8th February 2020 - Sharpness go top with narrow victory at Bromley Heath
Sharpness go top after winning 1-0 at Bromley Heath United while Frampton United and Wick draw 1-1 at the Bell Field.
The game at Bromley Heath United was far from a spectacular but both teams did their best with a very strong cross wind blowing the whole game. The visitors Sharpness have a very strong tall side and won most everything in the air especially in defence. Because of the condition very little passing football was dished up and long balls from both sides were the flavour of the afternoon. The opening chance fell to the home sides Dan Fowler who walked away with his hands covering his face after shooting straight at keeper Dan Hobbs in the 4th minute of the game. A Sharpness free kick on 15 minutes was pushed over the bar by keeper Tom Sheppard. The keeper was in action again midway through the half this time saving well from a Dan Gayner shot. Sharpness had two corners in succession curled in from the right side and the home defence did really well to defend both. Sharpness took the lead on 30 minutes when Dan Gayner hit a left foot shot which Sheppard saved with his feet but then saw the Referee point to the penalty spot. Dan Gayner hit the ball really hard to Sheppard’s left the keeper went the right way and got a hand to it but failed to keep it out of his net. On 36 minutes there was a scramble in the Sharpness goalmouth but the ball ran loose for Hobbs to collect.
6 minutes into the second half Sharpness managed to scramble the ball out for a corner from a Dan Fowler free kick. Fowler had another chance in the 61st minute but shot wide. In the 74th minute a high cross into the Sharpness goalmouth was excellently dealt with by keeper Dan Hobbs. The best chance of the second half for the home side fell to Jay Malpas in the 88th minute his flying header just clearing the bar.
Just the one goal at Gala Wilton where today’s visitors were Henbury. A goal in the very first minute of the game came from a Craig Howell cross to the far post that was headed back across goal by Martin Smith and John Clay was on hand to tap the ball in. The rest of the half was played out with no chances from either side created. Ryan Dobbins had a chance for the home side when he turned in the box but shot wide and the only other chance fell to Ben Sluman in the 78th minute but his shot was well saved by Henbury keeper Jack Bebbington.
Unbelievable, at Hillside Gardens where Rockleaze Rangers and Hanham Athletic were drawing 0-0 after 45 minutes but the home side hammered seven into the visitor’s net in the second half. There were chances in the first half the first falling to Marcus Williams of Rangers his shot just clipping the crossbar. On 15 minutes Rangers keeper Lewis Brodie saved well from a Luke Corbiere’s shot on target. Right-on half-time Mike Perham struck the crossbar for Rangers following a corner but it remained 0-0. Rangers started well in the second half and went 1-0 up in the 46th minute from a corner that was flicked on at the near post and Jordan Dent finished it off. Dent scored again in the 64th minute when he struck fierce drive from the edge of the box that gave Mason Hawkins in the Hanham goal no chance. 3 minutes later Nick Jones got in on the action to score from the edge of the box. Then just 2 minutes later Dan Webb scored the first of his three goals when Dent set up the chance. Webb got his second on 72 minutes when he broke clear to make it 5-0. Jay Connor came on as a substitute and scored with a great lob over the keeper in the 79th minute and Webb rounded the scoring off on 84 minutes to complete his hattrick.
Frampton United slipped down to third place in the table after they were held to a 1-1 score-line at home to Wick. The visitors had much the better of the first half and went ahead after 12 minutes when Sam Thomas scored following a corner. Frampton equalised 2 minutes into the second half following a great run by Manolo Espada and a cross in for Jack Bartman to slot home. Joe Pople the Wick keeper then saved well from an Espada shot on target in the 55th minute and 10 minutes later Sam Thomas had a great chance to put Wick ahead again but shot straight at substitute keeper Davis who took over in goal when Sparrow had to leave the field with a damaged hand. Right at the death Joe Thomas could have won it for Wick but his header flashed the wrong side of the post.
Little Stoke are producing some indifferent performances of late and today was no exception when they were well beaten at home by Hardwicke. They went behind after just 2 minutes when Will Matthews headed in from a cross. On 27 minutes Stuart Nelson struck the crossbar for Little Stoke and on 36 minutes Kieran Williams had his shot well saved by the visitor’s keeper. Hardwicke were quick of the mark in the second half and went 2-0 up when Steve Bick hit a low drive into the bottom corner. Bick struck again in the 70th minute and Keiron Squires headed home a fourth in the 78th minute.
AEK Boco led 2-1 in this game where they missed numerous chances throughout but the visitors hit back to go away with a valuable point. In fact, it was Broadwell Amateurs who took the lead on 22 minutes after Alex Browns shot rebounded to Adan Fowler to drive home. 5 minutes before the break the home side levelled the score from a Liam Powell shot that sped through a crowded box to finish up in the back of the net. Boco were awarded a penalty on the hour mark and Jake Slocombe put the home side 2-1 up. However, as the game went in to time added at the end of 90 minutes Dan Brain scored a fantastic goal from an overhead kick to give the visitor’s a point to take home.
Ruardean Hill Rangers are struggling with inconsistency this season and were beaten 2-1 at home by Quedgeley Wanderers. The home side got off to a dreadful start conceding after just 2 minutes from a long ball into the box and defenders thinking the flag was going up saw Dorian Colling made ground to head past keeper Bowles. Just 3 minutes later Ricky Tingle had the ball in the back of the Wanderers net but it was ruled out for offside. Wanderers Karl James -Bryan could have made it 2-0 but shot wide. Then on 21 minutes after a good passing movement up field Luke Brown effort on goal went wide. On 25 minutes Tingle had a great chance to level but was tackled at the last moment by Dan Lander. The home side saw Brown go down in the box just before the break but nothing was given. Luke Brown hit a great 25-yard shot on the hour mark to level the score and then Tingle had two great chances to score both set up by Brown but poor finishing let him down. On 77 minutes Ruardean’s Steve Coombs was sent off following a foul and from the free kick Karl James-Bryan netted the winner for WanderersMore Here