Sam’s Section: Twists at GNSL summit, Swans looking to bounce back, and club legend returns to The New Lawn


As the January transfer window slams shut, it is time to once again reflect on the footballing action of the week gone and dive into this weekend’s action.

So, let’s start back in the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League which saw a change in leaders over the weekend.

Longlevens Reserves went top, on goal difference, following with an emphatic 6-2 victory at home to FC Lakeside.

After finishing runner-up in the People Puskas award Dursley Town striker, Aaron Nash, watched his side secure a 3-1 victory against Stonehouse Town Reserves to jump up to second.

But Tredworth Tigers dropped down to third after suffering their first home defeat in the league this season, narrowly losing 3-1 to Lydney Town Reserves.

All three will look to continue the title battle as they take on struggling sides this weekend with Longlevens travelling to Stonehouse, Tredworth hosting Charfield and Dursley taking on rivals Berkeley Town.

Stonehouse Town Reserves v Longlevens Reserves; Berkeley Town v Dursley Town; Tredworth Tigers v Charfield – Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Division One; 15:00 kick offs

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Now to some Hellenic League Premier action as Slimbridge are looking to get back to winning ways when they travel to Thornbury Town on Saturday.

The Swans bowed out of the Wiseman Lighting Floodlit Cup on Tuesday night after losing 2-0 to Worcester City.

It was a match that was tightly contested and, on another day, could have seen the Swans advance if not for the woodwork helping Worcester out on three occasions.

Harrison Reeves struck the post with the game at 1-0 before Nathan Dennis and Will Hawes were denied by the crossbar in the final few minutes.

A win for Adam Coyle and Tom Deakins’ side could see them move up to fourth and open a six-point cushion in the playoff spots.

Thornbury Town v Slimbridge- Hellenic League Premier Division; 15:00 kick off

Finishing now with League Two as Forest Green Rovers travel to Essex to take on Colchester United in another crucial game at the bottom.

Rovers sit nine points from safety and Colchester so a win could be nothing but valuable for them in their bid for survival in the football league.

After a quiet deadline day, Steve Cotterill will be hoping his latest addition of returning, club all-time top scorer, Christian Doidge can make an instant impact if involved at the weekend.

66 goals in 122 appearances for Rovers in his first stint with club has fans excited with his return and eagerly anticipating seeing their National League Play-off final hero back out there in green.

Colchester United v Forest Green Rovers- League Two; 15:00 kick off

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