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.
Tewkesbury Town and Cheltenham Civil Service Reserves shared some enthralling encounters last season and the Cheltenham League saw them meet this weekend in a Division One North clash.
The clubs went into the tie off the back of mixed results, Service claiming a late win at Smiths Barometrics Athletic Reserves while Town went down to Prestbury Rovers Reserves. It what was a niggly affair, the visitors left with all three points following a 2-0 win.
Having beaten Tewkesbury last time out early pace setters Prestbury looked to make it three from three against Pittville United. They duly delivered, a 2-0 win maintaining their 100% record.
With Worcestershire clubs in local cup action there was just one other tie in the division as Southside Star hosted Barometrics. The two teams went into the match pointless from their opening two matches and that record didn’t change for Baro’s as they lost 3-1.
After just two weeks, only three of the eleven teams in Division One South still have a 100% record.
Leckhampton Rovers lead the way with two wins and they were going for three against Prestbury Rovers. The game saw five goals, three of which went to Leckhampton who made it three from three,
Whaddon United won their only league game and they hosted a Brockworth Albion Reserves side who lost their opening two games. It was a game United would have hoped to win but a stalemate saw both sides finish with a point.
The final 100%’ers, FC Lakeside hosted Fintan who were going into their match after a good win over Dowty Dynamos. The result suggested a close tie although lakeside proved too strong, edging out their local rivals 2-1.
After an excellent win in their opener, Newton were brought back down to earth with a bump last weekend after being hit for seven by Leckhampton. They faced a Kings side who were looking for their first points of the season. Again the score suggested a close affair as Kings took the points with a 2-1 win.
In the final game in the Division, Dowty Dynamos played AFC Renegades. With a win and a draw, AFC have made a good start to the season and this continued as they won 6-3.
Maximum points from their opening two matches have put Cheltenham United in a buoyant mood in Division Two. They hosted Falcons Reserves in the early kick-off as they looked to keep their impressive start going. They duly delivered, a 5-1 win leaving them with nine points from their opening three games.
Tewkesbury Town Reserves had also won their opening two games and hosted a 303 Squadron team who short tenure in the league, this is their second season, has been plagued by inconsistency. The game saw seven goals with Town bagging four of them to take the three points.
Like United and Tewkesbury, Honeybourne United have also won their opening two fixtures and they faced and Andoversford Reserves side who were in search of their first points of the season. After a couple of close results, United found their scoring boots as they eased to an 8-2 victory.
Cheltenham Civil Service Reserves and Southside Star Reserves went into their game pointless but knew at least one of them would be getting off the mark. At full time it was the visitors who left the pitch smiling as Star claimed a 2-1 win.
The final game in Division Two saw Fintan Reserves play Charlton Rovers Reserves. It the early part of the season it is about getting points on the board and Rovers would have been pleased to get off the mark following a 4-0 win.
A surprise defeat and a red card was not the start that AFC Cheltenham wanted in Division Three and they looked to bounce back when they hosted Charlton Rovers III and they did so in style, scoring 15 without reply to get their first points on the board.
Bishops Cleeve Development achieved one of manageress Nicky DeBonnis’ best results when they beat AFC last weekend and they looked to build on this against Winchcombe Town Reserves. Town scored four last time out but still ended up on the losing side and they once again ended the weekend pointless as Cleeve eased to a 2-0 win.
Woodmancote United were another high-scoring loser last week, as five goals were not enough to avoids defeat. This looked to continue their goal scoring but tighten up defensively against an Abbeymead Rovers III who claimed a credible draw against Kempsey Corinthians last time out. United once again scored five, however a clean sheet saw they take maximum points from the tie.
After beating Winchombe by the odd goal in nine last weekend, Newton Reserves were hoping to maintain their 100% start against AFC Renegades Reserves, another side who had won their opening two matches. It turned out to be a close a affair with a single goal enough to give Newton the win.
It looked like it could be a high scoring affair at Newlands, where Pittville United Reserves, who won their only game 12-1, faced Tewkesbury Athletic who scored six in their two opening matches. While the records suggested goals, it is unlikely anyone would have predicted the 0-0 score-line which left both teams with a point from the game.
After conceding 12 to Pittville and 6 to Tewkesbury, Cheltenham Saracens were hoping they may have more luck against Fintan III, a side who had also lost their opening two games in the final game in the Division. They showed what a funny old game it can be as they hammered Fintan 9-0, not only taking three points but removing a large portion of the dent in their goal difference in the process.
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