16th October 2021 - Ruardean Hill Rangers run riot.
Ruardean Hill Rangers run riot at home to Hanham Athletic and Bromley Heath United take a hiding at Sharpness.
Ruardean Hill Rangers inflicted a heavy defeat on Hanham Athletic it was just 2-1 to the home side at half time but a double hattrick from Steve Clark supported by his team mates who chipped in with a further five saw double figures against a club in the Gloucestershire County Football League for the first time in a number of years. Harry Clark opened the scoring for Rangers but Hanham Athletic hit back straight away with a goal from James Fry. Steve Clark then made it 2-1 to Rangers at the break. The second half was totally dominated by Rangers and Steve Clark scored two more to complete his first hattrick. Josh Sladen then scored his first goal of the season and Fin Jones then made it 6-1 before Clark hit a second hattrick to bring his total to six for the game to complete the scoring Luke Brown contributed with two late goals.
Henbury will be wondering how they lost this game at home to Broadwell Amateurs. The first action of the game came on 10 minutes when David Duru won the ball off the Broadwell centre half but then shot tamely at the keeper. 2 minutes later Broadwell forced three corners in succession but the Henbury defence stayed resolute. In the 14th minute Andrew Dickinson beat his man and fired across the 6 yd box but there was no one there to tap home. The home side piled on the pressure, David Duru having 3 good opportunities but he could not find the net. On 39 minutes Broadwell took the lead, a free kick was swung into the box and a Henbury defender turned it into his own net. Henbury went straight up the other end and David Duru had a great chance to equalise but was unable to convert as the goalkeeper made a good save.
The second half came to life in the 68th minute when Lewis Jefferies in the Henbury goal pulled off a fine double save, the first from a free-kick and the second from the resulting close range follow up. 5 minutes later Henbury had a great chance to get back in the game when Andrew Dickinson was a fouled in the box. The Broadwell keeper saved the penalty and in the resulting goalmouth scramble the Broadwell defenders somehow smuggled the ball behind.
Sharpness gave today’s visitors Bromley Heath United a lesson on how to score goals with out reply in this 7-0 route at Hamfields. Bromley’s Alvin Nurse had a great chance to give them the lead on 10 minutes but shot straight into the arms of keeper Truan Taylor. Then a corner just a minute later from Mitch Green was headed over by Olly Amos. After those two early misses it cost the visitors when they fell behind when Alex Higgs was tripped in the box and James Priday netted from the spot. A free kick from Priday to the back post found Ben Gibbs but the Bromley keeper saved. Sharpness went 2-0 up on 31 minutes from a deep cross from Alex Higgs to Will Lacey who beat the keeper to the bouncing ball on the edge of the box and the ball rolled over the line. On 43 minutes a ball down the channel from Ben Gibbs found Alex Higgs who cut in and hit a strong shot but it was well saved by keeper Joel Manning’s. Right on half time good run down the left by Bromley’s Antonio Nurse who crossed to Alvin Nurse but keeper Truan Taylor was brave and dived at his feet to smother the ball. Will Lacey made it 3-0 to the home side on 50 minutes with a neat chip over the keeper from the edge of the box. Five minutes later Alex Higgs headed in a free kick from Will Lacey. Just a minute later Alex Higgs put Dan Turner clear to make it 5-0. On 78 minutes Alex Higgs smashed home number six. Then on 90 minutes Payne headed home from an Alex Higgs cross to complete the scoring.
Shirehampton were held to a goalless first half by Quedgeley Wanderers with the only two chances in the first 45 minutes falling to the home side Joe Harvey struck the crossbar on 10 minutes and seven minutes later Bamford fired over the bar. The home side took the lead midway through the second half with a headed goal from James Kenway, then on 78 minutes Wanderers Dan Lander was unlucky not to have levelled but Turner in the home goal pulled off a great save. The home side made it 2-0 on 80 minutes Scott Bamford latching onto a poor clearance by the Wanderers keeper to drive the ball home from 20 yards. Bamford then netted his second to make sure that his side took the three points.
Frampton United had to travel to Gala Wilton today and were the only other unbeaten side apart from the leaders. But after going two goals down they hit back to level the score and then let in a late goal. Gala took the lead with a spectacular goal from Brad Loveridge a 35-yard screamer that flew into the roof of the Frampton net. They then went 2-0 up when Marcus Foxwell crossed the ball for Dan McNally to head home at the far post. The visitors then pulled a goal back from a strike by Dom Brown and soon after Manolo Espada netted a second to make it 2-2. Gala stole the points in the 72nd minute when Dan Gaynor was put clear to fire home.
A point each at Patchway Town where today’s visitors were English Bicknor. It was the forest team that took the lead on 44 minutes with a goal from Jordan Heales. Mateo Pali levelled for the home side on 53 minutes and although there were other chances from both sides throughout the game none were taken and the score ended 1-1.
Little Stoke and Rockleaze Rangers also ended in a 1-1 score line but again there were numerous other chances from both sides throughout the game but none converted. Little Stoke went ahead on 10 minutes when John Pugsley headed Alex hills cross onto the post and it skidded into the net. A few minutes later another chance for the home side but Neil Bailey’s header from John Pugsley cross went wide. Rangers levelled on 22 minutes when the home side lost possession in midfield and Dan Bailey was put clear to score. On 60 minutes Aaron West might have scored but the Rangers keeper saved well. Rangers were reduced to 10 men on 80 minutes but the home side failed to capitalise and the game finished al square.
After failing to find the back of the net in the last two weeks Wick bounced back with a 3-1 victory over today’s visitors Hardwicke. Both sides started well but after 10 minutes Wick’s Rob Moore was pushed in the back in the penalty area and from the resulting spot kick Mike Hardiman put them ahead. That became 2-0 when Luke Lecrass sent a great ball into the box and Rob Moore rose above everyone to nod the ball home. The visitors missed a great chance just before the break to reduce the arrears. Although the visitors started the better side in the second period it was Wick who nearly scored again when they hit the crossbar. Hardwicke did pull a goal back when Will Matthews beat keeper Ashley Wintle to the ball on the edge of the box after the ball had been hit long from the Hardwicke defence. Wick finally sealed the points on 88 minutes when Mike Hardiman scored his second, heading in at the far post.