News and Match Reports

17th February 2020 - AEK Boco looking for necessary promotion

Simon Parkinson

AEK-BOCO chairman John Winter insists his club will do "everything in our power" to secure a coveted and "necessary" promotion – and hasn’t ruled it out for this season.

The Hanham-based mid-table Marcliff Gloucestershire County League outfit and 2016 title winners urgently want to push on to non-League step 6 status in order to satisfy the demands and expectations of a burgeoning set-up involving youth, female and senior male performers.

Winter, who is also first team manager, takes BOCO into league combat tomorrow at Greenbank Road HQ for a date with Little Stoke.

And while that takes immediate priority it’s the bigger picture that is soaking up so much of Winter’s and his colleagues’ time and energy, with elevation "as soon as possible" to the Toolstation Western League, or equivalent Hellenic League, of pressing concern.

He explained: "We have under-18, under-17 and three under-16 teams packed with lads all eligible to move into senior men’s football. If we can’t progress as a club we’ll continue losing them to other clubs. So it’s a real key time for us.

"We also have two under-16 girls’ teams doing well and ready to move into successful women’s football here at BOCO. Again, if we don’t demonstrate we have the facilities to stage higher-level football they’ll move on too.

"You can only do so much as a club and we’ve been held back by red tape for far too long."

BOCO are making strides to upgrade their facilities in readiness for a potential move up the pyramid.

"We’re working at laying a solid pathway around two sides of our pitch and the V-mesh fencing around the pitch needs to be installed," Winter outlined.

"We’re on course to meet ground grading criteria for the next level up and we’re just awaiting South Gloucestershire Council final planning confirmation and landlord permission.

"We understand too that we’re the only club in the County League this season to apply for promotion and that a top five finish could be sufficient.

"If we can get the go-ahead to carry out these necessary ground works it would give everyone a lift and incentive to press on hard for that top five place and I see no reason, with games in hand, why we couldn’t achieve it."

Of his team’s on-field battles, Winter stressed: "We’re doing okay and we’re in the semi-finals of the League Cup where we play the current leaders Sharpness at home (on Saturday, April 4, 3pm).

"Our Jake Slocombe is top scorer in the league with 23 goals although we could really do with others pitching in with goals as we are creating chances.

"Everyone tells us we play good football and we just need to find the finishing touch more often to cap it off.

"It’s also encouraging to see so many of our successful under-16 Avon Youth League players going so well under the guidance of their manager ‘Spenny’ Thomas.

"Joel Manning has stepped up to us and done really well in goal and we’re gradually introducing others such as Kai Stenner (central midfielder), who was in the squad last week, and Liam Jones, a winger, with a view to getting them their first senior starts," added the BOCO leader, who can recall central midfielder Jason Thatcher and centre-half and captain Austen Shopland tomorrow.

He is, however, without Kalum Withey and Liam Powell, who scored in the 2-2 weekend draw with Broadwell Amateurs.

13th February 2020 - Representative Game

Gloucestershire Northern Senior League


Marcliff Gloucestershire County Football League

Wednesday 11th March 2020

at Slimbridge Football Club

Kick-off 7.30pm.

£2 entry fee with programme

10th February 2020 - Promotion Applicants and other movements

The following clubs have applied for promotion to the league for season 2020/21

  • Cribbs Reserves (Bristol Premier Combination)
  • Shaftsbury Crusade (Bristol Premier Combination)
  • Avonmouth (Bristol and Suburban League)
  • Filton Athletic (Bristol and Suburban League)
  • Stoke Gifford United (Bristol and Suburban League)
  • Brockworth Albion (Gloucestershire Northern Senior League)
  • Chalford (Gloucestershire Northern Senior League)
  • Charlton Rovers (Gloucestershire Northern Senior League)
  • Cheltenham Civil Service (Gloucestershire Northern Senior League)
  • Harrow Hill (Gloucestershire Northern Senior League)

The following club has applied to the FA for a lateral movement into the Gloucestershire County League

  • Shirehampton (Somerset County League)

Two clubs will be promoted to the league in accordance with the Gloucestershire FA Local Football Pyramid Regulations. The Relevant Regulation is reproduced below, Step 7 is the Gloucestershire County League, Step 8 is the Bristol Premier Combination Premier Division, Bristol & Suburban League Premier Division One, Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Division One and Hellenic League Division Two (Gloucestershire Affiliated Clubs).

Any vacancies will be dealt with after the promotion/relegation has been resolved as above and the FA have dealt with promotion to/from Step 6 Leagues.

7. Local Football Pyramid Management

  1. Gloucestershire FA will appoint members to any Joint League Liaison Committee (JLLC) convened to discuss issues related to these Regulations. The Committee shall meet at least once per season or at the request of an affiliated League.
  2. A Promotion and Relegation Link shall exist between Competitions at Step 7 and Step 8 as agreed and/or amended by the JLLC and approved by Council from time to time.
  3. Promotion to Step 7 is subject to the Team’s proposed facilities meeting the FA Step 7 minimum ground grading criteria as published from time to time and;
    1. Applying to the Step 7 Competition for membership, in writing, on or before 31st January, enclosing the application fee agreed by the JLLC from time to time.
    2. Evidencing security of tenure at a playing facility that meets the FA ground grading criteria from 1st August to 30th April in the following season.
    3. The Club being affiliated to Gloucestershire FA as its ‘Parent County FA’
  4. Affiliated Clubs may appeal to the Association against a decision made by a Competition in respect of promotion eligibility in accordance with FA Regulations.
  5. Subject to 7c, a minimum of two Teams will be promoted to the Step 7 Competition from Step 8 Competitions each season as approved by the JLLC.
  6. A maximum of two teams may be promoted from any one Competition at Step 8 unless otherwise agreed by the JLLC.
  7. Should a Champion Team not wish for promotion to Step 7 or, alternatively, not meet the necessary ground grading criteria, then the second, third or fourth placed Team in that Competition will be eligible under the same conditions.
    1. The JLCC shall prioritise promotion for the Champion Teams, then the Runners-up followed by the third or fourth placed Teams, subject to Regulation 7c.
  8. In the event of there being more than two Teams equally eligible for promotion to Step 7, promotion shall be determined by virtue of being the winners of a play-off match or series of matches. The eligibility criteria and format of the Play-offs shall be determined by the JLLC. Play-offs shall be managed by Gloucestershire FA at a suitable venue.
  9. The bottom two Teams in the Step 7 Competition shall be relegated to Step 8.
    1. Should one or more Teams withdraw from the Step 7 Competition after the Playing Season has commenced an equal number of Teams to those withdrawing in that division shall not be automatically relegated
    2. Each relegated Team will be consulted and allocated to the Competition recommended as most appropriate by the JLLC.
  10. In the event of there being no eligible Club in any Step 8 Competition wishing for promotion or not having the necessary grading criteria, this will reduce the number of Clubs to be relegated from the Step 7 Competition.
    1. If only one Team is eligible or wish for promotion, only the bottom Team in the Step 7 Competition will be relegated.
    2. If no Clubs are eligible, or wish for promotion, no Clubs will be relegated from the Step 7 Competition.

10th February 2020 - Wick have everything to play for

Simon Parkinson

WICK manager Mike Strawford admitted a bold promotion attempt this season by his high-flying Marcliff Gloucestershire County League team was looking "increasingly unlikely" but declared: "There’s everything else to play for."

The South Gloucestershire outfit not only loiter with intent in fourth spot where their league title aspirations lie but they are in the semi-final of the Les James League Cup – Gala Wilton are the visitors on April 4 – as well as the last eight of the GFA Challenge Trophy, which they confront with a short trip to Bath Road to take on Toolstation Prem big boys Bitton this Tuesday night (7.30pm).

In the meantime Strawford’s men have a key appointment to meet in the shape of tomorrow’s hosts Frampton United, current leaders they have already beaten twice this term in league (3-2 home) and Les James Cup (1-0 away).

"Frampton are always a threat and they’re in the box seat right now," the Oldbury Lane leader acknowledged.

"I also know that on our day we can beat anyone at this level and if we can get a win on Saturday we’ll draw level on points with them.

"It’s a massive month all round for us with Gala Wilton and Rockleaze to play among others but we can only think about this one important game. Get that safely out of the way and we can begin to think about Bitton."

Wick travel to Bell Field tomorrow with four consecutive wins under their belt although their demanding boss wasn’t altogether enamoured with what he witnessed to start with in last weekend’s 3-2 home win over Patchway Town’s strugglers.

"We were atrocious in the first half to trail 2-0 and I threatened the lads with three substitutions after ten to 15 minutes of the second half if things didn’t improve," Strawford revealed.

"By 64 minutes we were 3-2 up so thankfully it didn’t happen and to be fair the boys’ response was magnificent.

"They’d been as good as gold all season until then and some big lessons were hopefully taken from it. As I told the lads at half-time, you can’t be resting on your laurels; you can’t just rock up to games expecting to win them.

"Frustrations were kicking in during that first half and you can’t be getting like that when things go against you."

Asked about their promotion aspirations, Strawford, who is without Jordan Scott for several weeks again now after the luckless centre-forward’s foot injury was recently found to have been triggered by a break, accepted: "It’s looking unlikely we’ll go for it this year due to our facilities needing upgrading, which includes having floodlights in place by April.

"It won’t stop us pushing the club on regardless over the next few months and pushing to win the league this season and seeing where it takes us.

"There’s certainly all to play for as we’re also in those two cup competitions still.

"Everyone other than Jordan should be fit and ready for Frampton who, as I say, are a dangerous side and will no doubt be doubly determined to get one over on us after those two victories of ours over them.

"So we have to be ready for that."

8th February 2020 - Sharpness go top with narrow victory at Bromley Heath

Ron Holpin

Sharpness go top after winning 1-0 at Bromley Heath United while Frampton United and Wick draw 1-1 at the Bell Field.

The game at Bromley Heath United was far from a spectacular but both teams did their best with a very strong cross wind blowing the whole game. The visitors Sharpness have a very strong tall side and won most everything in the air especially in defence. Because of the condition very little passing football was dished up and long balls from both sides were the flavour of the afternoon. The opening chance fell to the home sides Dan Fowler who walked away with his hands covering his face after shooting straight at keeper Dan Hobbs in the 4th minute of the game. A Sharpness free kick on 15 minutes was pushed over the bar by keeper Tom Sheppard. The keeper was in action again midway through the half this time saving well from a Dan Gayner shot. Sharpness had two corners in succession curled in from the right side and the home defence did really well to defend both. Sharpness took the lead on 30 minutes when Dan Gayner hit a left foot shot which Sheppard saved with his feet but then saw the Referee point to the penalty spot. Dan Gayner hit the ball really hard to Sheppard’s left the keeper went the right way and got a hand to it but failed to keep it out of his net. On 36 minutes there was a scramble in the Sharpness goalmouth but the ball ran loose for Hobbs to collect.

6 minutes into the second half Sharpness managed to scramble the ball out for a corner from a Dan Fowler free kick. Fowler had another chance in the 61st minute but shot wide. In the 74th minute a high cross into the Sharpness goalmouth was excellently dealt with by keeper Dan Hobbs. The best chance of the second half for the home side fell to Jay Malpas in the 88th minute his flying header just clearing the bar.

Just the one goal at Gala Wilton where today’s visitors were Henbury. A goal in the very first minute of the game came from a Craig Howell cross to the far post that was headed back across goal by Martin Smith and John Clay was on hand to tap the ball in. The rest of the half was played out with no chances from either side created. Ryan Dobbins had a chance for the home side when he turned in the box but shot wide and the only other chance fell to Ben Sluman in the 78th minute but his shot was well saved by Henbury keeper Jack Bebbington.

Unbelievable, at Hillside Gardens where Rockleaze Rangers and Hanham Athletic were drawing 0-0 after 45 minutes but the home side hammered seven into the visitor’s net in the second half. There were chances in the first half the first falling to Marcus Williams of Rangers his shot just clipping the crossbar. On 15 minutes Rangers keeper Lewis Brodie saved well from a Luke Corbiere’s shot on target. Right-on half-time Mike Perham struck the crossbar for Rangers following a corner but it remained 0-0. Rangers started well in the second half and went 1-0 up in the 46th minute from a corner that was flicked on at the near post and Jordan Dent finished it off. Dent scored again in the 64th minute when he struck fierce drive from the edge of the box that gave Mason Hawkins in the Hanham goal no chance. 3 minutes later Nick Jones got in on the action to score from the edge of the box. Then just 2 minutes later Dan Webb scored the first of his three goals when Dent set up the chance. Webb got his second on 72 minutes when he broke clear to make it 5-0. Jay Connor came on as a substitute and scored with a great lob over the keeper in the 79th minute and Webb rounded the scoring off on 84 minutes to complete his hattrick.

Frampton United slipped down to third place in the table after they were held to a 1-1 score-line at home to Wick. The visitors had much the better of the first half and went ahead after 12 minutes when Sam Thomas scored following a corner. Frampton equalised 2 minutes into the second half following a great run by Manolo Espada and a cross in for Jack Bartman to slot home. Joe Pople the Wick keeper then saved well from an Espada shot on target in the 55th minute and 10 minutes later Sam Thomas had a great chance to put Wick ahead again but shot straight at substitute keeper Davis who took over in goal when Sparrow had to leave the field with a damaged hand. Right at the death Joe Thomas could have won it for Wick but his header flashed the wrong side of the post.

Little Stoke are producing some indifferent performances of late and today was no exception when they were well beaten at home by Hardwicke. They went behind after just 2 minutes when Will Matthews headed in from a cross. On 27 minutes Stuart Nelson struck the crossbar for Little Stoke and on 36 minutes Kieran Williams had his shot well saved by the visitor’s keeper. Hardwicke were quick of the mark in the second half and went 2-0 up when Steve Bick hit a low drive into the bottom corner. Bick struck again in the 70th minute and Keiron Squires headed home a fourth in the 78th minute.

AEK Boco led 2-1 in this game where they missed numerous chances throughout but the visitors hit back to go away with a valuable point. In fact, it was Broadwell Amateurs who took the lead on 22 minutes after Alex Browns shot rebounded to Adan Fowler to drive home. 5 minutes before the break the home side levelled the score from a Liam Powell shot that sped through a crowded box to finish up in the back of the net. Boco were awarded a penalty on the hour mark and Jake Slocombe put the home side 2-1 up. However, as the game went in to time added at the end of 90 minutes Dan Brain scored a fantastic goal from an overhead kick to give the visitor’s a point to take home.

Ruardean Hill Rangers are struggling with inconsistency this season and were beaten 2-1 at home by Quedgeley Wanderers. The home side got off to a dreadful start conceding after just 2 minutes from a long ball into the box and defenders thinking the flag was going up saw Dorian Colling made ground to head past keeper Bowles. Just 3 minutes later Ricky Tingle had the ball in the back of the Wanderers net but it was ruled out for offside. Wanderers Karl James -Bryan could have made it 2-0 but shot wide. Then on 21 minutes after a good passing movement up field Luke Brown effort on goal went wide. On 25 minutes Tingle had a great chance to level but was tackled at the last moment by Dan Lander. The home side saw Brown go down in the box just before the break but nothing was given. Luke Brown hit a great 25-yard shot on the hour mark to level the score and then Tingle had two great chances to score both set up by Brown but poor finishing let him down. On 77 minutes Ruardean’s Steve Coombs was sent off following a foul and from the free kick Karl James-Bryan netted the winner for Wanderers

3rd February 2020 - Les James League Cup Semi-Final Draw

The Semi-Final draw for the Les James League Cup sponsored by Boca Teamwear is as below.

  • AEK Boco v Sharpness
  • Wick v Gala Wilton

All games to be played on Saturday 4th April with a 3 PM kick-off

3rd February 2020 - Rockleaze manager hopeful "harsh lessons learned"

Simon Parkinson

ROCKLEAZE Rangers manager Peter Bradbury is hopeful "harsh lessons" have been heeded as he takes his talented team to Broadwell Amateurs tomorrow eager to capitalise on their lofty status.

The Hillside Gardens outfit are in impressive form third on the Marcliff Gloucestershire County League ladder and only four points adrift of Frampton United pacesetters who do have two vital games to make up on Bradbury’s battlers.

That picture could have been looking an even rosier one had Rangers not experienced a painful late crash a fortnight back to lose 3-2 on their slick 3G surface to Frampton fliers who never know when they’re beaten as they eye a first coveted title triumph, something they have threatened for several years now.

Of that last-gasp agony, Bradbury explained: “We’d been 2-1 up on 91 minutes and good value for it, only to throw it all away inside 65 horrible seconds. After playing so well it was pretty devastating.

"Credit to Frampton, they’d weathered the storm and stayed in the game but you have to keep going until the very last whistle. We didn’t and paid the price.

"Even our chairman Andy Myland reckoned we’d played some of the best football seen at Rockleaze in many a year.

"We’d coped so comfortably with everything Frampton threw at us, right up until they launched the ball up the pitch twice at the end to undo us."

Bradbury accepted: "On hindsight, after conceding the equalising goal, we should maybe have kept calmer heads and taken it rather than go gung-ho in a desperate attempt to rectify it as a draw wouldn’t have been a disaster.

"Instead we over-committed on the right side at the restart and one cross and finish and it was in the back of our net again.

"Still, we’d scored twice at the death to beat Hardwicke 2-1 a few weeks back so what goes around comes around I suppose!"

Bradbury was nonetheless impressed with the manner in which his team dusted themselves down seven short days on to overcome a much more competitive Gala Wilton side 3-1 in Gloucester at the weekend.

"It was pleasing as Gala were clearly up for it, pressing us effectively from the off," he said.

"It was hard for us to get any rhythm going but Gala simply couldn’t maintain that level of early pressing and more and more space became available to us as the game went on.

"We really turned it on in the second half and on a heavy grass pitch too which we’re not that accustomed to."

Of important and potentially exciting weeks ahead, the Rockleaze supremo observed: "We have ten games left and we’ll do our level best to win them all and pressure the likes of Frampton and Sharpness above us into having to win all theirs too.

"Our lads are doing fantastically well and if we keep maintaining the standards we have set then we stand a chance of victory every time we play.

"Broadwell are next for us and they’re never easy opposition: they’ll be up for it as they have relegation issues to address.

"But our boys are enjoying their football and it means I can count on 18 to 20 lads each week hungry to play," insisted Bradbury, who could hand a debut to attacking midfielder Miles Hatfield for tomorrow’s Forest of Dean trip, one of a clutch of recent arrivals from Tytherington Rocks which includes Jordan Buckett and Jordan Dent.

1st February 2020 - Hardwicke start fast to beat AEK Boco

Ron Holpin

AEK Boco’s push to get up the table came unstuck today at Hardwicke where the home side struck twice in the first 10 minutes giving Boco an uphill task to get back into the game. They will be disappointed as they had a majority of possession throughout the game but could not find that finishing touch. It was the visitors who had the first effort on goal on 3 minutes when Tom Kaye brilliantly pushed the ball out for a corner from a Jason Thatcher 25-yard shot. On 8 minutes a looping ball into Steve Bick saw the first goal for Hardwicke as he struck it cleanly past Joel Manning in the Boco goal. Just 2 minutes later Bick slid the ball through to Richard Mansell to make it 2-0. Manning then brought off a good save from Mansell to deny him a second goal. 5 minutes before the break Hardwicke keeper Kaye saved well to deny Jake Slocombe scoring from a free kick. The visitor’s pushed hard in the second half and were eventually rewarded in the 65th minute when Toby Webb gave away a penalty which Jake Slocombe slotted past Kaye. Almost at the end Boco also gave away a penalty but Manning brought of a great save to deny Richard Mansell’s shot from the spot.

A surprise result at Henbury where the home side inflicted only the second defeat of the season on leaders Frampton United. Henbury were fortunate to take a 9th minute lead when Ryan Ford headed into his own goal from a cross by Adam Rosser. From that point Frampton took charge of the game and created numerous chances but failed to find the back of the net until right on half time when a long ball out of defence from Frampton found Ryan Ford who was clear on goal Henbury keeper Bebbington challenged for the ball it spun clear and Ford recover it to run through and slip the ball into an empty net. Henbury made it 2-1 in the 71st minute from a free kick on the edge of the box taken by Adam Rosser he got it past the wall the keeper saved but the ball ran loose to defender Dom Brown but his attempted clearance struck Joe Cox and finished up the back of the Frampton net. Frampton should have levelled the score on 85 minutes when Ryan Vincent broke clear and with just the keeper to beat shot wide.

Hanham Athletic slipped to another defeat this time at the hands of Gala Wilton. Gala’s Ben Sluman gave them an 18th minute lead with a crisp shot from the edge of the box. On 27 minutes Martin Smith missed from six yards and that would have given Gala a 2-0 lead. The home side failed to get a chance on goal until the 52nd minute when Sam Brown’s shot went just wide. However, Gala did take a 2-0 lead in the 62nd minute when Martin Smith headed in from a cross. The visitors got a third on 75 minutes after they broke away following a Hanham corner and Ben Sluman drove home his second of the afternoon.

Quedgeley Wanderers bounced back from last week’s heavy defeat to gain a 2-1 win over Bromley Heath United. There was an early chance for Kyle James-Bryan for the home side but he shot wide and at the other end Todd Carter did the same for the visitors. Wanderers took the lead on 30 minutes when Henry Birkett set up Kyle James-Bryan to slot home. James-Bryan had another good chance to increase that lead before the break but was wide of the target. Just after the restart Josh Wilson’s effort was really well saved by the Bromley keeper before Henry Birkett set up a second goal for Wanderers this time laying it on for Sean Lawson to score. Bromley did manage to get a goal back late on when Ben Hargett scored but too little too late.

Rockleaze Rangers are going strong a present and picked up another 3 points at Broadwell Amateurs today. Rangers were in front after just 2 minutes when a mix up in the home defence allowed the alert Dan Webb to score from 10 yards. The home side pulled themselves together and really gave Rangers something to think about until the 30th minute when Alex Brown gave away a penalty but luckily keeper Ben Reed pulled off a great save to keep the score at 1-0. 7 minutes later Rangers changed that score-line when Jordan Dent fired the ball into the bottom corner for a 2-0 lead. The home side clawed their way back into the game in the 39th minute when Alex Brown’s back header found the unmarked Steve Belfitt to head home. The second half started with the home side pushing hard and only a string of fine saves by Rangers keeper Lewis Brodie kept them out. Rangers then scored a third in the 90th minute after breaking clear following a Broadwell corner with Jordan Dent striking the ball cleanly only to see Reed save it but Webb was following up and knocked the ball home.

Sharpness are now level on points with leaders Frampton but have an inferior goal difference so have to settle for second spot in the table at present. In the 10th minute after good build up play the ball was knocked into the box by Sam Strickland - Alex Gayner and the Little Stoke goalkeeper Provis challenged for the ball, it ran clear and Gayner drove it home. A minute later Holver missed a good chance for the visitors blasting over the bar. The Sharks went two up in the 22nd minute from a cross into the box - a Stoke defender in trying to clear struck the ball straight into Sam Strickland and it deflected off his head into the net. On 33 minutes Stoke were back in the game as Luke Meacham latched on to a ball from Russ Church and ran clear to fire the ball past keeper Dan Hobbs. Sharpness made it 3-1 after the break when Dan Gayner was played in by Brad Hewer. Stokes Etan Moore then missed a good chance to score a second on the hour mark. The Sharks got a fourth on 68 minutes when Dan Gayner finished off a cross from Sam Strickland.

This was a potential banana skin for Wick with a rejuvenated Patchway Town back to the nest on a very sunny afternoon, which unfortunately didn’t draw the crowds in with an attendance of 26. The wind made it difficult for Wick in the first 10 minutes, but they managed to settle down and had most of the possession, however, Patchway did look threatening on the counter. On 15 minutes, Wick’s Mike Hardiman received the ball and sild the ball in the path of Alfie Clarke, who felled to trouble the Sam Burgess in the Town goal with a weak shot from just outside the penalty box. Wick wasted another couple of chances and after 22 minutes, Town broke the deadlock when Phil Vice opened the scoring with a headed goal after a low curling cross from Dave Pritchard. Vice was involved in Patchway’s second, which came after 34 minutes after his cross from the left was headed home by the lively Lewis Toop after he evaded Wick’s Ben Stiff.

Wick started brightly in the second-half after a stern dusting down at the interval from Wick’s manager, Mike Strawford. With the wind behind them, Wick had an early second half chance, but Sam Thomas’s shot was well wide. Pressure was mounting on the Patchway’s goal and within ten minutes the game was turned on its head. Wick got their first after Mike Hardiman headed home a Max Barker cross on 56 minutes. Six minutes later, Wick scored an equalised, this time Joe Thomas collected the ball on the left, beat two Patchway defenders to cross the ball for Charlie Stevens to poke the ball into the net from 2 yards. Wick took the lead on 64 minutes when Joe Thomas collected the ball wide on the left, cut into the Town box and his shot was deflected into the Town goal, leaving Burgess wrong footed. On 73 minutes Patchway, nearly grabbed an equaliser, but Tom Haim’s shot was blocked well by Wick’s Keeper, Joe Pople. Both teams made a number of substitutions in the closing stages of the game to try and influence the score line, but this felled to make a difference, however Danny Sheldon’s 83rd minute shot from 30 yards rattled the crossbar. A much improved second half performance to turn the game around and take 3 important point and maintain their 100% home record.