January always feel like a long month and this year it was no different. After the Christmas season came and went in the blink of an eye, the New Year kick off with plenty of local football action to sink our teeth into.
Once again in the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League there are a whole host an important fixtures in both Divisions. Especially in Division Two as league leaders Woolaston find themselves watching the chasing pack due to not having a game.
Cheltenham Civil Service haven’t lost a league game away from home since a 2-1 defeat at Bibury back in August and they travel to Falcons in search of their fourth league win on the spin.
A win for Civil Service will see the deficit to Woolaston be cut to 8 points whilst a Falcons win can see them go up a place to 7th.
Third placed Whitecroft will be looking to keep up with the top two but welcome Lydney Town Reserves in a local derby. Lydney haven’t picked up a win on the road since a 3-1 win against Falcons back in September and they can move into 8th in the league and into the top half with a win.
English Bicknor will be favourites to extend their 6 game unbeaten run when they host Lydbrook Athletic this weekend, with Bicknor able to move above Bredon into 4th as the Worcestershire based side find themselves in WFA County Cup action.
Lydbrook could find themselves bottom if they are defeated and bottom club Bibury can pick up three points at FC Lakeside. The hosts can break into the top six with a win and will be eager to get revenge for a 4-2 defeat at Bibury earlier this season.
Four sides who are drifting towards the wrong end of the table all face each other, with Barnwood United hosting Winchcombe Town and Abbeymead Rovers travelling to Smiths Athletic.
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!
Barnwood will be looking to end their run of 8 games without a win whilst Winchcombe will be looking to win on the road for the second time in a row.
In Division One two of the in-form sides square off as Harrow Hill take on Whaddon United. The two sides at either end of the table have had a great start to 2019 so far but something will have to give.
Harrow Hill could move 2nd with a win and if a goal difference of -4 can be overturned with current 2nd placed side Chalford. For Whaddon, they will be looking to build on their unbeaten start to the New Year to move further away from the bottom two.
The bottom two both find themselves at home this week to difficult opponents. Leonard Stanley welcome last season’s league winners Charlton Rovers, whilst FC Barometrics entertain Longlevens Reserves – who themselves will be looking to build some momentum after some indifferent form.
Charlton Rovers can go back up to 3rd with a win and if Harrow Hill are defeated and Tuffley Rovers Reserves fail to beat league leaders Sharpness. The game at Glevum Park sees a Tuffley side who are stronger at home take on a Sharpness side who haven’t been too great on the road, so the leaders will be looking to throw the form book out of the window.
Due to a superior goal difference Sharpness will end the day top but if they slip up then Chalford could move level on points if they can beat Cam Bulldogs at home. Chalford, who are still unbeaten in the league this season, will be looking to close the gap whilst having three games in hand.
For Cam, they can move up to 7th with a win and if Longlevens Reserves, Welland and Upton St Leonards all lose. The Division’s top scorers Welland travel to a Brockworth Albion side who have made a perfect start to 2019, whilst Upton St Leonards travel to a Berkeley Town side that have won 2 out of their last 3 home games.
Upton can leapfrog Welland if they can win their third away game on the spin and Welland slip up.
Both Taverners and Quedgeley Wanderers go into their fixture on Saturday on 22 points and both will know a win could see either side move up to 10th in the league and open a 9 point gap between themselves and the bottom three.
It is sure to be another great afternoon of action in the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League as we kick on into the business end of the campaign.
Check out the full list of fixtures in the league below.
Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Division One – 14:00 kick offs
Berkeley Town vs Upton St Leonards
Brockworth Albion vs Welland
Chalford vs Cam Bulldogs
FC Barometrics vs Longlevens Reserves
Harrow Hill vs Whaddon United
Leonard Stanley vs Charlton Rovers
Taverners vs Quedgeley Wanderers
Tuffley Rovers Reserves vs Sharpness
Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Division Two – 14:00 kick offs
Barnwood United vs Winchcombe Town
FC Lakeside vs Bibury
Falcons vs Cheltenham Civil Service
Lydbrook Athletic vs English Bicknor
Whitecroft vs Lydney Town Reserves
Smiths Athletic vs Abbeymead Rovers – 15:00 kick off
Take a look at all of the fixtures in and around the county on Saturday right here.