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Gloucestershire Football Round Up

It was a weekend to forget for Gloucestershire’s top sides with damaging defeats across the county. Here we take a look at some of the significant results for our local sides.

St Neots Town 3-1 Cinderford (Southern Premier)

In the Southern Premier League, Cinderford remain bottom following a defeat away to St Neots. Trailing 2-0 at half-time, the Foresters faced an uphill struggle, made harder when a goal-mouth scramble led to skipper Josh Nelmes taking a boot to the face. His afternoon ended early as he spent the remainder of his Saturday in Bedford hospital with a suspected broken nose and cheekbone. Gethyn Hill subsequently pulled a goal back five minutes into the second half, however Peter Clark’s last minute goal sealed victory for the hosts.

Cirencester 1-2 St Ives Town (Southern Premier)

Cirencester’s own survival hopes suffered a setback after they fell to defeat against fellow strugglers St Ives. Adam Connolly gave the Centurions the lead on 16 minutes before Charlie Death’s 38th minute equaliser. With less than 20 minutes to go, Benjamin Seymore-Shove put the visitors ahead. There was disgust from the home support, who believed Seymore-Shove handled the ball in the build-up in what proved to be a pivotal moment. It leaves Cirencester just two places above Gloucestershire rivals Cinderford.

Larkhall Athletic 3-0 Mangostfield United (Southern Premier Division One South & West)

Mangotsfield’s run of six wins in a row in the Southern Premier League South & West came to an end at the Plain Ham Ground. Second in the league, and a point off leaders Hereford FC, United collapsed in spectacular fashion. Jamie Lyons gave Larkhall the lead after half an hour, taking the side into the break a goal to the good. The visitors were brushed aside in the second half with goals from James Stinson and Josh Egan sealing maximum points for Athletic.

Shortwood United 1-1 Bridgwater Town (Southern Premier Division One South & West)

Shortwood remain outside the play-offs on goal difference alone following their disappointing draw with bottom-of-the-table Bridgwater Town. The visitors, who are yet to win this season, had three draws going into this fixture at the Meadowbank Ground. The game looked like it would be goalless at the break. Moments later, Syd Campbell finished from eight yards to shock United. In the second half, Bridgwater nearly doubled their lead, as a defensive mistake led to the visitors breaking through but missing a golden one-on-one chance. A moment later, in the 52nd minute, the mistake came back to haunt Town, as Nick Hancock slid in at the back post to salvage a point.

Slimbridge 2-1 Salisbury FC (Southern Premier Division One South & West)

Slimbridge have moved up to 12th in the league following an impressive 2-1 win over promotion-chasing Salisbury. Coming in on the back of a 4-3 win over league leaders Hereford, Salisbury had high hopes coming into this match. However, Slimbridge who had just one home win coming into the match had a point to prove. The deadlock was broken in the second half as a poor clearance along the ground was intercepted by Jack Twyman who finished calmly. Before the celebrations could die down Salisbury were level minutes later with a strike from Ollie Mehew, on loan from Forest Green Rovers. Only five minutes later, Swans reclaimed the lead through Lee Smith. Smith latched on to a through ball and ran through to beat goalkeeper Alex Bass, on loan from Portsmouth, and give Slimbridge a shock win over Steve Claridge’s side.

Paulton Rovers 2-0 Bishop’s Cleeve (Southern Premier Division One South & West)

A feisty encounter at Athletic Field saw Bishop’s Cleeve depart pointless and, to make matters worse, manager Steve Cleal was sent to the stands for a touchline altercation. The visitors started well in Bristol with plenty of first-half possession but didn’t have any clear cut chances. They paid the price in the second half as Reeko Best beat the keeper to a loose ball to poke home the opener. At 1-0, Paulton were in control and sealed the match on 88 minutes through Kailan Gould. The story of the match, however, was on the touchline where Cleeve boss Cleal reacted to a strong challenge on the hour mark, going on to shove Paulton assistant manager Martyn Grimshaw, and neither were quick to back down meaning both were sent to the stands.

 

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