Tredworth Tigers co-manager Lee Smith says his side will be a “force to be reckoned with” next season, after they secured a 3-2 win over Stonehouse Town Reserves to take them 3rd in the Stroud League Division One.
Smith played a pivotal role in the Tigers’ fifth win in a row in all competitions by scoring twice to put his side in a commanding 2-0 lead.
The brace saw Smith move onto 10 league goals in 8 appearances for his side, leaving the former Gloucester City man just two goals off the top of the goalscoring ranks, which is currently lead by Old Richians’ Ross Peters.
However after being pegged back to 2-2, former Tuffley Rovers midfielder Courtney Hamilton was shown a red card for a retaliation to a foul.
But just when the game looked to ending all square, Nick Musty scored the winner with just a couple of minutes left on the clock.
Smith spoke to Severn Sport earlier on today after his side overtook Dursley Town into 3rd, making them the current best of the rest in the league.
“We’re obviously buzzing with it all really. I’m very happy to have taken the challenge on and happy with the squad we have. The desire from them, especially my skipper Geoff Llewellyn who ran his socks off yesterday, has been superb.
Our recent results and how we have played bold well for us for next season, as it shows that Tredworth will be a force to be reckoned with. As I told Severn Sport when I took the job, we want to win the league next season.”
Next season will be Tredworth’s 20 year anniversary, something they will be celebrating with a new badge and commemorative memorabilia over the next 12 months or so, and Smith remains confident that his side will make it a season to remember.
Smith took to Facebook to praise co-manager Adam Dix for the recent run of results by saying “another great result, fair play 5 on the bounce. Me and Dixy [Adam Dix] have turned it around.”
Tredworth now find themselves in 3rd place with a game in hand over their nearest rivals Dursley Town. The Division is currently being lead by a top two who are uncatchable. Kings Stanley lead the way on 47 points, with Charfield, who Tredworth defeated 7-2 a couple of weekends ago, four points further back on 43 points.
Tredworth’s next league outing comes on Saturday 23rd March, when they host Charfield at Spa Road.
Check out the fall out after another vital weekend in the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League right here.
Photos provided by Tredworth TIgers photographer Andrew Jackson