Cheltenham Civil Service FC will feel hard done by to not have salvaged a draw against top-of-the-table Woolaston, who held onto a 1-0 win in tough conditions on Saturday.
The visitors struck early in the 4th minute when Elliot Roberts parried a long shot straight into the path of Sam Rushworth, who tapped it home from close range.
Civil Service undoubtedly had chances to draw level, hitting the post twice towards the end of the first half. It was the visitors who held onto all three points in the end, thanks to a sublime performance from goalkeeper Matthew O’Leary, who kept his team in the game multiple times.
That leaves the Cherry Pickers firmly at the top of the table and brings Cheltenham’s unbeaten run of eight games to a halt.
Steve Holend’s men will look to return to winning ways with a visit from bottom-of-the-league Bibury next Saturday.
Quotes from the Manager
“It was a little bit frustrating from our point of view. We’re coming out of playing top of the league and realistically we think that a draw would have been the least that we deserved out of the game. They started a little bit brighter maybe but as first half chances go we had the best pick of the chances.
“Look, at the start of the season we were just praying to get three points at one stage. We came up from Cheltenham League Division 1 last year, so it was a case of finding our feet and then showing what we’re about.
“I think the attitude and the ability of the players speaks volumes really. Based on what I’ve seen in the league this season, and we haven’t played every team, fair enough, but I think we will be a hard team to beat, as long as we do that week in week in out. As they say, the table doesn’t lie.”
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