Well last weekend was annoying wasn’t it? That is what I would be saying if it wasn’t for the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League. Thankfully despite the snow and the dropping of games like flies last week, there were still four games played in the league and it saw us take in some GNSL action.
Thankfully we are looking like a full fixture list being scheduled in once again, which serves up some winter warmers as we press on through February.
We start in Division One and quite frankly, it is become very tight. Just 7 points separate the top 6 and in fact only 12 points separate the top 9. It is becoming crazily competitive and we have seen in 2019 already, that sides can go on a run and force their way into the equations.
A team who have done that are Brockworth Albion who have taken 13 points out of a possible 15 in 2019 to see them move up to 4th in the league. And they host a Whaddon United side on Saturday who have already massed more points in 2019 than they did in the second half of 2018.
Whaddon have take 10 points out of a possible 12 as two of the league’s most in form sides go head to head at Mill Lane.
Elswhere, the top two are away from home – with Sharpness travelling to bottom club Leonard Stanley whilst Chalford look to stay unbeaten, when they travel to Berkeley Town.
If either side slip up then Brockworth aren’t the only side waiting in the wings to swoop. Charlton Rovers, who currently sit in 3rd, travel to Welland and could end the day just 1 point off 2nd and 2 points off top spot. The carrot is there for last year’s Champions.
Harrow Hill, who beat Charlton Rovers last month, can keep up the heat on the top three when they host a Longlevens Reserves side in desperate need of consistency.
Tuffley Rovers Reserves go into Saturday’s game with Quedgeley Wanderers on the same points as Brockworth Albion and Harrow Hill, so they too will be seeking a win to keep up the pace.
For the visitors, they will know that a win will see them open up a 16 point gap from the relegation zone, whilst putting them on course for a top half finish.
At the bottom, FC Barometrics take on Cam Bulldogs. Baros moved off the bottom with a big win at Quedgeley last weekend and a win this weekend could drag Whaddon United and Taverners, in particular, back into the relegation fight.
Taverners host Upton St Leonards, who can move up to 7th with a win.
In DIvision Two leaders Woolaston were scheduled to have the week off last week, so they return to action and take on bottom placed Lydbrook Athletic as they look to keep up their 8 point lead in the table.
Cheltenham Civil Service will be looking to keep the pressure on when they take on fellow promoted side Barnwood United at the Walls Club. Civil Service will be looking to take advantage over the fact Barnwood are scheduled to travel to Kings Stanley in a Stroud League Cup fixture on Saturday afternoon.
The hosts can move up to 7th if they can get the three points.
Whitecroft, who have slipped to 5 points behind 2nd, host Abbeymead Rovers as they look to bridge the gap between themselves and the top two.
For Abbeymead, a win can take them up two places to 10th.
After nearly a month away from GNSL action, Bredon return to action with a home tie with Winchcombe Town. Since they last played a league Bredon have stayed right in amongst it in 4th.
A win could see them move to within a point of Whitecroft, whilst Winchcombe will be looking to get a reaction after their 2-0 defeat at Barnwood a fortnight ago.
Elsewhere, FC Lakeside travel to Lydney Town Reserves knowing that a win can take them above Bredon and English Bicknor, who don’t have a fixture this week, into 4th position.
Also 10th placed Smiths Athletic can overtake 9th placed Falcons when those two face off. Smiths have become the side who’s games equal goals. Smiths haven’t played in a game with less than 4 goals in it since the start of December (6 games in a row).
Frampton United Reserves host Bibury in the league’s other fixture on Saturday. Frampton can move up a place to 6th if they win and FC Lakeside lose at Lydney. For Bibury, they can reduce the gap to Winchcombe Town to just four points.
Check out the full list of GNSL fixtures for the weekend below:
Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Division One
Berkeley Town vs Chalford
Brockworth Albion vs Whaddon United
FC Barometrics vs Cam Bulldogs
Harrow Hill vs Longlevens Reserves
Leonard Stanley vs Sharpness
Taverners vs Upton St Leonards
Tuffley Rovers Reserves vs Quedgeley Wanderers
Welland vs Charlton Rovers
Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Division Two
Barnwood United vs Cheltenham Civil Service
Bredon vs Winchcombe Town
Frampton United Reserves vs Bibury
Lydbrook Athletic vs Woolaston
Lydney Town Reserves vs FC Lakeside
Smiths Athletic vs Falcons
Whitecroft vs Abbeymead Rovers
View all of the fixtures in and around the county this weekend right here.