30th November 2019 - Sharpness win late at Rockleaze Rangers
Rockleaze Rangers in fourth place played host to Sharpness lying in third place on a very cold afternoon but dry. The league had linked up with the GFA to stage the FA Rainbow Laces campaign with both Clubs and Match Officials taking part.
Both sides played some excellent football throughout the game with both defences having outstanding games. The first chance fell to the visitors in the 12th minute when Mike Perham fouled Will Lacey two yards outside the box and in the middle of goal, the initial free kick struck the wall and from the rebound Will lacey skied the ball over the bar. A minute later Sam Strickland had half a chance but his effort went wide. On 20 minutes Alex Gayner tried his luck form distance but keeper Lewis Brodie was right behind it. Rangers first shot on goal came from Nick Jones in the 23rd minute but it was not strong enough to beat the shark’s keeper Dan Hobbs. At the other end Will Lacey’s free kick went straight into the arms of Brodie. On 34 minutes the Shark’s took the lead with a good break down the right by Dan Gayner whose low cross into the six-yard box was turned past Brodie by brother Alex Gayner. Rangers levelled the score right on half time when Hobbs brought Dan Webb down in the box and the striker then slotted the resulting spot kick into the Sharpness net.
43 seconds into the second half a long ball out of defence by Rangers saw Dan Webb outpace the Sharpness defence hit a great shot on goal that had keeper Dan Hobbs acrobatically pushing the ball away it would definitely have gone in. Rangers started to gain more possession in the second half and on 79 minutes had a good chance to take the lead after Hobbs saved the initial shot it was clipped back into the middle but Ollie Woolland lift his shot way over the bar. On 83 minutes Rangers had a free kick out wide on the left, it was curled in by George Holland with keeper Hobbs just managing to tip it onto the post and it was cleared. The game went into added time and in the 5th minute a long ball punted up field by Hobbs was picked up by Dan Gayner who struck the ball on goal – Brodie saved but it rebound straight back to Gayner who smashed the ball home to win the game for Sharpness 2-1.
Hanham Athletic came back from being a goal down to take the three points against Quedgeley Wanderers. All the action seemed to happen in the first 45 minutes. Hanham’s Jamie Fry had his shot well saved by Wanderers keeper Nathan Charnock in the 2nd minute of the game. Then after 14 minutes Wanderers struck, Josh Wilson was put clear on goal miss-hit his shot but somehow still finished up in the back of the Hanham net. In the next few minutes all that changed firstly Connor Hartley’s good work was finished off by George Cryer on 16 minutes and just a minute later Cryer grabbed his second with a great shot from just inside the box. In the second half Quedgeley had a very good chance to level but a double save from home keeper Max Heaven kept the home side in front. Nathan Payne had troubled the home defence on several occasions and Heaven saved well from an effort by the Wanderers striker near the end to eventually see his side over the line.
In the local derby Patchway Town v Little Stoke the home side recorded their second win of the season with two late goals. Little Stoke got off to a good start and took the lead on 12 minutes when Ethan Moore raced down the wing cut in from the left unleashed a great shot that struck the upright rebounded to Blaine Skuse to fire past Burgess. On 14 minutes Patchway’s Joe Dalby saw his shot on goal well saved by the Stoke keeper. Right on half time Little Stoke’s Blake Lakatos struck the crossbar from a free kick. On 57 minutes Dalby had a great chance to level for the home side after good work from Jessie Hudson and Phil Vice had set the chance up. On 60 minutes Little Stoke were awarded a penalty when Phil Vice brought Blaine Skuse down in the box, Stuart Nelson took the spot kick but keeper Sam Burgess guest right and made a great save to keep his side in the game. On 70 minutes Patchway levelled the score after Mike Bojske put Jessi Hudson through on goal and his shot from the edge of the box crept into the bottom corner. 5 minutes later the home side were delighted when Hudson netted a second from a Josh Morris cross for a 2-1 win.
A 3-3 draw at Ruardean Hill Rangers whose opponents today were Bromley Heath United. The home side went ahead after 8 minutes Charlie Mason driving home from 20 yards after the original shot from Steve Coombs rebounded off the crossbar. United’s Jack Withey had a great chance to level but shot over the bar in the 15th minute. Mason missed a great chance to put the home side two up after Luke Brown had set him up. The home side took a 2-0 lead on 19 minutes Luke Brown smashing the ball home after an assist from Luke Johnson. On 30 minutes United’s Jack Withey headed over the top from a good cross into the box. Following that miss United’s Tom Sheppard brought off two great saves from Luke Johnson and Stewart Cornwall-Boot to keep his side in the game. On 65 minutes a header from Liam Cann pulled a goal back for the visitors but just 2 minutes later Luke Brown went on a 35-yard mazy run before smashing the ball home for a 3-1 lead. Sheppard then made another great save on 70 minutes this time denying Steve Coombs. The visitors kept going and were rewarded in the 76th minute when Joe Goss was put clear to fire past Underwood, then 4 minutes later they were level Jack Withey’s header making the final score 3-3.
A good result for Hardwicke who travelled to Gala Wilton, coming away with the 3 points with a 3-0 success. The home side never seemed to get going and it was Hardwicke who had a good chance to open the scoring on 25 minutes when they broke down the right with the cross into the box being met by Will Matthews but he steered his header over the bar. Just 5 minutes later Hardwicke took the lead, this time Will Matthews heading in a Richard Mansell cross. On 42 minutes they double their tally with Kiren Tracey nipping in to score. We then had to wait until the 89th minute for the third and final goal a brilliant individual piece of skill from Steve Bick who cheekily dinked the ball past the keeper.