Massive game for Wanderers. After the win they picked up last and other results going their way, this was a big opportunity.
A chance to open up a little breathing space between themselves and the rest of the chasing promotion sides.
A change of ends at the coin toss and kick off to Frampton United.
Frampton looked quite a big strong side and from the opening few minutes it was evident they would challenge for everything.
The game had that, "must win" vibe, from both teams.
A fairly even first 15 minutes with both teams soaking up attacks from another with very little to actually comment on. In fact for a period of 10 minutes Frampton saw more of the ball working their midfield they was finding the space in the midfield areas forcing the Quedgeley attack to get back and help out. This period of play for the away side also produced 3 - 4 corners. The corner taker failing to beat the first man on all of them. Disappointing from them considering the height advantage they had in their side.
29 Mins - Quedgeley win a free kick over on the right hand side, just in front of the home dugout. The big man, Lee Overthrow hits a clean free kick into the area towards the back post. A Frampton defender wins the aerial dual but in doing so heads the ball backwards. Down to his keepers right side who is beaten, giving Wanderers a 1-0 lead.
32 Mins - The referee pulls up with a groin strain. Enough for the old boy to call it a day and head for and early shower. On in his place, a qualified female spectator would referee the rest of the game.
35 Mins - Stu Ballinger clean through on goal, rounds the keeper but upon shooting, shoots wide of the mark. A glaring miss. One you would normally associate with Jason Rossell
The goal appeared to calm any nerves there might have been for the Quedgeley players.
From the time of the goal being scored up until half time despite not creating any clear cut chances, wanderers had more of the possession. Just a little more organisation and positional awareness and chances will come.
HALF TIME - QUEDGELEY WANDERERS 1-0 FRAMPTON UNITED
A half time team talk offered chance for reflection and instruction.
For Wanderers to go on and claim a vital win, the short, sharp passing game needed to be adopted with a little more positional sense and communication.
The work rate and fight was already there!
Quedgeley started the better of the two sides during the opening exchanges they would win a few more aerial battles, finally got the ball down and began with the passing game which was missing for most of the first half.
Jason Rossell continued to win headers and even chipped in with a lovely defensive header for Frampton! Had he headed it the right way Stu Ballinger was primed and would have been through on goal.
65 Mins - Having put a shift in, a change and a different option was required up top.
Off came Jason Rossell and on went Jamie Lee. This would see the Frampton defenders under a bit more pressure. With Wanderers knocking the ball about, Jamie Lee would chase the ball down and use his pace to put Frampton under a different kind of pressure as Wanderers caused the 2nd goal to kill the game off.
Without too much happening both teams continued to attack and take it to one another. Most of the Frampton play came down the right side. Ross Bingham, time after time would win his tackles and every high ball. There was no beating the Wanderers left back today.
77 Mins - The little fella, Craig Edwards fell to the floor whilst chasing the after a Frampton player. A few weeks out without any game time had taken its toll.
The cramp had set in, off he went. On in his place came, Bonaldinho - Ryan Bonnie. The gloves were off, he meant business.
79 Mins - The ref had seen enough, Chris Smith went into the book. A yellow card for totting up.
It mattered not. From the subsequent free kick, the ball went straight through to Tom Farmer. On collection he ran to the edge of his box and with a massive punt up field the Frampton defence got caught flat footed. A mins judged bounce saw Stu Ballinger run through one on one with the keeper (here we go again). This time he took his chance. Quedgeley extended their goal advantage, 2-0 and another goal for Wanderers top scorer.
The final 10 minutes, Frampton to their credit never gave up, they kept going. With this the game became stretched. With this, Wanderers began to use the space and play keep ball. Running the flanks and keeping the ball in the opposition corners.
On 85 minutes, some tekkers, a thing of beauty. This moment belongs on soccer Am's showboat!
Ryan Bonnie, ( Bonadinho, Bonatelli, Thiery Bonrey, Wayne Bonney, Whatever - Wilifred Bony) with such elegance and balance of a weekly wobble cut inside, threw a dummy and back heeled the ball 15 yards straight to the feet of James Lawes out on the left.
You had to be there! A moment that will long live in the memory of those there to see it.
Anyway the game was competively played out in good spirit by both sides up until the final whistle.
FULL TIME - QUEDGELEY WANDERERS 2-0 FRAMPTON UNITED
Great result and well deserved. This kind of play needs to continue. Wanderers, have every chance for promotion but need to keep their feet on the ground up until the final whistle at the final game, away to today's opponents.
GOALS - OG & Stu Ballinger
ASSISTS - Lee Overthrow & Tom Farmer
MOM - Ross Bingham
CARDS - Chris Smith, Yellow