Dropped points mean Bibury will be sweating on their week off
THE race for the Cheltenham League Division One title is hotting up as leaders Bibury dropped more points last weekend, writes Rob Morrison.
The leaders were held to a 1-1 draw by Falcons and with victories for the teams immediately below them we are promised an exciting end to the season as we see who can secure promotion to the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League.
Next weekend the big game sees second placed Charlton Rovers travel to Whaddon United as the leaders take a break.
Victory could decide which team will be in pole position to chase Bibury.
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There was a surprise in Division Two on Saturday as table toppers Gala Wilton Reserves were held to a 1-1 draw at Newton FC.
With second placed Hanley Swan winning, they can close the gap at the top to one point of they win their game in hand.
This weekend Swan face local rivals Upton Town while Gala entertain struggling Brockworth Albion Reserves.
At the bottom Winchcombe Town Reserves will need to be on top form if they are to move up the league when they host Newton FC.
After dropping points last weekend, and losing their 100 per cent record, FC Lakeside returned to winning was last Saturday with a convincing 4-1 win at Tivoli Rovers.
With second placed Belmore being beaten 4-3 by Andoversford, Lakeside extended their lead at the top to five points.
Bottom club Elmbridge OB went down 4-1 to the team directly above then, Kings AFC Reserves. The result saw Kings open up a four point gap on their opponents.
Charlton Rovers Reserves' Division Four title hopes took a knock as the current leaders were beaten 2-1 by Leckhampton Rovers in a weekend that saw second placed Priors comfortably beat Tewkesbury Town Reserves 6-0.
Bottom club Bourton Rovers Reserves claimed all three points with a 3-1 win at Gala Wilton III.
Rovers, however, sit 23 points behind their nearest rivals and it may be to little to late to secure survival.
Dowty Dynamos' defeat of Pittville United in Division Five means the pendulum has swung back in favor of Newlands Athletic in the race for the title.
Newlands face bottom club Cheltenham Saracens III on Saturday.
Neither club were in action on Saturday and while on paper this appears a straight forward tie for Newlands, Saracens 12-2 victory last time they played show they can't be dismissed.
Division Six leaders Cheltenham United suffered a set back last weekend, going down 2-0 to Kingshill Sports Reserves.
With the teams in second, third and fourth spot all winning the pressure has really be cranked up at the top of the table.
This weekend United face third placed Leckhampton Rovers knowing they really need to take all if points if they wish to stay in the driving seat.
The League's basement team, Regency Town narrowly lost 3-2 to fourth placed Cheltenham Civil Service IV. Their job does not get any easier when they face second placed Hatherley FC on Saturday.