17th August 2019 - Frampton give Bromley Heath tough welcome to the County League
A tough start for new comers Bromley Heath United who had to travel to last season’s League Runners-up Frampton United for their very first fixture in the Marcliff Gloucestershire County Football League and were well beaten by four goals to nil. The home side started well and created a couple of half chances in the first couple of minutes, then on 7 minutes the Bromley Heath keeper Ryan Hall did well to push a Ryan Vincent free kick around the post. Bromley’s first attempt on goal after 11 minutes came from Joe Goss but the shot was blocked. The home side took the lead on 14 minutes following a corner that came out the Manolo Marquez Espada to drive a crisp shot past Hall from just inside the box. Espada had another 25-yard shot on goal on 19 minutes but it went wide of the post. The visitors mustered a good attack down the right but the cross into the box was missed by everyone. The home side increased their lead on 28 minutes with a good build up and a chip across goal for Espada to head home. Bromley Heath struggled in the first 45 minutes and only managed to force one corner right at the end of the half.
The home side struck a hammer blow after just 39 seconds of the second half when an in-swinging cross from the left was bundled in by Jack Bartman. The visitors did see more of the ball in the second half but failed to test home keeper Steve Sparrow and as the game progressed and both sides making numerous substitutions the home side started to push forward again and both Espada and Vincent might have scored but for some good defending. With the game coming to the last stages a good break down the right by Frampton’s Jack Gardner saw his pin point cross headed in by Ryan Vincent. There had been several stoppages for injury in the second half and the visitors were hanging on in time added with some desperate defending to keep the score at 4-0.
Wick picked up their second win with a 3-2 victory over Quedgeley Wanderers. It started well for the home side but they went behind on 11 minutes when Nathan Payne found himself unmarked in front of goal and hammered the ball past keeper Joe Pople. A few minutes later Payne had another glorious chance to make it 2-0 but missed the opportunity. Then on 20 minutes Quedgeley’s Kyle James-Bryan was only just wide with a header. The home side drew level on 25 minutes from a low Joe Thomas cross put away by brother Sam Thomas. Early in the second half the home side had several chances to take the lead before making it 2-1 on 53 minutes when Joe Thomas had his shot blocked, but Mike Hardiman was sharp to react and drove the ball home. Wick then score again on 60 minutes when a headed ball back across goal was finished off by Dan Stephens. On 78 minutes Wanderers were awarded a penalty after keeper Joe Pople fouled in the box and Louis Peyton netted the resulting kick.
Hanham Athletic picked up three valuable points at home with a 2-1 win over Hardwicke. The home side got off to a flying start after just 3 minutes when Sam Brown’s shot on goal was handled, he took the spot kick himself to give them a 1-0 lead. Hardwicke had a great chance to level on 10 minutes when Tobie Webb was brought down in the box but Bamford saved Paul Carters spot kick. Hardwicke were awarded a second penalty on 39 minutes after Bamford brought down Steve Bick and this time Carter made no mistake with the penalty. The home side grabbed the winner on 85 minutes Jack Fry slotting home after Luke Corbiere’s shot had been saved by the visitor’s keeper.
Gala Wilton gained a good win at home to Little Stoke with a 4-1 victory. It was fairly even until the 35th minute when Gala gave away a free kick around 22 yards out and Kieran Williams drove a superb shot into the top corner of the net to give Stoke a 1-0 lead. Right-on half-time Gala levelled when Martin Smith headed home a Martin Freeman free kick. Early in the second half the home side went 2-1 up with Smith heading a second this time from a cross by Kieran Mace. Jordan Molineux then set up Sam Webb for the third on 55 minutes and Jay Dare finished the scoring off when he found himself unmarked in the box and neatly chipped the ball over the keeper.
Rockleaze Rangers great start to the season last week was shattered this week when they were defeated 3-1 at home to AEK Boco. Boco who had won a close game last week against Gala Wilton had their striker Jake Slocombe to thank as he scored a hattrick. Rangers had a good chance to open the scoring early on when Jake Hannam through ball to Dan Webb saw the striker shoot straight at the Boco keeper. Jake Slocombe opened the scoring for Boco on 25 minutes after some good play from Fred Taylor-Fox. It was 2-0 on 36 minutes when Slocombe latched on to a ball over the Rangers defence and slotted it home. On 53 minutes Slocombe completed his hattrick picking up a loose ball after Liam Powell’s shot had been saved. A consolation goal for Rangers on 81 minutes Boco’s keeper spilled Dan Webb’s shot and Rory Langdon netted the rebound.
Henbury and Sharpness had to be content with a point each in a 1-1 draw. Adam Rosser went close for the home side early on and Sharpness had an early chance as well. Alex Gayner gave the visitors the lead in the first half with Henbury Kieran Cooper levelling on 65 minutes.