29th September 2018 - Clapp header seals point for Hanham
A solitary goal from Hanham Athletic was enough to take all three points in their home game with Henbury. The visitors should have gone ahead after 4 minutes when Jensen Manning was brought down in the box, Manning took the penalty which was brilliantly saved by home keeper Mason Hawkins parrying the shot and then recovering to save again as they all rushed towards him he managed to deflect the ball over the bar for a corner. From that corner Henbury were rather unlucky as Ross Jones header crashed against the bar. A few minutes later Hanham’s Jack Fry was clear on goal but shot across the keeper and just the wrong side of the post. Athletic did take the lead on 16 minutes from a free kick that was floated into the box pushed back across goal and central defender Luke Clapp’s looping header went in at the far post. The home side were given several free kicks on the edge of the box but on both occasions Henbury keeper Dan Parsons was there to save. The keeper was in action again just before the break to save well from Tom Welling.
Most of the second half was played in midfield with neither side making any inroads until the last couple of minutes when Athletic’s Callum Carpenter tested Parsons with a crisp shot after cutting in form the left and right at the end Jamie Fry was clean through but pulled his shot wide.
Stonehouse Town took a 29th minute lead against league leaders Lebeq United when Luke Soule was upended in the box and Alex Kibble netted the resulting penalty. The visitors levelled the score on 37 minutes when Mitchell Page controlled the ball really well and drove a shot across home keeper Adam Clark and in of the post. Chris Earle broke through just before the break and almost restored the lead for town but poor finishing let him down. The second half was a poor 45 minutes with constant stoppages and arguing going on, but Lebeq snatched the three points in the 78th minute when Cameron Brown scored from the penalty spot.
Gala Wilton recorded their first win of the season with a 2-1 home success over fellow strugglers AEK Boco. The game was evenly balanced most of the first 45 minutes but the deadlock was broken in the 42nd minute when the ball was suddenly switched from the right to the left of the park where Frank Taylor-Fox latched onto it and smashed it past the oncoming keeper to put Boco one up. Gala were relieved in the 70th minute when a ball into the box was hit on the half volley by James Bowers and it found the back of the net through a crowd of players. The winner 10 minutes later came from Tom Dunford who shot from the left was misjudged by the Boco keeper and it finished up in the back of the net.
Rockleaze Rangers who are waiting to move to their new ground in November staged this home fixture with Hardwicke at Henbury. Rangers went ahead on 16 minutes from a cracking free kick from Jay Moore from just outside the box that found the roof of the Hardwicke net. Within a minute the visitors were level after great work down the flank by Pat Vernall his cross being turned in by Keiran Brice-Ingles. Rangers regained the lead on 38 minutes when Joe Weare fired past keeper Jacob Hobbs from around 12 yards. Rory Langdon’s powerful header from a corner just before the break gave Rangers a 3-1 lead at half time. Hardwicke were much the better side in the second half but were unable to find the way through the Rangers defence. Rangers Chairman would like to thank Henbury F.C for staging the match and Charlie Barron for his help.
Wick are keeping up their challenge for the title with a 3-1 win over today’s visitors Broadwell Amateurs. However, they left it late as Broadwell had taken a 1-0 lead on 20 minutes when Harry Williams headed past Joe Pople from a free kick. They had another great chance before the break but it went over the bar. Early in the second half Harry Williams latched on to a poor back pass but was unable to find the back of the Wick net. At the other end the visitor’s keeper Jamie Merry deflected a goal bound shot from Joe Thomas onto the crossbar. The home side did manage to level the score midway through the second half through Jordan Scott and 10 minutes from the end Sam Thomas curled his shot around the keeper and hit the inside of the post on it’s way in. Then 5 minutes later they sealed the three points when Joe Thomas scored with a shot that flew into the top corner.
Another game that involved teams in the lower half of the table Southmead CS Athletic were the visitors to Little Stoke. The home side missed several early chances and did the same thing at the start of the second half before they had the chance to take the lead from the penalty spot on 52 minutes. Fraser Robertson took the kick but it was brilliantly saved by the Southmead keeper to keep his side in the game. Just 2 minutes later Southmead broke away and the ball was squared across gaol for Ernesto Correia to slide the ball home. On 67 minutes Rob Sivers smashed the ball into the roof of the Stoke net to give Southmead a 2-0 lead and their first win of the season.
A 0-0 score-line between Patchway Town and Frampton United but the game was marred by three sending’s off, two for Patchway Town and one for Frampton. The home side were under some pressure by united and Manolo Espada missed a great chance in the 4th minute hitting the post and then Matt Webb and Ash Wells made two goal-line clearances for the home side. On 32 minutes Frampton were reduced to ten when Nathan Payne was sent off for an incident off the ball. Two minutes before the break Patchway’s Luke Garbacz also received his marching orders for a dangerous tackle. Then on 50 minutes Patchway’s Dan Bendall was dismissed for a second yellow card. A poor day for both teams.