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12th January 2019 - Little Stoke win cracker at Rocckleaze

By Ron Holpin

A cracking game of football between Rockleaze Rangers and Little Stoke with seven goals and plenty of action throughout. Little Stokes Ruben Neuvo-Draper had Rangers keeper Lewis Brodie pushing the ball out for a corner in the very first minute and from the corner Russ Church fired over the bar. Rangers left full back Nick Jones sent over a great cross but it was cut out by Stoke keeper Ollie Jones. After several close shaves by both sides Stoke took the lead on 6 minutes from a long cross that found Russ Church to head the ball back across goal for the incoming Matt Tovey to strike past Brodie. Rangers Ali Boyer had a great chance to level on 12 minutes but he headed wide from 8 yards. A mistake in the Rangers defence almost cost them dearly as Tovey broke into the box but his shot was deflected wide. A long ball from Stoke keeper found Russ Church on the left and his cross just needed a head on it to make it count. Tovey was causing the home side a few problems and a run from the halfway line saw his shot strike the crossbar. Rangers got the equaliser on 27 minutes from a long ball into Dan Webb who fired across keeper Jones who got a hand to the shot but it crept into the far corner. Rory Langdon picked up a long cross from the right and was on target with his shot but it was deflected out for a corner. The home side scored again on 32 minutes from a long ball pumped to the far post from the right Rory Langdon was there to head it back across goal and Dan Webb had the simple task of nodding it in. On 36 minutes Rangers had a great chance to make it 3-1 when they were awarded a penalty, up stepped Webb to complete his hattrick but the spot kick flew over the bar.

Little Stoke went at the home defence right from the off of the second half with Ethan Tucker just wide with a good shot. Stoke drew level in the 49th minute when Ethan Tuckers cross was smashed home by Russ Church. In the 53rd minutes a cross in by Rangers Marcus Williams found Webb but his effort went just over the bar. Ali Boyer was clear on goal for Rangers but shot too quick and hit it straight to Jones. Little Stoke made it 3-2 on 59 minutes Ethan Tucker firing home after the first shot was blocked. Stoke went 4-2 up on 69 minutes when Ranger gave away a penalty and Jordan Yeo’s thunderous shot struck the underside of the crossbar on its way in. Rangers pushed hard and Rory Langdon had Jones at full stretch on several occasions. Rangers pushed hard and were eventually rewarded with a third goal 4 minutes into time added when Ali Boyer scrambled the ball home.

Hanham Athletic poor run continued when they went down 3-0 at home to Patchway Town. The home side almost took the lead in the 25th minute whwn a Max Barker header struck the cross bar from a Jack Fry cross. 8 minutes later Patchway took the lead from a Dave Talbot header. Then right on 45 minutes a dreadful mistake by home keeper Mason Hawkins making a right mess from a back pass throwing straight to Josh Morris to shoot into an empty net. It was not Hawkins day as he failed to judge a long goal-kick from Patchway defender Ash Wells and Joe Dolby was there to make it 3-0.

  • Broadwell Amateurs (Claret/Blue) v AEK Boco (Light Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Broadwell Amateurs (Claret/Blue) v AEK Boco (Light Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Broadwell Amateurs (Claret/Blue) v AEK Boco (Light Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Broadwell Amateurs (Claret/Blue) v AEK Boco (Light Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Broadwell Amateurs (Claret/Blue) v AEK Boco (Light Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Broadwell Amateurs (Claret/Blue) v AEK Boco (Light Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Broadwell Amateurs (Claret/Blue) v AEK Boco (Light Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Broadwell Amateurs (Claret/Blue) v AEK Boco (Light Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Broadwell Amateurs (Claret/Blue) v AEK Boco (Light Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Broadwell Amateurs (Claret/Blue) v AEK Boco (Light Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Broadwell Amateurs (Claret/Blue) v AEK Boco (Light Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Broadwell Amateurs (Claret/Blue) v AEK Boco (Light Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

Henbury are also struggling for goals at present and were beaten 2-1 at home by title challengers Frampton United. The home side got off to a great start going ahead after just 5 minutes when a shot on goal was defected into his own net by a Frampton defender. United levelled the score on 37 minutes from a corner to the back post where Sean Lawson was waiting to head home. The winner from Frampton in the 50th minute was unfortunate for the home side as the ball was being cleared it struck another Henbury player dropped to Sean Lawson who buried his shot and gave the visitors the 3 points.

Hardwicke entertained Southmead SC Athletic who were buoyant after their win at home to Henbury last week and started the game really well, but it was the home side that grabbed the lead on 5 minutes from a James Ratcliffe corner turned in by Pat Vernall. Hardwicke’s Kerion Brice-Ingles then forced a very good save from the Southmead keeper Alvin Quaye on 12 minutes. On 30 minutes Rob Hine missed a great chance to increase the lead when he headed wide from Matthews cross. On 47 minutes the home side made it 2-0 from a James Ratcliffe free kick that went through the wall deceived keeper Quaye and rolled into the net. The home side made it three on 55 minutes Kieron Brice-Ingles firing past Quaye after a great ball from Will Higgins. The home side were reduced to ten men giving the visitors a chance to possibly come back but they could only manage the one goal from a cross from Leon Clayton-Clarke turned in by Reece Evans.

Wick carried on from last week with a 4-2 win at home to Gala Wilton. The home side had their first shot on goal after 15 minutes from Dan Wingfield that was well saved by keeper Lewis Skyers. On 20 minutes Sam Thomas turned the defence but his shot was well saved by Skyers. The home side went ahead on 22 minutes Sam Thomas tuning the ball home after good build up. Gala equalised almost immediately from a Dan Creed free kick that went through the home wall beating Pople in the home goal. On 26 minutes the visitors almost went ahead but Pople pulled off a good save to deny Martin Colley. Five minutes before the break Wick retook the lead when Dan Wingfield’s through ball to Dan Stephens was finished off nicely. Just a minute later it was 3-1 as Charlie Stevens headed home a Wingfield cross. Liam Henderson then had his shot well saved by Skyers on 55 minutes and it was a Liam Henderson cross that found Joe Thomas to make it 4-1. The home side had a great chance to make it five on 70 minutes when Charlie Stevens was brought down in the box but his penalty was well saved by Skyers. On 80 minutes Gala scored their second and that came from the penalty spot after a foul by Kieran Hutson had given them the chance. Dan Creed took the kick and double his tally for the day.

Broadwell Amateurs home form has helped their cause this season and they recorded a 3-1 win over today’s visitors AEK Boco. Harry Williams netted all three for the home side and got the first on 2 minutes from a long ball that he chipped over keeper Jacques as he came out. Ben Fishwick skimmed the bar for the home side on 40 minutes, then a mix-up in the visitor’s defence on 48 minutes allowed Williams to pounce for his second. It was 3-0 on 56 minutes when Williams completed his hattrick from the penalty spot after a handball incident. Boco got a consolation goal late on when a low cross into the box was finished off by Harvey Sealey.

5th January 2019 - Wick take the points at Patchway

By Ron Holpin

Patchway Town will be rueing the two good chances that they missed in the first minute of the second half after the first half had failed to produce any real chances and Wick went away with a 3-1 win and the 3 points.

45 seconds into the second half Patchway’s Ben Purdie missed a golden opportunity from 8 yards when he sliced the ball wide from a cross that had come to him following a slight deflection, then on the minute mark Luke Garbacz had a very good chance but keeper Joe Pople pushed the ball out for a corner. From the corner Wick cleared their lines and broke clear with the ball played out to Liam Henderson to cut in and fire it past keeper Sam Burgess. Wick created another good chance in the 56th minute when they broke from defence again down the left, the ball was played to Harry Madge to make it 2-0. Both sides made changes but the most profitable came from Wick in the 67th minute when the ball was knocked across from the right and sub Sam Thomas who had only been on a couple of minutes made it 3-0. The visitors were well on top at this stage and the home side were defending for quite a long period following the goals until the 79th minute when a long free kick from Ash Wells ran clear in the Wick box Luke Garbacz latched onto the loose ball but was brought down and the referee pointed to the spot. Dan Bendall who had given the Wick the most problems throughout sent Pople the wrong way to make it 3-1. This lifted the home side but they were unable to get the ball past Pople again.

Southmead CS Athletic gained their first ever victory over close rivals Henbury that lifted them off the bottom of the table. The home side took the lead on 31 minutes from a good cross in from the right by Remi Ferguson and Kyle Wootten found the back of the Henbury net. It stayed like that until the 51st minute when the home side scored again from a long ball played out to the right for Frank Stallard and he cut into the box and drove the ball past the Henbury keeper. On 58 minutes Henbury pulled a goal back when the Southmead keeper Alvin Quaye made a terrible mistake and threw the ball straight to Henbury’s Harvey Moran to drive the ball home. Any chance of the visitors levelling the score was thrown away on 64 minutes when an attempted back pass went wrong and Remi Ferguson nipped in round the keeper to slide the ball home.

Lebeq United recorded a 3-0 win at AEK Boco to keep them top of the pile. Frank Taylor-Fox and Jacob Saunders squandered early chances for Boco and the first effort on goal from the leaders was shot from Dan Payne that cleared the bar on 26 minutes. Right on half time Lebeq took the lead from the penalty spot after Cameron Brown had been brought -down he got up to safely netted the spot kick for a 1-0 lead. In time added at the end of the half Harrison Kyte missed a glorious chance to level for Boco. Lebeq went 2-0 up on 57 minutes when Jack Mills deflected a James Hall shot into his own net. A few minutes later it was almost three but Elan Plummer’s shot cleared the bar. The visitors grabbed a third goal on 80 minutes James Hall firing home from the edge of the box. On a bad note the home side finished with 10 men when Cash Vinall was sent off in the 89th minute.

  • Gala Wilton (Yellow/Black) v Stonehouse Town (Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Gala Wilton (Yellow/Black) v Stonehouse Town (Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Gala Wilton (Yellow/Black) v Stonehouse Town (Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Gala Wilton (Yellow/Black) v Stonehouse Town (Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Gala Wilton (Yellow/Black) v Stonehouse Town (Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Gala Wilton (Yellow/Black) v Stonehouse Town (Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Gala Wilton (Yellow/Black) v Stonehouse Town (Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Gala Wilton (Yellow/Black) v Stonehouse Town (Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Gala Wilton (Yellow/Black) v Stonehouse Town (Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Gala Wilton (Yellow/Black) v Stonehouse Town (Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Gala Wilton (Yellow/Black) v Stonehouse Town (Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

  • Gala Wilton (Yellow/Black) v Stonehouse Town (Blue), Images courtesy Peter Langley

Gala Wilton dropped to the bottom of the table after losing 4-1 at home to Stonehouse Town. The home side looked the better side in the opening stages and took the lead on 10 minutes when a corner eventually found Jason Littleton who smashed his shot through a crowd of players into the Stonehouse net. Stonehouse’s Adam Philp had two great chances to level the score first he rounded keeper Lewis Skyers then shot wide and the second effort he had a clear shot on goal but Skyers saved. Three minutes before the break Town did manage to level from an Alex Kibble 25-yard free kick that took deflection on its way in. At the start of the second half the home side were unlucky when Sam Prosser crossed into the box it eventually fell to Dan Knight but his shot was just wide. At the other end Adam Philp missed an open goal for Town. The visitors managed to take the lead on 76 minutes when Liam Gale managed to dispossess Sam Prosser and ran clear to slide the ball past Skyers. The home side had several chances with Tom Boyle giving Pedrick in the visitor’s goal something to do. The final nail in the coffin came in the very last minute of the game when Mike Ashenhurst scored a fourth for Stonehouse.

An eight-goal thriller at Ruardean Hill Rangers where the home side ran out 5-3 winners over Hardwicke. Hardwicke’s Will Higgins had the first effort on goal but his 20-yard shot went just over. Rangers Luke Johnson then brought keeper Chris Perks into action on 15 minutes and Higgins had home keeper at full stretch to save his 25-yard shot. Rangers Shaun Tingle had his shot cleared of the line on 25 minutes then 3 minutes later Rangers took the lead when Luke Brown volleyed home from the edge of the box. Hardwicke almost got on level terms on 36 minutes when Rangers defender Coombs saw his keeper Underwood just manage to stop his back header going in for an own goal. Brown then made it 2-0 to Rangers in the 37th minute picking up the ball in his own half and just drifting past numerous Hardwicke defenders before slotting the ball home. It went to 3-0 on 60 minutes when Luke Johnson scored after being set up by Luke Brown. Hardwicke pulled one back on 70 minutes when Kieran Brice-Ingles second attempt went past Underwood. Just 2 minute later Luke Brown was at it again picking the ball up in his own half to go on another mazy run to make it 4-1. Hardwicke got a second goal on 80 minutes when a lucky rebound fell to Lewis Grisley to fire home. Things got a little tight on 85 minutes when Hardwicke scored again through Connor Dallimore. Hardwicke forced a corner with just a couple of minutes to go and their keeper Chris Perks arrived in the box to support. Unfortunately, Rangers cleared the danger and the ball was played up to Luke Johnson to score the final goal.

Frampton United shook off their defeat from last week and hit back with a 3-1 win at home to Broadwell Amateurs. In a game that was dominated by the home side they should have taken the lead in the 8th minute when Josh Beadle played the ball through to Adam Bloomfield but he shot wide. Then Sean Lawson hit the bar on 20 minutes. On 22 minutes the home side went 1-0 up as Joe Wilton’s first attempt was blocked, he followed up to make no mistake with the second. On 26 minutes Josh Beadle struck the upright. On 41 minutes Broadwell drew level when Ian Price bundled the ball into the net from a corner for their only real chance in the game. The home side went 2-1 up on 73 minutes when Fraser Wilson sent Jonathan Lewis clear to score. Lewis was unlucky in the 84th minute when his shot went just the wrong side of the upright. Frampton sewed the points up on 82 minutes when Liam Harper let fly from 25 yards and the ball flew into the top corner.

Last but not least Little Stoke had a comfortable 3-0 win over today’s visitors Hanham Athletic. The home side went ahead on 25 minutes when Dean Patterson drove home a great through ball from Ethan Tucker. Two minutes into the second half a long ball in from Russ Church found Patterson to turn it in for a 2-0 lead. On 60 minutes Jordan Yeo rattled the crossbar for the home side, then on 65 minutes Ethan Tucker sent a great ball across the edge of the box for Kieron Williams to slot home.

2nd January 2019 - Little Stoke Chief hails teams attitude

By Simon Parkinson

ASH Coles says an "all-for-one" spirit has helped his Little Stoke side out of a hole and into brighter climes ahead of their New Year Marcliff Gloucestershire County League challenges.

His team turned the tide following testing earlier-season spells and whilst they remain entrenched in the lower realms of the table following a 3-0 weekend home defeat by a strong Stonehouse Town set-up, results have improved generally.

A recent penalty shoot-out success at high-flying Frampton United, the second-placed team who whacked them 7-1 in an early-October mauling at Bell Field, also secured them a place in the Les James League Cup semi-finals to further raise spirits.

"We’d hit a difficult spell during which we couldn’t buy a win," Stoke supremo Coles accepted.

"It was a case of everyone pulling together and getting that all-for-one spirit back. We’d been having decent moments in games but not creating many chances, and when we’d fall behind to silly goals we’d struggle to recover.

"A prime example was when we played Lebeq early last month. A draw would have been a fair result but we conceded an early goal, didn’t take our chances to level up and they got another at the death.

"The turning point seemed to come against Henbury at home when we found ourselves 2-0 down at half-time as a consequence of two costly errors.

"We’d been beaten 4-1 by Hardwicke in our previous game and that had been horrible. We really didn’t want that to happen again and we said to the lads that we had to give everything in the second half to get ourselves out of this situation.

"The boys came out flying for the second half and showed real passion and determination to come back and win 3-2 and that gave everyone a lift. We went on to beat Ruardean Hill, who were in the top three at the time, 2-0 at their place.”

A rejuvenated Little Stoke did suffer the setback of a 3-2 away defeat by Patchway Town in the Scott Park derby, although Coles pointed out: "We shot ourselves in the foot in that one as we committed three errors and they punished us each and every time.

"Had we gone in at half-time 4-0 up there could have been no arguments. Our performance levels weren’t bad and we played good football, it was just Patchway, to their credit, exploited our individual mistakes.

"It hurt given it happened against our local rivals but we could take heart from our display. Aside from the silly mistakes we just didn’t have enough conviction in the final third.

"Again, to the lads’ credit, they went to Frampton for the cup tie and took them to a penalty shoot-out after a goalless draw before winning 8-7 on pens.

"We’d previously come away from Frampton completely embarrassed at losing 7-1 against a good and quick side. But this time we matched them all over the park.

"We defended really well when we were under the cosh and it was a great effort. To get ourselves into a semi-final has given us all a boost because it offers the potential for a cup final and keeps our season alive."

Coles conceded that his Little Stoke side had been "poor" by comparison in Saturday’s Stonehouse reverse.

But as he prepared them for a trip to face Wick tomorrow (Dec 29, 2pm) he insisted: "The lads have been fantastic over the last few weeks but we just need to try and find some consistency levels in order to get up into the top half of the table."