With the final games of January out of the way, we really do enter the business end of the football season and in particular in the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League. If this month has taught us one thing, it’s that this league can be turned on it’s by the game and that the form book tends to go out of the window. This weekend was no exception.
One of the stories of the day was the surprise result of Harrow Hill 0-1 Whaddon United. Despite the fact Whaddon were unbeaten since the turn of the year Harrow Hill would have been favourites to extend their winning run.
Whaddon’s win sees them now on 19 points and means that they have won more points in 2019 (10 points) than they managed to win in the first half of the season (9 points).
Harrow Hill’s defeat allowed Charlton Rovers to move up to 3rd after their 4-0 win away to league strugglers Leonard Stanley. A brace from Dan Ledger and goals for Seb Aagnes and Olly Bues saw last season’s Champions overtake Harrow Hill and Tuffley Rovers Reserves.
Rovers managed to hold Sharpness to a 1-1 draw at Glevum Park to reduce their opponent’s lead at the top of the table to just a point after Chalford edged past Cam Bulldogs 2-1.
Those results now sees just 8 points separating 1st and 6th after Brockworth Albion continued their perfect start to 2019 to move up to 5th place.
Brockworth found themselves 3-0 down at half time but came back to beat Welland 4-3 in what was one of, if not the performance of the day in the whole league. Manager Mark Mulraney and Albion players took to social media and couldn’t hide their delight.
Hell of a game today @BrockAlbion to be 3-0 down at half time but to come out second half fighting and go on to win it 4-3, what great team spirit we’ve shown. 4 wins out 4 this year ⚫️⚪️
— Shaun Meakin 🏴🦁⚪️💙💛 (@shaunmeakin10) January 26, 2019
Upton St Leonards secured their third away win on the spin as they won 3-1 away at Berkeley Town, who drop to 12th after the defeat. Upton leapfrog Welland as do Longlevens Reserves, who secured a 2-1 win away at bottom club FC Barometrics.
Quedgeley Wanderers were another away day winner, as they left Taverners with all three points after a 2-1 win.
In Division One 5 of the 8 away teams picked up all three points and in fact, all 8 away sides managed to get themselves on the scoresheet.
Highlights next week include Charlton Rovers vs Brockworth Albion, Longlevens Reserves vs Tuffley Rovers Reserves and Sharpness vs Harrow Hill.
Onto Division Two and if we take a look at our preview from the week for a second…
“Smiths and Abbeymead were both involved in seven goal affairs last week, with Smiths earning a valuable 5-2 win over Lydbrook and Abbeymead going down 4-3 to Cheltenham Civil Service. An early prediction, expect goals in that one!”
So naturally we are delighted to see a 6-3 scoreline in that one, as Smiths Athletic continue a run of having goals all over the place in their games. Their last six games have seen a 7-0 win, a 5-2 defeat, back to back 4-0 defeats, then last week’s 5-2 win and now a 6-3 win. That’s a whopping 38 goals in their last six games! Astonishing record.
FC Lakeside move up to 6th after a 5-2 win over bottom club Bibury, whilst Lydbrook Athletic vs English Bicknor was postponed due to a power cut at Lydbrook’s ground.
At the top end of the table Whitecroft kept up with Cheltenham Civil Service as both sides won to close the gap on leaders Woolaston, who didn’t have a fixture this week. Civil Service are now 8 points behind after a 2-0 win over Falcons, with Whitecroft five points further back after a 3-2 win against local rivals Lydney Town Reserves.
There was a big 2-0 win for Barnwood United, as they halted their 8 game winless run against Winchcombe Town. Goals from Dan Newman & Liam Pinnock got Barnwood all three points.
After the game we spoke to player/Assistant Manager Craig Salter about the game.
“It was a tough game with both sides going all out for the 3 points. With not the greatest surface to play on, the boys showed great determination and desire to put in a performance and get the win.
At this stage of the season to play like that it was very important, especially as it stops the winless run. Hopefully now we can push on and finish the season as strong as possible.”
Bredon beat their Reserve side 3-0 in the Worcestershire FA Cup in the other fixture involving a Division Two side.
Next weekend sees Woolaston take on Frampton United Reserves as both sides return to league action – as do Bredon, who travel to Bibury. The big game of the day though gives Cheltenham Civil Service the chance to move 8 points clear of 3rd placed Whitecroft when the two go head to head.
Check out the full list of Saturday’s results in and around the county right here.