Bernard at the double to prolong Longlevens' league charge
LONGLEVENS maintained their unbeaten start to the David Wilson Homes Gloucestershire County League season with a 2-1 home win over Bristol Academy.
Their seventh victory in eight games kept them at the top of the table ahead of newly promoted Gala Wilton, who enjoyed a 4-1 home success over Yate Town Reserves.
Longlevens made hard work of defeating Bristol Academy, who showed plenty of character and skill in patches.
The game was won by two goals scored by Brad Bernard in the first 45 minutes. Good play from Brad Martin on 25 minutes set up Bernard for an easy tap-in.
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Then Bernard chested the ball down and turned to drive a second home on 35 minutes for a 2-0 lead at the break.
The visitors improved in the second half and the last 15 minutes of the game saw the home side on the back foot.
The Academy did eventually find a way through on 90 minutes with a shot on the far post that beat both goalkeeper Underwood and defender Ed Smylie on its way in.
Gala Wilton opened the scoring against visitors Yate with a Brett James penalty on 23 minutes.
Ryan Hughes volleyed home a second on 36 minutes for a 2-0 lead, but Yate hit back on 44 minutes with a Ben Royal strike.
Craig Harris volleyed home a Brett James cross on 56 minutes to put the home side 3-1 up and substitute Joe White netted the fourth in the 78th minute.
Frampton United had to come from behind twice to secure the three points.
Rockleaze took a 19th minute lead when a free kick that was parried onto the bar by the home goalkeeper but Ed Freeman was on hand to head the rebound home.
The home side levelled on the half hour with a goal from Chris Fower. The visitors went 2-1 up on 47 minutes an almost identical goal to the first and again it was Freeman on hand to head home.
Freeman then received a red card for a bad tackle leaving the visitors in the lead but down to ten men.
Steve Jackson levelled for Frampton on 73 minutes and Fower grabbed his second on 82 minutes to give Frampton the win.
King's Stanley's first home game of the season ended in a 1-1 draw against Ellwood.
Stanley went ahead on eight minutes from a cross from Andy Roberts that deceived the visitors' goalkeeper, dropping into the far corner of the net.
Ellwood had the chance to level on 12 minutes from the penalty spot but it was brilliantly saved by Ashley Gale.
Gale was in great form as he again kept the visitors at bay in the 20th minute. The equalising goal came in the 30th minute from a free kick on the edge of the area struck home by Derek Roberts.
Berkeley Town moved off the bottom of the table with a 2-1 victory at Chipping Sodbury Town.
Sodbury made a poor start as Berkeley took the lead after 16 minutes with 20 yard shot from Chris Andrews.
The visitors made it 2-0 on 62 minutes when Paul Brooks lobbed the keeper. The home side then started to play and pulled a goal back on 70 minutes through Karl Reese, but even though they were on top for the rest of the game they could not find a second goal.
Other results: Bishops Cleeve Reserves 3 Henbury 3; Hanham Athletic 2 Patchway Town 3; Kingswood 1 Bristol Telephones 2; Southmead CS Athletic 4 Thornbury Town 2.