What a busy week we have had in the county this week, with the Cheltenham Festival everywhere you turn – including on Severn Sport. But football is back this weekend and once again we have another important weekend of games in the GNSL to sink our teeth into.
We start this week with a local derby in Division One that pits two sides against each other who will have bags of momentum after both going goal crazy last week. Leaders Sharpness host Berkeley Town, in a game with implications at both ends of the table.
Sharpness produced a five star display in their 5-1 win over Whaddon United last week, whilst Berkeley went one better when they hit FC Barometrics for six – in a 6-0 win. Berkeley can move up two places with a win, whilst Sharpness can end the day as many as 4 points clear at the top.
Second placed Brockworth Albion travel to Upton St Leonards as they look to make it 10 games unbeaten. Mark Mulraney’s men’s run has been scintillating as they have climbed the table to join in the title race. A win could see them go top, whilst Upton know a win can move them level with Chalford in 3rd, a great position to be in their first season in the Division.
Another side who can make it 10 games unbeaten are Tuffley Rovers Reserves. Dan Gillespie’s side haven’t had fixtures in the last couple of weeks so they have watched as the top bunch of 8 sides converge around them to make the title fight a big one.
With 7 games left for Tuffley, including games against sides above them, they are still in the hunt for the title and will be looking to keep up their momentum. A win on Saturday at FC Barometrics can see them move up to 4th in the league. FC Barometrics are running out of time to survive, but a win could see them move up a place and sit just four points behind with 5 games left.
The still unbeaten Chalford host bottom club Leonard Stanley, knowing that a win could see them go joint top, with a game in hand over Sharpness and three over Brockworth Albion.
Last season’s Champions Charlton Rovers travel to a Quedgeley Wanderers side who will be buzzing after their 3-0 win at Welland last weekend. A defeat for Rovers could see them end the day 7 points behind the leaders, with just four games left and having played three games more.
Quedgeley could all but secure survival, if it wasn’t safe already, with a win. They could overtake Longlevens Reserves into 9th.
Longlevens Reserves will do likewise if they can beat Whaddon United. They would find themselves 17 points clear of the drop zone with five games left for Whaddon and FC Barometrics.
Cam Bulldogs and Taverners could do with two or three more wins in their final games to secure their status for next season, but both face difficult home fixtures against Welland and Harrow Hill respectively.
It is worth noting that next weekend sees Brockworth Albion vs Chalford in a huge fixture in the title race.
In Division Two the game that stands out the most would have been ignored at the turn of the year, but Abbeymead Rovers vs Lydbrook Athletic sees two of the most in-form clubs in the Division facing off.
Abbeymead look for their fifth win in a row and if they get it they can move up into 6th place, whilst Lydbrook can move out of the bottom three with their fourth win in five games – their only defeat coming last week against title chasing Cheltenham Civil Service.
Speaking of Cheltenham Civil Service, they host an English Bicknor side who are in red hot form. It is a game that sees two sides who both won 7-0 just a fortnight ago. Expect either goals everywhere or a cagey 0-0, there will be no in between.
If Civil Service drop points, leaders Woolaston will look to pounce with a win away at relegation threatened Winchcombe Town. If Woolaston win and Civil Service lose, the leaders will find themselves 14 points clear with 8 games left.
There is a big fixture at the bottom of the Division, with bottom side Bibury hosting Smiths Athletic. Smiths, who drew 3-3 with Barnwood United last week, only have five games left after Saturday and they know that they are still a couple of wins short of safety being secured.
At the top end its 3rd vs 4th when Whitecroft host Bredon. After a blip in form, Whitecroft have won their last couple to still remain in the hunt, albeit an unlikely hunt. Bredon however have been distracted with WFA Cup action in recent weeks, but they can move to two points behind their opponents as they look for a strong finish.
In the Division’s other games FC Lakeside host Barnwood United, whilst Falcons entertain Frampton United Reserves. All four sides are two wins or so away from securing safety realistically.
Take a look at the full list of GNSL fixtures below:
Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Division One
Cam Bulldogs vs Welland
Chalford vs Leonard Stanley
FC Barometrics vs Tuffley Rovers Reserves
Longlevens Reserves vs Whaddon United
Quedgeley Wanderers vs Charlton ROvers
Sharpness vs Berkeley Town
Taverners vs Harrow Hill
Upton St Leonards vs Brockworth Albion
Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Division Two
Winchcombe Town vs Woolaston – 14:00 kick off
Abbeymead Rovers vs Lydbrook Athletic
Bibury vs Smiths Athletic
Cheltenham Civil Service vs English Bicknor
Falcons vs Frampton United Reserves
FC Lakeside vs Barnwood United
Whitecroft vs Bredon
Check out the full list of fixtures in and around the county this weekend, right here.