This weekend saw another goal fest of a weekend in the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League as we begin settle down into the new campaign.
In Division One the then top two met and played out a 1-1 draw between Woolaston, who remain top on goal difference and Cheltenham Civil Service who drop to 3rd with the result.
In between the two newly promoted clubs is Brockworth Albion after their 2-1 win over Upton St Leonards. The side who went unbeaten for the second half of the season last term now find themselves on 20 games unbeaten in 90 minutes – with their only defeat coming in our featured Reg Davis Cup tie against Frampton United Reserves last month.
The top three are all unbeaten this season in the league, along with two sides who played out a 1-1 draw in Charlton Rovers and Chalford.
Chalford, who have only played three league games so far, were leading until the final 30 seconds before being pegged back.
We spoke to Chalford manager Ben Powell after the game, who praised his side for a strong start to the new season.
“I’m pleased with the start,” said Powell. “It’s come off the back of a very good pre season as well. Training has been superbly attended and we played well in our friendlies, so I’m glad we’ve carried on our form into the league.
I’m disappointed to concede with 30 seconds to go, but when you’re down to 10 men after 30 minutes and then 9 men for another 10 minutes you have to pleased to take a point against what is a good side.
Being honest, it felt like a defeat but that’s because the lads gave it everything. Our attitude and work rate was superb yesterday and that’s what enabled us to leave with a point,” Powell added.
On Wednesday night Chalford head to Glevum Park to take on a youthful Tuffley Rovers Reserves side. Rovers drew 3-3 against Whitecroft this weekend and Powell admits that he expects his side to be tested on Wednesday night.
“Wednesday’s game is another tough one. Obviously it’s a rebuilt side for them but it doesn’t matter which Tuffley team you play, they’ll always be good. Tuffley are a club who seem to bring through good youngsters year after year and I’d expect this season to be no different.”
Ahead of the game in midweek, Powell has confirmed that Brad Moore will miss the game after tweaking a hamstring, Ed Parsloe is still unavailable with an ankle injury – but Chalford will be at near full strength with the returns of James Keylock, Jordan Measures, Kyle Edmond & Charlie Bond.
Elsewhere in Division One there were first wins of the season for Cam Bulldogs who won 3-1 at Berkeley Town, Taverners who beat Leonard Stanley 2-0 and Longlevens who won at newly promoted Bredon 2-1.
Harrow Hill hosted English Bicknor, with the visitors running out 5-2 winners to move up to 8th.
In Division Two Andoversford find themselves top of the league and are the only side in either division to be played four won four after their 6-2 win over Falcons.
Barnwood United got their season up and running after three defeats in their opening games, by beating Abbeymead Rovers 6-1.
FC Lakeside’s great start to the season continued with a 2-1 win over Lydney Town Reserves to keep them 2nd on goal difference, ahead of Staunton & Corse who picked up a 4-2 victory at Smiths Barometrics.
Other than Andoversford, Stonehouse Town Reserves are the only unbeaten side in Division Two and they find themselves 4th in the league after a 3-0 win against Winchcombe Town, who are one of three sides yet to pick up a point this season.
One of those sides are Lydbrook, who find themselves bottom of the pile after shipping 10 goals against Frampton United Reserves without reply.
In the Division’s other game Charfield and Bibury played out an entertaining 2-2 draw.
As mentioned our featured game on Wednesday night will be Tuffley Rovers Reserves vs Chalford in Division One. Kick off at Glevum Park is at 19:30 and you can follow the game live on our social media.