Title race gets even closer after Longlevens Reserves edge past Tredworth


Five points separates 1st and 5th in the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Division One table after Saturday’s results – including Longlevens Reserves’ 1-0 win over Tredworth Tigers.

Matt Emmett’s first half effort was enough in the end for his side, as they moved up to 2nd in the table, with three games in hand over new leaders, Brockworth Albion.

Tredworth drop to 4th, one point behind Levens and 3rd place Chalford, who are behind Longlevens on goal difference.

Dursley Town, who beat Bredon 4-1 on Saturday, are three points further back in 5th, with four games remaining.

Brockworth moved back to the top of the table after responding to Thursday night’s defeat against Longlevens, with a 3-0 win at home to Charfield.

Dale Rawlins’ Longlevens side will be in the driving seat, not only after beating two title rivals in the space of 48 hours, but because they have a game in hand over Chalford, Tredworth and Dursley and three games in hand over Brockworth Albion.

Levens also know that Chalford and Tredworth are still due to meet in the league, with the game rumoured to be about to be added into the schedule for Tuesday 14 May – three days after Longlevens’ final match.

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In our featured game on Saturday afternoon, Longlevens Reserves created the better chances and deservedly secured all three points in a heavyweight clash.

Spencer Martin should have broken the scoring inside the first 6 minutes, but could only find the foot of the post after being picked out by Shiyak Sutherland.

But on 14 minutes, after Martin had an effort blocked in the centre of the box, Matt Emmett cut back and fired home.

James Barnett and Shaun O’Connor missed good opportunities before the break, before Spencer Martin had a goal ruled out for a dubious offside.

Lee Smith and Corey Warrington fired off target for Tredworth, whilst Tyler Hill had a volley cleared off the line by Rob Perry.

The second half saw both sides cancel each other out for the most part, with Tredworth very disjointed in the final third.

Substitute Lee Dyer had Tredworth’s best chance of an equaliser, but saw his half-volley palmed over well by Anton Ranken.

In the end Longlevens held on to a crucial three points and know a win against Tewkesbury Town on Tuesday night will see them open up a two point lead at the top of the table.

Longlevens Reserves: Ranken, Kavanagh, Barnett, Perry, Powell, Callinan, Knight, O’Connor, Sutherland, Emmett, Martin

Subs: McLean, Stokes, Kent, Clift, Bonser

Tredworth Tigers: Fenner, N Hill, Morgan, Gallen, Rich, Smith, Hamilton, Warrington, T Hill, C Hill, Rogers

Subs: James, Blair, Dyer, Weir, Foster

C Martin Roofing Man of the Match – Rob Perry (Longlevens Reserves)

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READ MORE: Check out the full list of Saturday’s results in and around Gloucestershire right here

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