Saturday afternoon marked a “Super Saturday” for the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League, with the top two in each division facing off on the opening weekend of the New Year.
In Division One Chalford held Sharpness to a 1-1 draw whilst Woolaston beat Whitecroft 3-1 to remain eight points clear, with Whitecroft dropping to third place.
Woolaston’s David Crook writes about the action from Netherend Crescent below.
The Cherries came out on top despite manager Andrew Wenzel having five players missing through injury. Former Tredegar Town player Bertrand Obang started and starred in the game.
Woolaston started brightly and had two early chances cleared off the line before Whitecroft were awarded a penalty after Kear was brought down in the box.
The hosts responded well and had some good chances to equalise, but with five minutes before the break a James Burchill header sent the sides in level at half time.
The second half was one way traffic, with Woolaston applying the pressure from the whistle. On 60 minutes Richard Lloyd put Division Two’s leaders 2-1 up before Dan Saunders wrapped the game up on his return from injury.
Woolaston take the points in a local derby that was watched by nearly 100 people and it was a great advert for local football.
Elsewhere in Division Two, Cheltenham Civil Service took advantage of Whitecroft’s defeat to go 2nd – after battling to a 2-1 win at Lydney Town Reserves.
There were also big away wins for Falcons, Bredon & Frampton United Reserves who all scored 4, whilst Abbeymead Rovers beat Winchcombe Town away 6-1 to move up a place to 10th. Woolaston were the only home winners in Division Two.
In Division One a Craig Cole goal was enough to keep Chalford unbeaten after they drew with top of the table Sharpness.
Last year’s Champions Charlton Rovers moved into 3rd after beating FC Barometrics 3-0 and Harrow Hill were defeated 2-1 by Brockworth Albion. Tuffley Rovers & Longlevens’ Reserve sides both moved up the table after 3-2 wins, including a Levens comeback from 2-0 down.
Leonard Stanley drew 3-3 at home to Berkeley Town with a massive three points for Whaddon United, who moved off the bottom of Division One with a 2-0 win over Taverners.
Next weekend’s GNSL fixtures are affected by the next round of the County Cup, including Longlevens Reserves vs Chalford and Smiths Athletic vs Sharpness.