28th December 2021 - Broadwell triumph in Forest Derby
In the only fixture played over the Christmas period it drew 299 spectators to this local derby between Ruardean Hill Rangers and Broadwell Amateurs who travelled the short distance for this Forest of Dean clash. Rangers Luke Brown had the first chance of the game after 5 minutes making himself some room on the edge of the box but then shot wide of the Broadwell goal. The first attempt from Broadwell came after 9 minutes Keiron James was played through to a one-on-one situation with Underwood in the home goal making a great save. Just 2 minutes later James gave Broadwell the lead with a great volley after picking up a knock down from a free kick. Broadwell had a great chance to make it 2-0 on 30 minutes when Liam Thomas hit the ball wide when free on the back post. Luke Brown’s tried his luck from outside the box on 43 minutes but his effort hits a defender before going out for a corner.
Ruardean Hills best chance of the match came in the 52nd minute when they created room for Steve Clark to have a shot on goal but Watkins in the Broadwell goal made a great save to keep his sides lead intact. Another great run from Luke Brown down the flank in the 62nd minute saw his across to Fin Jones just failed to converted at the back post. Just when Ruardean Hill seemed to have the better of the game, Keiron James doubled Broadwell’s lead with an excellent lob into the top corner from a wide-angle giving Underwood no chance. The rest of the game played out with Hill looking to create chances with Broadwell happy to protect their two-goal lead and defend very well but ultimately two great goals from James proved to be the difference between the two teams.