The Severn Sport Pre-Season Tour – Week 2 Review

We have just finished the second week of a super busy Severn Sport Pre-Season tour and what a tour its been so far!  After the three entertaining games of week one we can actually bring you a summary of FIVE, yes five pre-season fixtures to have taken place locally this week. There was a change to the advertised double game Saturday as Cirencester’s new pitch suffered a delay. We will be visiting the Corinium once the pitch has been completed but instead we split our Saturday across three games. Below we have reviews of each game we have seen in the last week including two guest reviews.

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Game 4 (15/07/17) – Gloucester City 1-1 Bristol Rovers – Hosted by Slimbridge AFC

Photo courtesy of Twitter: @SlimbridgeAFC

The Game

How on earth did Bristol Rovers come away with a draw? The longer the game wore on the better Gloucester City played. Having taken the lead from trialist Elliot Richards City at points looked in control. They kept the ball better than they did earlier in pre-season against Evesham United but will be majorly disappointed with letting in the equalizer in the last 20 seconds of the match. For Rovers it was more about fitness and general play from the result and at points they did threaten to showcase their football league quality.

The Result

So it’s another 1-1 draw on the Severn Sport pre-season tour…how? Just how on earth have we picked so many 1-1 draws like that. Anyway as I mentioned above the result wasn’t the most important thing but whilst watching the game it felt like Rovers had stolen a draw so late in the day.

Stand Out Player(s)

For City the two stand out players were Darren Mullings in the first half and Will Tunnicliff in the second. Two players at either end of their respective careers but two players who showed their capabilities and would have show those in attendance what is to come from them. The former is a player who I have openly described as one of the best players I have seen in a Gloucester City shirt and was the key signing of City’s season last year due to timing and impact the midfielder had. It was confirmed today that the latter will be joining up with Bishops Cleeve on loan, which I think is a good move for the young man as playing week in week out will benefit him. On the day he showed experience beyond his years to keep a decent Bristol Rovers front line at bay as they chased an equalizer.

In terms of Rovers the two who were clearly head and shoulders above the others were midfield magician Chris Lines and goalscorer Ellis Harrison. Lines in the first half had Gloucester at his mercy at points and for moments in the second looked like making the quest for an equaliser a one man mission. Harrison missed a sitter in the first but I think Rovers won’t mind that as he kept going and ultimately gambled onto a diagonal ball to knock the ball past Alex Harris and deny City the win.

The Atmosphere

Hats off to one of our favourite clubs Slimbridge for hosting the game. They got what they wanted and that is boots through the door and the game didn’t disappoint. The pitch was superb and was like carpet for the most part. We look forward to going back to Thornhill Park tomorrow night.

Any Negatives?

The only negative is that we saw yet another 1-1 draw. It’s #WeWinGames not #WeDrawGames

 

Game 5 (18/07/17) – Tuffley Rovers 3-3 Cirencester Town

The Game

What a game!! This was the kind of the game I dreamed about when I came up with the pre-season tour in the shower….that’s for another time though! Seriously, what a quality game of football we were treated to at Glevum Park on Tuesday night. Tuffley were looking good and grew into the game as the match wore on and myself and Young Tyrell were sat there wondering just how Cirencester were 3-1 up, but just like that Tuffley scored a second and when the equaliser came the crowd went nuts!

The Result

The fact the match was so good made me forget that once again we were given a draw on the pre-season tour. The entertainment factor was incredible. On reflection I think Tuffley were unfortunate not to have come away with the win.

Stand Out Player(s)

The man of the match on the night was Tuffley right back Sam Hill who scored the all important second goal. At the point of the match Tuffley had just let in the third and looked beaten. His performance both going forward and back in a defensive role was incredible and for pre-season he showed impressive stamina. His fellow full back Tristan Haswell was equally as good on the left hand side and showed an amazing ability to pick a pass throughout. Also, hats off to the big man up front Shayne Bradley for an exceptional equaliser from the edge of the box. Side footed, opened his body up and it flew into the very top corner.
I can’t include any Cirencester players as I was never given or could find a team sheet. Oops!

The Atmosphere

Incredible atmosphere for an incredible comeback. A fairly bitterly cold evening was warmed by the Tuffley locals. Can’t wait to go back!

Any Negatives?

Another bloody draw!!

Game 6 (22/07/17) – Gloucester City 1-4 Newport County – In the eyes of Charlie Hughes (Twitter: @charliehughes97)

The Game

It was a good runout for the Tigers even if they did end up on the wrong end of a 4-1 scoreline. It felt like a more confident City performance and I am pretty sure the management will feel that the indicators are heading in the right direction for the new season. The weather was horrible.

The Result

On the balance of play 4-1 may have flattered Newport slightly but they deserved to win the games. On another day if City took their chances then its an entirely different game. The weather didn’t help.

Stand Out Player(s)

Ethan Moore is beginning to look more assured after his year long injury and another goal will do wonders for his confidence. If he can score another couple in the remaining games then it will be a great pre-season for him. It was a day to forget for new keeper Alex Harris who may have felt he could have done more to keep out the final two goals. But in wet and windy Evesham you have to give him the benefit of the doubt that it was just a bad day at the office.

The Atmosphere

The crowd were wet and miserable by the end. The rain didn’t help anybody’s mood.

Any Negatives?

Did I mention it was horrible weather?

Game 7 (22/07/17) – Tuffley Rovers 1-1 Cinderford – In the eyes of Steven Bevan (Twitter: @steventbevan)

Photo courtesy of Twitter: @TuffleyRoversFC

The Game

The early stages of the game didn’t really offer anything to set the world alight. Eventually Tuffley capitalised from a set pieces, with the ending up a close range header hitting the back of the net from a corner. After that Tuffley controlled the game and pressed Cinderford deep. The visitors came out fighting in the second half and ultimately won themselves a penalty midway through the second period which was duly converted.

The Result

I would say a draw was a fair result in the end. Tuffley did impose themselves in the first half and did put a lot of pressure on the Foresters, however Cinderford improved as the game went on and had the better and clearer opportunities. It was a tough game for pre-season but both sides will probably walk away satisfied with their work and ready to face the new season.

Stand Out Player(s)

In the first half it was the front three for Tuffley in Warren Mann, Jamal Lawrence and Shayne Bradley who pushed the Cinderford back line well for the whole half. This meant Cinderford could not settle and just getting out of their hair was difficult. In the second half Noah Smerdon came on for Cinderford and did well to sure up the defence by making some excellent tackles throughout the second 45.

The Atmosphere

As always with Tuffley Rovers the atmosphere was friendly and welcoming for everyone. They are a great club with great facilities and I’ve yet to experience a bad atmosphere at Glevum Park.

Any Negatives?

The rain in the second half the only downer on a great afternoon’s entertainment.

Game 8 (22/07/17) – Longlevens AFC 1-5 North Leigh FC

The Game

The game was competitive throughout and for the first twenty minutes or so North Leigh really struggled to get a foothold in the game. I was impressed with the composure of the Longlevens back line as it withstood the subsequent pressure after North Leigh did break the deadlock. The killer goal was the second right on half time but the hosts didn’t give up. The game, despite the result, never really hit a dull patch and was entertaining throughout the 95 minutes of action we saw.

The Result

5-1 flattered North Leigh. As I said above if that second goal doesn’t go in just before the half time whistle then the second half is a completely different affair. In the end after the scoreline hit 3-0 Longlevens made two changes and practically went 4 up top looking to restore some pride. The hosts didn’t deserve to lose by four clear goals at all.

Stand Out Player(s)

The two for the visitors were former Gloucester City striker Connor Waldon and winger Roger James, the latter of which scored a goal and grabbed an assist in a man of the match performance. For the hosts you have to look at the likes of captain Craig Beaton at the back who was eager to get his side playing on the front foot in the first half and big man up top Shaun O’Connor who didn’t stop running throughout. The Longlevens goalscorer on the day Jay Kennedy was also a constant threat from the left.

The Atmosphere

What a lovely bunch of people Longlevens have! Young Tyrell and I were offered water, tea and cake. Actual homemade Victoria sponge….both of us are watching our figures so we did reject the offer but what an offer nonetheless. A nice ground and a great pitch considering the biblical rain we have seen this week. Another ground I cannot wait to return too!!

Any Negatives?

The only negative I can even come up with is a closer scoreline. Apart from that it was a very good and productive stop on the pre-season tour!

And there we have a long but enjoyable week on the Severn Sport Pre-Season tour. Below is the current poster with this week’s games as we conclude the inaugural pre-season tour.

Join us tomorrow night as the Pre-Season tour goes on and we travel back to Thornhill Park as Slimbridge host Gloucester City, live on Severn Sport. We will then be travelling to Evesham for City’s games with Derby County and Hereford to conclude the pre-season tour, supported by Macron Store Gloucester.

Ryan Butler
@abaconButtee