We are fast approaching the dying embers in the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League season, but the action is still hotting up by the game.
To start with Sharpness have taken a great step towards lifting the Division One title, by beating Taverners 4-1 to stay four points clear with two games left.
The win was crucial as both Brockworth Albion and Chalford won against FC Barometrics and Leonard Stanley respectively.
Both sides sit four points behind on 55 points each, however Chalford still have four games left.
Brockworth claimed a 3-1 win in their final home game of the season, whilst a Joey Freeman hattrick helped Chalford claim a 6-0 win at Leonard Stanley.
After the game, Chalford manager Ben Powell took to social media to praise his side.
Good performance from start to finish and always pleasing to keep a clean one, boys did exactly what was asked of them. @JoeyPolish showing how’s it done from left back! 4 more to go 🔴⚫️
— Ben powell (@powelloben5) April 13, 2019
The top of the table can look a lot tighter before Sharpness host Charlton Rovers next Saturday, as both Chalford and Brockworth are in midweek action.
Chalford travel to Upton St Leonards on Tuesday evening, whilst Brockworth head to Taverners 24 hours later. So the lead could be down to 1 point before Sharpness play again. Tight!
Elsewhere in Division One, Welland beat Cam Bulldogs 2-1 in the visitors’ final game of the season and Whaddon United beat Longlevens Reserves 3-0.
We will be at the Tuffley Rovers Reserves vs Quedgeley Wanderers fixture on Wednesday evening as we take in some Gloucestershire Northern Senior League action and will be looking to head to the Upton St Leonards vs Chalford game on Tuesday night (TBC).
On Thursday night FC Barometrics host Welland in more midweek Division One action.
In Division Two leaders Woolaston weren’t in action so it allowed for Cheltenham Civil Service and Whitecroft to try and extend the chase for the title.
Whitecroft’s challenge is now officially over after they were held by Frampton United Reserves to a 1-1 draw.
Cheltenham Civil Service can still mathematically catch Woolaston after winning at English Bicknor 3-2. However their defeat at Barnwood in midweek looks crucial in the title challenge.
Both Civil Service and Woolaston play on Tuesday night, where a Woolaston win against Frampton United Reserves will se them clinch the title if Civil Service drop points at home to bottom placed Bibury.
Bredon moved up to 4th after a 1-1 draw at Barnwood United. After the recent abandonment between the two it was always going to be a slog of a game. The four points that Barnwood earned this week have all but ensured survival in their first season at Northern Senior level.
The third 1-1 of the weekend came at Abbeymead as they played out the draw with Falcons. Falcons host Lydbrook on Tuesday night in their final game of the season knowing a win will see them officially safe, although they should have enough points to be secure as it stands.
For Abbeymead, their run last month has seen them move into mid-table ahead of their final game of the season next weekend.
There were two 3-1 scorelines in Division Two as Lydney Town won at Lydbrook and Winchcombe won their final game of the season, against FC Lakeside.
Winchcombe end the season 3rd from bottom, however Lydbrook sit only a point behind with two games in hand so their Northern Senior League status isn’t secure – despite winning this weekend.
Elsewhere Smiths Athletic have taken a huge leap towards survival with a whopping 7-0 win at Bibury. Smiths move onto 27 points with two games left – although they are hard fixtures against Cheltenham Civil Service and English Bicknor.
Smiths know that a win will secure safety, if Lydbrook Athletic win their two remaining games.
There are still abandoned games from the last couple of months to be replayed or sorted out, so both divisions can still be turned on its head. It really is an exciting time.
To end this week’s round up, it has been reported on social media that there was another incident of alleged racism in a Division One game last weekend. This is a topic that unfortunately is evident at the highest level of football and it isn’t something that should exist in society these days let alone football. This is simply a message to say that any player(s) who are found to do something so stupid are an embarrassment and shouldn’t be on a pitch. We hope the league take the correct action if the allegations are found to be true.
Check out the full list of results in and around the county this weekend right here.