15th January 2022 - Hardwicke win Gloucester derby
With Wick not playing today it gave leaders Shirehampton chance to open up a 6-point lead at the top of the table. Sharpness however, moved into third place with a comfortable win at Hanham Athletic.
In the local Gloucester derby between Hardwicke and Gala Wilton it was home side who took an early two-minute lead. A Gala attack was broken down by left back Jordan Dowdeswell who then raced down the wing and centred to Will Mathews to power his header into the Gala net. Two minutes later a Hardwicke attack on Gala’s goal saw Freddie Humphries strike the ball towards an empty net but it was cleared off the line by Callum Thomas. The home side were clearly keen to extend their lead and on 30 minutes Pat Vernall’s placed shot was steered around the post by Gala keeper Lewis Skyers. Just before half time Hardwicke were awarded a penalty when winger James Ratcliffe was brought down. Will Mathews fired the ball low and hard to the left of the goal but keeper Skyers made an excellent save. Hardwicke went into the changing room at half time feeling they should have more reward for their first half dominance. After 70 minutes Ben Sluman of Gala was sent to the sin-bin. Hardwicke took advantage of the additional player and James Ratcliffe crossed the ball for Skipper Glen Gittins to head past the stranded Skyers. Gala came back into the game and almost pulled one back when a cross from Dan McNally was headed over the bar by Martin Smith. Gala did eventually pull one back in the final minute when Jon Antonio scored to make the final score 2-1 to Hardwicke
Hanham Athletic were unable to stop Sharpness as they went down to a 5-2 home defeat. Will Lacey opened the scoring for the Sharks on 25 minutes, but the home side hit back just before the break with a goal from Mike Alvis. Will Lacey then netted a second. Alex Higgs scored again on 49 minutes to give them a 3-1 lead. Harrison Reeves netted number five in the 50th minute after a scramble in the Hanham goalmouth. Alex Higgs grabbed a second for himself to make it 5-1 and with just 5 minutes to go Hanham’s Joss Gibbs scored from the penalty spot to make the final score 5-2 to Sharpness.
English Bicknor suffered another defeat this time going down 2-1 to today’s opponents Little Stoke. Stoke took the lead on 20 minutes with a goal from Alex Hill. With the home side having plenty of possession they eventually equalised when Jasper Cramp scored. The home side had a great chance to take the lead from the penalty spot, but Lewis Bamford’s spot kick was well saved by the Stoke keeper. Stoke took all three points when they broke away late on and Jaidon Holver netted to make the final score 2-1 to the visitors.
The game between Rockleaze Rangers and Bromley Heath United finished all square after a 1-1 draw. A lot of this game was played in midfield with the visitors shading possession in the first half and the home side shading it in the second 45 minutes. Dan Webb was unlucky on 19 minutes after some good play between him and Peter Ireland with Webb’s curling shot striking the upright. For the visitors the two Nurse brothers gave the home side some anxious moments but never managed to break through. On 48 minutes Dunning in the home goal saved well with his legs from an Alvin Nurse effort and Dunning brought off another good save from a Withey drive on 55 minutes pushing the ball around the post for a corner. Rangers were gifted a goal on 68 minutes with an awful mix up in the Bromley defence that allowed Jay Moore a clear shot into an empty net. Just when it looked as though the home side were going to grab all three points Bromley’s Sam Edward hit a tremendous shot from the edge of the box that flew past Dunning in the Rangers goal to make it all square.
Shirehampton recovered from a goal down at half time to extend their lead at the top of the table to six points after seeing off a dogged Ruardean Hill Rangers side. The home side should have been a couple of goals ahead before a long delay in play due to a serious injury to Luke Brown. When play did resume Shirehampton were punished for their wastefulness in front of goal as in the ninth minute of first half injury time great work down the left from Tommy Coleman was rewarded as he broke the offside trap and slotted the ball past Matt Turner to give Ruardean the half time lead. Shirehampton came out in the second half with an increased determination, and they were level after 54 minutes when Scott Bamford turned brilliantly and tucked the ball into the bottom corner. Bamford turned provider 4 minutes later when he cut in from the right and delivered a perfect ball into the 6-yard box for Jack Parker to turn home. The outstanding Bamford then secured the points with quarter of an hour to go when he turned his man again and finished into the bottom corner this time with his left foot.
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Broadwell Amateurs were drawn against Frampton United for this quarter-final tie. The home side ran out winners from the penalty spot after the final score had finished 1-1 in the 90 minutes. Both sides equalled each other out for a lot of this game and it took until the 35th minute before the first attempt on goal which was a great effort from Ryan Vincent that Watkins in the home goal pushed around the post. On 42 minutes Frampton’s Andy Cox carved out a space for himself to shoot on goal but Watkins was there again to push the shot wide of the goal. On 50 minutes a break down the right by the home side saw Frampton’s keeper Fraser Wilson in action to prevent a goal. Ryan Vincent then struck the crossbar on 70 minutes for the visitors but the ball went out for a goal kick. Just a couple of minutes left and Frampton took the lead when Ryan Vincent chased the ball down the right flank crossed into the box and Manolo Espada powered his header past Watkins. Frampton’s hearts sunk then right on 90 minutes from a Jamie Powell free kick Kristian Burnard rose above everyone to head the equaliser past Wilson in the Frampton goal. In the penalty shootout Broadwell’s keeper Watkins brought off two great saves to see his Club into the Semi-final.More Here