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Gloucestershire sport round-up: All the weekend’s action and major talking points

Cheltenham Town FC strengthened their promotion hopes after defeating Walsall, to make it ten points from a possible 12 in their last four away trips under manager Michael Duff.

It was also a successful Saturday for Gloucester Rugby FC in a thrilling match-up that saw the team complete a come-back in the first game of the new Premiership season.

With the start of the race season at Cheltenham only a week away, ParkLife Sport will provide you an insight into the weekend’s sport stories.

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League Two

Cheltenham Town FC continued their formidable run of form in League Two with a 2-1 away win against Walsall at the Bescot Stadium on Saturday.

The Robins are now unbeaten in seven matches and find themselves in fifth position in the table, moving above local rivals Forest Green Rovers.

The side took the lead within 10 minutes thanks to Ben Tozer but were eventually pegged back on the 52nd minute.

Luke Varney would, however, send the 708 travelling fans into elation six minutes later to move the team back into the lead.

Forest Green Rovers, on the other hand, despite what manager Mark Cooper called their ‘best performance the season’, were held to a 2-2 draw against Mansfield Town.

A second-half come-back saw Rovers’ two-goal lead diminish, with the result moving the team down the standings to sixth after being top only two week’s ago.

After the game, manager Cooper was evidently unhappy with how his team handled their lead, he said: “Once we scored our second goal, we conceded straight away. (It’s) just a lack of professionalism.”

The two teams are set to do battle in the latest ‘ El Glosico’ fixture on Saturday 2nd November, but a reduced capacity has been announced after a row between Cheltenham Town and it’s neighbours.

National League North

Gloucester City FC are only one point outside the play-off places despite being tipped as relegation candidates this season.

The team continued their excellent start to the league campaign with a 1-0 win over Bradford Park Avenue.

“I read in one of the non-league papers that we are still favourites to get relegated, let them keep saying it”, said boss Mike Cook.

Local Football

Slimbridge beat Paulton Rovers 1-0 to claim their highest ever league position in Southern League Division One West, as Cirencester Town thrashed Mangotsfield United 5-0.

In Division One in the Cheltenham League, Tewkesbury Town further cemented their position at the top with a 4-2 win, beating last year’s Division Two winners AFC Renegades.

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The Premiership

The first game of the new Premiership season saw Gloucester Rugby RFC win in dramatic style, coming from behind to win 18-16.

Sale Sharks displayed dominance in the first half scoring all of the points, taking them into half-time leading 10-0 having a further lead denied after Chris Ashton’s try was ruled out by the TMO.

Gloucester responded in the second-half and scored successive tries through Mark Atkinson and Tom Marshall six minutes apart from eachother, with Billy Twelvetrees turning the game in the team’s favour kicking two penalties.

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The match ended in tense fashion with Sale fly-half Rob du Preez hitting the post instead of putting his side ahead which would have confirmed all four points for the home side.

Gloucester head coach Ackermann praised his team’s response in the second half, saying: “At half time, we said ‘boys, don’t panic. There are a lot of opportunities out there, all we need to do is look after the ball and keep doing what we believe in.

“We came in with a certain plan and we keep doing it’.”

Elsewhere in the Premiership Bristol Bears scored seven tries to defeat Bath and earn maximum points on the opening day.

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