The final weekend of March is over and a very busy April is upon us. Yesterday, the county saw a lovely sunny day that was perfect for football and a perfect start to Spring as the clocks were set to go forward. But was the action just as hot? Let’s dive right in.
At the top of Division One we have another new leader, after Brockworth Albion were held to a 1-1 draw by Welland. This allowed Sharpness to move to the summit after a 5-0 win over local rivals Berkeley Town.
A late James Lush equaliser left Albion frustrated at the result, with Brockworth players taking to Twitter to express their frustrations with the result and the refereeing.
Absolutely devastated with the result for @BrockAlbion today walked off feeling like a lose, but never in my 18 years of playing men’s football have I felt like we was totally up against it with the match official as I did today. But we had our chances and should of took them⚫️⚪️
— Shaun Meakin 🏴🦁⚪️💙💛 (@shaunmeakin10) March 30, 2019
Sharpness now find themselves one point clear, with two games in hand over second placed Brockworth but the title race is still open with Chalford and Tuffley Rovers Reserves snapping at their heels.
Chalford got back to winning ways after last weekend’s defeat against Brockworth, with a 1-0 win away at Taverners, whilst Tuffley Rovers Reserves claimed a 3-1 win over Upton St Leonards – with u18s duo Niall Priday and Ryley Mace getting on the scoresheet.
Chalford manager Ben Powell and Tuffley manager Dan Gillespie both took to Twitter to give their thoughts on their respective games.
Wasn’t pretty but we dug it out today, changes with 30mins to go had the right affect. @AndyMarr17 coming on and scoring with 1st touch had the desired affect!
Onto Wednesday now where we go again!
— Ben powell (@powelloben5) March 30, 2019
— Dan Gillespie (@gaffer_gill) March 31, 2019
The two go head to head on Wednesday night at Glevum Park, where Chalford can move above Brockworth with a win of more than 2 goals. Tuffley can put the cat right amongst the pigeons with a win, where a draw will dent both of their title hopes.
In the two other games in the Division, Charlton Rovers got back to winning ways with a 4-2 win over FC Barometrics whilst Whaddon United and Cam Bulldogs played out a 1-1 draw.
The results leave Baros 13 points adrift of Taverners with just three games left, whilst Whaddon United are 9 points behind Taverners with the same amount of games left.
Tuffley Rovers vs Chalford on Wednesday night is a midweek fixture in Division One, before another important weekend next week.
In Division Two league leaders Woolaston claimed a crucial victory in their quest for the title. A 1-0 win over Winchcombe Town sees promotion all but confirmed for Andrew Wenzel’s men and the Woolaston manager expressed his pleasure on Twitter last night.
Big result for @WoolastonFC today after some disappointing results of late….
But boys put in a huge shift and showed great fight to get us back on track and now promotion is in touching distance ⚽️🍒
— andrew wenzel (@a_wenzel23) March 30, 2019
Woolaston stay 10 points clear after Whitecroft also claimed a 1-0 win, away at Bredon. They remain two points clear of Cheltenham Civil Service, despite having played three games more than the 3rd placed side.
Civil Service laid down a marker for their final 8 games by putting 8 past Lydney Town Reserves in an 8-1 win. Civil Service host Whitecroft next weekend, where a home win will all but end any hopes Whitecroft have of winning the league.
FC Lakeside and English Bicknor played out a competitive 0-0 draw to remain 6th and 4th respectively.
Frampton United Reserves got back to winning ways win a 3-1 win at home to Falcons as both sides sit in mid table, in 7th and 9th respectively.
The surprise result of the day came at Bibury, where the bottom placed club held off Abbeymead to win 4-3. Abbeymead, who went on a 5 game winning run have now lost two in a row but with games in hand, should be safe.
There is a midweek fixture in Division Two this week, with Lydney Town Reserves hosting Bredon, with a 19:45 kick off.
Check out the full list of results in and around the county this weekend right here.