What an exciting day of Gloucestershire Northern Senior League action we saw on Saturday afternoon. The windy and at points wet conditions saw goals galore in both divisions. Let’s get straight into it.
Firstly, commiserations to the top two in Division One who were both beaten in their respective GFA Amateur Cup semi final ties. Sharpness went down 3-0 to Bourton Rovers, whilst Chalford were beaten on penalties by Moreton Rangers after a 0-0 draw.
With both sides in cup action and Charlton Rovers without a fixture, Brockworth Albion needed a win by 2 or more goals against Quedgeley Wanderers to move up to 2nd in the table and Mark Mulraney’s men duly obliged.
A 2-0 win moves Albion level on points with Chalford, but a one goal better goal difference sees Brockworth in amongst it. Chalford have three games in hand on them and Sharpness two, but Albion are unbeaten in 8 and look good value for being there.
Mulraney took to social media to praise his side’s efforts.
My @BrockAlbion dug deep today another gritty performance and tbf we can’t always be the footballing team we want and today I realised we can mix it up as well which we couldn’t do a few months back . Happy manager 😬 back to training Thursday for some positioning set ups 👌
— mark mulraney (@mullers12) March 2, 2019
Elsewhere both Upton St Leonards and Welland moved onto 37 points, level with Harrow Hill. Harrow Hill were defeated 2-1 at Upton, whilst Welland put 5 past Longlevens Reserves in a 5-2 win.
Due to both results, the Division One table now sees just six points separating 1st and 8th, with Longlevens Reserves 4 points further back in 9th.
At the bottom Cam Bulldogs secured an important 3-2 win at home against Leonard Stanley, moving three points behind Quedgeley in 10th – with a game in hand over the Wanderers.
There were two draws in the games involving the other sides in the bottom six. Taverners drew 1-1 with FC Barometrics, whilst Whaddon United and Berkeley Town played out a 0-0 draw.
It leaves the bottom six looking as they were at the start of play ahead of next weekends fixtures that see Berkeley host Baros, whilst Taveners aren’t in action and the other three all face one of the top seven.
In Division Two, leaders Woolaston maintained their 14 point lead at the top…just. An 83rd minute winner from Daniel Saunders earned his side a 3-2 win over a very game Smiths Athletic side. Smiths did very well and will feel unlucky to have not taken a point after battling back from 2-0 down to level late on.
Woolaston now have only 8 games left and manager Andrew Wenzel took to social media after the game.
— andrew wenzel (@a_wenzel23) March 2, 2019
Smiths find themselves level on 20 points with the ever improving Lydbrook Athletic. Lydbrook took the points in a 4-2 win at Lydney Town Reserves. From being dead and buried at the bottom a few weeks ago, they find themselves in a great position to earn survival.
Lydbrook weren’t the only winners at the bottom though, as Abbeymead Rovers made it three wins on the spin. Rovers upset Bredon 3-2 to move up into 8th in the Division. Again, another side who looked like they were limping to the end of the season have turned their form right around and are turning some heads.
Winchcombe Town find themselves with the unwanted record of the worst goal difference in the league and they are now 10 goals worse off than their relegation rivals after a 7-0 defeat at home to English Bicknor.
Bicknor stay fifth on goal difference and are now three points clear of Frampton United Reserves after they went down 7-0 themselves, at Cheltenham Civil Service.
Civil Service remain one point clear of Whitecroft in 2nd place and with two games in hand over Woolaston, they will look to build momentum as the unlikely chase begins.
Whitecroft stay 3rd after a 2-1 win over Barnwood United who slip down to 10th after Abbeymead’s win and Falcons’ 0-0 draw with FC Lakeside.
Next weekend in Division Two, two of the in form sides in the division go head to head when Lydbrook host Cheltenham Civil Service. It’s also top vs bottom when Woolaston entertain Bibury, whilst Abbeymead look to make it four in a row when they travel to a Frampton United Reserves side who will be looking for a reaction.
Check out the full list of results from in and around the county this weekend right here.