What a crucial couple of days we have seen the in the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League. A big midweek that has seen both divisions affected, in particular at the top of each division.
In Division One Brockworth Albion moved second with a 4-0 win at Taverners in their ‘final’ game this season. They find themselves one point behind leaders Sharpness, with the outcome of the abandoned game between the two still unknown.
They moved above Chalford who were beaten 3-2 at Upton St Leonards on Tuesday night. That sees Chalford sit 4 points behind the leaders in 3rd, with three games left to play.
Ahead of this weekend’s fixtures, Welland travel to FC Barometrics on Thursday night – as they look to overtake Quedgeley Wanderers who secured a 2-1 win over Tuffley Rovers Reserves on Wednesday night.
In our featured game of the evening, both sides started the game looking capable on the ball but both lacked the killer touch in the final third in the first period.
Tuffley winger Luke Troke volleyed into the side netting just after the 20 minute mark, before Ash Bird suffered a nasty bobble when he was played in by Jack Ellis.
Quedgeley goalkeeper Darren Charnock then made a big stop to deny Troke after the winger picked up a poor square ball in the Wanderers’ defensive third. As Troke charged into the box, his shot was saved by the outstretched legs of the keeper.
Charnock’s opposite number Daniel Brabham was called into action soon after when James Thomas pulled back from the byline who Louis Peyton to curl straight into Brabham’s gloves.
Just before the break Peyton had another chance as the ball was cut back from the opposite side, but the Quedgeley midfielder could only scuff straight at Brabham.
Tuffley took the lead just three minutes into the second half after defender Jon Clay headed a free kick towards goal. The ball appeared to take a deflection but the Tuffley players were convinced it was Clay’s goal.
Josh Wilson nearly hit a delightful equaliser as he clipped in an effort from the left corner of the box, but Brabham stuck out a paw to claw the ball out.
With just over twenty minutes left Nathan Payne came off the bench and he immediately fired in an equaliser after being slipped in on the right side of the box.
Payne then turned provider for the winning goal through forward Kyle James-Bryan. The big man played a one two with Payne before latching onto the through ball, holding off the chasing defender and calmly slotting under Brabham to make it six wins in a row for Wanderers.
The win sees Quedgeley move up to 5th, just one point behind Tuffley in 4th but have now played all of their games for the season. For Tuffley, they can still finish on 50+ points, but cannot finish higher than their current 4th position.
Severn Sport Man of the Match went to James-Bryan who worked tirelessly against Jon Clay and Shay Lyons, who both had very good games at centre back for Tuffley.
In Division One this weekend Tuffley host Berkeley Town, whilst Sharpness and Chalford host Charlton Rovers and Longlevens Reserves respectively.
Tuesday night saw an exciting night in Division Two, with three tightly fought contests.
Lydbrook have given themselves a great chance at survival with a 3-2 victory at Falcons. The win sees them move to one point behind Smiths who have two games left as opposed to Lydbrook’s one.
Second placed Cheltenham Civil Service were given a scare by bottom placed club Bibury in a 4-3 win. Civil Service found themselves 3-1 and 4-2 up before Bibury scored a third to give it a nervy finish.
It was even more nervy due to the dramatic end at Woolaston, who came from 2-1 down with just 5 minutes left to win 3-2. Goals from Connor Hayden and Daniel Saunders have seen Woolaston move to within one win from the Division Two title.
They get the chance to secure the title on Saturday, when they host Lydney Town Reserves. Woolaston will get a second opportunity next midweek when they host Bibury.
Elsewhere Smiths Athletic host Cheltenham Civil Service in a game that will affect both ends of the table.
This weekend’s fixtures in the league are as follows:
Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Division One
Chalford vs Longlevens Reserves
Harrow Hill vs Taverners
Sharpness vs Charlton Rovers
Tuffley Rovers Reserves vs Berkeley Town
Whaddon United vs Leonard Stanley
Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Division Two
Abbeymead Rovers vs English Bicknor
Barnwood United vs FC Lakeside
Smiths Athletic vs Cheltenham Civil Service
Whitecroft vs Bibury
Woolaston vs Lydney Town Reserves
Check out the full list of fixtures in and around the county this Easter weekend right here.