26th November 2022 - Cawkwell solo goal gives Sharpness points at Patchway Town
Today's games in the Marcliff Gloucestershire County League saw the first points dropped this season for Bromley Heath United with a 2-2 home draw with Frampton United and for the first time more than one goal conceded allowing Gala Wilton back to the top. The struggle at the bottom of the League for Patchway Town and Quedgeley Wanderers is surprisingly becoming deeper as the season progresses.
Starting at Scott Park where Patchway Town took on Sharpness for the second week on the trot and with the same outcome - a one goal defeat. Not much to shout about but the difference between them was on thirty five minutes Rory Cawkwell made an amazing run beating three Patchway defenders on his way into the box and sliding his shot into the bottom right hand corner. The home side had few chances the best a volley from distance just wide from Kane Bartholomew on 65 . The Sharks best was five minutes from time when Sam Strickland was put through by Tom Frankham only to shoot wide with just the keeper to beat. Patchway huffed and puffed but didn’t really look like troubling the Sharks who held on for 1-0.
At The Lawns Cribbs Reserves kept up the pressure on the top two with a comfortable 4-0 victory against a youthful Quedgeley Wanderers. Aaron Coleman put the hosts ahead from close range on 31 minutes when he turned in a Tom Headford cross from the left. Cribbs doubled their lead around the hour mark when a cross from Dan Monk was headed home by central defender Harry Hambly giving Stephen Sparrow no chance. Further goals from sub Jack Guthrie and a second from the dangerous Coleman, both created by Keiran Clayton, put the seal on a convincing win for Cribbs.
Broadwell Amateurs downturn in league form continued with a 4-1 reversal at Hillside Gardens where Rockleaze Rangers George James bagged a third hattrick of the season. It was a cold autumnal day with both teams keeping the ball down on the 4G surface. On 18 minutes Jordan Dunning in the home goal tipped over an audacious lob from Ben Fishwick which looked all the way a goal. A few minutes later at the other end Jack Watkins turned a rasping shot from Brandon Boontam round the post. On the half hour Sam Bailey ran through only to hit the crossbar with a delicate lob over Watkins. He didn’t have to wait long for another chance which he took this time following a superb through ball from Boomtam dinked the ball over Watkins and watched it slowly roll over the line. Rangers took control in the second period and on 53 minutes Josh Grotzke’s cross was headed into an empty net by James who didn’t have to wait long for his second when just a minute later he slotted past Watkins after a delicious through ball from the energetic Bailey. James completed his hattrick on 78 when a ball over the top by Pete Ireland found him running through and made no mistake with a clinical finish. Broadwell kept going and got a deserved consolation on 80 minutes when Jack Morton raced through and finished from a tight angle.
Cheltenham Civil Service had a trip up to the Forest to take on Ruardean Hill Rangers and came away with a decent point. An even first 10 minutes and it was Hill with the first chance Alex Stephens breaking clear his shot well saved by Brad Pittaway. Service produced a one two between Jamie Lewis and Kieran Taylor leading to a corner which was cleared to Lewis Driscoll who shot over. Hill took the lead on 40 through Shaun Tingle who headed home after good work by Stephens. The second half had Service playing with the wind in testing conditions. They equalised on 55 minutes from a short corner which was worked to the edge of the box, the resulting shot parried by Underwood but Brett Blake was on hand to knock in the rebound. On seventy minutes Hills Stephens forced Pittaway into a smart stop. Both teams pushed for a winner but had to settle for a fair 1-1 draw.
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Gala Wilton’s return to the top came at the expense of in form Wick at Oldbury Lane. Both teams were quick out of the blocks with chances at both ends but it was Gala who opened their account first on only six minutes when Jordan Molyneux cracked a superb 25 yard curling drive past the outstretched Ashton Trott. Wick levelled a few minutes later when a terrific through ball set Joe Beardwell through to make no mistake. Gala had a fifteenth minute chance to re-take the lead but blasted a penalty high and wide. Wick took the lead on 21 when Beardwell took a great cross field ball and centred for Lewis Wade to smash home. Gala had a chance to level when Trott failed to hold a shot but recovered to brilliantly block at point blank. Gala equalised six minutes after the restart when Wick failed to deal with a corner allowing Dan Gayner to stab home for 2-2. Wick thought they’d re-taken the lead after 55 minutes when the ball was thought to have crossed the line but who knows! On the hour Gala had a great chance for a goal but the shot was wide. It was Wick next to miss a gilt edged chance when Gala’s keeper brilliantly saved from Beardswell who was unable to connect with the rebound. Minutes later Jason Vile’s 20 yarder was just wide for the home side. Gala did take the lead on 72 when Gayner’s strike from the edge of the box found the net. Wick pressed hard for an equaliser but failed to undo a resolute Gala defence and in the 6th minute of added time Gayner got his hattrick with the last kick of the game for 4-2.
Hardwicke welcomed Little Stoke to Green Lane and a frantic start saw both sides out of the blocks at 100mph which set up an intense encounter. There were two relatively early sin bins reducing each side to 10 but little was created and the first period was pretty uneventful. Just into the second half John Pugsley had two decent shots in succession for Little Stoke both blocked by Nathan Barnett and in the 50th minute he broke through and after Ollie Hall made an initial save the ball rebounded to him who twisted two defenders and slotted home with Hall stranded. Five minutes later Barnett made a last ditch challenge attempting to keep the ball out of the goal but was deemed to have handled when the ball came off his thigh onto his hand and yes a penalty but also a red card. 2-0 to the visitors. Hardwicke then started to play some decent football and Jason Dowdeswell was close on seventy minutes heading onto the bar. Hardwicke looked like they might get a goal but any chance of this was ended when a reckless challenge by Japhet Humphries led to a straight red. With two minutes left Alex Fox sealed it for Little Stoke and 3-0.
A dominant performance for Stoke Gifford United who eased to a 4-0 victory over Henbury in sometimes blustery conditions. Gifford started slowly and Henbury threatened from some early set pieces. After 20 minutes Gifford had grown into ascendancy and Mike Barry earned them the lead with a back post tap in after good work by Paul Cronin and Kray Foster. On 37 minutes the lead doubled when Cronin beat his man after cutting in from the left to fire home. The second half followed much the same pattern and Foster extended the lead with a fine finish to a Marcus Thatcher through ball. The fourth was always coming and it fell to the deserving Brad Probert after a lovely move involving most of the team and Ashley Knight providing a delightful back heeled assist.
Finally to Pomphrey Hill where League leaders Bromley Heath United were pegged back by Frampton United and for the first time this season dropped points and conceded more than one goal. Bromley started the better in difficult windy conditions. They also had the best chance in difficult windy conditions when after just 5 minutes a long range shot by Alvin Nurse was well saved. Frampton gradually gained more possession and were rewarded on 25 minutes when Manolo Espada scored a fine individual goal winning the ball from a Bromley defender and slotting home off the post. Shortly after the home side were close to levelling when a great shot by Ollie Hanham was parried and scrambled away. Bromley equalised five minutes into the second period when a free kick in a wide position was delivered for Sam Edwards to head back across the goal and over the keeper. The rest of the half was fairly even with a few half chances. On eighty five minutes Bromley thought they had won it when good work on the ball by Luke Bessell resulted in his cross being headed back across goal for Antonio Nurse to head in. Frampton, however, had other ideas and in injury time substitute Stuart Maule hit an unstoppable long range volley for 2-2 and a fair reflection of things. Bromley slip to second place in the League on goal difference but have two games in hand over Gala Wilton.