficult for the bottom three who I’m sure will keep fighting.
Gala Wilton took on Avonmouth on a bright afternoon at Fairmile Gardens. And it was Avonmouth who started the
brighter of the sides and should have been in the lead before they did so on 15 minutes with a neat finish off the
post with a shot from the edge by Matt Groves. The visitors continued to make the majority of chances as they attacked
with pace and numbers and looked particularly dangerous from set pieces, but Gala defended stoutly and were just the
one behind at the break. Josh Pearce started the second half just as Avonmouth would have wanted with a neat finish on
53 minutes, but Gala replied on 61 through a good finish into the far corner from Mike Baron. After this Gala grew
more and more into the game albeit without creating anything clear cut and Avonmouth started to sit deeper and
appeared to be content to try to see the game out at 2-1, but an interception from the Gala defence saw an excellent
finish from Pearce for 3-1. Then five minutes later on 89 a superb one-two on the edge of the box saw Pearce complete
his hat-trick for a 4-1 win and probably a rather harsh result on Gala but another three points for Avonmouth.
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Tewkesbury Road played host to a battle of the basement where the three points would give Cheltenham Civil Service or Hardwicke a huge boost. Hardwicke started well and after only four minutes a through ball found Harry Furniss in on goal but he seemed to have got his feet tied up as he was about to shoot, and Hardwicke’s appeals were a little too vociferous with Josh Vallis-Ridler being sin binned. Service then stepped up and Dec Chick saw his effort from the edge of the box hit the bar. On 25 minutes Civi took the lead, Brett Blake started the move, then received the ball back from Sam Johnson to finish with a first time deflected shot past Cam Wilce. Harvey Need in the Civi goal read a Hardwicke through ball very well, claiming it on the edge of the box, before a further couple of Hardwicke attacks led to nothing worthwhile. A wicked free kick from Lewis Driscoll was met powerfully by Pete Guite but wide of the goal. Hardwicke started the second half pushing men forward, but the home side were dangerous on the break. Hardwicke’s Harley Mustoe was busy creating holes for asking questions of Service and chances came either end Hardwicke’s Ed Rimmer taking a touch at the far post before firing wide, then Blake breaking forward to square to Luke Finch with the goal at his mercy only to put the ball wide. Tom Hobbs saw his header go over for Hardwicke while Guite’s volley from a Mike Oliver flick also went over and Miko Rewczuk burst through from Dan Wills pass but the ball bobbled and the shot was wide. In the end Hardwicke threw everything forward but it wasn’t to be, and at the end their players were brought to their knees, Service holding out for 1-0 and that huge three points.
Despite the recent weather Wick’s pitch was in excellent shape for the visit of Sharpness. After an even start Sharpness took a fifteenth minute lead, a defensive lapse by Wick allowed a cross from the right to find Brad Gibbs who headed past Ashton Trott. Both teams battled throughout the half which featured some crunching tackles, and just before the break Wick were level, Jai Macleod latching onto a loose Sharks free kick, bursting past two defenders and shooting past James Russell. There was enough time for another Sharpness attack and Wick were indebted to Trott who pulled off a point blank save to keep the score even at the break. Sharpness thought they had regained the lead five minutes into the second half but up went the flag. A minute on and it was Wick who had the lead when Brad Clark’s 30 yarder lobbed Russell. Sharpness continued to press without success and Wick’s cause wasn’t helped by Levi Brown picking up a second yellow on 70 minutes. The Sharks were themselves reduced to ten on 80 minutes to a sin bin and Wick thought they had done enough to take the three points until 10 minutes was added on. Sharpness were then back to full strength and took advantage when two minutes in Tom Frankham shot past Trott from just inside the box, and then Will Tainton nodded home at the far post to seal a 3-2 win for Sharpness.
At Waterwells Quedgeley Wanderers took on Rockleaze Rangers who started well although Jenson Beard was off target. Quedgeley countered forcing a sixth minute corner from which Jordan Dunning saved. A few minutes on Dan Webb’s shot was off target and a continued Rockleaze onslaught with numerous shots keeping keeper Nathan Charnock very busy. On 17 minutes Fraser Butt was one on one with Charnock and rounded him to find the back of the net. Rockleaze kept the pressure up but couldn’t find a finish and inevitably Quedgeley found some rhythm and equalised in the 32nd minute Connor Webb skilfully lobbing Dunning. Rockleaze came out of the blocks for the start of the second half but without troubling Charnock, and there was limited action in shot terms, but Rio Spencer had a goal disallowed for Quedgeley and indeed Rockleaze also had one disallowed and the game went on its course to a 1-1 draw.
At the Bell Field Frampton United and Stoke Gifford United was a really cagey affair with no real chances until the 42nd minute when Frampton’s Zak Tyers’ volley went high, and with the last kick of the half Gifford’s Sam Garrod’s long range effort crept just over the bar. The second half started much brighter and Jordan Yeo’s effort for Gifford was well saved by Tom Kaye. In the 55th minute a good cross into the Gifford box was met by Craig Mills and Oliver Gargett made a great save. Gifford opened the scoring when Ben Sheppard headed home from a corner and increased their lead five minutes later from a Spike Weaver free kick from the edge of the box. Frampton pulled one back ten minutes from time when from a free kick Dom Brown headed the ball back across goal and Henry Driver-Dickerson fired home and 2-1 to Gifford it ended.More Here