27th August 2022 - Gala Wilton see off Quedgeley Wanderers to set early pace
Early pacesetters Gala Wilton kept up their form with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Quedgeley Wanderers. It took only six minutes for the home side to get their noses in front. Good work down the right by Ben Sluman freed up Brad Loveridge who with an inch perfect cross found Martin Smith to smash his header past Charnock in the Quedgeley goal. Quedgeley grew into the game and equalised just before half time when a scramble in the box saw Lawson nip first to the ball and poke it past Newman.
The second half saw Gala take control and they regained the lead on 52 minutes when Dan Gayner beat his defender and delivered a telepathic cross for his twin brother Alex to head home. Gala extended their lead on 60 minutes when neat play in midfield found Jordan Molyneux free in the box and he curled his effort past Charnock high into the Quedgeley net. A fourth came when a great through ball from Connor Harmer found Ben Sluman wide right who beat two Quedgeley defenders and rifled an unstoppable shot off the underside of the bar. A well deserved fifth was added when substitute Connor Walters on for only five minutes picked up the ball at the halfway, skipped past three helpless defenders and fired low and hard into the bottom left corner.
Gala centre back Kieran Mace picked up man of the match for a solid performance.
Sharpness are on the heels of Gala Wilton but had to make five changes to last weeks starting eleven to face Stoke Gifford United. The home side got out of the blocks early and took the lead on five minutes when Jack Higgs swung a deep cross to the back post which was headed back by Will Lacey and Alex Higgs was on hand to nod the Sharks in front. Fifteen minutes saw them double their advantage when Lacey’s corner was met by Alex Higgs’ head for 2-0. Higgs missed a first half hat trick opportunity by shooting straight at Glover in the Stoke Gifford goal. The away side grew into the game with long spells of possession but never really threatened Taylor in the home goal.
The second half started as the first ended with Stoke Gifford having the lions share of possession, but again the Sharks stood firm. However good link up play for the away side by Dyke and Sheppard on the left set the full back in behind and his low hard cross was pushed to safety by Taylor in the Sharpness goal. Stoke Gifford kept pressing with Thatcher and Taylor both trying from distance without really troubling Taylor. However they got a foot hold in the game in the 80th minute when a darting run from the pacy Parry saw him elude both Stutter and Gibbs to draw a foul By Freeman – penalty! Thatcher making no mistake for 2-1 but the Sharks held out for the last 10 minute to claim victory.
Hardwicke entertained Ruardean Hill Rangers at Green Lane with both sides failing to make an early impression. Hardwicke had the first opportunity on 16 minutes when Will Higgins free kick was well saved by Steve Bowles in the away goal. Hardwicke continued to press and should have been in front when Rob Hine lifted the ball over the defence to Pat Vernall who immediately passed to Freddie Humphries who shot over.
Goalless at half time but it was Ruardean who quickly took the lead on 46 minutes when a Tom Hobbs clearance fell to Alex Stevens who fired into the top corner from 25 yards. Hardwicke reacted and Jordan Dowdewell had two fine efforts saved by Bowles. Ruardean were relying on the counter attack and Rares Micula came close. A frantic last five minutes saw Hardwicke pressing hard for an equaliser but it was Ruardean who took the game beyond Hardwicke when Micula broke through and coolly slotted home for a 2-0 Ruardean victory.
Cribbs Reserves and Frampton United played out a goalless draw at The Lawns, a game which appeared only to wake up for the last 15 minutes. For large parts of the game it was the home side who did most of the pressing without any real quality in the final third hence allowing Frampton to easily contain any threat. Until the closing moments the nearest either side came to breaking the deadlock was when the ball fell kindly in the box for substitute Liam Clayton whose 70th minute shot rebounded back off the inside of the post.
As the game woke from its slumber both sides squandered good chances the best of which fell to substitute Jack Guthrie who failed to connect properly with a vicious Liam Clayton cross allowing the grateful Kaye to deny a late Cribbs winner.
A highly competitive fast paced game saw Little Stoke and Wick share the points in a 1-1 draw at Little Stoke Park with a decent crowd of 87. The home side made a slow start and were punished 5 minutes in when Owen Ridler smashed the ball home from the edge of the box for 1-0 to Wick. Little Stoke grew into the game and on 14 minutes Mark Hardiman’s low hard shot was well saved. A one-two the then saw Aaron West’s shot narrowly wide. Against the run of play Wick’s quickly taken free kick was wasted by a tame shot. Little Stoke continued to press and five minutes before the break Luke Meacham’s header from a corner crashed against the post before a superb Jordan Yeo 25 yard free kick was excellently tipped over.
The second half started quite evenly but the game changed on the hour when a rasping drive by Kieran Williams from 25 yards flew into the top corner for 1-1. Little Stoke continued with the greater possession and created more chances. On 70 minutes a long throw in was flicked on to Jude Scott whose header was narrowly over as was Aaron West’s blast. Wick’s best opportunity came from a free kick given for a back pass to the keeper which was well blocked by the home defence. The last action came when a superb Kieran Williams free kick from 40 yards flashed across the Wick box with no one able to apply the finishing touch. A decent point for Wick.
A very hot afternoon at Arnall Drive saw Henbury and Rockleaze Rangers provide a feast of non stop action for the 63 spectators. For the first 15 minutes neither side created anything of note until a defence splitting pass from Luke Coghlan allowed Will Baldwin to break clear and give Henbury the lead with a fine shot past keeper Jordan Dunning. Unfortunately the lead didn’t last because two minutes later Rockleaze were awarded a penalty for hand ball by Cameron Tarr who was dismissed for the offence and George James swept the spot kick home for 1-1. Rockleaze took the lead in the 22nd minute with a headed goal by James.
The second half saw Rockleaze extend their lead with another penalty when Henbury defender Adam Walding was adjudged to have brought down Brandon Boomtam. George James got his hat trick sending home keeper Damian Chlopecki the wrong way for 3-1 to Rockleaze. Regardless of the score Henbury tried to find away back and finished with nine players after using all their substitutes and losing another player to injury. 3-1 to Rockleaze.
Last but not least Broadwell Amateur’s third match on the road took them for an encounter with Patchway Town. The first real action of the game came on 15 minutes with a run and shot by Patchway’s Sam Finn which was blocked, the ball falling to Hassan Hussain whose shot was also blocked the ball finding its way into the grateful arms of Broadwell’s keeper. On thirty minutes Kian Skidmore had Broadwell’s best chance of the half with a free kick well saved by the home keeper. Half time 0-0.
The second half brought chances for both sides. On the hour Nathan Davies won a challenge with the Patchway keeper but was sent out too wide, his cross come shot was just wide of the far post and just out of Liam Thomas’s reach. A Patchway corner on 72 minutes had Barry Phillips effort cleared off the line by Ryan Davies. On 75 minutes however the deadlock was broken by Broadwell’s Liam Thomas who tapped in to an empty net following a mix up in defence. Barry Phillips was denied a Patchway equaliser from a corner by the upright. On 90 minutes Gassama Ismafoot saw red for a rash challenge. Broadwell put the game out of sight with the last kick of the match Dan Brain was put through by Ben Fishwick who took his shot early for 2-0 to the visitors and no time for a restart.