Saturday’s fixture list took a massive pounding due to the weather and only a handful of games survived the weather across all divisions.
In fact only two Southern League games and four Gloucestershire Northern Senior League games survived, with the odd game played in the leagues below. For us we went down to Longford Lane for the Reserve team derby, Longlevens Reserves vs Tuffley Rovers Reserves in the GNSL Division One.
Longlevens nearly opened the scoring on 2 minutes, when Matt Wasley headed over from a Harry Emmett corner. Isaac Johns then should have broken the deadlock, but he could only send his effort at Tuffley keeper Daniel Brabham from about 8 yards.
Tuffley Rovers’ first real chance came on 15 minutes, when winger Essa Sabally cut in from the left before curling wide. But as Rovers came back into the game, they took the lead just three minutes later. After Levens keeper Liam Best and Rhys Lewis hesitated between them, Rovers winger Luke Troke nipped in to chip the ball home from the right corner of the box.
Before the goal Wasley was tripped over in the Tuffley box, but cries for a penalty were waved away by the referee – as were more shouts for a spot kick when Dave Merrick went sent tumbling in the Rovers box.
With 10 minutes to go until the break, Tuffley nearly doubled their lead through Ryan Dobbins. After a deep corner was headed down the forward could only flick his header over the crossbar.
Then, with just five minutes before the half time whistle Longlevens deservedly levelled. A ball chipped forward down the left was challenged for by Harry Emmett and Marcus Foxwell. Foxwell timed his challenge well but was unlucky to see the ball fall to Isaac Johns who banged in an equaliser from 20 yards.
Troke was given a 10 minute sin bin for dissent towards the ref just before half time and Tuffley nearly went behind whilst being a man down. Jem Winter headed Emmett’s deeper corner against the Rovers bar. Then Filton Gardiner got in down the left, but his effort was beaten away by Brabham.
Longlevens subs Jack Cornell and Nick Bradley nearly found winners inside the last twenty minutes, but Cornell saw his shot saved before Bradley fired wide from 18 yards.
With just 8 minutes left Longlevens nearly got caught from their own attacking set piece. After Tuffley cleared their lines, Dobbins was slipped in on the right side of the box – but he could only fire wide.
Stoppage time saw opportunities for both sides to steal all three points. After Cornell had his effort saved, Will Emery shanked an effort wide as Tuffley broke.
Dave Merrick then took the ball down, carried it to the edge of the box before thundering an effort in. Brabham threw himself to his left to save well and ensure his side left Longford Lane with a point.
The draw sees Longlevens Reserves move up to 7th in the table, leaping over Upton St Leonards who saw their game against Chalford fall foul to the weather.
Tuffley Rovers Reserves moved level on points with Harrow Hill, who’s game at league leaders Sharpness was also called off.
Elsewhere, Charlton Rovers stayed two points clear of Brockworth Albion after a 2-2 draw in Badsey. Brockworth join Harrow Hill and Tuffley Reserves on 33 points, but move above the pair into 4th on goal difference.
Welland moved up to 8th, one point before Longlevens Reserves, after a 2-1 win at home to Berkeley Town.
There was also a big win for FC Barometrics, who moved off the bottom thanks to a 4-3 win at Quedgeley Wanderers. Quedgeley remain 10th in Division One.
Tuffley Reserves are due to take on Chalford on Tuesday night, but as it stands the game appears to be in doubt due to the bad weather’s effect on Tuffley’s Glevum Park pitch.
In Division Two all 7 scheduled fixtures were postponed due to the weather and frozen pitches.
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