28th December 2019 - Gala Wilton take points at Ruardean
After suffering a heavy defeat on boxing day to local rivals Broadwell Amateurs Ruardean Hill Rangers were looking to bounce back today with a victory over todays opponents Gala Wilton. Unfortunately, they were unable to break through a tough Gala defence and conceded two at the other end. It was quite a tough encounter with both sides giving the ball away then having to defend to get it back, then in the 13th minute a superb cross from the right by Jamie Bowers was met by Martin Smith and his powerful header flashed past Underwood in the home goal. Gala were unlucky in the 21st> minute when Harry Walkers shot rebounded off the post. At the other end Ruardean’s Stuart Cornwell-Boote’s curling shot from around 20 yards had Gala keeper Dan Brabham diving to his left to push the ball around the post. Another effort from Cornwell-Boote in the 33rd minute saw Brabham in action again to prevent the strikers shot going in. On 38 minutes Ruardean’s free kick specialist Luke Brown had a great chance to level the score from a kick on the edge of the box but his shot was too high.20 seconds into the second half Rangers gave away a free kick right in the centre on the edge of the box. Up stepped Ben Sluman to take the kick and saw it skim the crossbar. Martin Smith had the ball in the back of the Rangers net in the 49th> minute but the flag had gone up and after the referee and his assistant consulted it was disallowed for offside. Sluman had another good chance for Gala but this time it went wide. On 72 minutes Rangers had their best chance of the afternoon when a long ball up field found Luke Brown, he made space to shoot but then hit it straight at Brabham. Gala’s Craig Howell’s free kick from the edge of the box also skimmed the top of the bar Gala made it 2-0 on 79 minutes when the ball was slotted through the home defence Underwood started to come, then hesitated and retreated allowing Jay Dare to nip in and slot the ball into the Rangers net. Luke Brown could have reduced it to 2-1 in the 85th minute when he had the chance to lob the ball over Brabham but hit it hopelessly wide of the target. In 3rd minute of added time the last chance for Rangers to pull a goal back fell to Sub Brian Burke whose fierce drive had Brabham tipping the ball over the bar. The two defeats so close to each other and teams around them winning Rangers have now dropped to second from bottom. AEK Boco hammered five into the Henbury net without reply, but the opening goal did not come until the 44th minute. Jack Winter’s shot was parried by the Henbury keeper and Jake Slocombe was there to fire home the first of his four goals of the afternoon. The only effort from Henbury in the first 45 minutes came from Harvey Moran a shot well saved by home keeper Kane Manning. Henbury were reduced to 10 men in the 50th minute making it really hard for themselves against a rampant home side. Slocombe got his second in the 52nd minute again he followed up from a Jack Winter shot that was only parried by the visitor’s keeper. In the 79th minute a Liam Powell free kick was spilled by the Henbury keeper and that man Slocombe was there again to slot the ball home. An 89th minute goal from Sam Their made it 4-0 and a poor clearance for the Henbury keeper a minute later went straight to Slocombe to score his fourth of the afternoon. Bromley Heath United’s 3-0 win over high riding Rockleaze Rangers will do the team the power of good. The home side started well and had an effort from Joe Goss saved by Brodie early on and a few minutes later Jack Withey’s shot went just past the post. The home side went ahead on 28 minutes from a good cross into the box from Joel Mitchelmore that was driven home by Ross Beazer on his debut for the Club. On 35 minutes Todd Carter headed in from a free kick to make it 2-0. Just before the break it could have been three but Joe Mitchelmore’s shot struck the post. The home side kept the pressure on and Joe Goss had his shot well saved by Brodie 2 minutes into the second half. Rangers had few chances on goal but might have scored on 54 and 57 minutes if they had been more clinical. United wound the three points up with a third goal put away by Jack Withey. A game of very few goalscoring opportunities at Quedgeley Wanderers where today’s visitors were Broadwell Amateurs. The only really good chances to open the scoring in the first 45 minutes fell to Broadwell’s Jamie Powell but he shot wide, then Wanderers first effort on goal fell to Nathan Payne in the 42nd minute but his shot was deflected away for a corner. Wanderers Rory Cawkwell was unlucky when he got the ball past Ben Reed in the visitor’s goal but it was cleared up field by a defender. The only goal of the game went to Broadwell a cracking 35-yard free kick from Jamie Powell that flew into the roof of the Wanderers net. The home side had one more chance to level the score in the 74th minute but Cawkwell’s shot was well saved by Reed. Five goals two sending’s off and two goals in the first 6 minutes by the visitors in an action-packed match at Hardwicke where today’s opposition were Wick. Wick took the lead on 5 minutes when a back pass from Toby Webb to keeper Tom Kaye saw the keeper try to dribble past Joe Thomas lost the ball that went to Dan Bendall and he struck it into an empty net. A minute later Joe Thomas’s 25-yard shot flew over Kaye’s head to put Wick 2-0 up. Hardwicke had a good chance to pull a goal back in the 20th minute when Pat Vernall cross was met by Will Matthews who rose to power his header goalward’s only to see keeper Joe Pople make a very good save. 2 minutes later Jordan Dowdeswell saw his cross shoot across the goal-line and nobody able to get on the end of it. At the other end Kaye was in action again saving well from Jacob Watson after Mike Hardiman had sent over a superb cross. On 35 minutes the home side reduced the arrears when Will Matthews read a Dan Wingfield back pass and nipped in to slot the ball past Pople. A Glen Gittin’s header early in the second half made it 2-2 and all to play for, but on 60 minutes there a was a scuffle and two players received their marching orders. Niall Morgan for Hardwicke and Nathan Goodwin-Worrell for Wick. The home side were awarded a penalty in the 65th minute when Will Higgin’s was brought down but Pople saved the penalty taken by the same player. Hardwicke stole all three points when a Dowdeswell corner was headed in by Will Matthews. The home side well pleased with the result after being hammered 6-0 by Wick earlier in the season.