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Longlevens close on Gloucestershire County League title

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 14, 2014

Nick Humphries scoring for Longlevens against Ellwood

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Longlevens could be crowned champions of the Gloucestershire County League with a win against Berkeley Town on Saturday.

A 2-1 victory over Ellwood saw James French’s side move to 67 points and into an almost unassailable position in top spot.

Victory for Longlevens at Hanham Athletic on Wednesday night would mean that only King’s Stanley would be able to catch James French’s men on 70 points.

The leaders didn’t have it all their own way on Saturday as Ellwood had the better of the early exchanges and led 1-0.

Darryl Addis has already forced Mark Harris into a good save before Gary Wildin hooked the ball over his shoulder and into the net to give the Foresters the lead.

Dave Rich almost levelled the scores before the break but a good save by Dane Adams denied the Longlevens man.

The equaliser came just two minutes into the second half with Brad Martin netting at the far post after a fine Shaun O’Connor cross.

The winner came at the midpoint of the second half as Nick Humphreys turned sharply on the edge of the box and fired low past Adams.

At the other end of the table, Berkeley Town are trying to complete a great escape after looking doomed to relegation all season.

The Hunters claimed a 4-2 win against Bristol Academy to pull within two points of Yate Town Reserves with four games of the season remaining.

Hosts Yate took the lead on two minutes as Marcus Thatcher set up Toby Waterman to score.

Berkeley levelled on 11 minutes with a superb strike from the edge of the box by Sam Gillison, only for Dave Sims-Burgess to fire the Academy back in front four minutes later.

Berkeley’s Joe Blakeney levelled the scores before the break and further goals from Sam Strickland and Paul Brooks in the second half ensured that the points returned to the Nuclear Power Station ground.

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