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Sports Awards: County teams do battle for Senior Team of the Year award

By JPEchoRobins  |  Posted: August 19, 2014

By Jon Palmer

Cirencester Town

Cirencester Town

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A HOST of county football clubs have been entered into the mix for the Senior Team of the Year accolade at the Gloucestershire Media Sports Awards.

Cirencester Town are sure to be among the frontrunners after securing the Southern League Division One South and West title under boss Brian Hughes last season.

They returned to the Premier Division after a two-season absence, picking up 92 points from their 42 matches to finish three points clear of runners-up Merthyr Town.

It was their first title for 18 years, sealed by a 3-1 victory at Yate Town on the final day of the campaign – their 16th away success of the season.

FA Cup heroes Shortwood United are one of the clubs who could push Cirencester close for the award.

Fired by the goals of Duncan Culley, they stunned Conference club Aldershot Town in the fourth qualifying round to reach the first round proper for the first time in their 113-year history.

They eventually bowed out 4-0 to League One Port Vale – a team sitting 125 places above them in league system – at a packed Meadowbank crowd of 1,247 as well as live television coverage on BT Sport.

Further down the football pyramid, Longlevens enjoyed a magnificent season which also sees them in contention for recognition at this year’s Sports Awards.

James French’s team stormed to the County League title, clinching promotion to the Hellenic League Division One West for the first time.

They took the title by 17 points from runners-up Gala Wilton, finishing top of the pile for a second successive season and racking up more than 100 goals in the process.

Longlevens also won the Les James League Cup, defeating Rockleaze Rangers 3-0 in the final at Kingswood.

One level below Longlevens, Cheltenham Civil Service enjoyed a memorable campaign of their own.

They won promotion to the County League from Northern Senior League Division One, becoming another Gloucestershire club to break new ground.

They also won the Gloucestershire Senior Amateur Cup, beating FC Barometrics 3-1 in the final at Kayte Lane.

FC Barometrics are also playing at their highest level, having won the Northern Senior League Division Two title by a six point margin from Moreton Rangers.

In the Cheltenham League, Charlton Rovers were dominant in Division One, earning a place in the Northern Senior League.

Who else deserves a nomination? Visit: http://www.digital-thisis.co.uk/gloucestershire/GlosSportsAwards/enter/

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