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24th September 2022 - County Cup

Peter Langley

Some Images from Cheletenham Civil Services 5-4 victory over Gloucester City U21's.

18th September 2022 - Les James Cup Sponsored by Boca Teamwear
Bromley Heath United progress at Cheltenham Civil Service

Mark Simpson


A deferred start to the Les James League Cup saw no real surprises at this stage of the season with last seasons finalists Little Stoke and Ruardean Hill Rangers both edging through on penalties.

But we start in Cheltenham where both teams had 100% records in the League so something had to give and it was Bromley Heath United who took the honours at Cheltenham Civil Service. It was the visitors who took an early lead when a long ball was misjudged by the home defence allowing Olly Hanham to side step the keeper and roll the ball into an empty net. The home side shook this off with Shane Dualeh setting up Paul Smith who shot over. Bromley’s response was direct with Sam Edwards setting up Cameron Ford whose effort came off the outside of the post. Civil Service pushed and a long ball from Teejay Hosking found Gareth Jones whose shot was well saved by Bromley’s Will Ferguson. Services Jones was set up by Brett Blake but Ferguson stood firm for an important save. The second half started brightly with little goalmouth action to shout about until the 57th minute when a half cleared Bromley Heath corner was met by Ford whose rasping left foot volley wrong footed Brad Pittaway in the Service goal for 0-2. With Service chasing the game a triple substitution brought an immediate impact when a pass played into Adam Loveridge was headed on only for an outstretched arm to intervene and duly awarded penalty converted by Hosking for 1-2 which, despite a last ditch attempt by Service, was how the score remained.

Broadwell Amateurs against Frampton United was a difficult one to predict but the home side eased to a 2-0 victory. After a fairly even start Broadwell took control and it was converted forward Kristian Burnard who reacted quickest to a long ball over a flat footed defence to half volley the home side into a 13th minute lead. Frampton played attractive cross field football but with little penetration into the home area with their first chance coming on twenty five minutes with Espada’s effort saved by Ben Reed. It was Kian Skidmore who added the home sides second after a Frampton player had been sin binned. A long corner from Dan Brain found the alert Skidmore for the second on 30 minutes. A few minutes later Fishwick hit the Frampton bar. The second half saw both sides playing keep ball. Frampton had three good chances from free kicks all headed wide. Dan Brain prompted the home side with his final ball setting up Broadwell on several occasions Espada had the games final chance but headed over and Frampton were out.

Now to last seasons winners Little Stoke who played in an entertaining 2-2 first half against Rockleaze Rangers. Little Stoke made a quick start to the game and were in front on eight minutes when a Mike Hardiman strike from 25 yards flew in to the bottom corner. Rockleaze levelled against the run of play on 17 when a cross come shot from Boomtam was fumbled by Mason Hawkins. The away side took the initiative and from further pressure took the lead when a low cross was finished by Hatfield. The home side came back and equalized when a quick goal kick from Jack Burgess found Jordan Yeo who hit a 50 yard cross field ball to Aaron West who floated the ball onto Luke Meacham whose header was deflected in. Both sides created further chances with Hardiman narrowly wide for the home side and Hawkins saving well after a good ball in behind the defence. The second period saw Little Stoke take more of the game with chances for Jude Scott, Luke Meacham and Hardiman coming close. Further pressure a pull back from the left found Little Stoke’s John Pugsley whose effort was agonisingly wide. Rockleaze countered on 80 but Hatfield was blocked by Burgess. Chances continued to be created and mis-control by the away keeper saw the ball hit the post but he followed with a good save to thwart Alex Hill. So to the dreaded penalties with the home side edging 4-3. Mason Hawkins made two good saves and his counterpart one.

Wick started brightly in their match v Ruardean Hill Rangers, quickly settling into their passing game on a beautifully flat pitch. On eight minutes Wick’s eighteen yard free kick went harmlessly over and Ruardean responded when on 15 Alex Stevens flicked just wide and a few minutes later Ellis Waugh twisted and turned only to clear the bar. Within minutes Wick were pressing again but the strong Ruardean rear-guard hustled the attack to prevent any clear cut chances. On the half hour the lively Owen Riddler had sight of the away goal but his shot was comfortably taken by the imposing Aaron Underwood. Wick continued to press but didn’t trouble the score sheet. From the restart Wick again looked lively and within minutes Jay Vile had his goal bound shot cleared off the line. On the hour Ruardean broke down the left but the cross failed to find a touch as it travelled across the goal. On seventy Wick fashioned two great chances the first headed clear on the line and the second blocked by Underwood’s feet. Aaron Underwood pulled off a great one handed save high to his right to deny Wick again. That summed up Wick’s afternoon, plenty of possession but unable to unlock the visitors. With the imposing Underwood in the Ruardean goal, Wick’s chances in the penalty shootout looked grim, and so it proved to be, 3-1 to the visitors.

An interesting affair as Sharpness entertained Quedgeley Wanderers who pushed the Sharks all the way. The game started with both sides cautiously feeling each other out, but it was the visitors who broke the deadlock on fifteen when a through ball found Ollie Curtis who burst through and smashed the ball past Truan Taylor. Five minutes on and Sharpness were level when Brad Gibbs layed off to Rory Cawkwell who drove home. The Sharks grew in stature and came close when Brad Gibbs shot was well saved by Derbyshire, but he was beaten ten minutes before the break when Harry Reynolds was upended in the box and Tom Frankham slotted home from 12 yards. This was not the final action of the half Quedgeley equalising after Sharpness lost possession out wide, the ball played into Joe Ash who played over the top to Curtis and hit a great shot for his second and 2-2 at the break. The second half didn’t produce much goalmouth action but Sharpness had one chalked off when Paterson was adjudged to have knocked the ball out of Derbyshire’s hands. The winner came for the Sharks when a free kick on halfway was played in by Paterson and Tom Freeman rose highest to see Sharpness into round two.

A lively affair at the Stoke Gifford Stadium saw the League leaders Gala Wilton through by two to one. Hosts Stoke Gifford United started well using pace to exploit the Gala defence with Karakus heading on target after a few minutes. Gala grew into the game and started playing balls over the top pushing Gifford backwards. The momentum shifted back to the home side when Dan Gayner was sin binned for Gala. Although Gala should have taken the led when a scramble gave Martin Smith a gilt edged chance. Gifford continued to look threatening but made the wrong decisions while the away side should have scored – Craig Howell fluffing his lines. Gala took the lead on 47 when Alex Gayner finished at the back post. They continued to press and Connor Walters was denied by the impressive Josh Stawroski. But it was the home side who had the next score when Mike Barry’s mazy run and a deflected shot by substitute Liam Whelan made it 1-1. The game became end to end and was decided by substitute Kyle Gibbs who broke in behind the Gifford defence for 2-1. A few chances for both teams followed with Rudi Hall close to a leveller but Gala held out for a place in the next round.

Now the first of two games won at a canter. In the game at Arnall Drive a first half hat-trick from Jack Guthrie set Cribbs Reserves on their way to a 5-0 victory over Henbury. Guthrie opened the scoring in the first minute when a clearance from Cribbs Rob Nakielny was flicked on by Tom Headford leaving Guthrie to finish with aplomb. Guthrie double his tally on 31 when he finished off a well worked move by driving the ball home from just inside the Henbury box. His hat-trick came in the 41st minute when he was quickest to react to a cross from James Crossley-John to stab in from close range. The second period was largely uneventful but further goals from James Clayton and an Andy Forward penalty secured a safe passage into the second round for Cribbs Reserves.

The final game of the round saw Hardwicke rout Patchway Town 9-0. There were only three goalscorers with a Will Mathews hat-trick, Harry Furniss having the lions share with five and Fred Humphries making it nine. Hardwicke dominated from the start and took the lead on 13 minutes when Jordan Dowdeswell's superb delivery from a corner was met by Harry Furniss at the back post. Will Matthews made it 2-0 on 25 minutes, rifling home a shot after a mistake in the Patchway midfield. Matthews fired in the third with his left foot when Hardwicke regained possession from teh restart. Patchway pressed hard and did force a save from Hall in the Hardwick goal on 37 minutes. The second half saw Furniss pick up the ball 40 yards out and jink through the defence and buried it in the corner on 47 minutes. Furniss completed his hat-trick on 57 minutes, Fred Humphries headed home a corner on 57 minutes to make it 6-0. Furniss added his fourth on 67 minutes and a fifth after 70. Matthews was initially denied his hat-trick by a good save on 71 minutes but he eventually got another chance and Matthews completed the rout on 87 minutes from a Dowdeswell corner.

3rd September 2022 - Sharpness and Cheltenham Civil Service in late late shows

Mark Simpson


A top of the table clash at Fairmile Gardens saw two extremely late goals give a win for visitors Sharpness and a theme of very late winners continued at Hillside Gardens where Cheltenham Civil Service snatched it. It must be something to do with the Gardens.

Gala Wilton v Sharpness had a frantic early start for both sides albeit a rather scrappy first half with just a few half chances for Gala. The game sparked into life in the second half and on 50 minutes Gala were in front. A good run down the right wing from Dan Gayner saw his perfect cross headed in from six yards by Martin Smith. The second half continue to be a tense affair and Gala almost snatched a second with five minutes to go, Kieran Mace hitting the bar with a close range header. The game was turned on its head in the 91st minute when a Sharpness corner was headed goalward to be cleared off the line by Mace only for Ben Gibbs to poke home the rebound to square things for the Sharks. The winner came in the 95th minute following a scramble in the Gala penalty area and Will Lacey scoring for 2-1 to the visitors.

On a day when the long summer seemed to end Cheltenham Civil Service snatched three points in the 97th minute to end hosts Rockleaze Ranger unbeaten start. Brandon Boomtan should have put the home side ahead on eight minutes when clean through, but believing he was offside, the chance was wasted. On 37 minutes Miles Hatfield calmly slotted past keeper Brett Pittaway but really was offside following a pull back from full back Aidan Hall. The close game of cat and mouse continued in the second half and a magnificent save from Pittaway in the 82nd minute saw him scoop the ball over the bar from Boomtan’s 25 yard half volley. A game of few chances was won in the 97th minute when the away sides skipper Hosking sent a six yard bullet header from a corner into the net for 1-0 to keep their unbeaten start.

Hardwicke cruised to a 3-0 home win over newly promoted Stoke Gifford United in a free flowing game well officiated by Graham McNulty. The home side almost took the lead on 9 minutes when Will Matthews headed on to Will Higgins whose shot beat keeper Jakob Glover only to bounce off the post. Hardwicke deserved their half time lead after Matthews low shot found the net from 20 yards. In the second half Stoke Gifford almost equalised straight from the kick off when Ben Shepherd shot over. Hardwicke’s response was immediate with Fred Humphries threading the ball through for Matthews to score his second from 20 yards. The game started to open up a little with Mike Barry coming close for the visitors. Hardwicke came close on 55 minutes with Harry Furniss’s strike well saved by Glover. The home side however, increased their lead on the hour when a Ben Dowdeswell cross was powerfully headed in by Matthews for his hat-trick. Stoke Gifford had a penalty in the last minute when Pat Vernal fouled Bray but Luke Bence’s effort was parried away by Ollie Hall.

Bromley Heath United welcomed Ruardean Hill Rangers to Pomphrey Hill for a close fought 90 minutes with both teams largely cancelling each other out in the first 45 minutes, the best opportunity falling to the home side following a 32nd minute goalmouth scramble. Bromley Heath started the second half positively with Ruardean’s keeper making an good early stop. The game was halted on 58 minutes following a clash of heads, both players leaving the field. Ruardean had a chance on 82 minutes with a free kick but shot high. Bromley’s winner came on 85 minutes when substitute Alvin Nurse fired past the keeper. The home side almost had a second moments later but the keeper denied them keeping the score at 1-0 to Bromley Heath and a 100% start.

The days biggest win was at The Lawns where hosts Cribbs Reserves brushed aside Little Stoke gaining a comfortable 6-0 win. After a cagey start Cribbs took a fifteenth minute lead when Aaron Coleman’s pin point cross after good work down the left found Ollie Dunleavy at the far post to head home. Cribbs doubled their lead on 32 minutes when a Coleman free kick was poorly dealt with by the visitor’s defence allowing central defender Tom Burns to head powerfully past keeper Mason Hawkins. A dominant Cribbs made it 3-0 five minutes from the break when further good work by Coleman created the space for Kieran Clayton to drive home from 12 yards. The second half saw Cribbs continue to dominate scoring a further three goals just after the hour mark. Number four came on 61 minutes when Dunleavy headed his second from James Crossley-John’s centre. Minutes later good work from Kieran Clayton allowed him to find his brother Liam who calmly fired across Hawkins low into the net. The final goal came shortly afterwards when the impressive Coleman won the ball back deep into Little Stoke territory before striding forward and unleashing an effort that flew into the top corner to cap an excellent display by the home side.

In a game of many missed chances for both sides it was Frampton United who managed a couple of goals to see off visitors Patchway Town 2-0. First chance came in the 12th minute after a quick left wing break and cross by Frampton’s Manolo Espada with Ryan McDonald’ sliding effort just wide. Frampton took the lead on fifteen minutes when a free kick was headed on by Ryan Vincent for McDonald’s shot to hit the post with Freddie Porter on hand for 1-0. Patchway had a good chance for 1-1 when Jay Moore’s downward header bounced over the bar. A second goal for the home side came right on half time when Vincent’s shot was blocked only for Porter to be on hand again for his second. A 64th minute Patchway free kick fell to Hassan Hussein but he dragged his shot wide. A long range effort by Frampton’s Ryan Ford flew just over and in the dying seconds Barry Phillips shot for Patchway crept just wide.

Last but not least a hard fought game at Waterwell Sports Centre saw Broadwell Amateurs snatch an away win at Quedgeley Wanderer’s expense five minutes from the end. The first chance of a tight game saw Broadwell’s Taylor Blaby's shot saved by Kieran Derbyshire. Quedgeley’s Sean Lawson followed this up with a shot wide of the goal, the same player then had another shot saved by Broadwell’s Ben Reed. Just before half time Liam Thomas had a shot for Broadwell well defended by the home side to take it goalless at half time. Broadwell had the first chance of the second half with Ethan Wilkins strike at goal saved. Quedgeley had Harry Reynold’s free kick defended by the away side. The winning goal eventually came in the 85th minute when Ryan Davies tapped in for Broadwell. A good start to the season for the visitors after four away games but it unfortunately leaves Quedgeley rooted at the bottom.

3rd September 2022 - Electronic Programmes

Gala Wilton v Sharpness

Cribbs Reserves v Little Stoke

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