Here at Severn Sport we are always looking to build on and expand our coverage of football in and around Gloucestershire and with the new season approaching we are looking to continue the foundations that last season laid for us.
After a review of what we were doing, Ryan, Kelsey & Matt decided to really give the 2017/18 our all. After an idea that hit Ryan in the shower (…yeah we know) a pre-season tour was scheduled. The tour saw us go around the county and cover 11 games in just 21 days and was a sign of things to come.
Fast forward a year and including last pre-season we covered over 120 games across the season and our very own Ryan notched an impressive 97 games on his own. A great achievement for us but we are still looking to do more and do better.
This season, we are holding a pre-season tournament in the second week of July. The Severn Sport Shield was another idea Ryan had in the shower (…yeah we really do know) and now four teams are set to battle it out in a knockout tournament, with all four games taking place at Slimbridge AFC’s Thornhill Park. For more information on the tournament click here.
However, just because we are doing a tournament it doesn’t mean we won’t cover and provide live commentary of other games. Oh no, in fact quite the contrary is happening. We can now reveal the first half of our pre-season schedule with games up until the day after the tournament final (Sunday 15th July…also the World Cup final).
We start this coming Friday (29th June) at Longlevens AFC when they welcome Cirencester Town to Saw Mills. We then bring you our first live commentary of the season on Tuesday 3rd July for Cirencester Town’s home friendly with a Swindon Town XI. This is followed by two trips to Cheltenham, firstly on Saturday 7th July for Cheltenham Academy’s friendly against Tuffley Rovers – which kicks off at 11am. We return to Cheltenham on Monday 9th July for Cheltenham Saracens vs Cheltenham Town XI before the tournament two semi finals the next two nights. Before the third placed play off and final of the tournament on Saturday 14th July we will be heading to Gloucestershire County League side Gala Wilton when they play Shirehampton on Thursday 12th July. After the tournament concludes on the Saturday we are back in Cheltenham on Sunday 15th July for Cheltenham Town Ladies’ pre-season friendly with West Brom Women.
There are two games that are TBC in amongst all that so we will include them in the full list of the first half of our pre-season:
Friday 29th June – Longlevens vs Cirencester Town
Tuesday 3rd July – Cirencester Town vs Swindon Town XI
Wednesday 4th July – Brimscombe & Thrupp vs Weston-super-mare (TBC)
Saturday 7th July – Cheltenham Academy vs Tuffley Rovers (11am)
Monday 9th July – Cheltenham Saracens vs Cheltenham Town XI
Tuesday 10th July – Slimbridge vs Gloucester City (Severn Sport Shield)
Wednesday 11th July – Tuffley Rovers vs Longlevens (Severn Sport Shield)
Thursday 12th July – Gala Wilton vs Shirehampton
Friday 13th July – Cirencester Town vs Cheltenham Town XI (TBC)
Saturday 14th July – Severn Sport Shield 3rd Placed Play Off & Final
Sunday 15th July – Cheltenham Town Ladies vs WBA Women
Part two of our pre-season schedule will be announced in the next couple of weeks, all fixtures are subject to change but this is a good indication to the games we are looking to cover.