News and Match Reports

13th August 2022 - Gala Wilton win opener against Cribbs Reserves

Mark Simpson


A rather shortened first week in the League with a probably more appropriate sport for the high temperatures cricket taking priority. Little Stokes' match with Bromley Heath United also falling victim with an unplayable pitch.

However three games went ahead with Gala Wilton against Cribbs Reserves leading the way with a scorching spectacle of County League Football. Gala dominated the early spells and almost scored inside a minute with keeper Harry Bridgeman tipping round the post. Early dominance paid off after 9 minutes when Brad Loveridge curled a free kick into the top corner. Gala’s second came on 16 minutes when Dan Gayner smashed the ball past a helpless keeper. Cribbs edged their way back into the game and pulled one back on 27 minutes when Liam Clayton beat his man and crossed for Jim Guthrie to give Gala keeper Brad Newman no chance.

The second half started with Gala taking control again and they were rewarded in the fiftieth minute when Ben Sluman found himself out wide, danced around his defender drove the ball low and hard across the goal which was met by Molyneux for 3-1. On 62 minutes it was 4-1, a deep free kick found Dan NcNally whose cushioned header was latched upon by Alex Gayner who skipped around three players before smashing home. Cribbs kept going and got a deserved second when James Crossley-John’s cross shot found its way into the net to give a final score of 4-2 to Gala.

Wick v Broadwell was a test for a completely new Wick side on a straw coloured pitch. Wick had a couple of early chances with Mikey Golding’s shot deflected over and a header failed to trouble Ben Reed in the Broadwell goal. Broadwell’s pacey attack earned a somewhat disputed penalty which was converted after Wick’s Billy Fletcher was sin binned for disputing the decision. Despite being a man short Wick pushed on and equalized on 40 minutes Liam Jenkins finishing a fine move by slotting his shot under the diving Broadwell keeper. Broadwell took the lead when the ball was bundled past Ashton Trott and the lead was extended when a long clearance from a Wick free kick was latched upon by the pacey forwards for 3-1. With minutes remaining Wick were awarded a penalty which was scored by Liam Jenkins past an unfortunate Ben Reed, but it was not enough to prevent the home side going down 2-3.

Quedgeley Wanderers v Patchway Town saw an early chance for Quedgeley’s Ollie Curtis which disappeared past the post. Patchway made their way into the game and chances for Olly Bacon and Gassama Ismafoot were both saved by Nathan Charnock in the home goal. Patchway eventually took the lead when Ryan Rodgers well struck shot nestled in the back of the net. A chance for the home sides Cameron Smith was saved by Sam Davies in the away goal. Towns Joe Weare had a shot brilliantly saved by Nathan Charnock but he was unable to stop a second goal for the away side when Jay Moore slotted home. Joe Fisher, Olly Curtis and Ryan Hunt could not take chances for the home side before it was left to Joe Dalby to show them how it was done making it a final score of Quedgeley Wanderers 0 Patchway Town 3

13th August 2022 - Electronic Programmes

Gala Wilton v Cribbs Reserves

Click on the image to view

8th August 2022 - Les James League Cup First Round Draw

The First Round draw for the Les James League Cup sponsored by Boca Teamwear is as below.

  • Broadwell Amateurs v Frampton United
  • Cheltenham Civil Service v Bromley Heath United
  • Cribbs Reserves v Henbury
  • Hardwicke v Patchway Town
  • Little Stoke v Rockleaze Rangers
  • Sharpness v Quedgeley Wanderes
  • Stoke Gifford United v Gala Wilton
  • Wick v Ruardean Hill Rangers

All games to be played on Saturday 10th September with a 3 PM kick-off

6th August 2022 - Little Stoke win inaugural Ron Holpin Trophy

Dave Beer

Wick 1 Little Stoke 4

Wick - Zak Tucker
Little Stoke - Jude Scott, Kier Williams, Luke Meacham, Jordan Yeo
Attendance 74

On a baking hot day with the Wick pitch looking fantastic, the County League season got underway with the inaugural Ron Holpin Cup tie, featuring last season's league winners and Cup winners. A vintage aircraft flew low overhead as the game got underway as if in honour of Ron's memory, but it was Little Stoke who were quick out the blocks not allowing the totally new look Wick side to settle.

Little Stoke opened their account on 6 minutes when the dangerous Jordan Yeo sent a wicked cross in from the right to be met by Jude Scott to bundle the ball past Jamie Ferris in the Wick goal.

Little Stoke doubled their lead after 15 minutes when a cross from the left this time was met by the head of Kier Williams hitting the back of the Wick net.

Little Stoke increased their lead minutes later following a corner when Luke Meacham reacted quickest to smash the ball into the roof of Wick's net from an acute angle.

Things got worse for Wick on the 33 minute mark when Ethan Moore crossed from the dead ball line on the left to find Jordan Yeo steaming into the box to half volley a cracking shot into Wick's net.

Throughout this early period Wick were unable to put pressure on the Little Stoke goal often surrendering possession too easily.

Wick could have pulled one back on 43 minutes but Karim Rendell pulled his shot wide, and a minute later another Wick effort was hit over the bar. Wick wasted another great chance in the closing minutes of the half but again failed to test the Little Stoke keeper James Russell shooting wide of the post.

Half time finished 0 - 4

Again Little Stoke came out the blocks quicker and rattled the Wick cross bar in the opening minutes of the second half, but it was Wick who opened the second half scoring when Zac Tucker hit a cracking 20 yard drive into the Little Stoke net. The second half was a more evenly contested game with Wick pressing to reduce the deficit, however their poor first half start sealed the win for Little Stoke who ran out worthy winners.


Ronald Frank Holpin 22nd February 1942 - 13th June 2022

(Secretary of Gloucestershire County Football League)

Ron Holpin

Peacefully at home in Little Stoke on the 13th June 2022 after a long illness bravely borne, Ronald aged 80 years passed away. Beloved husband of Sue. Devoted father of Donna and Daryl. Adored father-in-law of Nigel and Gill. Cherished Grandfather of Daniel and Charlie. Deeply missed by his extended family and many friends.

Funeral Service to take place at St. Mary’s Parish Church, Thornbury on Thursday 30th June 2022 at 1pm prior to Internment at Thornbury Cemetery for 2pm. Family Flowers only. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to St. Peter’s Hospice Care. All enquiries to Graham Palmer & Co. Funeral Directors on 0117 947 0776.

Funeral Service

Funeral Date & Time: Thursday 30th June 2022 at 13:00 pm

Funeral Location: St. Mary's Church, Castle Street, Thornbury, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, BS35 1HQ Location

Burial Details

Burial Date & Time: Thursday 30th June 2022 at 14:00 pm

Burial Location: Thornbury Cemetery, Thornbury, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, BS35 1NA Location

Funeral Reception

Funeral Reception Date & Time: Thursday 30th June 2022 at 14:00 pm

Funeral Reception Details: Little Stoke Social Club, Club Ln, Little Stoke. BS34 6DN.

Donations in Memory

To donate in memory of Mr Ronald Frank Holpin please visit the JustGiving donation page for St Peters Hospice via the Funeral Directors


14th June 2022 - End of season Awards and Constitution 2022/23

Nigel Meaney

The constitution for season 2022-23 was confirmed at the AGM.

The league welcomes Cribbs Reserves who are promoted from the Bristol Premier Combination, Stoke Gifford United who are promoted from the Bristol and Suburban League and Cheltenham Civil Service who join from the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League to fill a vacancy.

Congratulations to Shirehampton who have been promoted to the Toolstation Western League

The league loses Hanham Athletic who have been relegated to the Bristol Premier Combination and English Bicknor who are relegated to the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League

The League matches will start on 13th August and run til 13th May (End date to be confirmed by the FA).

Broadwell Amateurs
Bromley Heath United
Cheltenham Civil Service
Cribbs Reserves
Frampton United
Gala Wilton
Little Stoke
Patchway Town
Quedgeley Wanderers
Rockleaze Rangers
Ruardean Hill Rangers
Stoke Gifford United

Some of the end of season awards that were presented prior to the AGM


Dave Beer of Wick with the Dennis Barrett Trophy for the League Champions, Image Courtesy Peter Langley


Nathan Winstanley of Little Stoke with the Les James League Cup, Image Courtesy Peter Langley


Joint Leading Goalscorers Steve Clark (Ruardean Hill Rangers) and Scott Bamford (Shirehampton), Image Courtesy Peter Langley


Kevin Jackson of Frampton United with the Dave Herbert Sportsmanship cup for the most sporting team, Image Courtesy Peter Langley


Kelly Mulrain of Quedgeley Wanderers with the Ron Jay Shield for the best administrative club, Image Courtesy Peter Langley


Best Programme award winners. Dave Beer (Wick - 2nd), Jason Tarr (Henbury - 1st), Mark Simpson (Fixtures Secretary), Bob Sperring (Hanham Athletic - =3rd), Kelly Mulrain (Quedgeley Wanderers - =3rd) , Image Courtesy Peter Langley