Ford's winning drive keeps Tuffley on top
TUFFLEY Rovers remain top of the County League table after a 1-0 victory over Hanham Athletic.
On a bitterly cold day the game was affected by a very strong wind, and both teams struggled to cope with the conditions which resulted in a dour affair.
The home side defended well but lacked any penetration up front, managing two attempts on goal in the 90 minutes.
Rovers did have the better of the possession but also failed to break through a very stubborn home defence until the 37th minute when Warren Mann got behind, pulled the ball back to the edge of the box where Mark Ford was motoring towards goal and struck a first-time drive that took a slight deflection off a Hanham defender and into the net.
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A 2-0 win at Taverners by Southmead CS Athletic keeps them in touch at the top.
A goal came after six minutes by the visitors, when a pass by Bobby Massey out to the left found Dan Glancy and his pinpoint cross saw Rob Sivers strike the ball home.
Taverners had their chances but failed to grab an equaliser then in the 85th minute a second goal by the visitors put them in the driving seat and it was a cross into the box by Dwayne Pope and a mix up between the Taverners keeper and defender allowed Danny Simpson to drive the ball home.
Managerless Thornbury Town pulled off an excellent 2-1 win at Longlevens.
The home side took a tenth minute lead after Shaun O'Conner was brought down on the edge of the box, decided to take the kick himself and the shot was deflected on its way into the net. Thornbury were level three minutes later, after home keeper Lee Martin pushed a shot away for a corner and from that Nathan Sage scored from close range.
Thornbury went ahead in the 63rd minute from the penalty spot after Dave Rich had brought down Dan Thompson: from the resulting kick, brother Steve Thompson squeezed the ball just under the diving Lee Martin. Thornbury should have made it three but Steve Thompson missed a great chance late on.
King's Stanley slumped to a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Chipping Sodbury Town.
Stanley's failure to capitalise on their possession in the first half tolled when they fell behind on 55 minutes when a long clearance was latched onto by Mark Totterdell who volleyed the ball into the roof of the net.
A penalty ten minutes later which was put away by Justin Cattle gave the visitors a much needed win.
The biggest win of the day was at Bishop's Cleeve Reserves who recorded a 4-1 victory over visitors Ellwood.
The home side took a 1-0 lead into the break when Jack Fairburn picked up a rebound after Mike Sholly's shot had hit the upright.
Ten minutes into the second half Matt Addis put Ellwood back on level terms but the home side retook the lead in the 65th minute when Declan Chick headed home Liam Scott's cross.
Five minutes later it was Scott again sending the ball into the box where Paul Ireland dived full length to head home. A second goal from Ireland from a Jamie Lock cross wrapped up the points for Cleeve.