This weekend saw a disrupted week of action in the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League due to the Quarter Finals of the GFA Amateur Cup taking place, but there were still plenty of goals and action in the fixtures that did take place.
Starting in Division One and the story of the day is that Whaddon United secured back to back wins for the first time this season, with a 2-1 win against relegation rivals FC Barometrics.
Whaddon now sit 14th and are nearer to 13th placed Taverners (who they beat last week) and 15th placed Leonard Stanley, who sit five points behind Whaddon after being defeated 5-0 at home to Brockworth Albion.
Mark Mulraney’s men have won both of their fixtures in 2019 and move up to 6th following the win. With a game in hand over most of the sides above them they sit 10 points off the top but will be looking to end the season as strong as possible.
Brockworth weren’t the only side who hit 5 away from home as Berkeley Town won at Cam Bulldogs 5-1. Town join Cam on 23 points as they occupy 8th and 9th position in midtable respectively. Brockworth host Berkeley next weekend.
At the top end Harrow Hill overtook Tuffley Rovers Reserves into 4th place, thanks to a 1-0 win over a free scoring Welland. That result and the fact Rovers were held to a 2-2 draw at home to 3rd place Charlton Rovers, means there are now currently 6 points between 1st and 5th as it remains tightly bunched – although Chalford sit in 2nd with just the 3 games in hand, 4 over Harrow Hill. Harrow Hill can go third next weekend when they travel to Charlton Rovers.
The top two Sharpness & Chalford both booked their place in the GFA Amateur Cup Semi Finals thanks to wins over Smiths Athletic & Longlevens Reserves respectively. They were joined by Hellenic League Division Two West duo Moreton Rangers & Bourton Rovers who beat 2nd and 3rd in Division Two. Whitecroft & Cheltenham Civil Service respectively.
With their nearest challengers in cup action Woolaston stretched their lead at the top of Division Two to 11 points, with a 2-0 win away at Barnwood United. Goals from David Palmer & Daniel Saunders was enough to edge past a tough Barnwood side who stay 9th.
English Bicknor & Frampton United Reserves leapt over FC Lakeside into 5th and 6th with wins. Bicknor went away to Bredon and left with all three points after a 2-1 win, whilst Frampton picked up a routine 2-0 win over 14th placed Lydbrook Athletic.
Bicknor host Frampton next weekend and the winner could end the day joint 3rd if Whitecroft fail to win away at Winchcombe.
There were two games called off in the league, with Upton St Leonards vs Quedgeley Wanderers in Divison One being postponed & Lydney Town Reserves vs Abbeymead Rovers being re-arranged due to Lydney’s first team being in Hellenic League Supplementary Cup action.
Thankfully, next weekend we have a full set of fixtures to look forward to in the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League as we look to press on into the business end of the season.