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26th November 2016 - Stonehouse stay top after win at Lebeq

The early kick off at Oakland’s Park saw the leaders Stonehouse Town continue to top the table after defeating Lebeq United 3-1. The game was marred by constant stoppages and players from both sides disputing refereeing decisions. The visitors were the better side throughout the game and took the lead on twenty one minutes from a corner that came in from the left cleared by the home side but straight to Ben Jones whose half volley from the edge of the box flew past home keeper Amin Jones. A few minutes later Jones beat Lee Keveren to the ball on the edge of the box to avoid a possible second goal for the leaders. Leroy Swaby was the first home player to attempt a shot on goal but it went well over the bar. The first real save from the visitors keeper Lloyd Price came in the thirty ninth minute when he fisted the ball clear from a cross. In the forty second minute Price brought off a great save to deny Nathan Hall an equalising goal. Just before half time Jonny Brodie broke clear down the right but pulled his shot wide of the target.

In the first minute of the second half Stonehouse took a two goal lead when Tim Williams cut across the box and drove a left foot shot past Jones. Stonehouse went three goals clear on fifty five minutes from a free kick sent over by Jonny Brodie to the far post and Liam Gale headed home. A little bit of encouragement for Lebeq on sixty three minutes when Nathan Hall was fouled in the box and Leroy Swaby netted the resulting spot kick. A few minutes later Dominic Holver saw his shot pushed away for a corner by Price. The home side were almost caught out in the seventy first minute from a long throw that bounce over the defence but Lee Keveren’s header struck the crossbar. The home side attempted a few shots from range but nothing to trouble the Stonehouse keeper. The last real chance fell to the visitors a header from Brodie that went just wide.

Thornbury Town keep up the pressure on the leaders after coming from a two goal deficit to win 3-2 at home to Hardwicke. The home side were really out of sorts in the first 45 minutes and went behind in the twenty forth minute when Steve Bick broke to the by-line pulled the ball back across goal and in his attempt to clear Peter Fowler steered the ball into his own net. Things got worse for the home side two minutes into the second half as Hardwicke worked the ball into the left side of the box and Steve Bick unmarked drove a great shot low past stand in keeper Scott McLeod. The game changed in the fifty fifth minute when Hardwicke’s Kieran Squires received a second yellow card and was dismissed. Hardwicke sat back on their two nil lead for the next nineteen minutes when Tom Webb broke into the box was fouled and the referee awarded a penalty. This was a chance to get back in the game and Craig Lancastle made no mistake from the spot. Hardwicke’s final attempt on goal almost brought them a third on eighty three minutes but Craig Harris missed the target. In time added at the end of ninety minutes Lancastle was brought down in the box for a second penalty and with ninety one minutes on the clock the home side drew level. The winner an amazing shot from Danny Thompson in the ninety third minute the ball breaching all ten players that Hardwicke had in front of goal as the ball whizzed into the net.

Rockleaze Rangers slipped to a slender one nil defeat at home to AEK Boco. The game for the first twenty nine minutes was scrappy until the deadlock was broken on thirty minutes from a corner that eventually fell to Jack Green to scramble the ball home to give AEK Boco the lead. The visitor’s keeper Joe Pople brought of two great saves to deny first a Jay Connors free kick and then Steve Fitzpatrick’s follow up. In the seventy fifth minute Pople pulled off another good save with his feet to deny Greg Parr and from the rebound Iggy Illot skied the ball over the bar.

The local derby between Henbury and Patchway Town finished all square with neither side able to find the back of the net. On eighteen minutes Adam Rosser swung the ball into the box and Ross Johnson got on the end of it but his header was pushed away by keeper Jamie Farmiloe. In the second half Henbury’s Andy Dickinson struck the upright on the seventieth minute and then home keeper Luke Cox brought off as great save to deny Matt Davies scoring for Patchway.

Yet another defeat for Southmead CS Athletic as they went down 2-0 to Broadwell Amateurs. The visitors went ahead on eleven minutes from a Ross Gabriel penalty. Five minutes later home keeper Callum Flynn saved well from Gabriel. Broadwell made it two nil on fifty eight minutes when Gabrial turned in a cross from the right. Gabriel had a great chance to complete his hat-trick on sixty five minutes from a second penalty but blasted his shot well over the bar.

GFA Challenge Trophy Round 2

There were three teams from the Marcliff Gloucestershire County Football League in action today and all had been drawn against Clubs from a higher standard of football.

Kingswood were the stars of the day as they knocked out Oldland Abbotonians from the Toolstation League Division 1. They took a seventh minute lead after good play by Luke Chappell released Jamie Evans to cross the ball into the box and Josh Stokes hammered the ball home. The visitors levelled on twenty two minutes from a long ball over the home defence that was pulled back for Tom Hutton to rifle the ball home from the edge of the box. Kingswood retook the lead two minutes before the break from a good piece of work by Jamie Evans who harried the visitors defenders before latching on to the ball and driving it past the keeper. The home side then went three one up on fifty three minutes after the Oldland keeper’s poor goal kick was cut out by Simon Clarke who neatly played in Ryan Mudd to score. Oldland were unlucky in the eighty second minute when Ali Bamford’s effort beat keeper Eldridge but it hit the crossbar. Oldland made it three two in the final minute of the game from a corner that was punched away by Eldridge but Ali Bamford directed his header past the keeper.

Little Stoke who were drawn at home to Hellenic premier league side Brimscombe & Thrupp were on the verge of a shock defeat after taking a two nil lead in the first twenty five minutes. The home side opened the scoring on twenty minutes after James Laver and Sasha Tong had interchanged passes with Tongs shot being pushed away by the visitors keeper only for Matt Simmons to fire into the bottom corner from just inside the box. The second on twenty five minutes came from the right which involved Sam Thomas and Russ Church with the latter breaking past full-back Dave Woodfield but then hauled back by the same player to give Stoke a penalty. Fraser Robinson duly planted the ball into the net from the spot. On thirty five minutes Brimscombe pulled a goal back from a long ball out of defence that went over full back Ollie Bacon and as Luke Langson came to collect Ollie Fitt nipped in to lob the ball over the keeper. With just five minutes to go Brimscombe levelled when they were awarded a penalty. Ollie Fitt stepped up and made it 2-2. The game then went into a penalty shoot out that was won by Brimscombe 5-3.

Bristol Telephones had been drawn against Fairford Town from the Hellenic League Division 1 West. Fairford went ahead on sixteen minutes when Jason Milench cut into the box and unleashed a shot that gave the home keeper no chance. The visitors went 2-0 up on twenty three minutes after Lee Smith broke down the right and sent a low cross into the box where Matt Boucher avoided four defenders before sliding the ball home. The visitor’s should have made it three nil on seventy one minutes when Kieran Golding gave away a penalty but Lee Smith blasted the ball way over the bar. The home side did manage to pull a goal back in the seventy sixth minute when Hanin Romdhane netted from the spot. The home side pushed forward to try and get an equalising goal but were caught out in the eighty fifth minute when Lee Smith netted a third.

19th November 2016 - Lancastle hat trick seals point for Thornbury Town

On very cold afternoon Cheltenham Civil Service and Thornbury Town dished up an excellent game of football with the visitors taking the three points in the end. It was Thornbury who opened the scoring on 19 minutes from a long ball out to Luke Franklin wide on the left he cut the ball back across the box and Craig Lancastle was there to finish it off. Within two minutes the home side were level and it came from Jack Sklener who fired a fierce twenty five yard drive across keeper Alex Lippiatt into the far corner. Lancastle could have restored the visitors lead on twenty seven minutes but after shuffling his way past several defenders he shot straight at Griffiths. The visitors did however take the lead on 34 minutes again it came from the left side and this time it was Toby Bennett who got into a scoring position and squeezed the ball in from a tight angle. Thornbury’s Scott McLeod went close with a shot that went just over a couple of minutes later. Cheltenham had a great chance to level just before the break from a long ball pumped in from the right that found Sonnie Burrows unmarked but his powerful shot from close range was excellently saved by Alex Lippiatt.

  • Cheltenham Civil Service (Orange) v Thornbury Town (Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Cheltenham Civil Service (Orange) v Thornbury Town (Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Cheltenham Civil Service (Orange) v Thornbury Town (Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Cheltenham Civil Service (Orange) v Thornbury Town (Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Cheltenham Civil Service (Orange) v Thornbury Town (Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Cheltenham Civil Service (Orange) v Thornbury Town (Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Cheltenham Civil Service (Orange) v Thornbury Town (Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Cheltenham Civil Service (Orange) v Thornbury Town (Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

The second half started with a bang as the home side made it 2-2 in the very first minute from a very good strike from Jack Sklenar. Within four minutes Thornbury were back in front an excellent passing move put Lancastle through on goal and he neatly slipped the ball past the helpless Griffiths. In the sixty first minute Sklenar had a marvellous chance to bring the score level again after Sam Mason had broken down the right flank and sent the ball into Sklenar but the strike pulled his shot wide of the target. Teejay Bick went close for the home side with a rasping twenty five yard shot that went just past the post on seventy three minutes. Danny Thompson came on for Thornbury and one of his first moves was a good break down the right and a cross into the box and with three Thornbury players racing into the six yard box it came to Toby Bennett who contrived to lift it over the crossbar. Cheltenham went down to ten players on eighty eight minutes when Callum Preece received a second yellow card and then a red. With just a minute left on the clock the home side gave away a penalty when Danny Haines was felled in the box. Tom Webb stepped up to take the penalty but Tim Griffiths pulled off a great save. Three minutes into time added the home side brought down Craig Lancastle in the box for a second penalty. The striker decided to take the spot kick and dully planted it in the back of the net for his hattrick.

Rockleaze Rangers and Hanham Athletic shared a point each from a hard fought game. The visitors went ahead in the forty third minute from a free kick that was well struck by Charlie Bateman but it took a wicked deflection and deceived home keeper Sam Burgess and finished up in the back of the net. Early in the second half Rangers Marcus Williams saw his shot strike the post and away to safety. Tom Murray was just wide with a header before Rangers grabbed an equaliser in the eighty third minute when James Fitzpatrick lobbed the keeper.

Top versus bottom as Stonehouse Town took on Southmead CS Athletic at Oldends Lane today. The home side raced into a three nil lead in the first twenty five minutes with the opening goal coming in the fifteenth minute, Jonnie Brodie set up Jordan Fletcher putting him clear on goal and his shot went through the keeper’s legs on its way in. Five minutes later Fletcher was involved in the second goal as his pass allowed Tim Williams to make it two nil. In the twenty fifth minute Andy Maryon cut in from the left and curled a superb shot over the visitors defence and into the corner of the net. The visitors had played some very good football during the first period but again they were let down by their finishing. Southmead started the better side in the second half and played some really good football and were rewarded in the seventieth minute when Rob Sivers dummied several defenders hit his shot from twenty five yards and it hit the inside of the post ran across the line and hit the other post before nestling in the net. The home side were unlucky in the eightieth minute when Lee Keveren struck the post and from the rebound Liam Gale hit it again.

Frampton United made sure of securing second place with a real thumping of today’s visitor Kingswood. Six Nil was the final score with the opening goal coming after twenty one minutes a cross from Joe Wilton to the back post and Kris Bulley finished it off. Nathan Dennis headed home Matt Cook’s corner four minutes later to make it two nil. Kingswood’s Frank Hitchings should have pulled a goal back in a one on one situation but keeper Marklove brought off a great save. On fifty two minutes Joe Wilton pulled the ball back for Myron Turner to net the third goal and it was Wilton’s pull back for Jack Phillips on sixty six minutes that put the home side well on the way to a victory. On eighty six minutes Jonathan Lewis turned in a cross from Kris Bulley and two minutes later Nathan Dennis crossed for Joe Wilton to net the sixth.

Patchway Town hit back from a three goal deficit to gain a point against Lebeq United. It was only one nil at the break a gaol from Dominic Holver who volleyed home giving Farmiloe no chance. Lebeq had a great chance to increase their lead in the fifty second minute from the penalty spot but Patchway keeper Jamie Farmiloe saved Holvers spot kick. Nathan Hall put the visitors two nil up when the home defence failed to clear and Holver made up for that missed penalty in the sixty fifth minute when he got the ball into the net in a goalmouth scramble. The home side suddenly woke up and pulled a goal back in the seventy second minute Matt Tovey neting from the penalty spot after Matt Davies had been brought down. In the eightieth minute Luke Garbecz drove home a Matt Tovey cross to make it three two and then in the eighty fifth minute Garbacz leathered the ball home from a Matt Webb cross into the box.

Gala Wilton were well and truly beaten by today’s visitors Henbury. A second half hattrick from Caelen Simpson sealed a victory for the visitors. Henbury went a goal up on fifteen minutes from a break down the right and a cross into the box that was turned in by Andy Dickinson. Just five minutes later that was two nil the cross coming in from the right again but this time it was Jack Bebbington on the end of it. Five minutes before the break the home side pulled a goal back and it came from a free kick knocked into the box and in a scramble Marc Edwards stabbed the ball home. Henbury then went three one up on fifty minutes when Caelen Simpson Headed home. Two further goals from Simpson catching the home side out and beating the offside to run clear to score.

Two apiece was the result at Hardwicke who entertained Bishops Cleeve Reserves today. Cleeve went ahead on ten minutes after home keeper Kenny Edwards had save the first shot on goal Chris Parsons was on hand to put it away. The home side missed a good chance to level but Paul Carters corner was headed over the bar. On fifty five minutes Cleeve were two nil in the lead as Parsons bundled the ball home. Hardwicke pulled one back on seventy minutes Richard Mansells header across goal fired home by Will Higgins. The home side salvaged a point on eighty minutes from a Carter free kick that was brilliantly headed home by Jody Bevan.

Two matches were postponed due to the weather we had over night. Bristol Telephones v Broadwell Amateurs in the 2nd round of the Les James League Cup and Little Stoke v AEK Boco a league fixture.

12th November 2016 - Frampton United grab the points at Henbury

Stonehouse Town return to winning ways at Broadwell Amateurs - and Frampton United took the three points at Henbury. At the bottom of the table Gala Wilton lose heavily at Lebeq United but Hanham Athletic gain a point against Little Stoke. Southmead CS Athletic are still looking for their first win.

Frampton United kept up their challenge for the title with a 2-0 win at Henbury. They got off to a great start to the game taking the lead after 5 minutes. A long ball pumped up field caught the home defence out and Matt Cook sped past the defenders to slot the ball past keeper Luke Cox. At the other end Jack Bebbington went close with a header from a good cross from the right. In the 23rd minute Frampton had a great chance to increase their lead when Jack Phillips was clear on goal but missed the target. The home sides first real effort on goal came in the 35th minute from Jack Mills whose angled shot brought a good save from the Frampton keeper James Marklove. Myron Turner saw his shot rebound off keeper Cox but Nathan Dennis steered his headed wide. Right on half time Phillips had another blast at goal but it went over the bar.

It was Henbury’s Jack Mills who had the first chance on goal in the second half but again Marklove saved well to deny an equalising goal. Aaron Rosser directed his header on goal from a free kick but it was not strong enough to beat the Frampton keeper. Then Mills tried to bend a free kick around the ball but it hit the side netting. On 79 minutes Mills had another good shot on target but it went straight to the Frampton keeper. An Adam Rosser free kick from the right to the far post was met by Ross Johnson but he failed to get it on target. With the home side pushing forward to try to get an equalising goal they were caught cold from a ball that split their defence and Myron Turner was onto it like a flash broke into the box and rounded Cox before sliding the ball home.

Kingswood moved themselves up the table with a 4-2 success at home to Hardwicke. The home side were awarded three penalties in this game but only managed to convert two. In fact they opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 12 minutes with Simon Clarke scoring from the spot. Hardwicke hit back on 20 minutes from a Paul Carter 20 yard free kick that flew into the bottom corner. The home side regained the lead in the 51st minute with a great strike from Josh Stokes on the edge of the box. Three minutes later Hardwicke lost Will Higgins when he received a straight Red card for a professional foul and conceding the second penalty. Simon Clarke stepped up again but this time the keeper save his shot and then Clarke missed the rebound. On 70 minutes Kingswood went 3-1 up when Jamie Evans bundled the ball home. Hardwicke were not out of it and hit back with a second goal in the 85th minute Ed Rimmer netting after the home defence failed to clear. Then right on time Kingswood were awarded the third penalty of the afternoon and Callum Vickery made no mistake from the spot.

Broadwell Amateurs winning spell came to an abrupt end when they went down 2-0 at home to leaders Stonehouse Town. It was probably quite a relief to the visitors having lost their two previous games and failing to find the back of the net on both occasions. Although Stonehouse had the better of the first 15 minutes it was the home side that had the best chance to open the scoring but Kristian Burnard’s shot went over the bar. Then just on half time the visitors were awarded a penalty and Liam Gale tucked it into the back of the net. The second half was fairly even until the 55th minute when the home side lost possession in midfield to Jordan Fletcher who surged forward and neatly tucked the ball past the oncoming keeper Jamie Merry.

AEK Boco dented Bristol Telephones chances of winning the title when they gained a well deserved 3-0 home win. Boco got off to a great start and took the lead on 5 minutes from a great break down the right by Jack Green and a cross that was smashed home by Mikey Golding. Just six minutes later Darren Werrett was brought down in the box and Callum Ball made it 2-0 from the spot. Boco got a third on 48 minutes again it came from the right with Jack Green sending over a great cross for Callum Ball to head home. The visitors finished with nine men on the park as Ryan Webber was dismissed for a second yellow card on 50 minutes and that was followed with another dismissal late in the game when Mike Connor also received a second yellow card.

Lebeq United were too strong for visitors Gala Wilton who were soundly beaten 5-1. The home side went ahead after 10 minutes when Dominic Holver beat three defenders before threading the ball through for Will De-Wet to score. Gala hit back on 18 minutes with a very good goal from Kyle Bakewell who slid the ball past keeper Amin Jones after being put clear. On 41 minutes Lebeq retook the lead when Will De-Wet headed home from a Doninic Holver corner. The home side wrapped the game up in nine minutes late in the game. On 75 minutes substitute Omarii Simms capitalised on a defensive error by Gala to make it 3-1. In the 81st minute Holver was brought down in the box and proceeded to score the resulting penalty. Then 3 minutes later he rounded the keeper to score his second.

Thornbury Town gained a narrow win over today’s visitors Rockleaze Rangers. It keeps them in touch with the leaders as they sit third in the table with games in hand. It was Rangers who shook Town after just 2 minutes when James Pilling scored following a short free kick. That lead only lasted two minutes as Craig Lancastle latched on to the rebound from a Luke Franklin shot to put the home side level. The game went right through to the 76th minute before Thornbury were given the opportunity to take the lead and it came from the penalty spot after Mark Viner had been bundled over in the box and Craig Lancastle netted the winner.

Southmead CS Athletic are still looking for that elusive first win as they suffered another set back today going down 3-1 at home to Patchway Town. The visitors had several good chances in the first 30 minutes but home keeper Callum Flynn kept them at bay. Everton Senior missed a good chance for the home side on 38 minutes. Then right on half time Patchway took the lead with some good interchanging of passes before Matt Davies finished it off. 5 minutes into the second half town went 2-0 up when Paul Noyes headed home from a corner. On 60 minutes Santiago Serna saw his goal bound effort pushed away for a corner by the Patchway keeper Jamie Farmiloe. Patchway took a 3-0 lead on 63 minutes from an in-swinging corner that was headed home by David Ishi. The home side had several good chances to get back in the game and a Rob Sivers header went just over and Gary Booths fine shot was pushed away by Farmiloe. The home sides persistence paid off in the 75th minute when Mendez cut the ball back for Rob Sivers to score.

Hanham Athletic picked up a valuable point with a 1-1 draw at home to Little Stoke. It was the visitors who went ahead after 13 minutes when Luke Sperring headed home from a corner. The home side had to wait until the 76th minute to earn that point when Mitchell Norman netted from six yards.

8th November 2016 - Gloucestershire County League 2 Gwent County League 2

This fixture which had been arranged a couple of months ago was the fourth meeting between the two leagues with Gloucestershire yet to score a win over their opponents.

The weather conditions could not have been worse as it poured with rain for the whole of the game. The facilities hired to stage the fixture at Tytherington Rocks are excellent and the pitch itself was in very good condition.

Gloucestershire got off to a great start going ahead after six minutes from a corner sent in low from the left and Dhani Golding finding the finishing touch.

The home side almost grabbed a second on sixteen minutes as Dareen Werretts cros from the left was met by Dhani Golding rising above the visitors defence to head goalwards but somehow the Gwent keeper Lee Wodden managed to divert the ball away.

The home side who were pushing the ball around really well in the conditions went further ahead on twenty minutes from a free kick sent across the box from the right to the far post by Joe Guest headed back across goal for Darren Werret to squeeze home.

Four minutes into the second half Gloucestershire should have made it three nil but Dhani Golding’s header on goal went over the top.

The Gwent team gradually got themselves back into the game had a great chance to score in the fifty third minute but somehow contrived to hit the ball wide from inside the six yard box.

  • Gloucestershire County Leage v Gwent County League

  • Gloucestershire County Leage v Gwent County League

  • Gloucestershire County Leage v Gwent County League

  • Gloucestershire County Leage v Gwent County League

It was agreed at the beginning of the game that rolling substitutes would be used so that every player from both sides would have at least a part of a game. Gloucestershire made several changes at the break and lost the free flowing cohesion that they had in the first half. Gwent also made their changes which improved their game pushing forward a lot more and putting the home side under much more pressure. and it paid off in the sixty seventh minute when the scored through Dale Roache.

Gwents persistence paid off in the eightieth minute when the home side failed to clear from a corner and Warren Archer drove the ball past Griffiths to level the score.

There was a little flurry by the home side with around five minutes to go and a good ball into the box from Ibrahima Sarr was well met by Aaron Anglin but he could not keep it down and it flew over the bar.

At the end of the ninety minutes Gloucestershire are still looking for their first victory over Gwent.

5th November 2016 - Bristol Telephones beat Stonehouse Town to close the gap at the top

About a third of the season completed and Stonehouse Town remain the leaders even though they suffered their second defeat in a row. There was no movement at the bottom of the table.

A tough fixture for the leaders Stonehouse Town who travelled to Stockwood Lane to face an inform Bristol Telephones. It was the visitors who took the early initiative with Phones full back Sam Sarre heading off the line on 5 minutes. Phones first shot on goal after 9 minutes came from Dhani Golding which was easily taken by keeper Will Pedrick. An Alex Kibble shot was mishandled by home keeper Will Osborne but it ran out for a corner. At the other end Martin Blacker made space to shoot from the edge of the box but it went over the top. Phones went ahead on 22 minutes when a low cross from the right saw Dhani Golding diving full length to head home. On 44 minutes Stonehouse were a little unlucky when a free kick from wide on the right sped through the home defence but at the last moment Osborne just managed to palm the ball away. Right on half time Phones scored again from a cross into the centre of the field and Martin Blacker took one look and struck a superb 25 yard shot into the roof of the net.

The visitors struck first in the second half in the 54th minute a great shot from Alex Kibble was well on target but took a deflection and went out for a corner. The home side looked very comfortable going forward and Pedrick had to be at his best to deny Alex Graham scoring a third for Phones. Stonehouse defender Liam Beachus made an awful blunder on 61 minutes when his attempted back pass to Pedrick fell well short and Dhani Golding pounced, to round the keeper before tapping the ball into an empty net. Just a minute later it was 4-0 the ball was driven into the box from the right there were several attempts to clear but the ball fell to Adam Gregory to drive past Pedrick. A valiant attempt from Andy Maryon to pull a goal back from a corner saw Osborne save the strikers header from close range. The home side pushed hard to increase their tally but some very good keeping from the visitor’s keeper Will Pedrick kept the score at four. Right at the end Stonehouse were reduced to ten when Liam Beachus received a second yellow card and then the Red.

Rockleaze Rangers were leading Bishops Cleeve Reserves 1-0 at the break after James Kenway was brought down in the box and then proceeded to tuck the penalty away. Cleeve hit back with four goals in 7 minutes in the second half. Joe Richards levelled the score when he headed into an empty net on 60 minutes then 3 minutes later Dan Gittings put them ahead with a cracking 25 yard shot that hit the underside of the crossbar on its way in. A Paul Ireland header on 65 minutes made it 3-1 and Declan Chick’s strike two minutes later a cracking shot that struck both bar and post as it went in.

The two bottom Clubs faced each other today Gala Wilton took on Southmead CS Athletic at Fairmile Gardens. The visitors looked the better side for the early part of the game but failed to make their chances count that is until Rob Sivers out paced the home defence to put Southmead in front. The team talk at half time for the home side gave them some belief and Kyle Bakewell broke through to score the equalising goal on 55 minutes. It was Bakewell who then scored a second when he neatly chipped the keeper to give Gala a much needed win.

Little Stoke dented Thornbury Towns chances of closing the gap at the top just one goal being enough. Little Stokes Owen Greening sent in great crosses early on but the Stoke forwards failed to capitalise. Thornbury were unlucky on 15 minutes when Nathan Irwin’s shot struck the upright. In the second half Matt Simmons found himself clear on goal but failed to beat the town keeper. Stoke goal came in the 60th minute from a cross from Matt Simons that was pushed away by the Thornbury keeper but found its way to full back Ollie Bacon who drove a low shot into the visitors net from 25 yards. Thornbury’s Craig Lancastle tried to chip home keeper Luke Langson but the keeper saved well. The home side brought on new signing Sasha Tong and he broke clear on several moccasins but could not beat the visitor’s keeper. Thornbury’s Luke Franklin had a good chance but Langson saved well

  • Cheltenham Civil Service v Kingswood, Courtesy Peter Langley

  • Cheltenham Civil Service v Kingswood, Courtesy Peter Langley

  • Cheltenham Civil Service v Kingswood, Courtesy Peter Langley

  • Cheltenham Civil Service v Kingswood, Courtesy Peter Langley

  • Cheltenham Civil Service v Kingswood, Courtesy Peter Langley

  • Cheltenham Civil Service v Kingswood, Courtesy Peter Langley

  • Cheltenham Civil Service v Kingswood, Courtesy Peter Langley

Frampton United have moved into second place in the table with a 4-2 win at home to Lebeq United. They had to do it the hard way as they found themselves trailing 2-0 after 29 minutes. Cory Wilson opened the scoring for the visitors on 20 minutes when he drove home a free kick. Then on 29 minutes Clinton Wilson struck a fierce shot that hit the underside of the crossbar on its way in. Right on half time Matt Cook pulled a goal back for the home side. On 61 minutes a Myron Turner strike from the edge of the box flew into the top corner to level the score. 3 minutes later Frampton got their noses in front after Minolo Marquez Espada’s shot was well saved by Amin Jones but Myron Turner picked up the rebound to smash the ball home. Turner was also involved in the fourth and final goal when his pass found Jonathan Lewis to run clear to score.

Hardwicke were held to a 2-2 draw by Henbury, but it was the home side who took the lead on 13 minutes Ed Rimmer latching on to a bad back pass to the keeper and drove the ball home. Henbury levelled on 26 minutes when the home defence failed to clear from a shot that was only parried by the keeper and Jack Bebbington finished it off. The home side retook the lead on 29 minutes from a good break down the left and a great cross into the six yard box by Craig Harris that Adam Rosser could only steer past his own keeper. Henbury gained a point in the 80th minute after home keeper Kenny Edward could only parry a shot away and Jack Mills drove the ball into the bottom corner.

Patchway Towns elation at winning at Stonehouse last week came tumbling down when they went down 3-1 at home to Broadwell Amateurs. The home side started well with Matt Tovey firing over from a free kick on 13 minutes. But Tovey then picked up an injury and the home side had to reshuffle. On 32 minutes Broadwell took the lead with a close range effort from Danny Latham that hit the underside of the bar on its way into the net. On 35 minutes Patchway gave away a free kick on the edge of the box and Jamie Powell’s shot took a deflection that keeper Farmiloe got a hand to but could not prevent it going in. A third goal on 39 minutes for the visitors a corner swung in and Ross Gabriel rose to head home. The home side started well in the second half and Matt Davies had his shot cleared off the line before an Ashley Hawkins free kick was headed home by Brandon Benjamin in the 63rd minute. The final effort fell to town’s Dan Bendall who had passed the keeper but then shot wide.

The big derby of the day was AEK Boco v Hanham Athletic. Barely a mile between the two clubs, 193 spectators turned out to watch this game. A barren 45 minutes with the deadlock being broken in the 62nd minute when Adam Grinter scored from the penalty spot to put Hanham ahead. It looked as though there might be a shock result until Liam Jenkins fired a free kick into the corner to level the score. Hanham finished with ten men when George Latham received a red card

Cheltenham Civil Service and Kingswood had to be satisfied with a point each after a 1-1 draw at Tewksbury Road. The home side had the ball in the Kingswood net on 3 minutes but it was disallowed for handball. An Adam Loveridge shot on 12 minutes tested Kingswood keeper Chris Fox. It was the home side doing the pushing and Fox had to be at his best to deny both Burrows and Loveridge. Two efforts from the visitors Ryan Mudd and Simon Clarke came to nothing. Kingswood’s Callum Vickery went clear on goal but home keeper Tim Griffiths was there to deny the striker. The home side went ahead on 43 minutes when Leigh Rayson had his shot well saved by Fox but the ball ran out to Dan Keating to avoid a tackle and fire home from just inside the box. Several incidents in the second half with both sides picking up bookings and then a great move from Burrows Keating and Loveridge saw the ball in the back of the net but ruled out for offside. Kingswood levelled the score on 66 minute after a home attack broke down the ball was moved forward quickly and Callum Vickery slotted the ball past Tim Griffiths.