30th October 2021 - Shirehampton move clear.
Just four fixtures played to day after heavy rain wiped out two fixtures with waterlogged pitches.
Leaders Shirehampton opened up a 6-point lead with a 4-0 win at home to Hanham Athletic. The home side were quick of the mark and took the lead after just 4 minutes Matthew McCall tapping in from a Richard Brightwell corner. A Minute later the Hanham keeper Brad Price pulled off a great save to deny Brightwell getting a second. Price was in action again a few minutes later when he saved Dan Spicers goal bound shot. The home side went two up on 14 minutes Dan Spicer laying on a great pass for Joe Cox to finish off. Shire should have scored again in the 20th minute but Dan Morne’s shot was saved by Price and then Morne hit the rebound over the bar. Hanahm’s first real chance on goal came after 27 minutes a free kick from Tom Welling that was saved by keeper Matt Turner. The home side increased their lead in the 70th minute with a strike from George Loud and 5 minutes later Shire had the ball in the net again but it was ruled out for offside. The fourth and final goal came in the last minute of the game when Hanham gave away a penalty and Scott Bamford netted from the spot.
Patchway Town came back strong today after their defeat last week to beat Quedgeley Wanderers 5-1. The visitors almost took the lead on 26 minutes but Ryan Webb’s thunderbolt struck the crossbar It took the home side until the 40 minute to break the deadlock and it came from a corner to the near post that beat the visitors defence and Fin Thompson was on hand to knock the ball home. Patchway scored again on 58 minutes again it came from a corner and after a scramble in the goalmouth Troy Simpson got the final touch. A third goal on 66 minutes from Adam Porter came from a Grant Mattieson cross that was laid back to Porter to strike home. Quedgeley fought back and reduced the arrears on 75 minutes from a good ball into the box that was picked up by Antonio Forgione and he lashed the ball into the net. Just 5 minutes later it was 4-1 to the home side when Phil Vice sent Troy Simpson clear to neatly chip the ball over the keeper. Patchway’s fifth goal was all about Matt Paton and Phil Vice, Paton picked the ball up on the halfway line hit it wide to Vice and when it came back into the middle Paton hit a great shot into the net.
Gala Wilton (Yellow/Black) v Sharpness (Red), Hornsby nets the Winner - Images courtesy Peter Langley
Gala Wilton pulled of a 2-0 win over today’s visitors Sharpness. In the early stages of the game both sides had equal possession then in the 32nd minute Callum Thomas found himself free in the visitor’s box and swiftly stroked the ball home. The home side increased that lead on 50 minutes with Jay Dare knocking in from close range. Sharpness rarely threatened the home goal but Alex Higgs had a great chance to pull a goal back but shot wide of the target.
The report from English Bicknor was short this week apparently the home side dominated the game throughout but missed so many chances it was just unbelievable. They paid for all those misses in the 60th minute when Hardwicke broke away and Will Wellon netted the only goal of the game. This was Hardwicke’s second win on the trot and has lifted them well up the table.
GFA Challenge Trophy Round 1
Wick had been drawn at home to Toolstation Premier Division side Bitton in this 1st round and 120 spectators turned out to watch. What a great result for the home side as they drew 2-2 after 90 minutes but when through 5-4 on penalties Bitton missing the last of their allotted five. Wick got off to a fantastic start and scored after 5 minutes when Henry Sady slotted home a cross from Luke Lecrass. Wick keeper Ashley Wintle then saved well from a Matt Groves effort on goal. The home side made it 2-0 on 20 minutes a brilliant diving header from Todd Carter from a Luke Lecrass cross. Bitton replied on 30 minutes with a 40-yard screamer from Jack Ball and at the other end Bitton keeper Dunn did well to keep out Tommy Longfords header. Bitton levelled the score on 36 minutes when Ben Withey headed home from close range. In the second half Sady had a good chance early on but shot over the bar. At the other end Wintle saved well to deny Bitton taking the lead on 75 minutes and then Groves headed over for the visitors when well placed.