News and Match Reports
30th December 2023 - Vital three points for Gala Wilton and Hardwicke
Interesting end to 2023, with almost half of the League being drawn into the relegation battle. Almondsbury not
playing this weekend now find themselves in the bottom two, and despite winning Gala Wilton still occupy bottom place.
Top team Avonmouth were postponed.
At Fairmile Gardens Gala Wilton hosted Wick with both sides desperate to claim three points. Gala made a dream start
with a goal in the first 30 seconds, a flick on found Jorell Sanniola whose cross fell to Jerzy Marsalek who hammered
home from close range. Gala doubled their lead on 15 when another Sanniola cross was half cleared, but was hooked back
into the box by Alex Pritchard and Ryan Dobbins poked the ball home. There were no further clear-cut chances from
either side in the first half but in the second Wick had greater possession as Gala sought to defend their lead and
try to score a third on the break, and almost did when Dobbins’ curling effort was well saved by Ashton Trott. The
game came to life near the end when a superb Wick header was matched by an even better save by Elliot Jones. In time
added on a fantastic free kick from Liam Towler for Wick curled into the top corner off the post to give Gala a nervy
last couple of minutes but they held on for a valuable 2-1 win.
To the Bell Field where Frampton United took on Quedgeley Wanderers in front of a large crowd of 112, and it was
Quedgeley’s Ryan Hunt who had the first effort but his shot was wide. Frampton opened the scoring on 35 minutes when
good interplay between the Driver-Dickerson brothers led to Henry cutting inside the defender and placing the ball
into the bottom corner. He had another chance just before the break when he rounded Nathan Charnock but the ball was
cleared off the line. Just after the start to the second half Frampton’s Stuart Maule should have done better but
dragged his shot wide. On the hour Maule played a good ball out wide to Driver-Dickerson whose cross was helped in by
Freddie Porter for 2-0. Quedgeley pulled a goal back when the ball broke to Finlay Jenner to score. The dangerous
Jenner had another chance but keeper Tom Kaye pulled off a good save. Kaye also denied Hunt saving with his feet. The
games final chance fell to Frampton’s Porter but his shot came back off the inside of the post, but in any case,
Frampton won 2-1.
The final match to avoid postponement was at Broadwell Amateurs who faced off against Hardwicke in a tense and
closely contested match. The first half saw both teams creating chances but failing to break the deadlock. Hardwicke
looked dangerous on the counter with Harley Mustoe and Pat Vernall causing problems for Broadwell’s defence which
remained resolute helped by keeper Jack Watkins who made several crucial saves to ensure the first half remained
goalless. Hardwicke took the initiative in the second half and their pressure paid off on 63 minutes with Harley
Mustoe looping a shot over Watkins leaving most of the 100 crowd stunned. Broadwell responded strongly and were
awarded a penalty on 70 minutes after a push in the area on young Belfitt. Liam Thomas dispatched the resultant spot
kick. It was only five minutes on when Hardwicke were back in front, Mustoe’s powerful shot could only be parried into
the net by Watkins. The hosts pushed hard for an equaliser in the closing stages and came close on a couple of
occasions but Hardwicke held firm and emerged as worthy 2-1 winners.
24th December 2023 - Electronic Programmes
Ruardean Hill Rangers v Broadwell Amateurs
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23rd December 2023 - Rockleaze fight back to beat Stoke Gifford
Plenty going on again towards the bottom and with teams trying to pull clear and others being drawn in to the battle.
At the top Avonmouth remain well clear but an interesting scrap is on for second place.
Starting at Hillside Gardens where Rockleaze Rangers took on Stoke Gifford United for the third time this season. It
was a bitterly cold afternoon with the visitors making the better start and Mikey Barry giving Rockleaze problems. It
was a bit of trickery by Barry that created the first real chance and indeed Stoke Giffords goal, when on 22 minutes
he tormented the home backline before rolling the ball to Spike Weaver to crash home from 6 yards. A minute on and
Jenson Beard appeared to be away but the covering defence forced him to shoot wide. On 25 minutes Nick Jones beat two
defenders and crossed for Dan Webb who fluffed his shot with the ball rolling to keeper Stawroski. A piece of
brilliant last ditch tackling from George James prevented Weaver from getting Gifford’s second. Rockleaze started the
second half piling on the pressure and Dan Brown’s goal bound effort from the angle drew a good save from Stawroski.
Rockleaze did draw level on the hour when Webb scored from a similar position following great work from Brandon
Boontam. On 77 minutes Webb was at it again, turning from 20 yards out unleashing an unstoppable shot into the top
corner. Stawroski had 10 minutes in the sin bin but Rockleaze couldn’t take advantage. After 5 of the 10 minutes added
Weaver found himself through on goal but his weak shot was easily dealt with by Jordan Dunning, and Rockleaze saw out
the remaining minutes for a 2-1 win.
Avonmouth’s visit to Hamfields to take on Sharpness saw them into a 90 second lead with lacklustre defending
allowing Kyle O’Donovan to rifle home from six yards. Sharpness settled well and responded well, earning a corner
which was excellently dispatched by Callum Dummelow for 1-1. The Sharks had a great chance for the lead when Kieran
Bennett was through one on one but couldn’t find the target. Some uncharacteristic defensive errors from Sharpness
allowed Avonmouth to retake the lead with Jack Williams firing home from the edge of the box. Sharpness had a chance
to level Tom Frankham getting his shot away and looking destined for the net but was magnificently blocked on the
line. Another defensive error let in Josh Pearce for Avomouth and a 3-1 win.
Tewkesbury Road, for Cheltenham Civil Service with a big game against fellow strugglers Almondsbury. And after a few
minutes Service almost took the lead when Sam Johnson’s through ball found Ollie Wilkes whose shot drifted wide. On 9
minutes a Dec Chick shot was pushed around the post by an already busy Sam Burgess. On seventeen great build up saw
Wilkes shot saved, Driscoll’s shot blocked and Liam Hope’s follow up wax superbly dealt with by Burgess. Almonds
countered and Stu Alexander’s header drifted wide. A mazy run forward by Johnson saw Driscoll’s prod straight to
Burgess. Then Kerry Hale’s through ball found Driscoll whose toe end was wide. Driscoll was involved again this time
Hope’s cross was met by him but his header was straight at Burgess. Almonds started the second half well with Oakley
Dawes played in from a long ball but his shot was well saved by Harvey Need. Service eventually got the breakthrough
when Hope found Driscoll whose shot eventually got past Burgess. Dawes was played in from a long ball and Need was on
hand to preserve the lead. Service doubled their lead when a lo0ng throw was headed out only for Hale to drill past
Burgess. With 25 minutes left Almonds gave themselves hope whe good link up play led to a cross by Harry Greenbury who
found Alexander to head home. Almonds now had the momentum and threw everything at Service but didn’t really create
anything and Service held on for2-1 and a much needed victory.
To Waterwells and a convincing win for Quedgeley Wanderers over Little Stoke and a little look behind the scenes
reveals to some extent how it happened. The first chance went to Stoke with a header that sailed over. Quedgeley
followed and Jack Bright found the end of a corner but missed the target. Harry Reynolds protected the ball well and
led Wanderers forward and the first goal came on 11 minutes when Finlay Jenner was played through, turned his
defender, and found the net. Then Devon Morgan forced a save by Jarrett . A couple more chances followed for
Jenner who was through on goal multiple times but Stoke were saved by Jarrett. A tackle by a home player resulted in him
leaving the field of play followed by two Little Stoke players for second yellows. With another Stoke player in the
sin bin Quedgeley responded with Jenner squaring to Morgan who sailed the ball over. The hosts started the second
period well and Jenner fired one past Jarrett for 2-0. Looking for a hat trick Jenner continued to make good plays and
eventually found the net again. Harry Reynold got the fourth after a box scrap with Alfie Pledger and Little Stoke
were reduced to eight with another second yellow, bad day at the office for them but Quedgeley moved up a few places
with the 4-0 win.
A difficult trip to Vicarage Road for Gala Wilton to face Hanham Athletic. Gala started well and were almost in
front on 29 minutes but for a great challenge by Tyrone Fudgell. Hanham went in front on 35, Jacob Saunders chesting
the ball the ball down, swivelling and shooting into the bottom corner. Leon Clarke almost made it two just before the
break but his free kick was well saved by Oscar Bignall. Gala came more into the game in the second half and equalised
on 65 minutes through Sam Kelly’s left foot shot. Hanham took the lead on 85 minutes when Bailey Rudge went on a fine
runand his cross was brilliantly headed in by Andy Nash for a 2-1 Hanham win leaving Gala at the bottom.
At the Bell Field Frampton United welcomed Wick and it was the hosts George Blythe firing an early long range
effort, with Ashton Trott making a good tip over. Blythe had a better chance soon after when through one on one with
Trott but failed to finish. It was Wick’s Seb Scott who broke the deadlock on 42 minutes when he cut inside and fired
past Tom Kaye. Frampton’s equaliser came on 68 when Steve Jackson headed in from a Fin Blythe corner and 1-1 it ended.
Bromley Heath United kept up their battle for second place at Pomphrey Hill against improving Hardwicke and ended
1-0 winners. Bromley Heath were slightly quicker out of the blocks than Hardwicke on a sticky, but very playable pitch at Pomphrey Hill. After just a few minutes Bromley's frontman Aiden Noble was very unlucky not to score when he saw his shot hit the post. But once Hardwicke got into the game they created two or three good chances themselves, the best a rasping long range shot from Ellis Rurnerford which was well held by Ferguson, Bromley's keeper. Bromley thought they had broken the deadlock on the half hour when Noble was again unlucky to have a well worked goal disallowed for an offside in the build up. A very competitive first half ended with Hardwicke being awarded a free kick on the edge of Bromley's box. Calum Blachford stepped up to fire an excellent effort goal bound but Ferguson was equal to the task and made an outstanding save to deny him.
Hardwicke came out fighting in the second half and started much the better with Bromley having to rely on Ferguson in goal to make a couple of good saves and Ben Ackerman also clearing one off the line. But as the half progressed Bromley started to show more of the form that has been keeping them in the top three or four all season. They created numerous chances in the last quarter of the game with captain Withey going very close on a number of occasions as well as providing a couple of dangerous low crosses which everyone missed. Full back Fletcher Cripps was also getting in on the act when he went past defenders to fire just wide. Hardwicke's keeper was kept very busy during this spell and made some very good stops. The deadlock was broken 15 minutes from time when a dangerous cross into the box was met by the left foot of Ted Willoughby to grab a deserved winner.
Ruardean Hill Rangers take on Broadwell Amateurs on Boxing Day 1.00pm kick off.
16th December 2023 - Hardwicke lift themselves off the bottom of the table
Interestingly it is the bottom of the League that appears to be holding attention with a crowded group and six
pointers nearly every week and bottom place changing hands quite regularly. Hardwicke and Quedgeley Wanderers were big
winners this week. It was also the completion of the Les James League Cup quarter finals with Hanham Athletic and
Sharpness making it through to the semis.
Starting at Green Lane where Hardwicke and Gala Wilton were joint bottom before todays affair. It was a fantastic
start for Hardwicke as after only a few minutes Harley Mustoe played through Harry Furniss who slotted home into the
bottom right. Gala responded well with Ryan Williams skipping through the home defence but alas nothing came of his
hard work. After 23 minutes Furniss thought he was on the scoresheet again but was ruled offside. Five minutes later
Craig Harris beat his man and puts the ball away only to be ruled offside as well. With Pat Vernall in the sin bin
Hardwicke scored their second, Mustoe played the ball through and Furniss rounded the keeper and tapped in. The second
half started with Gala pressure with Jay Brown saving well from Shamar Thomas. On 62 more good play from Mustoe
rounding the keeper staying on his feet but unfortunately it fizzled to nothing. After 78 Furniss did well to break
away, Mustoe shooting and Williams putting the ball in the net and guess what – offside again. Two minutes from the
end Alex Stratford went through, kept his cool and wrapped up a 3-0 victory for Hardwicke.
To Tewkesbury Road where Cheltenham Civil Service who are getting drawn into the thick of things at the bottom were
playing fellow strugglers Quedgeley Wanderers. But it was Service who started in the best possible way, when 3 minutes
in Jackson Dicker found Ollie Wilkes on the wing where his pace allowed him to find space to cross for Tom Short to
score. The game became quite a scrappy affair until half way through when a half cleared header found Jack Hornsby who
volleyed over for Quedgeley. A few minutes later Service’s Dec Chick threaded a ball through to Wilkes but his first
touch went through to Nathan Charnock in the Wanderers goal. Just before the break a nice build up down the left saw
Dicker’s cross finding Short who headed over when well placed. Service should have doubled their lead early in the
second half when a neat pass found Driscoll who dribbled around Charnock but rolled his effort just wide. Service
certainly had the upper hand and were looking for a second when Paul Smith was played through the right channel and
went down under challenge – but no penalty. A sucker punch came fifteen minutes from the end, Service losing the ball
in a dangerous position, conceding a corner from which Harvey Need made a great save only for the resulting corner to
be taken with a deep inswing and Hornsby guided his header home. Within 2 minutes the game was turned on its head when
a Quedgeley through ball found Hornsby whose shot on the turn beat Need for 2-1. Service rallied and Wes Little’s long
range effort forced Charnock into a decent save to keep it at 2-1 to Quedgeley and Service rueing the missed chances.
Almondsbury are another club being draw in to the relegation battle and faced a difficult home match with Stoke
Gifford United. The games only goal came from the penalty spot after thirteen minutes when Barry was brought down by
Rogers and Spike Weaver slotted home the resultant kick. Most of the remainder of the half was dictated by the
visitors. On the hour Almonds were close with nice play from Dawes and Pebedy with Dawes firing into the side netting
. With four minutes to go Almonds Clements free kick hit Dawes and deflected just past the post with everyone beaten.
Gifford nearly made it two in the last minute but were denied by a great save from Burgess.
Let’s go to the top end of the table at the Bell Field where Frampton United welcomed Rockleaze Rangers and it was
Frampton who started brightest and after only four minutes Stuart Maule tried his luck with a snap shot that crept
just past the post. Ten minutes later home keeper Parker pulled of an exceptional save to tip Sam Bailey’s long ranger
over. The lively Maule had another chance when from Freddie Finlay’s ball in he turned the defender but shot just
high. The visitor’s Webb was unlucky from a quick break his left foot shot cleared the bar and up the other end Henry
Driver-Dickerson tried an outrageous over the shoulder shot from 30 yards that had keeper Jordan Dunning back peddling
to tip the ball onto the bar. Frampton took the lead on 42 minutes when Maule guided the ball in from Finlay’s cross
and just on the stroke of half time it was two, Maule turning in Fin Blythe’s cross. Driver-Dickerson was unlucky to
see his shot come back off the inside of the post. The last fifteen saw Rockleaze pile on the pressure but Frampton
stood firm. Rangers Drew Sawdon had the last chance when he rose highest from a corner but his header was just wide
and 2-0 to Frampton it remained.
A goal fest in the Forest where Ruardean Hill Rangers entertained Bromley Heath United. And only two minutes in
Bromley took the lead, a long shot rattled back off the bar and Cam Ford reacted quickest to hit the rebound home with
Aaron Underwood on the deck. Hills Ollie Mason went on a mazy run and struck from 25 yards bringing a good save from
Will Ferguson. Hill equalised after 21 minutes after Charley Taylor’s free kick was sliced into his own goal by Luke
Bessell. The first half petered out with neither side able to find the target. After 51 minutes Bromley got a soft
penalty and Nathan Rose sent Underwood the wrong way. Five minutes later Max Telling gambled on a defensive mix up but
unfortunately snatched at his shot. Another Hill chance came as Alex Stephens spun his defender before smashing his
shot into Ferguson’s midriff. Bromley got their third on 69 with a deep cross into Hill’s box headed back across goal
for Ford to tap in his second. On 75 the fourth came for Bromley when indecisive defending allowed Aidan Noble to
stroke home. Five minutes later Hill puled one back, Telling expertly controlling a long throw before swivelling and
volleying home. On 82 minutes Hill almost got a third when Ollie Mason’s great cross was met by Steve Clark’s head,
only to rattle the post. Hill did get their third two minutes from the end when a deep free kick broke to Tom Landon
to lash home but it wasn’t quite enough Bromley holding out at 4-3.
Breaking from the League to the League Cup and potentially a good game at Vicarage Road where Hanham Athletic took on
current League leaders Avonmouth who took the opportunity to field some fringe players but did start the stronger of
the two with an early penalty shout but play was waved on. Hanham went close on ten minutes Leon Clayton making room
for himself in the box but narrowly shot over. Hanham almost took the lead on 62 minutes when Paul Coles shot from the
edge the ball cannoning off the bar. Hanham were beginning to dominate and Coles was close again just past the post.
Avonmouth went close on 82 minutes when Josh Pearce’s run and shot was brilliantly saved by Sam Brown. Hanham’s winner
came in the last minute when Joel Halls shot came off the bar and hit keeper Tom Bradley on the back for an
unfortunate own goal, and a 1-0 win to take Hanham Athletic into the semis.
To Sharpness for their delayed cup match against Broadwell Amateurs and a repeat of last seasons final. Sharpness
took control in the first half but were unable to put any of their chances away. Broadwell opened the second half well
and almost took the lead when Thomas lobbed keeper James Russell but his effort came off the crossbar. This was a
warning that Sharpness needed to raise their game and some great forward play from Kieran Bennett earned the Sharks a
penalty when he was upended in the box, Will Tainton’s spot kick was well saved by Watkins but Brad Hewer was on hand
to bury the rebound. Sharpness continued to create from wide areas but couldn’t find the elusive second. The final 10
minutes saw Broadwell increase their efforts but resolute Sharpness defending kept them out and 1-0 it remained for a
semi final spot.
In the final league match of the day Little Stoke visited Wick. After weeks of bad weather it was great to have match days back, with both
teams contributing to an even start.
The first half chance of the game fell to Little Stoke when a crossed ball was headed wide at Wick's far post.
A better chance fell to Wick on 20 minutes when failure to connect when in front of goal left the opportunity begging.
A minute later Little Stokes keeper saved well at his near post, but the ball was kept alive by Wick who squandered
another golden opportunity when blasting wide in front of goal.
Wick were enjoying a prolonged period of pressure, however multiple corners brought them ¹no success, and it was
Little Stoke on 30 minutes who showed Wick the way when the unmarked Danny Lane found space in the box to find the net
from their corner.
Wick's heads appeared to drop and a minute after the restart Wick lose the ball in midfield and Little Stoke break
down the right which draws a great save from Trott in the Wick goal but the parried save falls to an onrushing Little
Stoke player who blasts over to spare Wick.
The half continued with Little Stoke looking dangerous going forward, and Wick unable to find an end product for their
It was Little Stoke who started the second half the brighter, creating a chance on 50 minutes with a cross shot just
wide of Wick's far post.
Little Stoke doubled their lead on 55 minutes after good work down the right found Phil Vice in the box to stab home.
Following the goal Wick spurred into life with a shot agonisingly just wide of the post.
Little Stoke were reduced to 10 men on the hour mark when their player received his second yellow of the afternoon,
however it was Little Stoke who increased their lead shortly after following what appeared to be an innocuous free
kick into the box, which Wick failed to deal with allowing Luke Meacham to nudge the ball past Trott.
A great effort from Wick's Louie Short on 85 minutes was well saved by Little Stoke's keeper, which summed up Wick's
15th December 2023 - Electronic Programmes
Ruardean Hill Rangers v Bromley Heath United
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9th December 2023 - Ruardean Hill seal points against Gala Wilton
Three games this week, and it looks like the rainfall over Ruardean Hill Rangers from their vantage point in the
Forest drained down onto Broadwell’s pitch. All three games involved struggling teams with only Ruardean Hill taking
full advantage with a fine victory over Gala Wilton.
Starting at Ruardean Hill Rangers v Gala Wilton in the Forest, and only three minutes in and Tom Landon’s 35 yard
effort had Bignell in the Gala goal scrambling, but Gala broke back and a good header from Dobbins was just off
target. On 11 minutes a corner to Gala was partially cleared and fell to Jorell Sanniola who curled a lovely shot into
the net. Hill equalised on twenty minutes when a sweet fast move saw Sansom lay off the Ollie Mason who lashed home
from 25 yards. The remainder of the half was fairly even with few noticeable chances. A few minutes into the second
half Hill shifted the ball across the Gala box before Clark’s shot was just wide. After 55 minutes Gala were back in
front, Dobbins expertly brought the ball down with his first touch and drilled past Underwood for 2-1. Hill looked to
get back in but a Telling shot was charged down by the defence. Gala’s lead lasted 10 minutes before Charlie Mason’s
free kick from the half way line caught out Bignell and found its way straight into the net. Taylor Blaby was next to
try his luck but his shot from just outside the box dropped just wide. With quarter of an hour to go a route one ball
from Steve Clark sees the Gala defence caught out and a great run from Fin Jones saw him beat Bignell to the ball, and
slotting past him for a 3-2 Hill lead. Clark should have made it four after Ollie Mason played him through one on one
but Bignell spread himself well. Gala hoisted a late free kick into the box but a great tackle from Landon put the
ball out for a corner and Hill held on for a 3-2 win.
After a useful point against Little Stoke last week Hardwicke made the short trip to the Bell Field to face Frampton
United in their attempt to pull themselves off the bottom of the league. Frampton had the best chances of the first
half but didn’t manage a breakthrough. Into the second half the hosts started well and took the lead when a pass from
George Driver-Dickerson found his younger brother Henry where an over-zealous tackle from a Hardwicke defender came in
and led to a penalty which was dispatched by Henry, making it 1-0 in his first game of men’s football. The rest of the
half was dominated by the away team and Harry Furniss drew the teams level in the last fifteen minutes. Hardwicke
continued pressing and it took a few great saves from Tom Kaye in the Frampton goal to ensure things remained at one
all and another useful Hardwicke point.
Cheltenham Civil Service made the trip to Stoke Gifford United who were looking to get back to winning ways after
Avonmouth took their unbeaten league record last week. The game started slowly with neither team managing to play any
composed football in difficult conditions. Service had the first opportunity when Lewis Driscoll forced a smart stop
from Josh Stawroski after 15 minutes. Gifford began to grow into it after a tactical reshuffle and were ahead on 34
minutes when Henry Ikeije found Jordan Yeo who found the net from 6 yards. Gifford should have been further clear
before half time, first Mikey Barry struck the upright and the Ikeije thought he had scored but a combination of the
post and keeper Harvey Need somehow kept the ball out. Gifford began the second period much better than the first and
had long range efforts from Yeo, Shepherd and Hill all going close. At the other end an innocuous strike from Liam
Hope almost snuck under the arm of Stawroski but he recovered well. The game drifted for the last fifteen, but a good
25 yard strike from Yeo well saved by the impressive Need was the only real highlight. It was never the prettiest of
affairs but Gifford were happy to return to winning ways with a 1-0 victory.
8th December 2023 - Electronic Programmes
Avonmouth v Almondsbury
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2nd December 2023 - Avonmouth edge clash of top two
Five matches lost to the weather but of the three remaining two involved clashes at the top and ended with pacesetters
Avonmouth extending their lead by taking Stoke Gifford United’s unbeaten league run.
On a foggy winter afternoon in front of a decent crowd unbeaten Stoke Gifford United took on leaders Avonmouth who
started the better of the two sides and indeed were in front after only three minutes from a corner that wasn’t fully
cleared allowing Kyle O’Donovan to fire home at the far post. Within ten minutes it was two, a punt over the top
should have been dealt with but the impressive Jack Pearce gambled and managed to poke the ball around Josh Stawroski
and place into an empty net. Gifford grew into the game and on 38 Spike Weaver cut inside but his shot was parried and
almost fell to Kerem Karakus but somehow Avonmouth cleared. The visitors should have sealed things five minutes into
the second half, O’Donovan firing just past the post when free. Gifford reacted and on the hour Mikey Barry burst down
the right and his cross was met with a great header from Henry Ikeije to pull one back, and a few minutes later it
arguably should have been all square when a defensive lapse gave Karakus a great chance but he fired high and wide. He
was even closer on 75 when he shot just past the post from 20 yards. From that point Avonmouth slowed the game down
well whilst remaining a threat on the break with Pearce a constant menace testing Stawroski on his near post. Despite
13 minutes of added time Gifford couldn’t find away through and Avonmouth held on at 2-1 to increase their lead at the
top to nine points.
In the other top clash Rockleaze Rangers slipped into second place by hitting a shell-shocked Bromley Heath United
for four. After a cagey first fifteen minutes it was Rockleaze with the first chance when Dan Webb latched on to a
ball over the top but his attempted lob was snuffed out by a back peddling defence. Bromley hit back soon after when
home keeper Dom Oakes pushed a thunderous swerving shot from Luke Bessell around the post. But it was Rangers who took
the lead on 35 minutes, a James Goulden volley from the edge hit both posts before edging over the line to the delight
of the home contingent. A minute from the break it was 2-0 when a drive from Fraser Butt from fully 25 yards took a
slight deflection, wrong footing Will Ferguson, to nestle in the back of the net. Rockleaze came out of the blocks at
full pace for the start of the second half and three minutes in a flicked header from Drew Sawdon landed at the feet
of George James and his deft flick past the advancing Ferguson made it 3-0. On 65 Butt saw Ferguson off his line but
his impish chip was just over. Bromley attempted to come back into the game and ten minutes of pressure saw a number
of crosses well dealt with by the home defence, and Aiden Noble going close with a 75th minute header. But two minutes
later it was back to business for Rockleaze, Sawdon through on goal at an angle was chopped down and James rolled the
resulting penalty into the corner of the net. Bromley Heath met Rockleaze who probably put in their best performance
of the season, and didn’t make it easy for Rangers, but 4-0 I think says it all.
The only match on grass to be played was at Green Lane where struggling Hardwicke came up against an always useful
Little Stoke, both teams producing a thrilling and entertaining game. The teams adapted well to the conditions and it
was the visitors who took the lead twelve minutes in when Aaron West’s superbly weighted corner was volleyed in off
the crossbar by Luke Meacham. With both sides playing attacking football it was Stoke with the next chance, Reuben
Neevo Draper striking from outside the box, keeper Cameron Wilce pulling off a good save. Hardwicke pushed forward for
an equaliser and George Ganley headed goalwards but Goraz Gigov pulled of a spectacular save hooking the ball off the
line. Hardwicke continued to press and 10 minutes from the break equalised when Josh Varis Riddler’s 25 yard shot was
spilled by Gigov and Ganley’s poked effort found the net off a defender. Hardwicke took the lead on 55 Henry Birkett’s
30 yard free kick flew past the Stoke wall into the net. It was almost three but Gigov parried away. Little Stoke
equalised on 67, Liam Jenkins racing down the left crossing for Phil Vice to tap in. Both teams sought a win in the
last ten minutes, first Hardwicke’s Sam Hill was denied by Gigov and then Jadon Holver’s fine effort for Stoke was
saved by Wilce. 2-2 it ended and on reflection a fair result.
1st December 2023 - Electronic Programmes
Ruardean Hill Rangers v Frampton United
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