26th March 2022 - Rockleaze Rangers secure win over Frampton United
Rockleaze Rangers 2-0 victory over Frampton United was an excellent result that no doubt the club will be very pleased with. Rangers two goals both came in the first half, the first after 9 minutes when Sam Bailey's crossed to the far post found Dan Webb to slot the ball past keeper Frazer Wilson. Wilson was in action again on 16 minutes when he turned a superb curling effort from Webb around the post. Rangers took a 2-0 lead in the 25th minute again from a deep cross from Miles Hatfield and Webb was there to volley home. Frampton came more into the game in the second half and on 65 minutes Dunning in the home goal brought off a tremendous save to deny Manolo Espada’s dipping effort going in. Webb could have made it three for Rangers in the 77th minute but his shot was brilliantly saved by Wilson. 3 minutes from the end Zayd Alli almost got a third for Rangers but his effort was blocked by the Frampton defence.
Shirehampton welcomed Little Stoke to the Creek on a lovely sunny afternoon. After an opening 20 minutes dominated by Shirehampton Little Stoke fought back to make it 2-1 at the break. Shirehampton opened the scoring on 4 minutes through goal supremo Scott Bamford who strode unchallenged into the penalty area and fired the ball home. Ten minutes later Ryan Radford increased the home side’s advantage when brilliantly chipped the ball over Reece Shaw in goal for Little Stoke to make it 2-0. Little Stoke were not in the mood to cave in and on 21 mins Jaiden Holver picked up the ball and drove at the Shire defence before cutting inside and unleashing a sublime solo effort from 25 yards beyond the reach of Turner in the Shire goal.
Little Stoke should’ve tied things up just before the half hour mark but Turner managed to tip Phil Korouma’s header onto the bar from point blank range with the home side clearing the rebound to leave it 2-1 at the interval. Shirehampton came out for the second half with an increased purpose and within three minutes they took the game away from Little Stoke. The away side were caught cold straight from the restart through a well struck Daniel Spicer half volley and just a minute later Bamford got his second of the game with a stunning effort with the ball crossing the line after hitting the underside of the crossbar. On 54 minutes Bamford got his well-deserved hat trick breaking through the Little Stoke back line before rounding Shaw and slotting the ball home. The prolific Bamford rounded the scoring off with his fourth and Shirehampton‘s sixth as his well struck shot left Shaw no chance. In the final 20 minutes Little Stoke created a couple of openings but could not improve on their one goal while at the other end Shaw continued to pull off a number of very good saves to keep the score down as the league leaders stretched their lead at the top of the table albeit having played a couple more games than nearest challengers Wick.
A 1-1 draw at English Bicknor where today’s visitors were Henbury sitting just above them in the table. The game seamed fairly even until the 25th minute when English Bicknor were reduced to ten men. Just 5 minutes later Bicknor took the lead with a great shot into the bottom corner by George Riley. The hosts did adapt to playing with ten men for 65 minutes and did create some half chances during the second half but just when it looked like the home side were going to take the 3 points Jensen Manning popped up to score in the very last minute of the game to salvage a point for Henbury.
Hardwicke welcomed visitors Sharpness on a glorious sunny afternoon at Green Lane both teams struggled to find any goal scoring opportunities in the initial 25 minutes. However, on 25 minutes a simple back pass by Rob Hine was intercepted by Dan Turner of Sharpness whose shot was blocked by keeper Ollie Hall. The ball bounced back to Turner whose powerful shot from 30 yards flew in off the post. Just prior to the break Sharpness were denied another goal when a fine shot by Brad Hewer was well saved by Hall. Sharpness increased their lead on 50 minutes when the lively Tom Frankham crossed the ball from 25 yards out and it flew into the net past the advancing Hall. Hardwicke tried in vain to get back into the game but were denied by a resilient sharp toothed Shark defence.
Hanham Athletic were at home to Bromley Heath United for today’s fixture with the result ending in a 1-1 score-line. The home side were hit with an early goal from the visitors when Archie Mansfield slotted the ball into the corner after just 5 minutes. A minute later Brandon Barnes had a good chance to level but hit his shot over the bar. The on 10 minutes Karim Rendall’s shot was brilliantly saved by the Bromley keeper. Bromley had a great chance to go 2-0 up on 16 minutes but Jack Withey’s spot kick was brilliantly saved by keeper Ash Bamford. The home side created several more half chances in the second half but had to wait until later in the game when Karim Rendall scored to make it 1-1 and salvage a point.
Wick hosted Ruardean Hill Rangers in a game where he first half offered little goalmouth action, but the few chances created fell in the main to Wick but Aaron Underwood in the Ruardean goal was solid. At nil apiece the second half began with Wick asking the questions but with Ruardean resolute in defence. On 52 minutes Wick's Ben Harris received the ball in the box from a Todd Carter back heel, but having made space to shoot the shot cleared the bar. In the 60th minute Wick fashioned two great chances. The first falling to Ben Harris whose powerful shot was beat away by Underwood in goal but Wick regained the ball and Underwood saved well with his legs from a Ben Weaver driven shot. Despite Wick's determined play the Ruardean defence stood strong and on the odd occasion it was breached Aaron Underwood was unbeatable. As the home side attacked the visitors were looking to catch them on the break which made life uncomfortable on occasion. In the final minutes Underwood pulled off three excellent saves to keep Wick at bay to finish with what was an excellent man of the match performance.
Quedgeley Wanders had Gala Wilton as their visitors where the opening chance of the game on 13 minutes fell to Quedgeley Wanderers a corner into the box was half cleared and Dan Lander’s half volley hit the bar. 18th minute saw a scrappy corner not cleared and Gala Wilton opened the scoring with a tap in from Alex Gayner. 25th minute saw Quedgeley equalise, assisted by Ben Holborough who punted a long ball up field that caught Gala napping, Sean Lawson out jumped the keeper and centre half to score. In the 70th minute there was a chance for Kyle James-Bryan who tried to chip the keeper. A second goal for Gala on 75 minutes a free kick headed in by Dan McNally. Then 5 minutes later they netted a third again from a cross from the left-hand side into the box and tapped home by Jay Dare.
Broadwell Amateurs entertained Patchway Town for this last game in March with both sides having to settle for a draw. The first effort on goal fell to the home side a shot from Kristian Burnard on 15 minutes that went over the bar. Patchway took the lead on 25 minutes with quite a bizarre goal after keeper Watkins failed to get to the ball he had called for it ran loose in the box - there were two attempts to connect from the Patchway forwards before Grant Mathieson managed it on the third attempt and lobbed the ball over the keeper. Early in the second half Patchway’s Joe Dalby had a good chance to increase the score but headed over. The home side squared the game on 54 minutes when Daryl Addis intercepted a poor pass from the Patchway keeper Burgess and drove the ball home. There were several other half chances by the home side but the score remained 1-1.