We are only two weeks into the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League for the 2019/20 season but already there are sides making impressions and turning heads…and scoring goals!!
One thing we will be looking to do over the course of the season is to catch up with every single club in the league and will try to have a main interview in each round-up. This week we are in Division Two and one of the sides making a serious impact already, Staunton & Corse.
Last season’s North Gloucestershire’s Runners-up were promoted into the GNSL Division Two and are currently two wins out of two and have chalked up two scalps on the road. After beating Frampton United Reserves 3-2 on the opening weekend, Staunton beat Abbeymead 6-3 in an exciting match in Gloucester.
Following the game we spoke to Staunton manager Dave Taylor about his side’s start and his side’s targets for the season.
“It’s been a good start,” commented Taylor. “To be trailing in both games and to come back and win both matches shows our character from last season. There is a definite step up in quality and we would have been happy with 4 points to be honest.
But it’s credit to the boys, we’ve only got a small squad and with holidays, lads working etc it’s been difficult getting a competitive side out – but the lads who have come in and helped out from our Reserve team, who play in North Glos 1, have done really well. So very pleased so far!
“Our target for the season is to be as competitive as possible and if we’re in the top 4/5 around January time and all the boys are about each week, then we won’t be too far away I don’t think.
We tend to finish seasons well so hopefully that applies again!” Taylor added.
Despite the fact we are so early into the season, Staunton are one of two sides with a 100% record from their first two matches – with FC Lakeside also on 6 points and Taylor admits that staying on the winning trail will be tough in what already appears to be a tight Division.
“Winning is a good habit to be in, all you can do is take each game as it comes. We still don’t really know where we are with regards to quality compared to every other side, but if we have a fully fit squad each week we’ll definitely hold our own and upset one or two on the way – as I expect most of the sides hadn’t heard of us before. But we will see, it will be tough.”
Staunton & Corse head to Bibury next weekend as they look to make it a hat-trick to start life in the GNSL.
Elsewhere this weekend, four sides find themselves behind Staunton and FC Lakeside on 4 points. Stonehouse Town Reserves won 2-0 at Barnwood United, Smiths Barometrics beat Kings Stanley 4-2 and Lydney Town Reserves drew 3-3 at newly promoted Charfield to sit 5th and 6th respectively.
Frampton United Reserves league campaign continues to be a struggle as they were beaten by Bibury 2-1, just days after beating Saturday’s opponents in the Reg Davis Cup.
Falcons chalked up a 4-0 win at Lydbrook to get their first points of the season, whilst two of the league’s new boys met with Andoversford turning on the style and beating Broadwell Amateurs Reserves 10-0.
Andoversford travel to Barnwood United’s Walls Club pitch on Wednesday night for a midweek fixture in Division Two.
In Division One it looks all too familiar with last season’s runaway leaders of Division Two, Cheltenham Civil Service and Woolaston occupying the top two spots in the higher division with two wins from two.
Cheltenham Civil Service lead the way on goal difference after a hard fought 3-2 win at Taverners, whilst Woolaston added to their opening day win at English Bicknor with a 5-1 win over Longlevens Reserves, who remain pointless after their first two games.
Brockworth Albion, who mounted a title challenge last season with a great turnaround after Christmas, are also on 6 points in 3rd place after beating English Bicknor 3-1 at Mill Lane.
Charlton Rovers and Harrow Hill are back on four points, after the former’s 2-2 draw with Upton St Leonards and the latter’s 6-2 win at home to newly promoted Whitecroft.
Chalford and Tuffley Rovers Reserves got their seasons off and running on the firs time of asking, as Chalford beat Leonard Stanley 3-0 and Rovers beat Berkeley Town 3-1 at Glevum Park.
Chalford host Taverners on Wednesday night, whilst a mouth watering meeting between Cheltenham Civil Service and Charlton Rovers is also scheduled for that night.