Dobbins scores again as all of Gala Wilton, Hardwicke, Frampton United and Sharpness draw in Gloucestershire County League

A second half Ryan Dobbins equaliser saw Gala Wilton claim a 1-1 draw at neighbours Hardwicke this weekend, as all of our Gloucestershire County League sides drew this weekend.

In an all-Gloucester derby at Green Lane, Hardwicke went in at half time in front after Marcus Foxwell’s opener. But once again Dobbins found the net to claim a share of the points for his side and move them up to 5th in the County League.

There was quite the irony to the result as both goalscorers played for Gala manager Dan Gillespie at Tuffley Rovers Reserves last season, with Foxwell actually being named manager’s player of the year at their old club.

After the game Gala Wilton boss Gillespie told us he couldn’t help but be frustrated with the result.

“It was a frustrating game, in particular the first half. But saying that for how frustrating the first half was, the second half was as much of an improved performance. In my eyes we dominated the second period and got the equaliser we deserved,” Gillespie said.

The result sees both sides sit 16 points off the league title and whilst winning the County League is unlikely, both Hardwicke and Gala will want to finish as high as they can in order to build momentum for next season.

It was a tough afternoon for our sides in the County League, with Sharpness and Frampton United losing ground in the title chase.

Frampton stay top, but their lead is cut to four points after Wick’s 3-2 win at Broadwell Amateurs. Wick have two games in hand over Frampton, who were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Hanham Athletic – despite Ethan Dunbar’s strike.

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Sharpness sit in third on the same amount of points as Wick, having played 22 games like Frampton and will be kicking themselves after a chance to close the gap went begging. In a tough fixture against 4th placed Rockleaze Rangers, Tom Freeman’s goal wasn’t enough as they were held to a 1-1 draw.

In a shock result this weekend, bottom club Patchway Town claimed a 3-0 win at Little Stoke to move to within 3 points of Hanham Athletic as they chase league survival.

With an air of uncertainty around the leagues which played this weekend due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic within the world, we wait to see if the County League and below will continue to play matches over the next few weeks whilst both the Southern and Hellenic Leagues are suspended.

If the league continues as normal, next weekend sees Frampton head to AEK Boko, Hardwicke hosting Little Stoke, Gala Wilton travelling to Henbury – whilst both Quedgeley Wanderers and Sharpness have home fixtures scheduled against Ruardean Hill Rangers and Bromley Heath United respectively.

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