29th January 2022 - Shirehampton beat Patchway Town to stay clear at top
Shirehampton and Wick both won today keeping up their challenge for the title.
Playing in front of a crowd of 63 Shirehampton secured 3 more points at home against Patchway Town in their quest to become this year’s champions of the MGCFL. Playing some attractive football at times It took only 5 minutes for Shirehampton to open the scoring with a 20-yard strike from prolific goal scorer Scott Bamford striking the ball above Sam Burgess and into the Patchway net. Only a minute later Patchway were awarded a penalty following a foul, only for Patchway’s Phil Vice spot kick to be saved by Shirehampton’s custodian Matt Turner. Shirehampton kept the pressure on and in the 43rd minute were awarded a free kick on the edge of the Patchway penalty area following a foul on Charlie Pollinger, Town keeper Sam Burgess comfortably saving the Rich Brightwell effort.
In the second half Shirehampton started the brighter of the two sides with Sam Burgess making a comfortable save but it was Patchway who came close seconds later forcing Turner to palm the ball around his right post. The home side then went close to a second when Jamie Horgan was denied by the quick-thinking Burgess who was quick of his line to smother the ball. Jamie Horgan got Shirehampton’s second when the ball ran lose in Patchway penalty area leaving Horgan to slot the ball home in the 64th minute. with 26 minutes still left in the game Patchway’s Paul Noyes handled the ball right on the goal- line giving the referee no alternative but to issue a straight red card Bamford secured his second of the game from the penalty spot. Patchway kept working at the game until the final whistle but to no avail with the game ended 3-0 to the home side.
A sunny but windy afternoon at English Bicknor who were entertaining second in the table Wick. With Bicknor parting company with their manager in the week and several players leaving it looked as though it was going to be a tough afternoon. However, the home side did manage to get some new recruits to take the place of the departing players and what a good show they put on. Wick had much of the possession, but the home side fought hard with Wick having the first attempt on goal that cleared the bar on 10 minutes. A free kick 25 yards out on 23 minutes for Wick was taken by Mike Hardiman but it cleared the bar. A few minutes later another shot this time from Joe Thomas went well wide. The visitors had a great chance to take the lead on 38 minutes from the penalty spot and Wick keeper Jamie Powell was called upon to dispatch the 12-yard shot on goal, but his shot struck the upright and it was cleared. Towards the end on the half Wick forced several corners but the home defence held out. Bicknor forced an early corner in the second half but nothing came of that effort on goal then in the 52nd minute Wick broke away down the left and Mike Hardiman found the back of the Bicknor net for a 1-0 lead. On 68 minutes the home side surprised Wick when they broke away and George Riley scored from the edge of the box to make it 1-1. Just 5 minutes elapsed before the visitors got their noses back in front from a cross in from the right by Mike Hardiman headed back across goal by Rob Moore and Ben Weaver hit the ball high into the net. Right at the end Bicknor won a corner but the Wick keeper Powell was able to punch clear and the ball was then fired wide.
Quedgeley Wanderers v Ruardean Hill Rangers, 9 minutes into this game, Aaron Underwood saved a great volley from Sean Lawson. The 21st minute brought the first goal for Quedgeley, Jack Hornsby finishing from close range after Pat Freeman had sent over a great cross. On 40 minutes Walter Greenwood set up Sean Lawson to make it 2-0 In the 51st minute Jimmy Thomas saw his effort saved on the line. Rangers first real chance on 55 minutes was well kept out by keeper Ben Holborough. Good inter play between Kyle James-Bryan and Henry Birkett on 80 minutes saw Birkett’s header cleared off the line. A third goal for Quedgeley on 83 minutes a great turn and lay off by Dan Lander with Henry Birkett hitting the top corner of the net. Then right on time a fourth goal for the home side Henry Birkett slipped past a defender and squared the ball to Walter Greenwood for a tap in.
On a bright and blustery afternoon at Hardwicke it was the away side, Little Stoke, who took an early lead after 12 minutes a corner was swept in but unfortunately was not cleared by the home defence and Jaidon Holver tapped the ball in from 5 yards. Little Stoke increased the lead after 25 minutes when a free kick from 30 yards was struck high but hard and Luke Meacham headed past keeper Hall. 5 minutes later Hardwicke were blown away when another Alex Hill freekick was again struck hard and the ball deflected off Will Matthews’s head and foiled stranded keeper Oliver Hall. Going 3-0 behind at half time Hardwicke were hoping that the wind would assist them in the second half. Hardwicke’s Will Matthews fired just over after 59 minutes with a fierce shot but the home sides persistence paid off when Rob Hine scored for the home side after 63 minutes when he headed home an Adam Bloomfield freekick. The home side revival was short lived when a Luke Meecham shot bounced off Pat Vernall and into the net. The game ended 4-1 to Little Stoke bringing an end to Hardwicke’s run of four victories in a row.
Hardwicke (Blue/White) v Little Stoke (Black/White) Little Stokes Third Goal - Images courtesy Peter Langley
Frampton United pipped today’s visitors Bromley Heath United 2-0 in difficult windy conditions. The visitors started well and went close on two occasions the sixteenth and nineteenth minute. But the game remained goalless for the first 45 minutes. The deadline was broken on 71 minutes when Manolo Espada was on his way to goal and was brought down in the box and then took the penalty himself for a 1-0 lead to the home side. A second goal from Stuart Maule saw the home side take the 3 points.
Hanham Athletic twice took the lead in their home game with Henbury this afternoon but ended up finally losing 3-2. An early chance for the home side in the 1st minute but Liam Jenkin’s pulled his shot wide. They did however take the lead on 7 minutes from a Kristian Lee free kick on the edge of the box firing the ball into the far corner. On 14 minutes home keeper Sam Brown saved well to retain the lead. Then on 17 minutes Hanham went down to 10 men when George Latham was shown a straight red card. Henbury took full advantage and levelled the score through Jensen Manning just a minute later. The home side regained the lead in the 55th minute when Paul Coles was brought down in the box and Nathan Flower slotted in the resulting penalty. The lead last just 5 minutes as Kane Manning beat a couple of defenders to level the score once again. With just a couple of minutes left Hanham keeper Sam Brown made a great save to keep the score level but right on time there was a mela in the Hanham box, a penalty was awarded and Kane Manning hit the winner for the visitors from the spot.
Rockleaze Rangers 1 Gala Wilton 1 both goals coming in the first 18 minutes of the game. Sam Bailey set up Miles Hatfield on 9 minutes to tap in after some good build up play from Nathan Goodwin-Worrell, then on 18 minutes a 23-yard strike from Gala’s Martin Smith levelled the score. Gala then took control of the game and on 34 minutes home keeper Gorazd Gigov made an outstanding save finger tipping the ball over the bar from a Dan Gaynor effort. An even better save was to follow by the keeper just tipping the ball onto the crossbar from a Ben Sluman dipping shot. Gala continued to push but Gigov was in excellent form and denied several more scoring chances for the visitors. Then in the 84th minute Gala’s Sam Webb was dismissed for impeding Sam Bailey on his way to goal but nothing came from the free kick awarded. Gala should and could have won this game in the 90th minute but somehow Martin Smith failed to finish from 3 yards on the back post. 2 minutes in to time added Rangers could have won the game but Dan Webb clear through on goal could not get the ball past the Gala keeper.
Broadwell Amateurs and Sharpness who currently lie fourth and fifth in the table played out a 1-1 draw at Hawthorns today. This was an end-to-end game throughout with Sharpness shading possession in the early stages. A very lively Harrison Reeve pulling the strings for the visitors. But it was the home side that went ahead on 12 minutes when a cross from the right evaded two Sharks defenders and dropped nicely for Kieran James to place the ball into the Sharks net. The visitors then hit the crossbar and the post during the first half but the score remained 1-0 to the home side at the break. The home side decided to use the long ball tactic for the second period but Sharpness dealt with this system quite well. On 60 minutes the Sharks were given a free kick 25 yards out and slightly to the right and Harrison Reeves curled the ball over the wall and into the far corner to make it 1-1. The last 30 minutes never really lived up to the first 60 minutes and became a bit scrappy with the visitors just shading possession. The final verdict was a draw was a fair result on reflection of play.