Today saw Quedgeley sitting in 3rd place up against Frampton United who sit in 4th place.
Various issues arose before this game kicked off. Having suffered a shock defeat to Leonard Stanley a few days ago news of a replay fed was fed back to the club.
Stanley had fielded too many 1st team players meaning the fixture has to be replayed.
The news lifted Wanderers who now had the title back in their own hands. A win against Frampton today followed by a win against Stanley in the replay would see Wanderers crowned league champions. Game on!!
Today's fixture also saw a change of venue. Frampton had other events going on at their club asking instead for the fixture to be reversed and played at Waterwells.
Frampton in this there final game had nothing left to play for but would still provide a stern test up against a Wanderers team that now had everything to play for.
Quedgeley Wanderers win the toss and elect to kick off. Boyd by the news of potential promotion and possible league winners, take the game straight to Frampton.
For the first time in a while Wanderers settle immediately and play football. Lovely one/two touch passes, Frampton are made to work to get the ball back. Wanderers are all over them like a rash, earning early corners and have a few early chances Wanderers just can't find the end result.
17 Mins - The first real attacking play by Frampton, the opposition left back who has some pace runs down the flank but on being tackled the ball pops up and he uses his hand to push the ball on. This earns the lad a yellow card.
Play continues and Wanderers remain camped in the Frampton half nicely passing the ball around the opposition, just that final ball still missing.
23 Mins - A sucker punch. Frampton break away on a counter attack. The Quedgeley captain, Scott Moroney at the ripe old age of 33 chases back bringing the more youthful Frampton player to his knees, free kick awarded.
The free kick is half way into the Wanderers half just left of centre. The ball is played over the Quedgeley defensive line and 3 Frampton players are left to run through unchallenged. This results in one of those opponents heading the ball over Tom Farmer from all of 8 yards out, 0-1. Completely against the run of play but just goes to show you can't afford to switch off.
Despite going a goal down, Wanderers don't let their heads drop. Instead they up their game with wave after wave of attacks.
40 Mins - Frampton fail to clear a Quedgeley corner and the ball falls nicely at the feet of Lee Overthrow. The boy for some strange reason doesn't often go up for corners. On this occasion I'm glad he did. His first touch is used to get the ball out of his feet. He then side foots the ball through a group of players to level the scores, 1-1.
Tails up and turning the screw, Wanderers not wanting the half to finish when the referee blows up for half time. Frampton must wonder how they are even still in the game.
HALF TIME - Quedgeley Wanderers 1-1 Frampton United
The second half starts it much the same way as the first. Wanderers with much of the play need to learn how to turn chances into goals. Games like this would have been put to bed earlier in the season. A lot of credit though must go to Frampton who remained resolute in defence. You can see why they have the 2nd best defensive record in the league. (Behind Quedgeley).
66 Mins - Nothing less than Wanderers deserved despite getting a touch of luck.
Talked about most weeks. James Lawes, cross or shot? Drives a low ball from left to right into the box. In an attempt to make a block a Frampton player hangs a boot out only for the ball to deflect off him. A slight change in direction and flight of the football, the Frampton keeper is beaten as the ball ends up in the bottom right corner, 2-1.
The goal opened the game up and play became stretched. Craig Edwards put in a performance that shouldn't go by without a mention. Only because of his positional play and understanding of his defensive duties were other players allowed to push on and go for the win. Worthy of his MOM vote.
Frampton did start to attack more than they had all game. Perhaps Wanderers airing on the side of caution and sitting deeper looking settled on a 2-1 result was the reason for this.
68 Mins - Graeme Holmes back in side after a long absence was taken off and on came Andrew Porter.
77 Mins - Craig Edwards great shift, taken off for Jason Rossell who rocks up late (selfish, letting his team mates down) after his wife has just given birth.
The changes came at a time when required. Just to freshen things up and add a bit more stubbornness in defence midfield to support the defence and make safe the points.
81 Mins - A rare outfield appearance for Ryan Bonnie on in place of another wanderers fossil, Matt Capell.
Having wound the game down and obtaining the result required in the process, Wanderers should be proud of a performance against a good Frampton side who had very little of the ball and dominated for most of the 90 mins.
FULL TIME - Quedgeley Wanderers 2-1 Frampton United
This result coupled with Hardwicke's draw against Taverners puts Wanderers 2nd and winning promotion to League 4 next season.
The focus now turns to Tuesday evening where a win at home against Leonard Stanley will see Wanderers go back top where they have been for most of the season. A win will mean they beat Wickwar Wanderers to the title by 2 points.
Come on Quedge!!
GOALS - Lee Overthrow & OG
MOM - Craig Edwards