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11th May 2024 - Stoke Gifford win Les James League Cup sponsored by Boca Teamwear

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Stoke Gifford United 2 Hanham Athletic 1

Stoke Gifford United Captain Ben Shepherd recieves the Les James Cup from League Secretary Mark Simpson, Image courtesy Peter Langley

Stoke Gifford United Les James League Cup Winners 2023-24, Image courtesy Peter Langley

A goal early in each half was enough to secure the Les James League Cup for Stoke Gifford United after a 2-1 win over Hanham Athletic.

Skipper Ben Shepherd gave United the perfect start when he touched in Paul Cronin’s corner from the left less than two minutes into the final, which was hosted by Almondsbury FC.

Mikey Barry caused major problems for Hanham early on and he was denied by the legs of goalkeeper Sam Brown in the 17th minute as the lead was nearly doubled.

Spike Weaver smashed a long range effort over the bar and Jordan Iwhiwhu fired wide from a good position after a free-kick into the box was not dealt with by the Hanham defence.

Iwhiwhu set up Rudy Hill for another chance in the 32nd minute, but he could only slice his effort off target.

After being forced to defender for most the opening half an hour, Hanham threatened for the first time in the 37th minute when Brandon Barnes’ deft touch took him through on goal, but his low effort rolled just past the right post.

Barry’s low ball evaded Spike Weaver at the far post for United and after another Cronin corner, Barry’s shot was blocked by Joel Athey and the follow-up was well saved by Brown.

Just before half-time Barnes’ free-kick from 20 yards appeared destined for the top right corner, but Oli Gargett flew to his left to touch it over the bar with his fingertips, preserving his side’s narrow lead at the break.

Barry added the second less than a minute into the second half, applying a low finish after some skilful play to create a shooting chance for himself.

Hanham’s Paul Coles shot wide on the turn in the 53rd minute and Weaver had a chance to make it 3-0 in the 72nd, but he could not keep his effort down.

Barnes’ corner was deflected in off a defender in the 73rd minute to make it 2-1 and set up a tense finish.

Finn Williams had the ball in the net for Hanham, but a free-kick was awarded for a foul in the box and it was chalked off in the 78th minute.

A final free-kick effort from the left foot of Barnes was touched over by Gargett 10 minutes from the end and Gloucestershire County League runners-up Stoke Gifford saw out the remaining time confidently to round off a highly successful second season at the level.

Stoke Gifford United: Gargett, Tulloch, Hill, Williams, Shepherd, Fagbure, Barry, Garrod, Iwhiwhu, Weaver, Cronin. Subs: Stawrowski, Abraham, Talbot, Taylor, Hodge.

Hanham Athletic: Brown, Gibbs, Athey, Wise, Wathen, Fudgell, Saunders, Simms, Rendall, Coles, Barnes. Subs: Adams, Williams, Wiltshire, Nash.

Referee: Adam Boubrahmi.

4th May 2024 - Sharpness and Frampton share spoils

Mark Simpson

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Nearly there, all League issues decided, Avonmouth champions, Stoke Gifford United runners up, Gala Wilton and Hardwicke relegated. Gala Wilton’s fate was decided last Wednesday in front of 142 spectators and a 5-1 reversal at Sharpness. Other midweek results Almondsbury’s away win at Little Stoke 2-1, Quedgeley Wanderers 3-2 win at Hanham Athletic, Almondsbury 2 Frampton United 2, Avonmouth 2 Bromley Heath United 1 with Hanham Athletic v Hardwicke postponed and will not be rescheduled.

In front of their largest crowd of the season at Green Lane (126), Hardwicke were seeking a home win against local rivals Quedgeley Wanderers. The home side started brightly looking to offset the disappointment of being relegated. They pressed high but after five minutes Quedgeley broke away and Jack Bright whipped in a perfect cross for Harry Reynolds to head firmly against the bar. The first half became a midfield battle with both sides looking to break the deadlock with Hardwicke’s Jack Twyman and Quedgeley’s Sean Lawson leading the way. The only other goal scoring opportunity in the first half fell to Hardwicke when stalwart Pat Vernall volleyed the ball just over the bar with 5 minutes of the half to go. The second half continued as the first without providing too much excitement for the expectant crowd. The game started to fizzle out, when the away crowd thought they were to take the lead 20 minutes in when Reynolds provided a cross for Oliver Barnett whose shot flashed past Cameron Wilce’s post. Both keepers were relatively quiet with the final result of 0-0 rather inevitable.

Another big crowd (123) for Sharpness v Frampton United at Hamfields, where the game started slow with both teams feeling their way into the match. Frankham had the first real Sharks effort on goal when he played a one-two with Gibbs on the edge of the box but his shot was straight at Kaye. Frampton went close midway through the half when Espada played Harper-Emerson down the channel who sent over a cross to the back post but Clayson headed over. Sharpness broke the deadlock on the half hour when a sliced clearance was latched onto by McKinnon who smashed the ball into the bottom corner. The lead didn’t last long as Frampton equalised two minutes later. Harper-Emerson once again latched onto a ball down the left channel and this time Clayson was on hand to tuck his cross home from inside the six-yard box. The second half was much the same as the first with a slow start. Frampton had a good chance on the hour when Harper-Emerson broke away from the halfway line evading both Hewer and Gough in goal, before passing the ball back to Porter who skied his effort over. The Sharks restored their lead on 65 minutes when McKinnon’s cross was met by Bennett who sent a looping header back across the goal which dropped in at the far post. The game lacked chances but Frampton managed to find an equaliser with five minutes to go when Jackson was fed the ball on the left and sent in a cross which found Clayson all alone in the six yard box and he made no mistake for 2-2.

It's bumper crowd day with 147 at The Field for Almondsbury v Bromley Heath United for a game which started slowly with both teams showing signs of a long end to the season and had an equal share of the ball, most of which was in the air. Bromley won most of the aerial battles and were able to create a couple of chances as the half progressed, with Burgess saving well down to his right midway through the first half. At half time Almonds made a change, bringing on Alexander which helped them further up the pitch. Almonds made changes as the half went on bringing on Young and Perberdy down the right. Bromley could have won it in the 85th minute , a free header from an out-swinging corner straight into the hands of Burgess. It was Young and Perberdy who combined with some slick passing football down the right before switching to Ward on the left, whose cross found Alexander in the box who managed to turn and poke the ball home with the last kick of the game for 1-0 to Almonds.

The final match saw Broadwell Amateurs visit Hanham Athletic and come away with a surprising 4-0 victory. With a depleted side due to injuries and fixture congestion Hanham tried to match Broadwell's youth and energy to no effect and Broadwell scored from a fine free kick on 30 mins from Dan Brain. Hanham looked lethargic and conceded again on 39 minutes when Jordan Lockes shot was fumbled over the line. It was 3 nil on 60 mins when Jordan Locke lobbed the keeper from a great pass by Frankie Johnson. Frankie Johnson made it 4 nil on 80 minutes.

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27th April 2024 - Hardwicke lose fight for County League survival

Mark Simpson

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Unfortunately, Hardwicke take one of the bottom two places after their home defeat to Frampton United, and its going to be a nervy finish for the four teams above them. In midweek Bromley Heath United had a home win over Broadwell Amateurs 3-1, Avonmouth defeated Rockleaze Rangers 6-2 at KGV and were presented with the Championship Cup, Almondsbury won 1-0 at Wick, Hanham Athletic lost in the County Cup Final, and also lost at Bromley Heath United 1-0, and Sharpness against Quedgeley Wanderers never got played due to the Referee being delayed on the M5.

Hardwicke took on local rivals Frampton United at Green Lane needing to secure all three points to avoid relegation. Both teams were fairly even in the opening ten minutes, testing each others resolve. Frampton started to up their game and fifteen minutes in Henry Driver-Dickerson crashed the ball against the bar from 30 yards. Two minutes later the lively Henry was brought down by Josh Stevens and he slotted home the resultant penalty. Their only other chance in the first half fell to George Blythe whose fierce shot from 30 yards was well saved by Jack Sargeant. Hardwicke battled in midfield, but it wasn’t until just before the break for their first chance with Pat Vernall’s header just wide. Frampton started the second period on the front foot with Driver-Dickerson testing Sargeant from thirty yards and ten minutes later he was causing problems, his cross cleared by Vernall. The resulting corner by George Driver-Dickerson was firmly met by Nathan Dennis’s head and was just over. The two Driver-Dickersons combined well and Henry fed George whose shot was saved by Sargeant’s feet. With ten minutes to go Hardwicke’s Jacob Waddington fouled Jacob Geddes and Henry scored his second penalty of the game. Unfortunately for Hardwicke they take one of the two bottom places losing 2-0.

After a disappointing week for Hanham Athletic they took a trip up to Ruardean Hill Rangers (second time this season the first one abandoned) and the first chance was for Hill after quick passing sees Steve Clark find some space outside the box and tried to lob Sam Brown who just got back in time. Another chance for Hill, this time Tommy Coleman created some space but his curler was down Brown’s throat. Hanham took a 17th minute lead, somewhat against the run of play, when a great cross from Brandon Barnes gave Tom Morgan a free header into the top corner. Two minutes later, Barnes beat the offside trap, cut inside and smashed the ball past Aaron Underwood – 2-0. After half an hour with Hill continuing to press Brown saved Fin Jones’ fierce shot. A minute into the second half Ollie Mason’s free kick was straight at Brown. With Hill still searching for an opening, a great cross on the hour from Mason was headed against the bar by Bobby Walding. Ten minutes on Clark was through one on one but Brown made a great save. Clark finally got his goal a minute later as he takes a chance on a long through ball and slotted past Brown. On 73 it was all square, Hill working a chance for Mason to take aim from 25 yards and in it went off the post. Ten minutes from time Coleman was free at the back post but Brown made a point blank save. Hill still looking for a winner had two good chances first Walding tried his luck from thirty yards with a volley just over and Jones smashed over when clear on the edge of the box. Hanham nearly stole it at the death Craig Spearing’s chance turned round the post by Underwood and 2-2 it ended.

Almondsbury took on Rockleaze Rangers at The Field and it was Rockleaze who controlled the first half hour without really creating anything, although they had the ball in the net on 22 minutes but ruled out for offside. On 35 minutes Rockleaze made a breakthrough, a corner on the left headed in at the back post by Jenson Beard. Straight from the restart Almonds attacked down the right Oakley Dawes crossed into the box and Omar Alwari knocked it down and Loui Ward finished with his left foot. The second half started at a fast pace and it was clear the Almonds were going to play on the front foot more, creating a number of half chances but nothing clear cut. On 63 minutes Theo Cox took a lovely touch on the halfway line passed to Ward who flicked it around a defender, put Alwari through who cut back in onto his right and fired in from just outside the box. A five minute period of sustained Almonds pressure followed and it looked like they would carve out a third but the final ball was never there. Rockleaze began to rally attacking continuously down their left and on 74 a cross from the left was headed in by Drew Sawdon. Rockleaze continued to press and Almondbury stated to tire and on 88 minutes Rockleaze with another left side attack and crossed in for Dan Webb to poke the ball home and a 3-2 Rockleaze win, leaving Almondsbury still in trouble.

Bromley Heath United hosted Quedgeley Wanderers With both sides having a real incentive to win the game this match turned out to be a very competitive and sometimes nervy affair. Bromley are still chasing runners up spot for the second year in succession and Wanderers need just a few more points to be sure of staying up. Bromley looked like they were going to make light work of the job in hand when they took an early lead with just 10 minutes on the clock. A weak goal kick when straight to Luke Bessell who sent it straight back towards the goal for Aiden Noble to run onto and finish neatly under the keepers body. Bromley slightly edged the first part of the game creating more chances to score but Wanderers had a very good chance to equalise on 25 minutes when a fantastic effort by Abiodvn Odewale was tipped just over the bar by Ferguson in the Bromley goal. And again on 35 minutes when Sean Lawson hit a long range effort just over the bar. The first half finished with flurry of chances at both ends but to score remained 1-0 at half time.

Wanderers started the second half the stronger and were obviously determined to get the equaliser, which then did just 5 minutes into the half. A clever turn and cross to the far post by Odewale was met by Rio Spencer on the far post to slot home. The joy was short lived for Quedgeley however when 10 minutes later Bromley took the lead again from a corner which was flicked on for Nathan Rose to head in from close range. As in the first half both teams continued to create chances with both keepers making good saves. Although Wanderers hit the woodwork and had plenty of the possession they just couldn't find another equaliser and Bromley finished as 2-1 winners.

At Hamfields Sharpness v Broadwell Amateurs was abandoned on 60 minutes with Sharpness 2-0 to the good. (Broadwell player injury).

27th April 2024 - Avonmouth Champions 2023/24

Avonmouth League Champions 2023-24, Image courtesy Peter Langley

Avonmouth Captain Tommy Taylor being presented with the Trophy by Rob Orchard of Marcliff, Image courtesy Peter Langley

Avonmouth League Champions 2023-24, Image courtesy Peter Langley

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20th April 2024 - Cheltenham Civil Service and Wick ensure County League places

Mark Simpson

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Another busy afternoon, Cheltenham Civil Service avoid the drop and Hardwicke winning Almondsbury and Gala Wilton picking up useful points in their bids to stay up. In midweek Hanham Athletic won at Hardwicke 5-1, Stoke Gifford United won at Quedgeley Wanderers 3-0, Gala Wilton, Broadwell Amateurs and Bromley Heath United had 2-1 home victories over Sharpness, Ruardean Hill Rangers and Avonmouth respectively, Hanham Athletic beat Rockleaze Rangers 3-2 at home and Bromley Heath United drew 3-3 at home to Wick. Little Stoke v Almondsbury was postponed.

At Tewkesbury Road Cheltenham Civil Service needing to get the points in their final game of the season, in their bid to stay up, against a Hanham Athletic side who have played a fair amount of football recently. Both teams made a bright start and Sam Brown was in action fairly early on when he clawed out an attempted back header. And it was Service who took the lead when Ollie Wilkes wicked corner was met by Charlie Swift and into the net. Hanham started to control things with Brandon Barnes and Jamal Simms causing problems and they equalised when a ball in from Jacob Saunders wasn’t dealt with and Paul Coles stabbed the ball home. Barnes was linking well with Karim Rendall and almost beat Harvey Need with a long-range effort. It was Barnes who gave Hanham the lead when his 25-yard free kick found the top corner. Just before the break Service levelled matters when Lewis Driscoll beat two players, cut inside and beat Brown at his near post. From the restart Barnes attempted to beat Need straight from the kick off but the keeper back-pedalled and tipped over. Service started the second period well with Hanham starting to understandably look a bit weary. Efforts from Wilkes, Driscoll, and Dec Chick failed to trouble Brown but Swift saw his shot from the edge superbly saved. Then came more Driscoll magic, being played in down the right he delivered a wicked shot across goal which was deflected past Brown. Hanham went in search of another equaliser but Pete Guite and Mike Oliver needed to win a lot of aerial challenges, and Rendall’s thunderous strike was well saved by Need and then he found space on the edge but his attempted lob only found the arms of the keeper. In the final few minutes Service put the game to bed Joe Finch winning the ball played Driscoll in, at first Brown stopped his momentum, but after composing himself drilled the ball into the net for 4-2 win which keeps Service in the County League for next season.

At Fairmile Gardens Gala Wilton took on Bromley Heath United desperate for three points in their attempt to stay up. Bromley Heath had the first chance but Oscar Bignell made a good save. Gala looked to have taken a tenth minute lead following a goalmouth scramble but somehow a defender headed off the line. The rest of the first half saw good play from both sides and the nearest to a goal was Gala’s Jordan Molyneux whose shot was deflected narrowly wide. Gala came out strongly for the second half and nearly took a 51st minute lead but Will Ferguson denied Connor Walters and Keiron Mace’s header hit the bar from the resulting corner. Gala huffed and puffed searching for the win they needed but Bromley’s defence held firm and it started to look like Bromley might win it in the final ten minutes but two good saves by Bignell and the outside of the post saved Gala and 0-0 was probably the right result.

To the Bell Field, where Frampton United took on an Almondsbury side, themselves rather desperate for points, and they were unlucky not to take a second minute lead when a long range shot from Loui Ward struck the bar. Five minutes later they did take the lead when Ward headed in Oakley Dawes cross. Frampton slowly got into the game and a Mark Harper-Emerson shot was well saved by Burgess. Manolo Espada had a good chance in the 70th minute but dragged his shot wide. Frampton finally got on the scoresheet in the 79th minute when Myron Turner drilled in to the bottom corner. Almonds retook the lead on 83 when a deflected shot looped up and Tom Kaye tipped the ball onto the bar, from the rebound the ball was headed back and Kaye clawed it out but Dawes finally headed home. The final goal of the game came in the 86th minute when a George Driver-Dickerson cross found brother Henry at the back post for a 2-2 header.

A wonderful Spring afternoon at Hillside for Rockleaze Rangers last home match of the season against Little Stoke and the last ever match at Hillside Gardens before their merger with Henbury. As is their way on the 3G Rockleaze started well and took the lead three minutes in when Jordan Dent who has been plagued by injuries for two seasons stooped to divert a header past Goradz Gigov from Kacper Kalkowski’s cross. It was Dent again on 14 minutes tapping in from 2 yards after Gigov spilled George James goal bound effort. But on twenty Little Stoke were back in it when Jordan Buckett gave the ball away trying to pass into midfield but it found its way to Alex Hill who fired past debutant keeper Alex Durrani. On 27 minutes Dent came close to his hat-trick when he narrowly shot over after good work by Marcus Williams. Little Stoke nearly equalised two minutes from the break but a superb Duranni save prevented Danny Lane from finding the net. The last action of the half saw Nick Jones hit the inside of the post and the ball was hacked to safety. The second half wasn’t quite as exciting with the heat rather taking its toll but Rockleaze started the stronger and scored their third three minutes in, when Williams rose highest from Kalkowski’s corner for a bullet header. Both teams huffed and puffed and the final ball always seemed to be missing. But, the final goal and best of the afternoon went to the hosts when Tate Shaw worked the ball onto his left foot and sent an unstoppable thunderbolt into the corner of the net and a 4-1 win.

Broadwell Amateurs were the visitors to Wick, both still needing points to stay up. And after a fairly even start only a last-ditch tackle stopped Wick’s Ash Hawkins when put through on goal. On 15 minutes it was Hawkins again who evaded the Broadwell defence to lob Jack Watkins for 1-0. The game opened up more with chances at both ends but on 25 minutes Tommy Longhurst sent in a great cross which was knocked back in for Louis Short to fire in Wick’s second. Broadwell came close on the half hour but were thwarted by a goal line clearance, and on 40 a cracking Broadwell free kick brought an equally cracking save from Ashton Trott. Wick started the second half pressing Broadwell back and Liam Jenkins had a clear sight on goal but his shot cleared the bar. With few goal chances either end Wick rode their luck when Broadwell hit the inside of the post, but with two minutes into added time Short sealed the points for Wick and a 3-0 win.

Perfect playing conditions led to an enthralling encounter between Stoke Gifford United and Sharpness at the Stoke Gifford Stadium. The Sharks caused the Gifford defence problems from the off and were two up with goals from James Priday and Will Tainton. But a change of system brought Gifford an immediate response and Spike Weaver scored a quick fire double to level things up. Both teams had chances but Gifford began to get the upper hand. The second half started with Gifford pushing forward and Rudy Hill gave them the lead only for George Thomas to square thing up again. Giffords winner came from Spike Weaver and his hat-trick and they held out for all three points at 4-3.

Avonmouth’s visit to Green Lane to take on Hardwicke in a top v bottom clash. Hardwicke’s surprising win came with goals from Harley Mustoe and Danes-Rutherford with Josh Pearce replying for the Champions in a 2-1 Hardwicke win, giving them at least some hope of surviving.

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13th April 2024 - Avonmouth take title in style

Mark Simpson

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Avonmouth are now confirmed League Champions. The situation towards the bottom of the League continues with intrigue. To sum up in midweek there were wins for Bromley Heath United 2-1 v Almondsbury, Sharpness away to Hardwicke 2-1, Little Stoke 2-1 v Hanham Athletic, and Broadwell Amateurs 1-0 v Cheltenham Civil Service.

A blustery afternoon at Pomphrey Hill saw Bromley Heath United take on Sharpness with an end-to-end frantic start. Bromley broke the deadlock on fifteen minutes when from a corner Cam Gardiner smashes a volley from the edge of the box into the top corner. The lead lasted less than 5 minutes when The Sharks broke quickly and an exquisite strike from Tom Frankham levelled things. Sharpness on the ascendency saw numerous opportunities quashed by the Bromley defence and Alfie Jones was twice denied by Will Ferguson. Bromley started the second half brightly and ten minutes in a good battle sees Cam Ford win the ball in the box and square to Aidan Noble for 2-1. Again, Sharpness responded well putting Bromley under pressure winning consecutive corners but were unable to affect the scoreline. A quick break on 79 minutes saw Bromley over-load the visitors defence and allowed Oliver Hanham slot in from wide right for 3-1 and three points.

At the Hawthorns Broadwell Amateurs took on Rockleaze Rangers, both teams looking for a result for entirely different reasons. Moments after the start Broadwell launched a blistering attack down the right and Jack Knight’s powerful shot tested Jordan Dunning’s reflexes. This was followed by Jamie Belfitt’s incisive run drawing a foul on the edge of the box for another opportunity for the hosts. But, somewhat against the run a swift exchange of passes from Rockleaze’s left flank found Nick Jones at the far post who calmly slotted past Jack Watkins for 1-0. Undeterred Broadwell rallied and levelled on 39 minutes when again, Belfitt sliced through the visitor’s defence before slotting the ball in the bottom corner. Broadwell started the second half with vigour, launching a number of attacks. Rockleaze remained resilient and were always a threat on the break and scored a second goal on 62 minutes when reckless defending by Broadwell allowed the ball to fall to Sam Bailey who unleashed a shot into the top corner for 2-1 to the visitors. Two minutes later Drew Sawdon received a second yellow to make the Rockleaze task even more challenging. Broadwell made some changes to try to inject some energy but struggled to find a cutting edge. Rockleaze remained resolute in defence but still posed a threat on the break and ultimately held on for a hard fought 2-1 win.

At KGV Avonmouth at last secured the Championship winning points against Ruardean Hill Rangers who were intent on making it a difficult afternoon for the hosts in front of 140 spectators. Hill had the first chance but Ollie Mason’s free kick was dealt with by Tom Bradley. It wasn’t until the tenth minute that Avonmouth caused any problems the firstly calling Aaron Underwood into action and shortly after another chance cleared the bar. A free kick by Hill’s Fin Jones into the box was cleared by the defence and on twenty minutes another half chance for Avonmouth when Underwood parried but Cody Winkler couldn’t find the target. Just after the half hour Avonmouth were in front, Kofi Martin got the ball inside the box turned his marker and shot under Underwood. It was almost two when Charlie Aldom was denied by a smart save. Right on half time a Hill free kick was gathered by Bradley who punted the ball up field to Winkler who calmly finished for 2-0. Just ten minutes into the second half Josh Pearce made it 3-0 with an outstanding finish and halfway through the second half Matt Groves fired in a free kick which was parried by Underwood and Aldom tapped in for 4-0. Avonmouth were now well on top and Groves won the ball deep in the Ruardean half and found Dillon Kerr who placed his shot into the net for a 5-0 win and let the celebrations start.

To Waterwells and two teams still in the mire at the bottom, Quedgeley Wanderers and Wick. And I believe the first match in quite a while where we’ve had a goalkeeper score a goal (for his own side!). An end-to-end start and Wick were first to test Nathan Charnock and four minutes in James Stanbury put Sean Lawson in and Wick’s Ashton Trott making a good save. Wick had a couple of corners which didn’t cause any trouble and then on twelve minutes Quedgeley’s Dylan Venn sent Sean Lawson through but Trott won the footrace. A few minutes on a corner to the front post for Quedgeley and Venn’s flick was well saved by Trott. On 21 a Wick free kick was well saved by Charnock and Mike Hardiman was well wide with the rebound. The match continued end-to-end with half chances for both sides, but, on 41 a Quedgeley corner was cleared to Lawson who put Rio Spencer through wide who crossed to Stanbury who was all alone to tap in from two yards for 1-0. Quedgeley continued to press looking for a second before the break. The second half started end-to-end with both keepers in action. But, on 52 a Quedgeley handball was adjudged a penalty and Sam Roberts converted for 1-1. Further half chances continued to be created by both sides which usually ended up wide, over, or blocked. Ten minutes from time Wick gained another penalty for handball and again, Sam Roberts converted to put Wick in front. Quedgeley pressed and Sean Lawson’s effort came off the post and a minute from time a Harry Reynolds volley from the edge was well saved by Trott. Four minutes into added time Quedgeley had a long free kick, keeper Charnock went up from his goal……… and, yes, the ball fell to him in the Wick box and he smashed it into the bottom corner. 2-2 it ended and a valuable point for each side.

Stoke Gifford United and Gala Wilton played out a goalless draw on a bright breezy afternoon at the Stoke Gifford Stadium. The first half was fairly even. Gifford had more of the ball but Gala worked tirelessly and broke well on occasions. Mike Barry and Paul Cronin tested Elliott Jones in the Gala goal but otherwise there was little threat. Gifford upped their game in the second half and pinned Gala back in their own half but the visitor’s three-man midfield was incredibly disciplined and disrupted Gifford’s build up time after time. Gifford looked to have finally broken through on 67 when Spike Weaver rounded Jones but his strike from 20 yards at an angle struck the post. Gifford continued to dominate, Barry was a constant threat but the final touch evaded their front line. Gala dug in well and will be happy with a point.

Tewkesbury Road played host to a must win game for Cheltenham Civil Service while visitor’s Little Stoke looked to upset the home support. Service were first to pounce, Lewis Driscoll picking up a loose ball but fired over when well placed. Next it was Ollie Wilkes who got on the end of a long ball and shot straight at Barry Phillips. The game caught light after 25 minutes, first a ball delivered into the box by Stu Midwinter was met by Ollie Whelan who, from 4 yards, managed to head the ball against the post and into Phillips arms. Five minutes later Wilkes got on to the end of a through ball and whilst he beat Phillips he hit the post, the loose ball somehow didn’t cross the line. Service did eventually take the lead, a shot from Midwinter was spilled by Phillips into the path of Driscoll who finished for 1-0. Little Stoke came into the last ten minutes of the half with both Alex Hill and Phil Vice shooting over. Little Stoke upped their game in the second half and put Service under pressure but were restricted to going long in the main. Jaidon Holver was very lively for the visitors and got into a few good positions but unfortunately no clear cut chances came. Service grew into the half and Charlie Swift, off the bench, drove forward and played in Ollie Wilkes and, still with plenty to do, his quick feet took him past Phillips to score his first goal for the team from the angle. Moments later another Service chance - Midwinter crossed and Driscoll, 6 yards out, managed to side footed over. However, Little Stoke were not finished applying plenty of pressure and hitting the bar, and then followed up with a goal, Ethan Moore meeting a cross to score past Nath Buckland. Despite a couple of late Little Stoke free kicks in dangerous positions Service held out for a deserved 2-1 win.

To the Hallet Construction Pavilion and a reverse of last weeks fixture this time Hanham Athletic hosting Frampton United. Hanham had the first chance when Andy Nash broke through on eight minutes but his shot was well saved by Tom Kaye. Freddie Porter should have opened the scoring on 38 minutes for Frampton but shot well over when well placed. However, it was Hanham to score first when Mitch Wise headed in from a Brandon Barnes corner. Sam Brown made two good saves to keep it at 1-0 until half time. Frampton were gifted an equaliser five minutes into the second half when Brown’s clearance was charged down by Zak Tyers allowing him to run the ball into the back of the net. Frampton took the lead on 61 minutes a free kick knocked past Brown by Jacob Geddes. There were few chances after this and 2-1 to Frampton it remained.

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6th April 2024 - Gala Wilton win the basement battle

Mark Simpson

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As so often happens, you ensure promotion and maybe the foot comes off the gas a little and perhaps you relax too much, did this happen at Rockleaze. Probably of more interest were the clashes at the lower end of the League with four of the bottom six playing each other. In the week there were wins for Bromley Heath United v Cheltenham Civil Service 3-0, Wick at Ruardean Hill Rangers 3-1 and for Stoke Gifford United v Broadwell Amateurs 4-0 in absolutely appalling weather so well done to Broadwell for making the long journey in midweek.

Gala Wilton took on Hardwicke at Fairmile Gardens in a clash where both sides needed to win in their bid to avoid relegation. The majority of the first half saw both sides sizing each other up with the first forty minutes seeing one half chance each that both came to nothing. Gala however missed a good chance on the stroke of half time but Vanylson Silva fired over after Cam Wilce had spilled Antonio Pirelli’s free kick. Gala came out firing in the second half and had a couple of chances when Tim Hill saw an effort saved by Wilce and a lobbed attempt landed wide of the goal on 62. But Gala took the lead on 68 minutes when Silva cut in from the right from Jacob Eakers long pass and fired home from the edge of the box. Silva then followed this up with an even better one on 80 minutes when he again cut in from the right but this time curled one in to the top corner for 2-0. Hardwicke pushed forward and forced two good saves by Oscar Bignell and at the other end Jurek Marszalek had a good chance but put it over and 2-0 to Gala it ended.

At Waterwells both Quedgeley Wanderers and Cheltenham Civil Service could have done with the points, Service had the first chance with a free kick that came to nothing but on eight minutes Quedgeley countered and Luke Holder was just wide from the edge of the box and a few minutes on Sean Lawson was over the top but keeper Harvey Need had it covered. Service started to press and on 24 Lewis O’Driscoll was well wide from outside the box, and a cross from the left and the shot that followed hit Nathan Charnock. On the half hour Lawson was through but Need got there first on the edge of the box. For Service Dec Chick blasted over from close range on 37 and a corner for Service was blasted over. Just into the second half Need was on hand to deal with a home 30 yarder and on 55 an Alfie Pledger free kick was straight at Need. There were chances at both ends with both keepers in action and on 72 Ollie Wilkes shot for Service was brilliantly dealt with by Charnock. A goal eventually came in the eighty-second minute Sean Lawson finding the net from Pledger’s superb assist. Both sides continued to press, Rio Spencer made a break but Service’s defence shepherded him away and into time added on a good through ball from Harry Reynolds found Diwash Kerung who couldn’t quite bring the ball down and right near the end Charnock denied Service with a brilliant save after the ball came through a crowd of players so 1-0 for Quedgeley it ended.

On a very windy day at the Stoke Gifford Stadium it was visitors Almondsbury who really needed the points in their struggle at the wrong end of the League and for the first fifteen minutes it was a very cagey affair with Gifford having the best of the openings but not really threatening. However, Gifford went in front on seventeen minutes Sam Garrod’s pass broke the Almonds defence and Michael Barry made a great run in behind to open the scoring. Gifford continued pressing testing keeper Sam Burgess a number of times but couldn’t score. The second half begun as cagey as the first with the wind having a massive impact on the game. Gifford doubled their lead on 75 minutes firstly Devanti McInerney was released down the left wing and pulled it back to Spike Weaver on the edge of the box who played a cutting pass to Barry who squared it for Paul Cronin to tap in, and 2-0 to Gifford it ended.

To another clash where three points would be handy for Broadwell Amateurs at The Hawthorns against Sharpness. Broadwell showed their attacking intent in the first twenty minutes and created several scoring chances. Sharpness, however, utilised the strong wind to their advantage launching direct attacks that tested the home defence. The breakthrough came for Broadwell on 22 when a free kick on the edge from Kian Skidmore was expertly curled into the bottom corner. Despite the setback The Sharks renewed their efforts and were given a penalty on 26 only for Elliot Martin to send it wide. Sharpness continued to press forward and Martin came close on 37 his shot finding the side netting. Just before the break another Sharpness opportunity from a free kick sailed over. With the wind at their backs for the second half Broadwell launched sustained attacks on The Sharks goal and their efforts paid off on 67 when Kris Burnard’s cross found Dan Brain to slot home from close range. Broadwell’s persistence paid off when a clinical finish from young Jamie Belfitt made it 3-0. Despite Sharpness’ efforts to get something from the game they found a resolute home defence and 3-0 to Broadwell it finished.

Some good recent form has lifted Wick up the table a bit and the visit to Little Stoke Park can be as tough as it gets, although Little Stoke have unusually lost four on the bounce. But it was Little Stoke who took the lead on eighteen minutes from a Lewis Hughes penalty with an Ethan Moore assist. Three minutes on it was two, Jack Burgess from an Alex Hill assist. Unfortunately for Wick, Little Stoke got their third just before half time, Sam Archer scoring. And that’s how things finished, a top result for Little Stoke against a competitive Wick side.

To The Bell Field where Frampton United took on Hanham Athletic, who are technically the only side who can overhaul Avonmouth at the top. The first real chance in this encounter came from a 14th minute Frampton free kick which was headed back across goal evading everyone and creeping past the post. Frampton conceded a free kick on the edge of their box but Brandon Barnes fired it straight at the wall. On the half hour a deflected pass fell into the path of Jacob Saunders but keeper Tom Kaye made a good save. The opening goal came when Manola Espada let fly from long range into the top corner. On the stroke of half time Hanham equalised after a bit of head tennis Mitch Wise finally headed past Kaye. Frampton thought they had scored when Steve Jackson ran on to a through ball from Driver-Dickerson, rounded Sam Brown but a defender on the line prevented the goal. Hanham scored the winning goal in the 68th minute when Saunders headed home from a corner for a 2-1 win.

On a blustery afternoon at Hillside Gardens a dominant display from Rockleaze Rangers saw them inflict champions elect Avonmouth to only the second league defeat in two seasons. Both keepers were joint top of the “golden gloves” award before the game but it was Tom Bradley in Avonmouth’s goal who had the busier start. Sam Bailey had a decent chance for Rockleaze on 8 minutes but couldn’t get enough on a cross from Jenson Beard and at the other end the dangerous Matt Groves curled a shot wide. Rockleaze thought they had taken a 31st minute lead but Drew Sawdon’s effort was ruled out for an earlier offside. Just before the break, Bradley scrambled to keep out Nick Jones’ curling effort. The second half was a much better affair with the wind dying down a bit. Just into the half Tasman Rooke flashed a great cross along the six-yard line but no-one was there, and on 49 minutes Dan Webb’s effort was just wide from 20 yards. On the hour Avonmouth’s Groves swivelled and hooked the ball goal bound but Jordan Dunning tipped over. Rockleaze made a few changes and one change, James Goulden, had presentable chances on 68 and 70 minutes both well saved by Bradley, and a few minutes later Webb flashed a shot wide with Bradley stranded. On 76 minutes the huge Avonmouth contingent was silenced when Brandon Boontam lobbed Bradley from 25 yards for 1-0. The move of the game came on 82 minutes with Sawdon, Rooke, and Boontam all involved to create a chance for Kacper Kalkowski whose effort was saved by Bradley. Rockleaze were pushing for a second and got it with the last kick of the game, Marcus Williams crossed to the back post where Boontam headed back across for Goulden to smash into an empty net to take the points 2-0. Rockleaze deservedly won the game just as Avonmouth will win the League over the next game or so.

The windy conditions at Pomphrey Hill played a big part in the Bromley Heath United clash against Ruardean Hill Rangers. Both sides found it difficult to string anything together in the first half with only one shot on target for each side in the first half. A fierce shot by Aidan Noble for the hosts and a good effort by Ollie Mason for Hill both dealt with by the keepers. Bromley started the second period the brighter and Ben Ackerman should have scored when clean through ten minutes in but couldn’t get a clean strike. However, his hard work was rewarded when he provided an assist for Aiden Noble to shoot past Aaron Underwood. Hill had their best chance on 65 when Charlie Taylor hit a fierce shot that was moving all over the place but watched all the way by Will Ferguson who tipped over. Bromley made sure of the win with 15 minutes left with a slightly bizarre goal from Ollie Hanham his cross shot completely fooled Underwood when it seemed to hold up in the wind and then take a bounce which completely altered its direction. Strange – but as they say they all count and Hill fought to the end but couldn’t penetrate the Bromley defence and 2-0 for the hosts it was.

4th April 2024 - Electronic Programmes

Gala Wilton v Hardwicke

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Little Stoke v Wick

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