This season we have a weekly look at the Cheltenham League results and Rob Morrison has provided a round-up of all of the action.
New Dales Vale are the only side in Division One North of the Cheltenham League with a 100% record and their travelled to Cheltenham Civil Service Reserves looking to make it four from four.
Service took Bredon’s 100% record last weekend but knew an on-form Vale would be a different proposition and so it proved as two second half goals gave the visitors a 2-0 victory.
After surrendering their undefeated record last week Bredon’s task didn’t get any easier this weekend when they faced early leaders Hanley Swan. After hitting seven without reply last weekend Swan went into the game full of confidence and it was well placed as they won 3-1.
Tewkesbury Town’s campaign has not hit the heights of last seasons, no doubted impacted by the lengthy ban for Nick Hill. After dropping more points against Southside last time out, they faced bottom side Pittville United knowing anything but a win would be seen as abject failure. Town avoid any further slip up as they took the points with a 6-1 win.
The final game in the division saw Southside play Welland. With a solitary point from their opening four fixtures Welland needed to start getting points on the board if they were to avoid a relegation battle. They left the field disappointed however as Southside won 4-1.
Lakeside’s draw last weekend means there are no teams in Division One South with a 100% record however three sides went into the weekend undefeated and all three were in action.
Looking to get back to winning ways after their draw, Lakeside hosted Kings, a side who have proved stubborn opponents in recent seasons for teams challenging for titles. It was a close affair as Lakeside took the spoils with the solitary goal of the game.
Leckhampton Rovers are another of the unbeaten sides and they hosted bottom club Dowty Dynamos at Tewkesbury School confident of adding another win to their record. The game was perhaps closer than many would have predicted however Rovers proved too strong, winning by the odd goal in five.
The final unbeaten team, Whaddon United went into the ‘Whaddon derby’ against Newton off the back of a 4-1 victory. Manager Kev Taylor is no stranger to title challenges and he was looking to keep the pressure on the teams around him by adding another three points.
United have been able to call on the goal power of Kevin Slack in recent times but Slack’s return to Bishops Cleeve means they will need to look elsewhere for goals. With they may not have added greatly to their goal difference, a 2-1 win was enough to give Whaddon maximum points.
Brockworth Albion Reserves were the side who took Lakesides 100% record last week and they looked to build on that excellent result against Prestbury Rovers, a side with a single point from their two games to date. They failed to build on their excellent result as Rovers secured an excellent 4-2 win.
Two wins, a loss and a draw have left Shurdington Rovers on the coat-tails of the leaders and they looked to keep the pressure up against Fintan, a side who had won two of their opening five games going into the match. Rovers kept their pursuit in-tact as they won 2-0
Honeybourne United tasted defeat in the league for the first time this season in Division Two last weekend and looked to bounce straight back against Fintan Reserves, a side who have already been beaten four times this season. Strong favorites to take the victory, United showed why although the 2-1 score line was perhaps closer than some would have predicted pre-game.
Cheltenham Civil Service III bagged their first points of the season last time out and looked to add to their tally against a 303 Squadron side who have been consistently inconsistent since joining the league last year. The sides shared the points after a 3-3 draw, a result that would have pleased Service, who were reduced to 10 men in the first half, more.
Service defeated Charlton Rovers Reserves last week and Rovers looked to get their season back on track against bottom club Andoversford Reserves. A 3-0 win ensured that Rovers returned to winning ways and left their opponents three points adrift at the foot of the foot.
Tewkesbury Town Reserves had won four of their five games going into the weekend and were looking to add a fifth win to their records against New Dales Vale Reserve. Again it was another low scoring affair as Town edged out their opponets 2-1.
The final game in the division saw Worcester City Royals host Southside Star Reserves. Just a point separated the sides at kick-off and Star knew only a victory would take them about their hosts. They couldn’t deliver however, sharing the points after a 1-1 draw.
It has been a tough introduction into the Cheltenham League for Abbeymead Rovers III with just a point from their opening four games in Division Three. Their season didn’t look like it would get much easier when they faced one of the pre-season favorites, AFC Cheltenham. Since a surprise defeat against Bishops Cleeve Development, AFC have bounced back and their winning run continued with a excellent 8-3 win.
AFC took Tewkesbury Athletics 100% record last weekend and Athletic looked to bounce back AFC Renegades Reserves. The goal saw just a single goal but it was enough to give the points to Tewkesbury.
Woodmancote United and Pittville United Reserves has both hit double figure scores this season and their meeting at Clyde Crescent suggest goals could be on the cards. Pittville hit 12 in their opening game while Woodmancote put 13 past Fintan last time out. In the end, the game saw five goals, three of which went to Woodmancote to give them victory
Since their heavy defeat at the hands of Pittville, Cheltenham Saracens appear to have turned a corner and, after five games have a positive goal difference. They faced a real test this weekend against Nicky DeBonis’ Bishops Cleeve Development. DeBonis’ took over the management reins last season and has got her team in the winning habit, including the scalp of AFC Cheltenham. Saracens excellent recent form continued however as they won 2-0.
Winchcombe Town Reserves were challenging in the top half of the table least season but have struggled so far this year. The faced Charlton Rovers III, a team who started the day directly above them in the table but at full time, a 4-0 Town win was enough to take them above their opponents on goal difference.
Kempsey Corinthians have made an unbeaten start to their season, winning three and drawing one of their opening four matches. They faced a Newton Reserves side who had won three of their four games. Kempsey kept the pressure on the leaders with a 4-0 win to make it four out of five for the season.
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