News and Match Reports

17th August 2019 - Frampton give Bromley Heath tough welcome to the County League

Ron Holpin

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.

10th August 2019 - AEK Boco strike late to seal win over Gala

Ron Holpin

AEK Boco won their first home fixture of the season against Gala Wilton 4-3 with the winning goal coming in the first minute of time added at the end of 90 minutes. Boco had taken the lead on 11 minutes from a ball hit into the box Gala keeper came for it and it rebounded to Fred Taylor-Fox to slot home. Gala levelled on 33 minutes from a long ball down the right to James Bowers who fired the ball past keeper Mitchell Norman from a wide angle. Three minutes later Gala were in front when another long ball down the right was again picked up by Bowers to fire another angled shot past Norman. Boco were handed a way back into the game a minute before the break when Jake Slocombe scored the first of his three goals from the penalty spot.

Five minutes into the second half Slocombe had a great chance to put Boco ahead again but shot straight at keeper Skyers. On 67 minutes a long ball from keeper Skyers from a free kick found Ryan Dobbins who neatly chipped the ball over Norman for a 3-2 lead. The visitors shot themselves in the foot again in the 83rd minute giving away a second penalty which was driven home by Slocombe. Gala then lost Bowers who was sent to the Sin-Bin in the 88th minute and in the first minute of time added Slocombe netted his third to give AEK a 4-3 lead. In the 4th minute of time added - Jay Dare missed a great chance to level and in the final minute Gala finished with 8 players as two more were sent to the sin-bin.

New Club Sharpness got off to a winning start with a 2-1 victory over Hanham Athletic. They took the lead on 23 minutes when a cross from Alex Gaynor was tapped in by Will Lacey. They went further ahead when Brad Hewer netted from the penalty spot. On 33 minutes the home side had a great chance to make it three but Tom Patterson’s shot was well saved by the visitor’s keeper Ashley Bamford. The home side had several more chances that could well have given them a comfortable lead early in the second half before Hanham pulled a goal back from the penalty spot after a Brad Gibbs rash tackle, Sam Brown making no mistake from the spot.

The other new Club in action today was Quedgeley Wanderers who were hosting Henbury the home side going down 3-1 with all the goals coming in the second half. Davaughn Martin giving the visitors the lead on 47 minutes. It remained 1-0 until the 83rd minute when Mason Payne set up Jordan Rouse to level the score. The home side then gave away two late goals the first on 87 minutes a penalty put away by Harvey Moran and in the 92-minute Adam Rosser completed the scoring. Henbury will be pleased with the start to the season whilst Quedgeley may need a few games to settle in.

Rockleaze Rangers got off to a good start at Hardwicke coming away with a 3-0 victory. Fairly even until the 35th minute when Nick Jones latched on to a ball over the top and drove it home from the edge of the box. Midway through the second half the home side missed several really good chances with both Steve Bick and Toby Webb the culprits. After the home side had been pushing hard, they got caught on the break and Rory Langdon tapped home from a good cross into the box in the 81st minute. Then minutes later in an almost identical situation Langdon score his second and sealed the 3 point for Rangers.

Frampton Rangers were at Little Stoke for this opening game of the season and went home with a 3-1 win. A shot from the edge of the box by Steve Jackson on 26 minutes gave the visitors the lead. It remained like that until 63rd minute when a mistake in the home defence allowed Jackson to pounce for his second. The home side pulled it back to 2-1 on 74 minutes Ethan Tucker heading home a great cross into the box. Another mistake by the home defence in the 86th minute gave Ryan Vincent the chance to make it 3-1 and seal the points.

Wick got off to a flying start winning 4-2 at home against todays visitors Broadwell Amateurs. The home side almost opened the scoring on 5 minutes when Alex Fox’s header was cleared off the line. Sam Thomas gave Wick the lead when he curled a brilliant shot past the visitor’s keeper from 20 yards. A few minutes later he was only just over with another excellent shot. On 24 minutes Sam Thomas became the provider as he set Shaun Morris up to make it 2-0. Broadwell’s first shot on goal did not come until the 42nd minute and was wide of the target. Wick made it 3-0 when a cross into the middle was dummied by Sam Thomas and Dan Stephens slotted home. On 53 minutes a great free kick from Broadwell’s Jamie Powell saw Ollie Hutton power his header home. Wick were not finished and made it 4-1 on 68 minutes with a brilliant piece of individual skill from Shaun Morris. The visitor’s hit back again and scored a second on 76 minutes Tom Hall driving the ball home from the edge of the box.

10th August 2019 - Pens and Badges for Sale

The league has some 50th Anniversary Pens and Badges for Sale

Pens at £3, Badges at £3 or £5 for a pair

To send the pens and badges by post it will cost £1.15 (Second Class) £1.35 (First Class)

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31st July 2019 - Les James League Cup First Round Draw

The first round draw was made at the pre-season meeting last evening with the League Chairman Peter Langley drawing the home teams and League Treasurer Mike Wheatley drawing the away teams.

First out of the hat were league newcomers Sharpness with Hardwicke drawn to make the short journey down the A38.

Hanham Athletic were the next home side drawn and they will face Ruardean Hill Rangers who face a long trip from the Forest of Dean.

Last years Semi-Finalists Gala Wilton will face Henbury.

Another new side Bromley Heath United will entertain last years League runners-up Frampton United.

Broadwell Amateurs will welcome Rockleaze Rangers to their upgraded ground.

Quedgeley Wanderers complete the set of new sides being drawn at home and they will welcome last years cup runners-up AEK Boco.

Little Stoke will begin the defence of the Les James League Cup at home to Wick.

Last out of the hat were Patchway Town, who recieve a bye and so become the first team in the Second Round.

All games to be played on Saturday 7th September with a 3 PM kick-off

16th June 2019 - Marcliff Gloucestershire County League AGM 2019

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4th June 2019 - League Constitution 2019/20

Lebeq United are promoted to the Western League as Champions

Stonehouse Town are promoted to the Hellenic League following a request from the FA.

Southmead CS Athletic are Relegated

Bromley Heath United are promoted from the Bristol Suburban League.

Sharpness are promoted from the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League.

Filton Athletic from the Bristol Suburban League and Quedgeley Wanderers from the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League have been invited to fill the vacancies in the league

Constitution is as follows subject to an appeal from Cribbs Reserves from the Bristol Premier Combination

  • AEK Boco
  • Broadwell Amateurs
  • Bromley Heath Athletic
  • Filton Athletic
  • Frampton United
  • Gala Wilton
  • Hanham Athletic
  • Hardwicke
  • Henbury
  • Little Stoke
  • Patchway Town
  • Quedgeley Wanderers
  • Rockleaze Rangers
  • Ruardean Hill Rangers
  • Sharpness
  • Wick