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15th September 2018 - Stonehouse hold on to beat Gala Wilton

Stonehouse Town kept up their challenge for the title with a 2-1 win at home to Gala Wilton, but they did not have it all their own way as the visitors looked dangerous on occasions but failed with their finishing. It took until the 19th minute to open the scoring and it went to the home side. Town were awarded a free kick on the left side of the halfway line wich was taken by Tom Palmer who swept the ball to the far side of the Gala 18 yard box where Dan Martin picked it up and drove a cracking low shot across Gala keeper Lewis Skyers into the far corner. A long ball up to Gala’s Dorian Colling saw the striker hit a good shot on goal but it went straight to Adam Clark in the home goal. Then Clark pushed away a Danny Knight header on target and a few minutes later a good through ball from Colling for Jay Dare to run onto almost brought a goal but Clark snatched the ball from his toe.

Gala had a good chance on 51 minutes when a well worked ball across goal found Danny Knight but he shot wide. On 55 minutes Stonehouse increased their lead when Callum Hooke worked his way down the left sent the ball into the box and Luke Soule turned and knocked the ball past Skyers. Home keeper Clark then had to push away a goal bound shot and a minute later after a good move by the visitors Dorian Colling fired over the bar. It was the visitors who were putting the pressure on and saw their next attempt on goal cleared off the line. The visitors almost got a freak goal as Skyers long punt up field cleared everyone and with Clark back pedalling almost let the ball over his head but it just cleared the bar. Luke Soule had a great chance to make it three for the home side on 80 minutes but with a clear shot on goal saw his shot well saved by the Gala keeper. In the 86th minute Alex Pritchard’s long cross to the far post was met by Kyle Bakewell but he headed wide. At the other end Luke Barstow was unlucky when his header from a corner struck the upright. In the 88th minute Gala were awarded a penalty when Ben Langworth brought down Peter Boyle in the box. Charlie Webb took the kick but Clark brought off a great save. For all their effort Gala managed to scored a late goal when a break down the left saw a good shot on goal from Mark Edwards deflected off Tom Palmer leaving Clark in the home goal no chance.

Goals galore at Ruardean Hill Rangers where today’s visitors were league leaders Lebeq United. Rangers took a very early lead when Shaun Tingle latched onto a poor back pass but within minutes Lebeq were level from a Fabian McCarthy strike. The visitors then took the lead on 15 minutes when James Hall’s free kick thundered into the Rangers net. Rangers pulled it back all square on the half hour when Luke Johnsons shot rebounded to Stuart Cornwell-Boote to hammer home. The visitors were a little lucky to retake the lead when Steve Coombes deflected the ball past his own keeper. A quick one two saw Cameron Brown increase the score to 4-2 to the visitors and then Tom Collett made it 5-2. Luke Johnson then chipped the keeper to pull a goal back for Rangers and a brilliant overhead kick from Stuart Cornwell-Boote made it 5-4. The visitors managed to see out the rest of the game to go home with the three points and remain the only team unbeaten this season.

Wick lost their unbeaten start going down 2-0 to today’s visitor’s Patchway Town. The home side started well and Luke Withey’s 25 yard shot tested the Patchway keeper. Home keeper Joe Pople saved well from Patchway’s Dan Bendall on 30 minutes and was in action again shortly afterwards. Wick’s Jordan Scoot had his goal-bound shot from just inside the box well blocked by the Patchway defence. Bendall was causing some problems for the home side and Pople again had to make a save to deny the striker. At the other end Jordan Scott’s header went just wide of the upright. The opening goal came courtesy of a bad mistake in the home defence in the second half allowed Bendall to break free and square the ball for Brandon Benjamin to slide home. The Patchway keeper then saved well from a Sam Thomas effort to deny the home side getting onto level terms. The home side were then reduced to ten men when Dan Sheldon received a red card for an off the ball incident. Patchway sealed the points in the 85th minute when Dan Bendall nipped past two Wick defenders to fire the ball past Pople.

Broadwell Amateurs are struggling to get their season started and they failed again today going down 2-0 at home to Frampton United. Both goals came in the first 45 minutes with the visitors showing their intentions right from the off. Home keeper Jamie merry was called into action in the second minute having to push the ball clear. Frampton went ahead after 13 minutes from a corner sent over from the left that found the unmarked Sean Lawson to head past Merry. it was 2-0 after 25 minutes when an inch perfect pass from Manolo Espada found Ryan Vincent to hit the ball over Merry. The home side did fair a little better in the second half and Liam Thomas went close with a shot that just cleared the bar. The home side tried their best but were unable to break down a very stubborn Frampton defence.

GFA Challenge Trophy Rd 1

The league had five Clubs involved into today’s games with two games ending in draws and going to penalties to decide the winners.

AEK Boco did not need penalties to decide the outcome as they entertained Cam Bulldogs from the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League. The home side practically controlled the game from start to finish and took the lead n 17 minutes when Joe Reeves headed home at the far post from a Cash Vinall free kick. It was 2-0 on 25 minutes Owen McCallum volleying home at the far post from Josh Browns right wing cross. Joe Reeves netted his second on 51 minutes rifling home from the edge of the box. A shot from the edge of the box on 70 minutes was saved by the Cam keeper but the rebound was picked up by Josh Brown to make it 4-0. Late in the game Liam Jacques brought of a great save to deny cam a late goal.

Henbury go through after winning 4-1 on penalties after a thrilling 3-3 draw at home to Rockleaze Rangers. George Loud missed a chance for the home side in the 1tst minute and 9 minutes later Rockleaze opened the scoring after a mix up in the home defence Jay Moore lobbed keeper Cameron Tarr. Gary Phillips then missed a good chance for Rangers and Henbury’s Adam Rosser struck the crossbar from 35 yards. Henbury levelled on 27 minutes when Andy Dickinson sent Luke Cox clear to fire past keeper Lewis Brodie. Henbury went in front on 35 minutes from a long ball out of defence by Ross Johnson that was picked up by Andy Dickinson to slip the ball past the keeper. 3 minutes later the home side had a 3-1 lead as Dickinson broke into the box he was brought down by Nick Jones and Ross Johnson scored from the spot. First minute of the second half Henbury’s Ed Wright cleared off the line from Rory Langdon’s shot. On 51 minutes Rangers Gary Phillips broke clear to make it 3-2. Then on 55 minutes Langdon headed home from a corner to level the score. Both sides had further chances but it remained 3-3 after 90 minutes.

Hardwicke were winning 3-1 at one stage but Little Stoke hit back to make it 3-3 after 90 minutes but the home side went through winning 4-3 on penalties.

8th September 2018 - Little Stoke and Wick draw blanks

Little Stoke’s first home game of the season should have brought them three points because they created all the chances whilst today’s visitors Wick failed to test home keeper Ollie Jones throughout the 90 minutes.

Wick did have some shooting chances but they were all off target, but it was Stoke’s Jesse Owen who brought Wick keeper Joe Pople into the game after 13 minutes with a powerful shot that he pushed away for a corner. A free kick on the left side of the Wick box from Jordan Yeo was half cleared but Owens shot went over the top. A cross from Alex Hill to Yeo at the far post looked a good chance to open the scoring but Yeo’s shot was well blocked. A corner from the left from Yeo saw Luke Meacham’s header fly just past the post. Just before the break anther Yeo corner from the left found Lewis Hedges on the far post but his header was well saved by Pople. Pople had been outstanding in the first half but almost gave the home side the chance to score in the 52 minute with a poor clearance but as Stoke broke into the box the keeper made amends. The best chance of the game came in the 66th minute when Wick’s Kieren Hutson handled in the box and Stoke had a penalty. Luke Henderson lined up to take the kick but his shot was brilliantly saved by Pople to keep his side in the game. The only other really good chance came in the 83rd minute when Luke Meacham’s 30 yard drive cannoned off the cross bar and was cleared. No goals and the visitors will no doubt be happier as they did not concede and went away with a point.

Frampton United and Lebeq United met for a second week running only this time it was a top two affair in the league. One goal was enough to seal this game for Lebeq. Frampton had the first chance to score on 3 minutes when Shaun Lawson’s shot was well saved by keeper Amin Jones. Lebeq’s Cameron Brown saw his goal-bound free kick deflected over the bar on 26 minutes. Frampton’s Ryan Vincent then saw his effort go just wide of the post just before the break. Lebeq scored in the 50th minute when Tom Collett found the back of the net after a scramble in the box. Lebeq keeper Amin Jones then kept his goal intact with a fine save from Matt Cook and near the end Ryan Vincent was unlucky when his shot struck the upright.

Stonehouse Town’s successful visit to Patchway Town saw them take the 3 points with a 3-1 win that moved them up into second place in the table. They showed their intentions in the early stages when Luke Soule headed over from close range after 9 minutes. It took just 15 minutes for the visitors to take the lead and it came from a free kick just outside the box that Alex Kibble took and curled the ball around the wall into the bottom corner. Four minutes later it was 2-0 as Will Hayward broke down the right crossed to the far post where Luke Soule was waiting to tap home. Patchway hit back on 36 minutes when Phil Vice looked to be chasing a lost cause but caused some confusion in the Stonehouse defence and the ball broke nicely for Josh Morris to slide home. Stonehouse’s Andy Simpson was unlucky when his shot hit the post following a corner, but on 54 minutes the visitors grabbed a third goal after they broke quickly down the right and Tim William’s cross was turned in by Luke Soule to complete his double.

Hanham Athletic look to have turned the corner from losing their first three games have now completed three wins on the trot. Their game at Kingswood today ended in a 4-1 win after falling behind in the 20th minute to a Craig Brown goal. Max Barker levelled the score a few minutes later before George Cryer gave the visitor’s the lead on 27 minutes. Tom Welling made it 3-1 in the 60th minute and Cryer netted his second in the 66th minute.

AEK Boco have yet to find their feet this season and in a game of two halves did their best to come back from a three goal deficit in the first 45 minutes but eventually lost 3-2 to today’s visitors Hardwicke. Will Matthews gave the visitors the lead on 20 minutes with a well struck shot into the bottom corner. Ten minutes later it was 2-0 when Craig Beaton’s powerful header beat home keeper Liam Jacques. 3 minutes before the break the home side found themselves trailing 3-0 when a long diagonal ball was headed back across goal and Rob Hine slid in to push the ball home. The home side hit back in the second half and pulled a goal back after 50 minutes a good goal scored by Scott Woodman who turned on the edge of the box to drive the ball home. Just 5 minutes later they scored again and this time a low ball across goal saw the visitor’s keeper scrambling to get to the ball but Alex Patterson popped up to slide the ball in. Boco pushed hard to try and level but the Hardwicke defence stood firm.

Just one goal at Ruardean Hill Rangers where today’s visitors were Henbury. Both Clubs have started the season well but this was the first defeat for the visitors. Henbury started the game well having a lot more of the possession, but it was the home side who tested the visitors keeper first after 15 minutes a 25 yard Luke Brown free kick was pushed away for a corner. Henbury’s Caelan Simpson missed a real good chance to put them ahead on 30 minutes heading over the bar. Just before the break Luke Brown picked up a loose ball drifted past three Henbury defenders before poking the ball home from just inside the box. Henbury squandered a good chance on 70 minutes as Jensen Manning fired past the post. Then just before the end Simpson had a great chance to level for Henbury but pulled his shot wide.

Gala Wilton created several really good chances in the first 33 minutes of this game against Rockleaze Rangers. Charlie Webb was clear on goal but his shot was deflected onto the post by the Rangers keeper. Charlie Agg went clear on goal but took to long making up his mind and the ball was nipped of his toe. On 33 minutes a long throw into the Rangers box was only half cleared and Mark Edwards shot was deflected wide. Against the run of play Rangers grabbed the lead on 35 minutes a throw in found its way into the box and Dan Webb hit the ball home. In the 56th minute Mark Edwards through ball to Charlie Agg found the striker unable to control it and another chance was gone. At the other end Webb had a good chance to score a second for Rangers but shot wide. On 78 minutes Rangers went two up and it came courtesy of a little luck after the first shot at goal was blocked the ball fell to Dan Matthews who looked offside but carried on to slot the ball home. The home side pushed hard but could not find the break through they needed.

The fixture between Southmead CS Athletic and Broadwell Amateurs was postponed after the Referee deemed that the pitch was unfit.

1st September 2018 - Stonehouse late show makes Rockleaze pay the penalty for missed chances

Les James League Cup 1st round sponsored by Boca Teamwear

A break from league action today with the 1st Round of the Les James League Cup taking place.

Last minute drama at Oldends Lane where Rockleaze Rangers had been leading 1-0 against hosts Stonehouse Town when The hosts levelled to send the tie into penalties.

Rangers must be rueing the thre or four chances that they missed in the first half that would almost certainly guaranteed them a place in the second round. Joe Weare headed over the bar after just 40 seconds from just 8 yards out. The home side had a free kick on 5 minutes that Andy Simpson put wide of the target. Then Alex Kibblee’s long range shot went just over. Rangers were unlucky in the 23rd minute when a long ball was pumped across to the right looking for Rangers Jay Moore but full-back Callum Hooke just managed to deflect the ball out for a corner. Just a minute later Rangers were in front and it came from the right a great cross from Moore found the head of Dan Webb to guide the ball over the outstretched hands of keeper Adam Clark. At the other end the home side were unlucky when Luke Soule’s well struck shot cannoned of the crossbar. Jay Moore made space to fire at goal but it went straight to Clark in the home goal. On 43 minutes Rangers should have scored again when Joe Weare robbed the ball of Stonehouse defender Andy Simpson cross into a completely unmarked Dan Webb who decided to hammer the ball instead of placing it past Clark from 8 yards and it flew over the bar. A minute later Clark saved really well from a Dan Webb header again the cross coming from Moore. Then right on half time Clark brought off a great save to deny Mark Ridgeway’s header going in.

The home side started well in the second half and Alex Kibbles 20 yard shot was well saved by keeper Lewis Broadie. Will Hayward missed a good chance for the home side on 60 minutes heading wide. Rangers Freddie Short then hit a free kick straight at Clark. After weathering the home side attacks Rangers had a brief spell after making several changes attacking the home goal. A 25 yard shot from Gary Phillips was well saved by Clark then Rory Langdon’s had a great chance but again shot straight at the keeper. Will Hayward’s volley went wide of the target on 89 minutes but then came that last gasp goal from the home side when a cross from the right found Luke Barstow and his header went back across goal for the equalising goal. The referee played at least another 4 minutes in which the home side pushed hard but the score finished all square at 1-1.

Unfortunately it was not Rangers day when it came to taking penalties as Stonehouse scored with their first but Rangers missed. The home side netted a second Rangers levelled The home side made it 3-1 and then Rangers missed a second that meant if Stonehouse could net their fourth they would go through. The ball wizzed into the net so it will be Stonehouse in the next round.

Lebeq United were drawn at home to Frampton United the top two teams in the table to fight it out for a place in the second round. The first half an hour saw an even contest then in the 32nd minute Frampton took the lead with a well worked move down the right and the cross into the box found Kris Bulley to tap the ball in. 2 minutes into the second half the visitors went 2-0 up when Lebeq lost possession and Manolo Espada slammed the ball home from the edge of the box. A bad defensive mistake by the home side allowed Manolo Espada to make it 3-0 with a well taken headed goal. James Hall popped up in the box in the 54th minute to head a goal back for the home side but with all there pushing they failed to break the Frampton defence down and go out of the Cup losing 3-1.

In the local derby AEK Boco v Wick the home side go through on penalties after the score at 90 minutes finished 2-2. Boco took 5 minute lead when Frank Taylor-Fox headed in a Owen McCallum cross. McCallum was also involved in the second goal scored on 36 minutes as his cross was well struck by Taylor- Fox but was parried by the Wick keeper and Cash Vinall was on hand to drive it home. Straight from the restart a long range shot from Wick’s Shaun Morris caught home keeper Liam Jacques out and the ball flew over his head into the net. In the 53 rd minute Wick were reduced to ten men but they hit back to level the score on 80 minutes Sam Thomas collecting a through ball rounding several home defenders before firing a low shot into the bottom corner. The game went to a penalty shoot out and with home keeper Liam Jacques making two saves Boco progress to the next round winning 4-3 on penalties.

Kingswood v Little Stoke had to be moved to Henbury because Kingswood’s pitch was unavailable and Little Stokes pitch is unfit. Little Stoke progress to the second round with two goals in the second half the first coming from Jordan Yeo on 58 minutes and the second on 72 minutes scored by Jack Burgess.

Henbury continue their good form and go through to the next round with a 1-0 win at Broadwell Amateurs. Adam Rosser’s volley was well saved by keeper Jamie Merry in the home goal and for the home side Liam Thomas’s good run ended with the player firing wide of the target. The only goal of the game came in the 82nd minute a shot that struck the corner of the bar and rebounded straight to Harvey Moran to drive home. A free kick near the end after Henbury’s keeper picked the ball up after he had dropped it to the floor saw a Kristiam Burnard shot fly over the bar.

Hanham Athletic progress to the next round with a great win 3-2 over today’s opponents Hardwicke. Tom Welling gave the home side the lead on with a half volley from the edge of the box on 43 minutes. Early in the second half the home side were living dangerously as two scrambled efforts from Hardwicke failed to end up in the back of the home net. Hardwicke levelled the score on the hour mark Shaun Smith heading home. They were unlucky 10 minutes later when James Ractliffe struck the Hanham post. A minute later they were in the lead when Wiil Matthews chested the ball over the line. Then came the two late goals from George Cryer the first on 84 minutes a shot from the edge of the box and the winner 3 minutes later a header from 6 yards.

Ruardean Hill Rangers are through after a 2-1 win at home to Patchway Town. A Steve Coombs cross found Luke Johnson to score from an acute angle to put the home side in the lead on 20 minutes. Patchway then saw a looping header drop onto the top of the net 5 minutes into the second half but just 3 minutes later they were on level terms Ash Wells finding the back of the Rangers net. Rangers grabbed the winner in the 66th minute thanks to good play from Luke Johnson and Kane Fellows who set up Shaun Tingle to score.

A topsy tervey game at Gala Wilton where the visitors were Southmead CS Athletic the result after 90 minutes was 3-3. Gala went into the break with a 3-0 lead after Craig Powell had given them the lead on 15 minutes from the penalty spot. Jay Dare made it 2-0 on 27 minutes tapping in from a free kick. A ball played over the top of the visitors defence in the 38th minute allowed Kyle Bakewell to make it three. The visitors hit back on 50 minutes Otis Francis finding the back of the net then on 57 minutes a second with a brilliant individual goal from Aiyetoro Hinds. A 20 yard free kick from Leon Clayton-Clark made it all square and the tie was decided from the penalty spot with Gala going through 3-1.