9th November 2019 - Sharpness hit Patchway for six
For the third Saturday running the weather conditions affected the fixture programme. Very heavy rain caused the postponement of the three fixtures in the South of the County whilst the four in the North of the County all went ahead.
Sharpness moved into second place in the table after hammering basement Club Patchway Town 6-0. The home side took three-minute lead when James Higgs pumped a long ball up to Will Lacey to run clear and drive the ball past the Town keeper. It went to 2-0 on twenty-two minutes from a corner that was headed away by the Patchway defence but Tom Freeman picked up the loose ball and sent it back in for Sam Strickland to hammer into the net. On thirty minutes Patchway’s Jack Byran’s shot from outside the box took a slight deflection and ended up hitting the crossbar. Three minutes into the second half the home side went 3-0 up when Ryan Ponting headed in from a corner. It went to 4-0 on fifty-five minutes when Brad Hewer sent Sam Strickland away to score his second of the afternoon. On seventy minutes Will Lacey got his second running from midfield to cheekily dink the ball over the on-rushing keeper. Dan Hobbs saved well from Patchway’s Kyle Ford with fifteen minutes to go. Sharpness wrapped up the scoring in the eightieth minutes when Brad Hewer broke from the halfway line to fire the ball past the visitor’s keeper. Patchway kept plugging away and a tremendous long-range effort from Ollie Bacon stuck the crossbar with just a couple of minutes left.
Frampton United were back in action today making the short trip to Quedgeley Wanderers and came away with an excellent 5-2 win. It was the home sides Nathan Payne who tested the Frampton keeper after six minutes but a minute later United were in front through Fraser Wilson. United went further ahead in the sixteenth minute from a Manolo Espada strike. In the twenty-sixth-minute home keeper Nathan Charnock brought off a good save to deny Frampton going three up. Then at the other end Nathan Payne went close for the home side. Five minutes before the break it was 3-0 to United Fin Blythe getting on the score sheet. Frampton could have extended their lead in the fifty fifth minute from the penalty spot but keeper Nathan Charnock brought off a great save. The home side pulled a goal back on the hour mark with a strike from Jordan Rouse to make it 3-1, but within five minutes Frampton’s Ethan Dunbar extended the lead to 4-1. With fifteen minutes to go Craig Mills scored a fifth Frampton goal, then in the eighty fifth minute Wanderers Jordan Rouse scored his second to make the final score 5-2.
Hardwicke continue to climb the table and moved up slightly today with an excellent 4-1 win over Ruardean Hill Rangers. On a slippery pitch they went ahead after fifteen minutes Will Higgins stabbing the ball in from Jordan Dowdeswell cross. Just minutes later Underwood saved well from another effort from Higgins pushing the ball well clear. James Ratcliffe used his pace down the wing before cutting in and unleashing a shot that Underwood tipped over the bar. Rangers scored a deserved equaliser on thirty-two minutes from a thirty-five-yard cross from Bobby Walding that was headed in by Shaun Tingle. Ratcliffe’s pace was giving the visitors a few problems as he raced into a scoring position again on forty minutes only to see his shot pushed over the bar again by Underwood. Rangers were reduced to ten men right on half time when Dan Matthews was sent off for a second yellow card offence. Two minutes into the second half the home side went into a two-one lead and it was Ratcliffe again slipping down the flank and crossing in for Will Higgins to score from ten yards. The home side made it three – one on seventy-five minutes when Toby Webb broke down the flank cut in and drove a fierce shot past Underwood. A couple of minutes later Ratcliffe saw his shot ricochet of the post and then Richard Mansell’s thirty-yard shot was well saved by Underwood. With just a couple of minutes left in the game Will Higgins sent in a cross for Will Matthews to finish off for a really good win.
Broadwell Amateurs are going through a bad time at present and were well beaten 4-0 by today’s visitors Little Stoke. Stoke took the lead on sixteen minutes when Luke Sperring headed in from a corner. Broadwell’s Liam Thomas’s long-range shot was well saved by the visitor’s keeper. Unfortunately, the home side made a dreadful mistake on thirty-nine minutes and Ethan Moore latched onto a very poor back pass to make it 2-0. There was little goalmouth action from either side in the second half until the eightieth minute when Broadwell had a good chance to score but Liam Thomas’s shot was well saved again by the Stoke keeper. In the eighty second minute Broadwell’s Alex Brown handled on the line and was sent off with Little Stoke having the chance to increase their lead from the penalty spot. Up stepped Khalil Lamir to fire the spot kick home. Then four minutes later the home side conceded a second penalty and Lamir netted from the spot for a second time.