What a weekend in the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League once again. Results wise it could be a pivotal day to look back on at both ends of either table. Once again there were also goals all over the place, with as many as 9 sides scoring 3 times or more this weekend. So let’s take a look at how the action unfolded.
In our preview earlier in the week we spoke to Chalford manager Ben Powell ahead of Chalford’s fixture at Harrow Hill. Powell told us that he was looking for more from his side after a run of four draws in a row, in all competitions.
He didn’t get his wish though, as it would be another frustrating afternoon for the Chalford boss – with his side drawing for the fifth time on the spin, 1-1. Powell took to Twitter to summarise his side’s performance.
Woeful 1st half and could of gone in 3-0 down but full credit to the lads we came out a different side 2nd half and could of taken all 3 points!
We need to start performing better over 90 minutes and not just doing well in phases!
Onto the next one!
— Ben powell (@powelloben5) March 9, 2019
Chalford’s slip up was taken advantage of by both Sharpness and Brockworth Albion. The leaders Sharpness remained top after putting 5 past Whaddon United, winning 5-1. Brockworth stay second after a hard fought 1-0 win over a game Cam Bulldogs.
Albion stretched their unbeaten run to nine, with four wins from four after their win, but manager Mark Mulraney wasn’t happy with the performance on a tough afternoon.
— mark mulraney (@mullers12) March 9, 2019
Even though they have five games left in the league, Charlton Rovers’ quest to retain the GNSL Division One title is all but over after their 1-1 draw at home to Longlevens Reserves.
Stranger things have happened, but to be four points behind with just five left, whilst the three sides have four, one and three games in hand over them – it is very unlikely for them to finish top.
Upton St Leonards took advantage of Tuffley Rovers Reserves’ lack of fixture to overtake them into 5th place. Upton’s 3-1 win at Leonard Stanley mean they have now won 6 out of their last 7 games, with one defeat – a 2-0 defeat at Tuffley Rovers Reserves a fortnight ago.
There was an upset to the form book as Welland were beaten at home 3-0 by Quedgeley Wanderers. Goals from Nathan Payne, Louis Peyton & Kyle James-Bryan were enough to see Quedgeley move onto 32 points, 12 points ahead of the bottom three.
In the Division’s other game, Berkeley Town hit FC Barometrics for six, with a thumping 6-0 win. Peter Dykes and Jordan Moore’s efforts added to four Aaron Nash strikes, as Berkeley move to 11 points ahead of the bottom three. The club took to Twitter to look ahead to their big derby game next weekend with the leaders Sharpness.
Big 6-0 win 2day against @fcbarometrics. @YoungNash12 with 4 cracking goals, @moooreyyyy with a pin point free kick and Pete dykes with a great solo effort. Just what we need with the big derby next week! #upthehunters
— Berkeley Town FC (@berkeleytownfc) March 9, 2019
In Division Two, leaders Woolaston saw their game with Bibury fall foul of the weather – in fact considering all the rain we saw in Gloucestershire this week, it was the only game to be lost in the GNSL.
That postponement allowed Cheltenham Civil Service the chance to close the gap to 11 points, which they duly did. A 2-0 win away at an improving Lydbrook Athletic side saw them keep tabs with the leaders and continue their own run. Civil Service have won six in a row in the league, since their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Woolaston in December.
Whitecroft’s 2-1 win at FC Lakeside sees them remain a point behind in 3rd, with Bredon five points further back after their 3-1 win over Falcons. Lakeside and Falcons remain in 8th and 10th respectively, either side of a Barnwood United side who drew for the 9th time this season.
A Liam Pinnock strike and two Scott Walker efforts weren’t enough for the Division’s draw specialists, as they were held to a 3-3 draw away at Smiths Athletic. Smiths goals were scored by Louis Al Barnfather and a Elliot Bostock double.
Smiths go level on points with 11th placed Lydney Town Reserves, who were beaten 3-2 at English Bicknor. Bicknor stay level on points with 4th placed Bredon after the win and are now six points clear of 6th placed Frampton United Reserves who were heavily beaten by Abbeymead Rovers.
Abbeymead made it four wins in a row with a massive 6-1 win at Frampton to move up to 7th in the Division. Their remarkable run of form continued after a Jack Ashmead double and four Mishak Foster strikes saw them head back to Gloucester with all three points.
4 in 4 up the mead💛💙
— Bill (@BillyStokes_) March 9, 2019
Next weekend Abbeymead welcome Lydbrook as they look to make it five on the spin, whilst Cheltenham Civil Service have a mouth watering fixture at home to English Bicknor.
Check out this weekend’s results from in and around the county right here.