Cheltenham League Round-up – Saturday 19th September

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.

The early weeks are all about laying down markers and setting a firm foundation but as teams have found in recent seasons in the Cheltenham League, dropped points, even at this stage, can prove costly in the long run.

Some of the pre-season favourites started last weekend with wins, among them FC Lakeside Reserves. A 2-1 win at Dowty Dynamos set them up nicely for their mid-week County Cup final, a game they won to a start the season off in style. After the victory Lakeside had the weekend off to recover.

After last seasons struggles, Newton made 5-3 win last week was a welcome three points and moral boosting start to the new campaign. They hosted Leckhampton Rovers, another side who won their opening fixture.

With each game a potential leap forward for Newton, they will have to wait for their next points after being defeated 7-2.

Two sides who left their first game empty handed, Fintan and Dowty Dynamos faced each other at KGV, St Marks. Looking to get off the mark it was Fintan who edged the games by the off goal in five.

Prestbury Rovers could only sit and watch the results come in last week as they waited until this weekend for their first game. They hosted AFC Renegades who started the season with a win last week. This promised to be an intriguing tie with both sides hoping to be among the divisions pace-setters. The game ended 1-1 which leaving both sides unbeaten.

The final match in Division One South paired Shurdington Rovers with Brockworth Albion Reserves. The two sides tasted defeat last week and this was an opportunity to get some points on the board. With home advantage it was Rovers who took the initiative, winning 3-0.

Like Lakeside, Tewkesbury Town went into the season as one of the pre-season favourites for the title in their division, Division One North after their exploits last season. A 2-0 win last week set them up nicely for their tie against Prestbury Rovers Reserves, a side who also won last time out.

In a result that may have surprised a few, Rovers beat their hosts 2-0 to make it two from two.

There was just one draw in all four divisions last weekend and the two clubs were both in action this weekend as Hanley Swan travelled to Pittville United while Cheltenham Civil Service Reserves made the short trip to Bishops Cleeve to face Smiths Barometrics Athletic Reserves.

With the game heading for a draw, Service grabbed a last minute winner to beat their hosts 2-1. Swan were also able to add three points to their tally, brushing their opponents aside 5-1.

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Bishops Cleeve Reserves and Southside Star had a far from perfect start as they slipped to defeat in their opening fixture. One, if not both of the teams, would exit the weekend with at least a point on the board when they played each other. It was Cleeve who left the pitch happiest, winning 2-1 to get off the mark.

The final game saw Welland Reserves kick-off their home campaign against Bredon Reserves. The sides had mixed fortunes last week as Welland lost out to New Dales Vale while Bredon claimed a good win against Bishops Cleeve. And after 90 minutes Bredon made it two from two as they won 2-0.

It looked like it could be a high scoring affair in Division Two where Tewkesbury Town Reserves, who scored seven last time, faced Falcons Reserves who bagged five. And so it proved as Town claimed the points with s 4-2 victory.

Honeybourne Rovers made a good start in their inaugural league fixture and were hoping to keep their run going against a New Dales Vale Reserves side who also got off to a winning start. United made it two from two, winning by the odd goal in five.

Andoversford Reserves and Worcester City Royal both exited last weekend point-less however the sides knew that must change for at least one of them when they met at Andoversford Sports and Social Club. It was the visitors who went into the weekend happiest courtesy of a 3-1 win.

It was the same at Swindon Village where the pointless Southside Reserves met 303 Squadron. Opening day defeats left the sides looking for get their season going and it was Sqaudron who got their season going after winning 3-0.

It was however the reverse in the final fixture in the Division at KGV where Fintan Reserves met Cheltenham United. Both sides had opening wins and were looking to protect their winning start. The game saw six goals with United scoring four to take maximum points.

Pittville United Reserves were the big winners in Division Three on the opening weekend, hammering Cheltenham Saracens 12-1. United had the weekend off while Saracens looked to put the defeat behind them against Tewkesbury Athletic.

It looked like kit could be a case of out the frying pan and into the fire for Saracens whose opponents eased to a 6-0 win in their first game. Athletic once again scored six and although Saracens got a consolation goal they remain pointless

Abbeymead III’s slipped to a narrow 1-0 defeat as they made bow in the competition and their introduction to the leagued didn’t appear any easier as hosted faced Kempsey Corinthians, a side who were their opening game and were one of last year’s frontrunners. Abbeymead rose to the challenge however, claiming a credible 2-2 draw.

AFC Cheltenham have already claimed silverware in September, winning the County Cup and they kicked off their league campaign against Bishops Cleeve Development who last narrowly to Kempsey last week.

As one of the title favourites United would have been shocked to slip to a 3-2 defeat in their league opener.

Newton Reserves made a winning start to life in the league last week and travelled to Winchcombe to face a Town team who also had maximum points. It was a high scoring affair but it was Newton who came out on top, winning 5-4.

Charlton Rovers III and  Woodmancote United were both on the end of defeats last week and were looking to get points on the board when they met at Naunton Park. In a game of 11 goals, Rovers secured the points with a 6-5 win.

Aften conceding six last week, Fintan III were hoping for a better outcome against AFC Renegades Reserves in the final game in the Division. They will have to wait however as they went down 6-1.

Read more: Check out the full list of results in and around Gloucestershire this weekend right here

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