King's Stanley go top of County League after victory over Henbury
BISHOP'S Cleeve Reserves claimed the result of the day in the Gloucestershire County League, ending Rockleaze Rangers' 100 per cent home record with a 2-1 win at the Coombe Dingle Sports Complex.
George Nicholls gave Cleeve the lead on the quarter hour mark, cutting in from the right flank before angling a superb shot into the net from the edge of the box.
Goalkeeper Dan Greenhouse kept the Villagers in front with some superb saves before Stuart Midwinter capitalised on some sloppy Rockleaze defending to score.
Nathan Bryer pulled a goal back for the hosts right on half-time but Greenhouse and the Villagers defence stood firm to earn a fantastic victory.
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While the Villagers claimed the most impressive result, King's Stanley were the day's big winners.
The men from Marling Close took advantage of Tuffley Rovers' game against Thornbury Town being postponed to move top of the Gloucestershire County League with their 2-1 win at Henbury.
Ryan Stevenson opened the scoring for Stanley on the half-hour mark after capitalising on an error by the Henbury goalkeeper.
George Watts broke away to level for the hosts five minutes into the second half, but Danny Stephens ensured that Stanley went a point clear at the top when he tapped in with five minutes remaining.
Despite losing top spot, Tuffley have three games in hand on the new leaders ahead of their return to action at Kingswood on Saturday.
At the other end of the table, Berkeley Town remain rooted to the bottom after they suffered their 15th defeat in 18 games, going down 3-2 to Longlevens at the Nuclear Power Station Ground.
The Hunters showed some fight, however, recovering from going a goal down early in the game to lead 2-1 at one stage before the Gloucester side hit back to win.
Sean O'Connor gave the visitors the lead after two minutes, curling a fine shot into the net from the edge of the box.
Berkeley equalised four minutes later as James Mackie set Luke Palmer up to score and Palmer returned the favour on 27 minutes as Mackie stabbed home.
But Longlevens were level before half-time, Craig Martin heading home, and the comeback was completed just short of the hour when O'Connor netted from the penalty spot. Taverners extended their advantage over Berkeley to ten points with a hard-earned draw against Ellwood at Nailsworth Primary School.
Daryl Addis gave Ellwood the lead on 25 minutes but the lead lasted only three minutes as Luke Bedwell fired home from a corner to level for Taverners.
Despite losing Richard Kerry to a red card, Taverners had the best chance to win the game but Dave Woodford saw his effort go wide.
Frampton United's game against Chipping Sodbury was abandoned with eight minutes to go with the home side leading 3-0 after Frampton's Zac Tyers sustained a suspected broken leg.
Steve Jackson headed the home side in front on 19 minutes and Ryan Vincent made it two, four minutes after the break.
Jackson drove home number three on 69 minutes, before Tyers sustained his injury in a 50/50 ball late in the game.