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13th May 2017 - AEK Boco Seal League Cup Win

Report courtesy Jon Palmer

AEK Boco 3 Broadwell Amateurs 0

AEK Boco won the Les James County League Cup for the first time with a 3-0 win over Broadwell Amateurs at Stonehouse Town’s Oldends Lane.

A competition record crowd of 350 saw AEK forced to play for more than half an hour with 10 men after the sending off of Callum Ball.

Ball had put Boco in front from the penalty spot in the fourth minute after a trip by Sam Keetch on Liam Jenkins in the box.

Jenkins was close to making it 2-0 in the 35th minute with a curling effort from 20 yards, but he was denied by Jamie Merry’s flying save.

Broadwell enjoyed their best period of the game late in the first period, but Danny Latham’s effort was well saved by 19-year-old third choice stopper Jack Madge and crucially Boco added a second before the break.

Harrison Kyte’s cross was headed in by Joe Reeves in the final minute of the half to put the Hanham-based side a strong position.

  • AEK Boco League Cup Winners 2016/2017

  • AEK Boco Captain Richard Sperring receiving the cup from Bob Boyd and John Cummings

  • AEK Boco (Blue/White) v Broadwell Amateurs (Maroon/Blue)

  • AEK Boco (Blue/White) v Broadwell Amateurs (Maroon/Blue)

  • AEK Boco (Blue/White) v Broadwell Amateurs (Maroon/Blue)

  • AEK Boco (Blue/White) v Broadwell Amateurs (Maroon/Blue)

Broadwell’s chances of forcing their way back into the game were lifted in the 53rd minute when Ball brought down Kristian Burnard near the halfway line and then shoved his opponent, resulting in a straight red card.

But AEK were 3-0 up five minutes later when a low cross from Jordan Scott was turned into his own net by Blaine Smith.

A comeback was never on the cards thereafter, with central defender Richard Sperring forced to head clear from almost on the line in the 83rd minute to deny Broadwell a consolation goal.

Last year’s Gloucestershire County League champions Boco nearly added a fourth with five minutes remaining after a quick counter attack involving substitutes Jack Green and Jacob Saunders, but Merry blocked well.

Burnard fired an attempt over the bar in the final seconds for Broadwell, who knew it was not their day.

AEK Boco: J Madge; A Shopland, C Ball, B Wheadon, R Sperring, J Reeves, L Jenkins (J Green 76), J Scott, H Kyte (J Saunders 76), L Crewe (S Abraham 68), D Werrett.

Broadwell Amateurs: J Merry, S Keetch (S Taylor 65), B Smith, S Albon, G Lewis, B Fishwick, K Burnard, P Manns, R Gabriel, J Sheen, D Latham. Sub not used: L Williams.

Referee: Jack Bonnick

Attendance: 350.

6th May 2017 - Rockleaze wrap up season with draw

The final two games of the season took place today with both Les James League Cup finalists in action. There was mixed fortunes in the results with AEK Boco winning at home to Bishops Cleeve Reserves and Broadwell going down by the odd goal in five at Rockleaze Rangers.

In fact Broadwell Amateurs got off to a flying start taking the lead after 2 minutes with a cracking shot from 25 yards from Danny Latham that flew past Sam Burgess in the home goal into the corner of the net. Rangers first effort on goal on 6 minutes was a shot from Marcus Williams that went well over the bar. At the other end Burgess had to be at his best to turn a kristian Burnard shot around the post for a corner. The same combination Burnard v Burgess saw the keeper pull off anther good save to deny the Broadwell striker. Then on 14 minutes a good Rangers move down the left and a cross to the far post was bundled into the net by Greg Williams to bring Rangers on level terms. Burgess was called upon again in the 31st minute and saved a Ross Gabriel shot with his legs. On 38 minutes Rangers Henry Jones hit a powerful shot at Jamie Merry but the keeper saved well. Within a minute of that effort from Jones he broke into the Broadwell box on the right and was needlessly pushed to the ground giving Rangers a penalty. James Kenway stepped up for the spot kick and sent Merry the wrong way to put Rangers in front. A curling shot from Marcus Williams just before the break was the last goalmouth action in the first 45 minutes.

2 minutes into the second half Kristian Burnard broke into the Rangers box on the right but a last ditch tackle saw the shot deflected for a corner. Rangers increased their lead in the 49th minute with a very good move down the right and the ball slipped into Marcus Williams to guide the ball past Merry. The visitors had a great chance to pull a goal back just 2 minutes later when Blaine Smith sent over a superb cross from the left that saw striker Ross Gabriel lunging forward but was unable to get a touch with the goal wide open. Broadwell scored a magnificent goal in the 66th minute from a shot from 25 yards by Ben Fishwick that had Burgess well beaten as it flew into the roof of the net. The visitors were pushing hard for that third goal and it almost came in the 73rd minute as Jordan Sheen cut in from the left unleashed a cracking shot but Sam Burgess brought of a tremendous save. For the last 10 minutes of the game Rangers keeper Sam Burgess swapped shirts with out field player Greg Williams a gesture from the Rangers managers for the loyalty that Burgess has shown to the Club. The nearest that Broadwell came to finding that equaliser was right on time when the ball fell to Ross Gabriel but he pulled his shot wide.

The other Club in the Les James League Cup Final AEK Boco rounded off their season with a 2-0 home win over today’s visitors Bishops Cleeve Reserves in front of 151 spectators. There was very little to write home about in the first 45 minutes with neither side pulling up any trees. Then in the 58th minute Liam Jenkins was felled for a free kick to Boco and Jenkins sent in a cross that Jordan Scott met with his head to put the home side one up. The second goal in the 80th minute came from the penalty spot after Jacob Saunders had been brought down in the box and Richard Sperring netted from the spot. Jack Madge who took over the number one shirt from the injured Joe Pople had very little to do and was very please that he finished the game with a clean sheet.

29th April 2017 - Southmead finish bottom after draw with Gala Wilton

The most important challenge of the day was the game at Southmead CS Athletic who were entertaining Gala Wilton knowing that only a win would lift them off the bottom of the table. This was the final fixture for both sides and 3 points for the home side would have lifted them to third from bottom above their opponents on goal difference. Unfortunately although taking the lead they let it slip and eventually had to settle for a draw. For the second season following Southmead CS Athletic finished bottom of the table and will have to wait until the Management Committee meet in ten days time to see what fate beholds them for next season.

Southmead started the game really well and took the lead on 11 minutes when Ashley Harwood slipped the ball through to Luke Soule to guide the ball home. On 15 minutes Kyle Bakewell had a great chance to level but lost control and home keeper Shaun O’Keefe grabbed the loose ball. Gala began to settle down and did equalise in the 18th minute from a long ball into the box and Jack Jeramiah fired it past O’Keefe. Dave Johnson almost gave the home side a 2-1 lead on 30 minutes when he side stepped two defenders and lifted the ball high from the edge of the box and the Gala keeper Nathan Charnock was at full stretch to stop it going in. Then Ben Fry tried to hook the ball past the keeper from a corner but it went wide. On 34 minutes the home side missed a great opportunity as Tom Hutchings laid the ball on for Ashley Harwood but he skied it over the bar. A minute later Charnock pulled of a very good save to deny Dave Johnson. In the 39th minute Gala’s Marc Edwards missed a golden chance to put the visitors ahead but with a clear shot on goal pulled it wide. The home side were really unlucky not to have taken the lead in the 41st minute when Ben Fry lifted the ball over Charnock it was cleared off the line but fell to Luke Soule whose back heal struck the post.

Gala started the better side in the second half and took the lead on 50 minutes from a quick throw in that caught the home defence napping and Kyle Bakewell chipped the ball over O’Keefe. In the 63rd minute Gala’s Alex Pritchard latched on to a long ball down the left cut inside but his shot struck the upright. In the 78th minute Gala keeper Charnock pulled off a tremendous save from Luke Soule after Tom Hutchings had fed the ball through to him. Then Hutchings had a clear shot on goal but ballooned it over. In the 86th minute substitute Joel Grieve could have sewn it up for Gala put through on goal he got past O’Keefe then stumbled with the goal open and begging. Just a minute later Southmead got their second goal when Farai Chiwah fired home from just inside the box to make the last few minutes very interesting an although they tried there hardest to get the winner it was not meant to be and it ended all square.

Bishops Cleeve Reserves were beaten at home again this time by today’s visitors AEK Boco. It was a fairly even first half even though Boco took the lead on 28 minutes when Mitch Tippings fired in a low cross from the right which picked out the unmarked Jack Green to prod the ball home from close range. Although the home side had a few efforts on goal none were on target and in the 51st minute Boco doubled their lead, Liam Powel had found space on the left to slip the ball through to Harrison Kyte to fire a right footed shot into the bottom corner. Despite the home sides attempt to get back in the game it was Boco who scored again in the 75 minute from a root one ball from deep in the their half sent forward by Liam Powell and finding Jack Green to run on and slip the ball through the legs of home keeper Cameron Cheal to make it 3-0.

Champions Bristol Telephones wrapped up their season at Rockleaze Rangers with only their second draw of the season. Rangers went ahead on 9 minutes when James Fitzpatrick turned in a Henry Jones’s cross. It should have been 2-0 just a minute later but Phones keeper Will Osborne saved well in a one-on–one situation with Marcus Williams. On 21 minutes home keeper Sam Burgess brought of a great save to deny Martin Blacker levelling the score. In the second half Rangers James Kenway struck the uptight with a tremendous shot on 51 minutes. On 75 minutes Osborne pulled off another great save at the back post from Marcus Williams and finally Phones got the equaliser in the 81st minute after Martin Blacker set up Dhani Golding to tap the ball home.

It was an early kick-off for Hardwicke who were entertaining Little Stoke today. The first half an hour was fairly even then in the 36th minute Hardwicke broke the deadlock with a superb goal from Will Matthews pulling the ball down before chipping the Little Stoke keeper. 2 minutes later a Paul Carter shot hit the crossbar and Tobie Webb was following up to make it 2-0. It was 3-0 to the home side in the 60th minute when Webb struck again his header struck the crossbar but he followed in to volley home. The home side went 4-0 up in the 70th minute when Will Matthews netted his second from close range. Little Stoke grabbed a consolation goal near the end from a free kick that was only parried by home keeper Kenny Edwards and Simon Knight slotted the ball home.

22nd April 2017 - Bristol Telephones crowned champions

With Bristol Telephones winning the title in mid-week at Little Stoke their last home fixture of the season was against Broadwell Amateurs who had been successful on their previous visit to the ground in the Les James League Cup. The game got off to a brilliant start for the visitors when a long ball found Kristian Burnard to run clear and chip the ball over Will Osborne after just 50 seconds. The home side grafted their way back into the game and it was a long ball up to Lee Pitman who also chipped the ball over the Broadwell keeper Jamie Merry to level the score after 31 minutes. Just a minute before the break the home side grabbed the lead after a ball in from the right just bobbled backwards and forwards before Dhani Golding turned it into the visitors net.

On the restart the home side pushed hard for a third goal and Martin Blacker was only just over from the edge of the box. A few minutes later Blacker blasted a great shot from 25 yards that whistled past the post. Broadwell never really troubled the home side in the second period but were always looking for that second goal. Near the end a great cross from Mike Alvis was met at the far post by Dhani Golding but he failed to direct his header on target.

At the end of the game the players were presented with their trophies and the Cup by the leagues Main Sponsors - Managing Director Cliff Orchard.

A win at Hardwicke in the week meant that Frampton United had to travel to Rockleaze Rangers knowing only a win would guarantee the Runners-up spot. They managed to grab the only goal of the game in the 34th minute to secure the Runners-up position. An early chance fell to Frampton’s Kris Bulley but Sam Burgess saved with his legs. Then in the 34th minute a long cross to the far post was met by Stuart Maule who headed back across goal and into the far corner. Midway through the second half the Frampton custodian James Marklove pulled of a great save to deny Kye Simpson then 10 minutes later Marklove pulled off another good save to deny Nick Jones. Right on time Frampton almost made it 2-0 but Jonathan Lewis’s chip struck the crossbar. Frampton were presented with their Runners-up Trophies after the game.

A 4-0 win at Bishops Cleeve Reserves by Southmead CS Athletic has closed the gap to just 1 point at the bottom. If they should win their last fixture home to Gala Wilton they will avoid finishing bottom. Southmead galloped into a 2-0 lead within the first 10 minutes with both goals being scored by Rob Sivers from long balls over the defence and one-on- one situation with the Cleeve keeper. The visitors went 3-0 up early in the second half when Ashley Harwood headed home from a corner. The Sivers completed his hat-trick with another long ball over the Cleeve defence to run through and score.

Thornbury Town who have completed their fixtures will have to settle for fourth position in the table exactly the same spot they finished last season. They came away from Henbury with a 2-1 win. They opened the scoring on 8 minutes from a corner from the right that was headed home by Joe Guest. The only real chance created by the home side came in the 12th minute a 20 yard free kick that was well saved by the Thornbury keeper. Five minutes before the break Henbury were reduced to 10 men when Reece Purnell received a red card. Thornbury went 2-0 up on 58 minutes from the penalty spot put away by Toby Bennett. The home side although a player short did manage to find the back of the Thornbury net in the 81st minute a Jack Mills free kick from the edge of the box finding the bottom corner.

Kingswood won their home fixture with Gala Wilton 2-0 with a goal in each half by David Parslow. His first on 40 minutes came from a good run down the flank by Jamie Evans a cross into Ryan Mudd and then Mudd setting up Parslow to side foot home. The second came in the last minute of the game when Parslow lobbed the visitor’s keeper from the edge of the box. Gala could hardly muster a shot at the target all game.

Little Stoke and AEK Boco finished all square with a 2-2 draw. A Zac Cosgrove cross to Kevin Williams saw Boco keeper Joe Pople pull off a good save on 10 minutes, then Danny Cochram missed a good chance a couple of minutes later after Owen Greening had done all the work. Stoke went ahead on 20 minutes from a Williams corner headed in by Sasha Tong. Liam Powell the cleared an effort from Tong off the line. In the 30th minute Boco drew level from a Joe Reeves free kick that fell to Liam Crewe on the edge of the box to blast his shot home. Stoke keeper Turner pumped a long ball up field to Simon Knight but Pople was there to prevent the ball going in. In the 55th minute Boco had a great chance to take the lead from a Liam Crewe corner but Jack Withey headed over the bar. The visitors went into the lead on 65 minutes from another Liam Crewe corner this time headed home by Darren Werrett. Stoke levelled the score on 70 minutes from a long ball up field by Chris Church and Russ Church neatly chipped the ball over Pople.

15th April 2017 - Bristol Telephones on brink after win at Frampton

Bristol Telephones go top after their win at Frampton United whilst Stonehouse Town drop to second after being held to a draw at Southmead CS Athletic

Mathematically Bristol Telephones require a win from their last four games to clinch the Championship.

The game of the day was the clash between Frampton United and Bristol Telephones second versus third at the start of the day. The visitors got off to a flying start going ahead after a minute and half with a fortuitous goalfrom a free kick on the left side halfway down the eighteen yard box. It was swung over by Ben Griffiths and the flight deceived home keeper Fraser Wilson struck the upright rebounded onto the keeper and into the net. Frampton’s first attempt on goal in the ninth minutes almost brought them level as Joe Wilton bore down on the ball but Phones keeper Will Osborne just managed to get there first and cleared. On fifteen minutes Wilton was through on goal but again Osborne came to the rescue saving with his legs. From that save the ball was pumped long up field where Mike Alvis was waiting and he strove forward to just outside the box and unleashed an unstoppable shot past Wilson. Frampton could not have got off to a worse start and their slowness to get started had put them two goals down after fifteen minutes. Whilst the visitors always looked dangerous the home side could well have pulled a goal back on twenty nine minutes when Steve Jackson broke through but Osborne smothered the ball. Then just before the break a great cross across the face of the Phones goal was met by Joe Wilton but he fired the ball into the side netting.

Frampton got off to a better start in the second half and a great cross from full back Max Harper-Emerson was just too high for Kris Bulley. In the fifty first minute Osborne brought of two great saves to deny Kris Bulley pulling a goal back for the home side. Then two minutes later a great cross from Nathan Dennis skimmed across the face of the Phones goal and Jack Bartman was unable to get the final touch. The home side were definitely looking to get back into the game but again with a great chance to score Jack Bartman headed over the bar from another good cross from Max Harper-Emerson. In the eighty third minute all the pressure paid of as Steve Jackson split the visitors defence to send Matt Cook clear to slot the ball past Osborne. The home side continued to press and in the eighty sixth minute Max Harper-Emerson had a great chance to level but shot straight into the arms of Osborne.

  • Frampton United (Blue/White) v Bristol Telephones (Orange), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Frampton United (Blue/White) v Bristol Telephones (Orange), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Frampton United (Blue/White) v Bristol Telephones (Orange), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Frampton United (Blue/White) v Bristol Telephones (Orange), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Frampton United (Blue/White) v Bristol Telephones (Orange), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Frampton United (Blue/White) v Bristol Telephones (Orange), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Frampton United (Blue/White) v Bristol Telephones (Orange), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Frampton United (Blue/White) v Bristol Telephones (Orange), Images courtesy Peter Langley

Southmead CS Athletic’s one - one draw at home to Stonehouse Town virtually wiped out any chance of the visitor’s title hopes. The point however brings the home side tally of points to double figures. Rob Sivers gave Southmead the lead on forty one minutes from Luke Soule’s cross that trickles across the face of the goal for Sivers to side foot home. But within three minutes Stonehouse were level and it came from a corner that was pushed onto the bar by home keeper Shaun O’Keefe only half cleared and Ryan Stewart hammered the ball into the home net. In the second half Stonehouse got the ball into the home net but it was ruled out for offside and near the end Rob Sivers was through on goal but the visitors keeper saved his shot.

AEK Boco really went to town when they hammered five into the Lebeq United net without reply. 240 spectators turned up for this game. The first came after five minutes a cracking shot from Jordan Scott from the edge of the box into the top corner. Just two minutes later Jack Green was put clear by Jason Thatcher to make it two – nil. It was three – nil after seventeen minutes when Harrison Kyte headed home a deep cross to the far post from Richard Sperring. Two further goals in the second half for Boco the first on sixty three minutes when Jason Thatcher scored direct from a corner. In the eighty fifth minute a great through ball from Jack Withy found Liam Jenkins to make it five.

Seven goals at Coombe Dingle where Rockleaze Rangers took on Gala Wilton. It was Gala who went ahead on ten minutes when Josh Homans rounded the keeper. Then in the sixteenth minute Rangers were awarded a penalty but James Kenway’s spot kick was saved by the keeper. A few minutes later Rangers were awarded a second penalty and this time Kenway made no mistake. Danny Webb made it two – one on twenty nine minutes with a shot into the top corner. Into the second half and Danny Webb scored again for the home side on fifty minutes for a three – one lead. Then on the hour mark Gala netted their second when Kyle Bakewell was put clear on goal and ten minutes later Josh Homans got a second for Gala to make it three – three. A Steve Fitzpatrick header on seventy seven minutes put the home side back in front and then had to hang on and clear the ball off the line in the last minute to take the points.

A double from Sasha Tong gave Little Stoke a two – one win at Broadwell Amateurs. Zac Cosgrove missed an early chance for Stoke and home keeper Jamie Merry brought of a great save to deny Owen Greening in the early stages of this game. On forty one minutes Tim O’Loughlin was fouled in the box and Sasha Tong gave Stoke the lead from the spot. A second goal from Tong in the sixty fifth minute picking up a loose ball before firing his shot from the edge of the box past Merry. The home side pulled a goal back on seventy five minutes when Kristian Burnard scored with a simple tap in.

A goalless draw at Bishops Cleeve Reserves where Henbury were today’s visitors. Cleeve looked the better side in the first half although Henbury were unlucky when Luke Cox hit the post in the thirty fifth minute. In the seventieth minute home keeper James Twigg brought off a great save to deny Reece Purnell giving the visitor’s the lead. Cleeves Jack Beardsell went close in the eightieth minute but the keeper saved well. Near the end the home side made an appeal for a handball in the box by the visitor’s but it was turned down by the referee.

8th April 2017 - Leaders Stonehouse lose at AEK

On a lovely spring afternoon perfect for watching football the three top Clubs challenge for the title all lost. In fact the top four Clubs before today’s fixtures all failed to gain any points.

AEK Boco v Stonehouse Town was out destination today. The visitors needed to hit back with a win after last Saturday’s defeat at home to keep up their challenge for the title. It was quite difficult to control the ball on a flat but very hard pitch. The first effort on goal came from the home side on 15 minutes from Harrison Kytes shot that was saved by keeper Will Pedrick. Then at the other end a low cross that skimmed across goal was missed by everyone except Boco’s keeper Joe Pople. Boco’s Liam Crewe should have done better from a cross in from the left but headed over the bar. Luke Barstow gave away a free kick around 20 yards out but Liam Jenkins failed to beat Pedrick. An attempted lob over home keeper Joe Pople by Liam Gale only just cleared the bar. Towns Tim Williams might have done better when he cut on from the left but then fired over the bar. On 35 minutes a Jason Thatcher free kick had to be fisted away by Pedrick and a cracking 35 yard shot from Liam Powell ended up in Pedrick’s arms. On 41 minutes Callum Ball’s shot just skimmed past the post. Town should have taken the lead on 43 minutes from a cross by Andy Maryon that found Liam Gale unmarked but he headed over.

The best chance to open the scoring fell to Jack Green on 59 minutes after the ball was half cleared by Towns defence Green latched onto the loose ball and then had to watch his shot creep agonisingly past the outside of the upright. A free kick from Jason Thatcher on 83 minutes was headed into the Stonehouse net but was instantly disallowed for pushing. The game went into time added after 90 minutes with the result looking like a 0-0 scoreline until Boco broke down the right the ball was slipped into Thatcher who swivelled and hit a 25 yard shot past Pedrick for the lead. There was still 3 minutes to play but the home side saw that out to take the 3 points.

Disappointment to at Bristol Telephones who also went down to a single goal against Harwicke. Nothing much happened in the first 44 minutes with both sides unable to break either sides defence down. Then right on half time a good ball was knocked into the Phones box it was cleared but immediately knocked back in again and as Hardwicke’s Rob Hine challenged Mike Alvis for the ball the unfortunate Alvis hit the ball into his own net. Phones Dhani Golding did get the ball into the Hardwicke net on 60 minutes but it was ruled out for offside. Ben Griffiths had a chance to level on 65 minutes but headed over the bar. Then on 80 minutes Ryan Hicks was just wide from a Luke Palmer corner.

A real off day for Frampton United as they were well beaten by Patchway Town at Scott Park. A dreadful back pass by the visitors on 27 minutes allowed Brandon Benjamin to nip in and slide the ball past the helpless keeper. A great through ball from Raphael Waugh split the visitors defence and Dan Dunt made it 2-0 on 47 minutes. The nail in the coffin for Frampton came on 81 minutes when Dunt returned the compliment and sent Raphael Waugh clear to make it three.

Kingswood also suffered a home defeat at home to Rockleaze Rangers going down 2-1. The home side started really well and went ahead after 1 minute from a Simon Clarke corner that was headed home by Ryan Mudd. They should have increased that lead 5 minutes later when Rangers Richard Bray brought down Jamie Evans in the box for a penalty. Simon Clarke is the usual penalty taker for Kingswood and certainly doesn’t miss many but on this occasion Rangers keeper Sam Burgess guessed correctly and brought of a great save. Rangers levelled the score on 25 minutes when Marcus Williams shot into the bottom corner giving keeper James Cole no chance. Rangers went 2-1 up on 50 minutes when Ashley Palmer headed past Cole for what turned out to be the winner.

Lebeq United finished their home fixtures with a 2-1 win over Little Stoke. The first 24 minutes were fairly even and then in the 25th minute Lebeq took the lead from a 25 yard free kick really well struck by Elan Plummer. Another good chance on 32 minutes was wasted by Plummer but the home side held the lead at half time. On 52 minutes Dominic Holver hit the crossbar and on 63 minutes Little Stoke had the ball in the home net but it was disallowed. Home keeper Amin Jones pulled of a great save in the 75th minute to deny Stokes Simon Knight from levelling the score. Lebeq took a 2-0 lead on 80 minute when Ibrahima Sarr fired a 25 yard shot into the top right corner. With just 2 minutes left Stoke pulled a goal back with a good shot from Josh Hull.

Hanham Athletic have completed their fixtures for the season with a 1-1 draw at home to Broadwell Amateurs. Broadwell took the lead on 17 minutes when Jordan Sheens shot bounced over Heavens hands into the net. Hanham’s George Latham had his shot well saved by the visitor’s keeper Jamie Merry on 26 minutes then Heaven saved again on 40 minutes to keep the home side in the game. Just before the break Ellis Kow almost levelled the score. Latham missed another good chance 2 minutes into the second half before the home side did eventually level the score on 68 minutes from a corner that was driven home by Steve Collins.

Two first half goals from Thornbury Town put Southmead CS Athletic on the back foot with an uphill struggle ahead. The opening goal in the 17th minute came from a long punt by the Thornbury keeper Sheppard and Will Howard latched onto the ball to make it 1-0. In the 25th minute the home side were caught out again by the long ball over the top and this time Craig Lancastle made it two. A third goal on the hour mark virtually sewed the game up for Thornbury when Danny Haines hit a 25 yard shot that struck the upright on its way in.

1st April 2017 - Southmead late show stuns Lebeq

Drama at the top and the bottom of the table as Stonehouse Town lose at home to Frampton United and at the bottom Southmead CS Athletic win at home to Lebeq United.

The leagues bottom Club Southmead CS Athletic pulled of their second win of the season coming from behind to beat Lebeq United two – one. A brilliant second half performance from the home side gave them a well deserved three points, but they could have made it much easier for themselves but for a catalogue of missed chances. Southmead might have taken the lead after eight minutes from a Luke Bayford free kick from thirty five yards that bounce over everyone and then over the Lebeq goal. Then five minutes later a cross into the box for Farai Chiwah was intercepted by keeper Amin Jones. The visitor’s first chance on eighteen minutes a mistake by Southmead’s Gary Booth ended in some poor finishing. Rob Sivers then tested Jones with a shot from the edge of the box. Lebeq snatched the lead on thirty one minutes from a corner on the left which Elan Plummer sent over and Kelvin Williams drove home. Several other chances went begging before the half time whistle brought things to an end.

It was the visitors who almost managed a second goal on fifty four minutes from a Cristian Dacosta free kick that was pushed around the post by keeper Connelly Jarrett. At the other end how the ball did not finish up in the back of the Lebeq net is a mystery as it ran backwards and forward across goal and a tremendous shot from Luke Soule that hit the upright and was eventually cleared. Then came three misses by the home side a header from Dave Johnson and shots from Soule and Chiwah clearing the bar it looked as though it was the same old story. It all turned in the seventy ninth minute from a corner on the left that was sent over by Luke Bayford and headed home by substitute Mamoudou Kourou Badji. Just three minutes later Jones pulled off a great save to deny Rob Sivers header going in and a free kick on the edge of the box struck by Bayford hit the upright. The home side won the game right on time when Tom Hutchings slipped the ball through to Luke Soule to slot the ball past Jones.

Bristol Telephones continue their push for the title with a three – one win at Thornbury Town. The visitors went into the break with a comfortable three – nil lead with the opening goal coming in the twenty fifth minute from Dhani Golding who had a clear run on goal but his first shot was saved but knocked in the rebound. The second on thirty one minutes is undecided who the goal should be credited to as a Ben Grifith shot struck the crossbar and bounced down and Thornbury’s Nathan Sage was unable to avoid the ball as he rushed back to clear and it finished up in the back of the net. The third on forty four minutes also came from a shot that was saved by the home keeper but the ball ran loose to Luke Palmer to drive home. The home side fought back in the second half but could only manage the one goal which was scored by Luke Franklin after sixty eight minutes.

First versus second in today’s fixture at Stonehouse Town where local rivals Frampton United were the visitors. A crowd of one hundred and twenty eight spectators witnessed a good game with the visitors taking the three points with a three – one victory. The home side went ahead on thirty seven minutes from a cross from Liam Gale that was headed home by Daniel Stephens. Frampton hit back to level from a Nathan Dennis swerving cross that was met by Kris Bulley to steer home with his head. Just before the break Bulley gave the visitors a two - one lead. The home side made it hard for themselves on sixty five minutes when Luke Barstow received a red card. Five minutes later home keeper Will Pedrick brought off two great saved to deny Bulley completing his hattrick. Frampton made the game safe on eighty five minutes when Joe Wilton netted a third.

  • Stonehouse Town (Black/White) v Frampton United (Blue/White), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Stonehouse Town (Black/White) v Frampton United (Blue/White), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Stonehouse Town (Black/White) v Frampton United (Blue/White), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Stonehouse Town (Black/White) v Frampton United (Blue/White), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Stonehouse Town (Black/White) v Frampton United (Blue/White), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Stonehouse Town (Black/White) v Frampton United (Blue/White), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Stonehouse Town (Black/White) v Frampton United (Blue/White), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Stonehouse Town (Black/White) v Frampton United (Blue/White), Images courtesy Peter Langley

Gala Wilton recorded an excellent three – two win at Patchway Town and led by three goals to – nil after forty five minutes. Sam Webb latched onto a through ball after twenty five minutes to open the scoring for Gala. Patchway had the chance to level just two minutes later from the penalty spot but according to the report Matt Tovey’s spot kick is on its way to the moon. Just a minute later Gala were two – nil up as Jack Jermiah headed home at the far post. A mix up in the home defence allowed Alex Pritchard to make it three – nil on sixty minutes before Patchway brought on Tallen Smith who from his very first touch headed home to make it three – one. With just five minutes to go a great run down the left by Dan Bendall then crossed to Dan Dunt to slide the ball home for Patchway’s second.

AEK Boco pulled off a good two – one win at Kingswood with all the goals coming in the first forty five minutes. The opening goal for Boco in the thirty second minute came from the penalty spot after Joe Blakeney was adjudged to have handled. Boco’s Callum Ball made no mistake from the spot. On forty one minutes the home side drew level as Ryan Mudd swivelled on the edge of the box left his marker to drive the ball home. Within a minute Kingswood were behind again with Boco breaking straight from the kick off driving the ball across goal and in an attempt to clear Joe Blakeney sliced the ball into his own net. Kingswood had a great chance to rescue a point from the game on fifty three minutes from the penalty spot but Adam Eldridge’s shot was well saved by Boco keeper Joe Pople.

Henbury are unbeaten in three games with a two – one victory over Little Stoke. The first thirty minutes of this game honours were even but the home side went ahead when Aaron Anglin was brought down in the box and Jack Mills stepped up to give them the lead from the spot. Stand in keeper Ed Wright pulled of a good save to keep his side in the game on sixty five minutes but then the home side went two – nil up when Aaron Anglin headed home. Little Stokes manager was removed from the technical area for something that was said to the referee. Little Stoke did pull a goal back on seventy four minutes from a corner that Titus Chinyama turned in. The home side almost got a third on eighty minutes but Stoke keeper Matt Turner save well from a Jack Mills free kick.

Two second half goals just two minutes apart saw Hardwicke go away with the three points at Broadwell Amateurs. Both sides had a couple of chances in the first forty five minutes but on sixty eight minutes a perfectly flighted ball into the home box was met by Rob Hine to head Hardwicke into the lead. A second on seventy minutes was from a loose ball picked up by Will Matthews to chip the ball over keeper Jamie Merry. The home side were unable to respond even with a triple substitution and Hardwicke keeper Kenny Edwards having to leave the field injured in the eightieth minute.

Bishops Cleeve Reserves were in action at home for the first time since January and it turned out to be successful as they took the three points against Hanham Athletic with a goal just four minutes from the end. The home side were on top for most of the first forty five minutes but were unable to break through and the only near chance for the visitors was cross shot that struck the crossbar. The winning goal in the eighty sixth minute came from a long throw by Nick Jones that was headed home by Dan Sherry.