FOOTBALL: Local Gloucestershire Round-Up

It was a mixed weekend for the clubs in Gloucestershire as Cheltenham and Forest Green Rovers secured vital wins, and Gloucester City and Shortwood United also came away with victories.

Cirencester managed a respectable draw away at Hayes and Yeading, however Slimbridge, Cinderford and Bishops Cleeve all suffered defeats.

Gary Johnson’s Cheltenham Town won their second match in a row and are now undefeated in six games. An early first half strike from Billy Waters was the only goal in a game where The Robins had to defend admirably to hold onto the three points.

Mark Cooper’s side’s triumph over relegation favourites Guiseley was also a key win as they went four points clear at the top of the National League. Goals from Darren Carter, Christian Doidge and an own goal extended Rovers’ lead at the summit after Dagenham and Redbridge failed to win.

Gloucester City also managed a victory as they scraped past Bradford Park Avenue, who sit bottom of the National League North without a win this season. Joe Hanks’ first half goal was enough to see The Tigers rise to seventh and three points off the play-offs.

Charlie Griffin’s Cirencester also impressed as they fought for a solid point away against Hayes and Yeading. After going behind, Aidan Bennett pulled a goal back on 65 minutes. Griffin’s side sit precariously above the relegation zone.

Cinderford Town remain bottom of the Southern Premier League after a 1-0 defeat to Chesham. Andy Leese’s side scored a penalty a few minutes before half time to heap more pressure onto Cinderford, who are without a manager after joint bosses Allan Gough and Chris Burns left the club.

Arguably the most impressive victory from the weekend was Shortwood’s win over Mangotsfield United.  United started the day in second, but that didn’t seem to phase The Wood who scored three goals in 10 first half minutes to give themselves the advantage. A further two goals in the second half saw Alex Sykes’ team stay in fifth and make it three wins from their last five games.

Leon Sterling’s Slimbridge United defied the odds last weekend as they defeated Steve Claridge’s Salisbury, however Bridge couldn’t keep their momentum going as they suffered a 3-1 defeat away at AFC Totton. Totton started the day bottom of the table, but goals from Callum Hellyan and Nicholas Watts saw Steve Hollick’s side rise to 20th whilst Slimbridge remain comfortably in mid table.

Finally, Bishops Cleeve also suffered a slim defeat at the hands of Yate Town. Luke Hitchman drew Cleeve level after Jack Ball put Yate in the lead, but they couldn’t capitalise and conceded once again. Steve Cleal’s side remain on 12 points and 16th in the table.


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