CLANFIELD 2-2 TUFFLEY ROVERS
UHLSPORT HELLENIC LEAGUE, DIVISION ONE (WEST)
Tuffley Rovers’ promotion campaign
took a further twist, following their defeat against champions elect, Longlevens, on Bank Holiday Monday, as they drew 2-2
away at mid-table Clanfield FC, a result that saw them overtaken by Lydney Town in the Hellenic League Division One (West)
table, with two games remaining.The game started as it would continue and after Kieran Tracey’s lob drifted well above
the Charles Stewart, in Clanfield keeper, but narrowly over the bar, Callum Miller then headed wide, when well placed to meet
Adam Smith’s free-kick.Clanfield midfielder Matt Cheetham then shot narrowly wide, after winning a loose ball 25
yards from goal, before Rovers pleas for a penalty, after Mark Ford, was pushed to the ground, were waved away by referee
Neal Templey.The opening 25 minutes had seen both sides trading blows but it was Rovers who took the lead, on 27 minutes, as Jordan
Dowdeswell pounced on a ball that bounced over the Clanfield defence and struck a devilish shot from the edge of the box,
which swerved beyond Stewart before striking the inside of the far post and settling into the net.On 34 minutes, the home side equalised,
as Rovers’ defence failed to deal with another free-kick from their left. When the ball found its way across to the
far post Adam Smith found himself in time and space to bundle the ball into the net, via the despairing dive of keeper Aaron
Taylor.Three minutes before the interval, Rovers fell behind, as increasing Clanfield pressure paid dividends. Shan Pocock,
whose pace and trickery was proving a constant menace for the hosts’ defence, produced an impressive drive deep into
the Rovers half, before passing the ball to fellow striker Zac Ockwell, whose shot was blocked by Taylor, only to fall into
the path of Cheetham, who smashed the ball home from close range.Pocock and Cheetham combined again, moments before half-time,
and the latter almost added to his tally, but he was denied by an impressive save from Taylor and the score remained 2-1 to
Clanfield at half-time.Rovers produced a positive response at the start of the second period and Ford went close on the hour,
the first notable chance of the half, but his shot deflected of a defender, before looping onto the top of the bar and going
out of play.Within a minute Brett James scored the equaliser and his seventeenth of the season, as he latched onto a terrific
pass from Ashley Davies before firing home from 16 yards.Moments later, James could have given Rovers the lead, with a fine individual effort, but
his shot went narrowly wide of Stewart’s goal after he had beaten four defenders with a speedy, swerving, tenacious
run with the ball.With 20 minutes remaining Marcus Foxwell fired inches wide from a free-kick 20 yards out but Clanfield
continued to press and Pocock went close with an effort of his own, as the sides exchanged chances.
With five minutes remaining, substitute Steve Bick headed a difficult chance inches over the bar, from
9 yards, before Davies had the final clear chance to secure three points but his shot, from six yards, after James had produced
yet another tremendous surge deep into the Clanfield penalty area, went high over Stewart’s bar and Rovers had to settle
for a point, which meant that Longlevens were crowned champions of the Hellenic League, Division One (West) and Rovers will
need to ensure they overcome a single point deficit on Lydney Town, with a game in hand, if they are to finish in a promotion
TUFFLEY ROVERS 1-2 LONGLEVENS
UHLSPORT HELLENIC LEAGUE, DIVISION ONE (WEST)
Longlevens all but sealed the Uhlsport Hellenic League,
Division One (West) title, as they snatched a late, late win against Tuffley Rovers, in front of a large crowd on Bank Holiday Monday.Both sides came
into the game on a terrific run of form, withRovers unbeaten in the league since October and Levens having avoided a reverse
since the two sides had met on 27 December, and the weather was perfect, so it was no surprise that the tie, dubbed ‘El
Glossico’ in advance, attracted 379 spectators to Glevum Park for what was likely to be a title defining fixture.It was perhaps
understandable that both sides started the game nervously with so much at stake, with grit and determination taking precedence
over quality, and there were few chances in a first period that saw Mark Ford produce one of the few chances of note, midway
through the half, as he fired over the bar from close range, after Ashley Davies had won a challenge with Levens keeper Ollie
Hall.If the visitors had lacked a cutting edge in the first half, they quickly atoned for that at the start of the second
period, as Craig Martin found himself free at the back post to head the ball beyond Aaron Taylor in the Rovers goal on 48
minutes.This ignited the game and Ford equalised within four minutes, as he met Brett James’ corner with determination,
beating fellow centre-forward Jordan Fletcher to the ball and forcing it over the line under pressure from Hall, who tried
desperately to prevent the goal.After seven minutes of drama, the game settled back into a groove and each side traded blows,
with Levens’ counter-attacks a constant menace, without any clear scoring opportunities, whilst Rovers produced efforts
from James, spectacularly saved by Hall, and then a free-kick from Marcus Foxwell which flashed inches over the bar.As the game moved
into injury time, Rovers gave the ball away deep in their own half and another swift move by Longlevens saw the ball find
its way to substitute Ryan Hughes, who produced a beautifully controlled shot into the bottom corner of Taylor’s goal
to secure the three points and, in the process, promotion to the Hellenic Premier Division for the 2015/16 season, safe in
the knowledge that a win in their next game will secure a deserved league title.Rovers remain in second place, knowing
that their fate is in their own hands, with two wins from their remaining three games enough to secure second place and the
final promotion place.
NORTH LEIGH UNITED 2-5 TUFFLEY ROVERS
LEAGUE, DIVISION ONE (WEST)
Tuffley Rovers took a huge step forward in their quest for promotion from Uhlsport Hellenic
League, Division One (West) on Saturday, as they returned from North Leigh United with another three points, their eighth
successive maximum haul in league fixtures, and benefited from Lydney Town’s surprise defeat away at Shortwood United
Reserves, leaving Warren Evans’ side needing two wins from their last four league games to secure a top two finish.Having defeated
third placed Lydney Town in their last league fixture, Evans made two changes to his starting line-up, with Glenn Gittins
and Ashley Davies returning, replacing Sammy Drew and Courtney Hamilton, who both took a place on the bench. Goalkeeper Aaron
Taylor took his place in goal, despite still recovering from an injury sustained in the recent victory against Purton.If Evans had
any concerns that his team might follow up their impressive recent form with a touch of ‘squeaky bum time’, his
fears were laid to rest early on, as Rovers came out of the traps and applied early pressure, as they used the pacey trio
of Jordan Fletcher, Mark Ford and Brett James to stretch the hosts’ defence from the outset, and they took the lead
on 15 minutes, with Fletcher scoring a stunning goal, as he volleyed the ball into the top corner of the North Leigh goal,
after Brett James’ corner had been half-cleared.Marcus Foxwell struck a 20 yard free-kick narrowly wide after Warren Mann had been fouled,
but Rovers were reminded of the need to stay on their mettle, moments later, when Aflie Saunders produced a mazy run before
shooting narrowly wide.Taylor, who has had an impressive first season in the Rovers’ goal, saved comfortably from Brad
Evens and Rory Linford-Pill as North Leigh started to push for an equaliser, but Rovers extended their lead on 40 minutes,
as Foxwell’s 60 yard pass fell perfectly at the feet of Brett James, who beat Josh Lathey before swinging the ball into
the on-rushing Fletcher, who produced an emphatic finish, sliding into the ball on the edge of the six-yard box.Both sides had
a further chance before the half-time interval, with Jozef Fullerton going close from a Saunders pass, before James had a
shot well saved by Kane Lewis but there were no further score and Rovers entered the interval two goals to the good.Rovers once again
came out on the front foot and continued to press in the early stages of the second half and it was no great surprise when
they extended their lead on 58 minutes, with a goal that will live long in the memory.Mark Ford produced a sublime moment
of skill, as he pivoted on a sixpence, turning 180 degrees and away from his marker, advancing beyond three robust defensive
challenges and then slotting past Lewis, as he advanced from goal, prompting joyous scenes amongst the Rovers players, officials
and visiting support.James, who was Rovers’ top-scorer, with sixteen goals, went close one minute later, but Lewis saved
well at his near post and Rovers were reminded of the threat posed by their hosts six minutes later, as Gittins’ loose
pass saw North Leigh break and Linford-Pill netted after being presented with an open goal Fullerton raced clear and squared
the ball as Taylor advanced.Any hopes that North Leigh had of working their way back into the game were quickly extinguished,
though, as Rovers further extended their lead on 75 minutes. Ford received the ball from substitute Jordan Dowdeswell and
produced another moment of impressive skill, as he back-heeled the ball into the path of Stu Griffith, who timed his run to
perfection before swinging a ball straight into the path of the advancing James, who struck the ball into the net for his
seventeenth goal of the season.Ashley Davies latched onto another Dowdeswell pass on 82 minutes, as he ran through and drove
the ball past Lewis, to extend the lead to 5-1 and although Gittins’ foul on Fullerton, deep into injury time, allowed
Saunders to reduce the arrears from the penalty spot, with the last kick of the game, Evans’ side held out, extending
their run of unbeaten league games to sixteen in the process.Next up is a potential title decider, as Rovers host Longlevens, four points above them but
having played a game more, at Glevum Park on Monday. Kick-off will be at 3pm, in what promises to be a pivotal game in deciding
the destination of the Division One (West) title.
TUFFLEY ROVERS 2-1 LYDNEY TOWN
UHLSPORT HELLENIC LEAGUE, DIVISION ONE (WEST)
In front of a
crowd of 192, Tuffley Rovers produced an efficient, obdurate performance to overcome fellow Hellenic League, Division One
(West) title challengers Lydney Town and secure a crucial three points, making it a maximum 21 points from the last seven
fixtures, thanks to a brace from winger Brett James.Lydney Town came into the game in good form and having
held leaders Longlevens to a 3-3 draw the previous week, and Warren Evans’ side, who were a point behind their opponents
heading into the game, knew that they would need to secure maximum points if they were to keep up their challenge for the
league title, with Longlevens due to visit Glevum Park on Monday, 6 April.Two forms sides started the game
in blustery conditions and it was Lydney, playing down the slope and with the wind at their backs, who controlled the early
stages of the game. Former Cinderford Town player, Pete Macklin, was at the heart of the visitors’ play, as they penned
Rovers back, and he twice went close, first firing a powerfully struck shot from 20 yards, which keeper Aaron Taylor saved
comfortably; then seeing a shot, from just inside the area, deflected narrowly wide of the boot of Rovers’ defender
Macaulay Herbert.Despite Jamie Powell producing a succession of well-delivered set pieces, Taylor and his defence
managed to deal with the pressure, without Lydney Town creating any clear chances, as the score remained 0-0.Within the space
of two minutes, Lydney twice appealed for spot-kicks, as first, on 26 minutes, Pat Gibbs fell under a challenge from Taylor,
who was rushing from his goal, then Luke Brown clashed with the Rovers keeper, who came to punch a looping ball away from
goal. On both occasions, referee Mike Wheeler waved away the visiting side’s appeals.Despite all the
pressure, it was Evans’ side who took the first significant step in the game, on 35 minutes, as Mark Ford pressed goalwards,
before slipping the ball into Brett James, who found himself with time and space to caress the ball beyond Josh Loade’s
despairing dive and into the bottom corner of the Lydney Town goal, handing Rovers the lead, which they held until the half-time
interval.Despite the slender advantage and with several players having entered the game carrying injuries, Evans
took the rather bold step of making two tactical substitutions at the break, with Sam Drew and Courtney Hamilton withdrawn,
replaced by Ashley Davies and Glenn Gittins.It appeared an inspired move, as Rovers came out on the front foot, drawing two good saves
from Loade in succession, with the Lydney ‘keeper first denying James’ low shot across goal and then denying Gittins,
as he headed towards goal.Both ‘keepers were in good form and Taylor was back in action on 53 minutes, producing
a breathtaking fingertip stop, as he pushed Macklin’s ten-yard volley over the bar.That save proved
all the more vital three minutes later, as James produced another piece of magic, as he latched onto a clever Jordan Fletcher
pass and slammed the ball low to Loade’s right and into the net, to give Rovers a welcome two goal cushion.Fletcher almost
scored himself, within minutes, but his shot flashed wide of the Lydney Town goal, and then the game took a further, potentially
decisive twist, on 61 minutes, when young Rovers full-back Kieran Squires made a reckless and unnecessary challenge on the
touchline, which prompted the match official to produce a second yellow card, leaving Rovers to play out the remainder of
the game with ten men.However, a fourteen match unbeaten league run has not come without one or two tests and defending
which was, at times, heroic from Gittins, Herbert, captain Marcus Foxwell and their colleagues, meant that Taylor was rarely
exposed to a serious goal effort from the visiting attack.Rovers looked increasingly comfortable, without creating
clear chances, but the game took a final twist on 87 minutes, when substitute Declan Morley-Lyne found space to place the
ball past Taylor and give Lydney Town hope that they could salvage a point but Rovers held out to extend their unbeaten league
run to fifteen games and to move above the visitors and into second place in the league.
27 MARCH 2015
weekend provides only 2 games for the senior section. The first game is a early kick off of 13.00pm at Beaufort school for
the 4th team as they take on Alkerton Rangers. The early kick off is down to the fact that Tuffley Rovers First team take
on promotion rivals Lydney Town at Glevum Park it want is a vital game which could decide the promotion race. The kick off
for this game is 3pm. We want a big crowd for this game so come on down and enjoy the game as well as our excellent refreshment
lounge with its hot food and drinks. See you there "UP THE ROVERS".
One West Leading Goal Scorers|
|Updated 19 March* May not include
all the matches played up to the date|
|Last Appeared For||Player||Games Played||Goals Scored|
|Lydney Town||Gibbs P |
|Longlevens AFC||Hughes R |
|North Leigh United||Seacole G |
|Lydney Town||Liddington J |
|Cirencester Town||Gudger D |
Connor S |
|Tuffley Rovers||James B |
|Longlevens AFC||Martin B |
|Tuffley Rovers||Ford M |
|North Leigh United||Hughes J |
|New College Swindon||Millar C |
|North Leigh United||Saunders A |
22 March 2015
MATCH REPORT TUFFLEY ROVERS 3-2 LETCOMBE
UHLSPORT HELLENIC LEAGUE, DIVISION ONE (WEST)
Courtney Hamilton scored what proved to be the ultimately decisive goal, on his first league start
since 7 February, as Tuffley Rovers survived a second-half scare against Hellenic League Division One (West) bottom side Letcombe,
to record a sixth successive league win and all but secure a top three finish, closing the gap on league leaders Longlevens
and second placed Lydney Town in the process.With vice-captain Ashley Davies,
regular ‘keeper Aaron Taylor and striker Jordan Fletcher all absent from the starting line-up due to injury, Warren
Evans handed a debut to reserve team goalkeeper Nick Sheppard and recalls for Hamilton and Kieran Squires, who
had missed the midweek victory against Purton due to injury.In blustery conditions both sides had a share of the early possession, without creating any
odespairing dive. Almost immediately after, Letcombe thought they should have a penalty, after Tom Stone went down amidst
a crowd of players, but referee Iaonnis Christododolou waved away their appeals.Stu Griffith then went close for Rovers, firing narrowly
over from 8 yards under pressure from a Lectombe challenge, but Evans’ side bvious scoring opportunities,
but Rovers started to exert a little control and took the lead on 15 minutes, when Mark Ford set-up
Brett James, who crossed perfectly to Warren Mann, who lifted the ball high into the net from 6 yards.Jack Hamblin
had a half chance, as he found himself unmarked at the far post, as Letcombe launched a free-kick high into the Rovers box,
but he headed wide from a difficult angle.Rovers continued to have an increasing share of the possession, without creating any clear
goalscoring opportunities until 33 minutes, when they scored a deserved second. Ford, who has been an increasingly influential
player during a long unbeaten which stretches back to October, showed some good hold-up play in the middle of the pitch before
playing the ball into the path of fellow centre-forward Shayne Bradley. As Bradley passed the ball to Brett James, the winger
looked like he would be second to the ball but Letcombe defender Andy Goodchild hesitated and James nipped in to fire the
ball past Letcombe ‘keeper Danny Joyce.Within two minutes the games looked to be safe, as Hamilton pounced on a loose ball, firing
home from 12 yards after Mann’s cross had been half-cleared. That proved to be the last decisive moment of the first half and Rovers entered the interval 3-0 up.Letcombe came out reinvigorated and reduced the arrears
early on, as Chris Hewitt set-up Dan Hoskin, who was afforded too much space in the Rovers penalty area and finished comfortably
beyond Sheppard’s were looking increasingly nervy, with their performance far from demonstrating the form they had shown
in recent months, and when Stone scored from the penalty spot, on 71 minutes, after Owen Shaw was brought down by Squires,
the visitors started to play with increased confidence, belying their lowly league position.Squires almost atoned for his error
which led to the penalty, as he smashed a dipping, swerving shot against the Letcombe cross-bar on 87 minutes,
and Rovers held onto their slender 3-2 advantage, to record a vital three points ahead of a crucial fixture against Lydney
Town on 28 March.
7 MARCH 2015
REPORTNEW COLLEGE ACADEMY 0-2 TUFFLEY ROVERSUHLSPORT HELLENIC LEAGUE, DIVISION ONE (WEST)It is often said that sides who win titles are those
capable of winning when they aren’t playing well and Tuffley Rovers extended their unbeaten Hellenic League, Division
One (West) run, moving into third place in the process, despite a performance that which failed to reflect their impressive
recent form which has seen them undefeated since October 2014.The game started well and Warren Evans’ side were dominant during the opening exchanges,
twice going close in the opening ten minutes. First, Stu Griffith, restored to his preferred centre midfield position for
the first time since returning from a broken jaw, fired narrowly over the New College bar, from the edge of the box, then
the hosts’ keeper Alex Swatridge, made a good stop, as Kieran Squires’ pass found Mark Ford, who turned his marker
in trademark fashion before firing the ball goalward. Rovers continued to press for the first goal of the game and Warren Mann almost headed in
Brett James’ cross but his effort rebounded of the frame of Swatridge’s goal, with the keeper beaten.If Evans was
beginning to think his side might live to regret their profligacy, he was able to breathe a sigh of relief on 14 minutes,
as Griffith finally broke the deadlock, collecting Mann’s pass and producing a powerful, swerving left-footed shot that
saw Swatridge beaten low to his left.Rovers continued to have the better of the early exchanges and extended their lead on 25 minutes,
as Brett James intercepted a wayward pass and struck the ball first time, sending a rasping shot low and hard into the corner
of the New College goal, to take his tally to twelve for the season.Instead of building on this lead, Rovers appeared to take their foot of the pedal and whilst New College
Academy didn’t create any clear opportunities, they started to have a more even share of the possession, with central
defensive pairing Sammy Drew and Macaulay Herbert having to show their mettle to ensure David Kinuthia’s work-rate and
movement didn’t result in Aaron Taylor’s goal being threatened. The game then entered something of a stalemate
and it remained 2-0 to Rovers at the interval.As the game wore on, tricky conditions, with a gusting wind and a playing surface which cut-up
taking their toll on the quality of the football on display, meant that chances became few and far between, with neither side
able to take control of the game.Such was the state of the game that Aaron Taylor’s fantastic save from a free-kick,
which looked destined for the top corner of the Rovers’ goal, was the only notable action, as Rovers kept a sixth clean
sheet of the season and secured three vital points in their quest for promotion.
up for Rovers will be a visit by Tytherington Rocks on Saturday, 14 March. Kick-off 3pm at Glevum Park.
|Goalscorer Stuart Griffith
The other games held this weekend resulted in a hard
fought 1-0 win for the Reserve tean against Bredon. The goalscorer being Dean Bernhard.
The Third team continued
there record breaking run of wins adding there 19th with a 1-2 win away at Cottswold Rangers. The goals coming from Kieran
Dobbins and Leigh Skipp.
The final result was a 1-3 defeat for the 4th team against promotion challengers The Village
Fc. The long break without a game did not help Tuffley's cause. Lets hope they have better luck next game.
TUFFLEY ROVERS 1-1 KIDLINGTON (Kidlington win 2-1 on penalties)
HELLENIC LEAGUE, BLUEFIN SPORTS SUPPLEMENTARY CUP
a gap of 21 league places, Tuffley Rovers fought back from a going a goal down to take the Hellenic League Premier Division’s
second placed side, Kidlington, all the way to penalties before seeing their Supplementary Cup campaign end, as they scored
only one of their five spot-kick efforts.With his focus on the team’s Division One (West) campaign, Rovers’
manager Warren Evans took his opportunity to give much needed starting opportunities to club captain Shayne Bradley and Stu
Griffith, who have both recently returned from long-term injuries, whilst he also gave Courtney Hamilton a rare start, and
the chance to press for a more regular starting place.Despite the changes to his line-up, Evans will have been pleased with his team’s performance
in the early stages, as they more than matched their higher division opponents, and Warren Mann could have opened the scoring
on four minutes, but he headed Brett James’ corner straight at Luke Sanders in the Kidlington goal.Mann had a more
difficult chance five minutes later, during a goalmouth scramble following another set-piece, and then Kidlington’s
Kristian Thomas was denied by Marcus Foxwell’s goal-line clearance, before Dan Gardner lobbed Rovers’ keeper Aaron
Taylor, who then denied the same player after the ball bounced back off the crossbar.After Bradley
and Hamilton had both spurned half chances, Kidlington, had a period of control and took the lead on 23 minutes, when Jack
Quainton tapped home from close range, after Gardner’s cross was deflected back into his path a yard out from goal.Just after the
half hour, a great move saw Mann set free on Rovers’ left and he swung an excellent cross into
the path of Bradley, who turned the ball beyond the despairing dive off Sanders, only to see the goal disallowed for offside.Before the interval
there was time for Rovers centre-half Macaulay Herbert to be cautioned for a late tackle on Tom Castle, and then almost deflect the ball into his net, as the ball spun off him and was only kept out by Taylor’s flying stop.The second half
saw fewer goalmouth incidents but Rovers continued to press their opponents, although they were grateful, at
times, for some terrific defensive work from Herbert, Ashley Davies and Foxwell to keep Kidlington at bay.
On 74 minutes Mark Ford entered the fray and the striker, who has been in superb form but had been named
as a substitute after arriving late due to work commitments, and he almost laid on a chance for Bradley but his swinging cross
was headed away by Kidlington captain Tom Franklin.If Rovers had started to believe
the tie was slipping away from them, Ford put those concerns to bed, as he latched onto Hamilton’s neat pass, took a
touch and then buried the ball beyond Sanders from 10 yards, with just seven minutes remaining; his goal proving enough to
keep Rovers’ cup hopes alive, as the tie ended 1-1 as referee Adi Matthews blew for full-time.As the game entered extra-time chances
became fewer and farther between, as both sides seemed to tire on a heavy pitch, and it was no surprise when the game ended
on the same scoreline after 120 minutes.Kidlington scored with their first penalty and then substitute Kieran Tracey levelled for
Rovers, before a succession of missed penalties for each side. James McGowan put Kidlington’s second effort wide
of Taylor’s goal, before Sanders and Taylor traded saves from the next five efforts, with Griffith, Kieran Squires and
Mann all denied by good saves from Sanders.Skipper Franklin then put his spot-kick beyond Taylor, meaning that Foxwell needed to score
to put the shoot-out into sudden death, but his effort was too close to the Kidlington keeper and his save sparked celebrations
from the visiting side, who will play Abindgon United in the next round of the competition.
|Tuffley Goalscorer Mark Ford.
FAIRFORD TOWN 0-1 TUFFLEY ROVERS
UHLSPORT HELLENIC LEAGUE, DIVISION ONE (WEST)
Former Southampton centre-forward Shayne Bradley scored a late, late winner, on his return
from injury, as Tuffley Rovers secured a vital three points at Fairford Town on Saturday.Warren Evans
was able to recall Ashley Davies to the starting line-up but only in place of Macaulay Herbert, who was only fit enough for
a place on the bench. Regular keeper Aaron Taylor also returned, after illness had kept him out of the draw with Cirencester
Town Development, and Bradley was fit enough for a place on the bench, alongside Stu Griffith, who had
recovered from the broken jaw sustained in the win at Longlevens in December.Both sides exchanged possession in the
early stages, without creating any clear chances, and neither Aaron Taylor nor his opposite number, Joe
Snell were seriously tested in the first 20 minutes.Rovers began to press as the first period wore on and Ashley Davies, who had netted a late
equaliser against Cirencester, thought he had given them the lead on 25 minutes, but his header, from
Marcus Foxwell’s free-kick, was ruled out by the assistant referee, who deemed him to be in an offside position.In the moments
that followed, Evans’ side continued to turn the screw and Foxwell twice lined up trademark shots from distance but
both sailed high and wide of Snell’s goal.It wasn’t one-way traffic and Fairford Town posed a threat on
the counter-attack, with Alex Rudd’s shot from 12 yards brilliantly blocked by a last ditch tackle from Rovers’
Kieran Squires. Davies again went close for Rovers minutes later but headed wide when well-placed and
both sides entered the half-time interval with the score level at 0-0.The pattern of the game continued into early stages
of the second half, with Rovers having the greater share of possession and carrying the more obvious threat, but with Fairford
posing a threat as they broke from deep.Squires, Mark Ford and Jordan Fletcher all saw chances come and go,
whilst there were vociferous appeals for a penalty, after Warren Mann’s shot in the six yard box appeared to be blocked
by the hand of a Fairford Town defender but referee Steven Williams turned away the pleas from the Rovers players.Tom Ballard then went close for Fairford on the hour but his shot flew over the top of Taylor’s goal and then
the same player was denied by another fantastic defensive challenge from Squires, who threw his body in front of a shot from the edge of the box,
before Taylor produced a world-class save from Lewis Petrie, as the forward turned and shot across goal from within the six
yard area.Evans took this opportunity to introduce Bradley and
Griffith into the action, withdrawing Courtney Hamilton and Fletcher, on 73 minutes, as he looked to find a winning formula
against stubborn opponents.Bradley almost had an immediate impact, going close with a shot from
8 yards, before he netted from close range, only to see it disallowed as the officials determined that Davies had fouled Snell
in the build-up.If there were any fears that the game would end in a stalemate, Bradley laid those to rest on 89 minutes,
with a goal of genuine quality. Squires launched a long throw that found Mann, who headed the ball onto Bradley, who controlled
the ball on his chest, swivelled and volleyed home, into the top corner of Snell’s goal, from
15 yards.Despite some nervy moments, as the officials found an unfeasible 8 minutes of stoppage time, Rovers held on and Bradley’s
stunning goal secured a hard earned three points.
7 FEBUARY 2015
A good weekend for most of the Senior teams with 2 wins,1 draw and a defeat.
The first team ground out a win
against struggling Fairford Town with a goal at the death from Shane Bradley to maintain the pressure on the teams above.
The Reserve team played out a 3-3 draw at home to Bibury in a game they really needed to win to keep up there promotion
hopes. the goals comimg from Ryan Williams,Leone Cornwall and Michael Oakes.There is still a long way to go so keep going
The third team had a very important game against local rivals Mccadam who had games in hand in the title
race. The game was played on a poor surface but proved to be very entertaining. Mccadam took the lead in the first 10
minutes when there striker Shane Apperley latched onto a through ball and slotted home past the goalkeeper. This was a rare
chance for Mccadam as Tuffley applyed more and more pressure which finally ended in a superb chipped finish by Ryan Dobbins.
The 2nd half started in much the same way with Tuffley applying all the pressure. The ball was moved quickly out to Liegh
Skipp on the left hand side of the box and his run and super chip into the six yard box was headed home by Dave Cornock (yes
Dave Cornock scoring with his head ,now thats one for the scrap book). The game was much closer from then on until a
corner headed on at the front post by John Clay resulted in Rob Cook having a easy header to score at the back post. The game
finshed 3-1 to leave Tuffley sitting top of the table with a nice points cushion.
The forth team suffered a 6-3 defeat
away at Stroud United Reserves in what was a poor performance against a side boosted by the inclusion of some 1st
|Dave Cornock Tuffley Goalscorer
3 FEBUARY 2015
Tonight saw a midweek fixture for the Reserve team against promotion rivals Avonvale United. In the end it was
not a happy evening for Tuffley with the result being a 1-3 victory for Avonvale.
31 JANUARY 2015
This weekend saw 3
victories out of 4 senior games. The first team with a injury hit squad gained a late draw at home to Cirencester
Development to keep there league title hopes alive.
The Reserve team gain another victory
to also keep up the pressure for a promotion spot with a 2-0 win away to Smiths Athletic. This victory was soured when
it was discovered that the Tuffley changing room had been broken into and belongings stolen. The team had thankfully taken most
of there valueables with them .
The Third team kept up there long run of good results
with there 14th straight league win notching a 3-2 home victory against Avonvale United Reserves. . The final resul of the
day was a 3-2 defeat for the forth team witch knocked there hopes of a late promotion push.
27 JANUARY 2015
Wednesday the 28th of January the 4th team take on Longlevens
in a Charity Cup quarter final at Glevum Park (7.30 ko) so why not come down and see the game for free and support
the Rovers against there local rivals.
24 JANUARY 2015
A fantastic weekend for the all the Rovers senior teams as all four sides recorded victories
in crucial games. The first team a difficult away game at Tytherington Rocks in there chase for the championship.
Tytherington shocked Tuffley with two first half goals to race into a 2-0 lead. Tuffley came back in the second half
with two goals from Brett James and a fantastic free kick from Marcus Foxwell late on to secure the win.
The reserve team had a top of the table clash away at Charlton Rovers. The game was a tight and competitive
affair with Tuffley sneaking it one nil in this must win game. Adam smith got the
all important goal to keep up Tuffleys promotion push.
The third team continued there
impressive form this season with there 12th straight win in the league when they battled out a 3-1 win away at
Wotton Rovers on a difficult pitch and against a determined Wotton team. Tuffley went in at half time 2-0 with
goals from Dan Rudge and Dave Cornock. Wotton came out in the 2nd half with renewed spirit to grab a goal and pressure Tuffley all
the way. Tuffley responded by creating many chances and Dave Cornock sealed Rovers the victory.
The final game to report on is the 4-1 home win for the Forth team against Horsley Reserves. The goals
coming from Neil Spiller, Sean Roberts, Shane Devlin and Andy Blackwell. This result is another step in the right direction
for Tuffley 4ths with a excellent recent run pushing them up the table and giving them a chance of pushing for promotion if
it continues. WELL DONE LADS UP THE ROVERS.
10 JANUARY 2015
2 games survived the bad weather this weekend and they were the First team game away at Cheltenham
Civil Service in the County Cup and the 4th team game which was reversed from a home game against Longlevens at
Beaufort to a away game at Longford lane,Longlevens.
The first team game finished with a
disappointing 2-0 defeat and exit from the County Cup.The Forth team now under there new manager
Dan Boon faired much better when a side described in a report as a Dads Army due to the age and expanding
waist lines of many of the team put in a great performance to obtain a 2-0 win. WELL DONE LADS.
3 JANUARY 2015
Only one game survived the weather this weekend and it was the third team against local
rivals Longford. The game was played on a wet pitch which prevented a attractive passing game from either side but this
did not prevent both sides providing a competitive game. It was Tuffley who started the game the quickest and had the ball
in the net within the first 5mins when Dave Cornock netted from close range but the goal was disallowed for off side.
Longford tried to get into the game and had the occasional moment when they provided Tuffley
with problems but for the most part Tuffley controlled the game and were rewarded with a goal when Dave Cornnock
finished again from close range. Tuffley added to the score when a cross into the box went through to the back post
where with the shouts of offside ringing in his ears Milorad Malesevic hit a low shot which beat the keeper at the near
The second half started in much the same way with Tuffley creating chances throughout the
half. Kieran Dobbins was having a excellent game in the Tuffley midfield and was a constant threat with his direct running. Longford
made a change up front 10 mins into the second half and this gave them much more of a threat. The pitch conditions started
to tell as the game went on with both sides using all there subs as players tired . Tuffley could not make another breakthrough
and the game ended 2-0 to Tuffley.
27 DECEMBER 2014
season for celebration continued for Tuffley Rovers First team with a the gift of a excellent away result at local rivals
and league leaders Longlevens. The game was played on a wet slippy pitch in cold rainy conditions but this did not
put a damper on things with a bumper crowd of 166 looking forward to what proved to be a rip-roaring Cristmas fixture .
The game started at a fast pace with hard tackling and end to end play. Tuffley had the best of the early exchanges and
were rewarded when from a corner they won ball at the back post and from the resulting rebound Ashley Davis buried the ball
past the Longlevens goalkeeper. This gave Tuffley extra confidence with Mark Ford and Jordan Fletcher proving a constant
thorn in the Longlevens defence. While the game was competitive but fair Tuffley still suffered a serious
injury when Stuart Griffith sustain a blow to the head while challenging the Longlevens goalkeeper which later turned
out to be a broken jaw requiring surgery. Our best wishes go to Stuart for a speedy recovery.
started to get a better foothold in the game creating chances with fast neat interplay between there front 5 players. It
was at this point that they received a sucker punch from Tuffley when a cross from Jordan Dowdeswell crept over the keeper
in to the far corner to give Tuffley a 2-0 lead. Longlevens applied even more pressure until the half time whistle gave Tuffley a
well earned break.
The second half started in much the same way as the first. Tuffley gave
as good as they got and matched Longlevens all over the pitch with perhaps one exception they outshone there local rivals
for desire and spirit because when it mattered they defended to the last man and broke from defence with pace at
every opportunity. It was with under 10 minutes left that Longlevens got themselves back into the game when one of there strikers
cut in for the left and struck a superb shot into the bottom corner beyond the goalkeeper. The last few minutes saw Longlevens
throw everything at Tuffley but this led to Tuffley having the chance to kill the game when a long clearance upfield found Jordan
Fletcher on his own with half the pitch in front of him and only the goalkeeper to beat. It proved to be a wasted
run as the Goalkeeper pulled off a super save from the shot. Tuffley held on for the last few minutes to secure a victory
which keeps them in the title hunt with games in hand. WELL DONE BOYS
TUFFLEY ROVERS 4-1 NORTH
UHLSPORT HELLENIC LEAGUE, DIVISION ONE (WEST)
Tuffley Rovers produced a vibrant second half display, against opponents sitting higher in
the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One (West), to collect a valuable three points and complete a satisfactory seven days,
where two previous home fixtures had seen them advance to the County Cup quarter-final and push Premier Division side Oxford
City Nomads all the way in the Bluefin Sport Cup.
Watched by their smallest crowd of the season, Rovers started brightly,
matching the efforts of the visitors’ youthful side, and Jordan Dowdeswell twice found himself in a goalscoring position,
only for last ditch clearances to see him deprived of opportunities on goal, as first Brett James and then Warren Mann saw
their run and cross come close to creating a chance for the in-form midfielder.
George Seacole was proving an influential
player for North Leigh and he almost broke the deadlock, when Andy Catton’s pass found him in space but Rovers’
Aaron Taylor saved smartly as he raced off his line to beat the ball away with his feet.
Catton was also proving a
handful for the Rovers defence and Glenn Gittins twice produced superb blocks to snuff out opportunities, before the forward
turned Macauley Herbert to draw another fine save from Taylor on 18 minutes.
The Rovers’ keeper was definitely
the busier of the two keepers and he had to be on his toes to repel further attacks, before Seacole finally broke the deadlock,
on 29 minutes, as he benefited from Rory Linford-Pill’s excellent run and squared pass to guide the ball beyond Taylor’s
dive, from 11 yards.
Stu Griffith was playing in a more advanced role for Rovers and moments after his side fell behind
he turned sharply in the box, only to shoot high and wide of Kane Lewis’ goal.
Warren Evans’ side suffered
a further blow, on 33 minutes, as Warren Mann, who has been in good form throughout the season, suffered a recurrence of a
hamstring injury and left the field to be replaced by Mark Ford, who was returning to the Rovers squad, after recovering from
Ford’s introduction caused a re-shuffle of Evans’ team and North Leigh took advantage,
creating further chances, most notably when another run by Linford-Pill saw him exchange
passes with Seacole, before
the latter produced a shot that, once again, forced Taylor to produce a smart save to keep the deficit to a single goal.
The half-time interval saw Sammy Drew withdrawn and replaced by Matty Minett but North Leigh had the early chances and
Alfie Saunders went close to extending the lead on 53 minutes, when his shot was turned onto the bar by Taylor, who was producing
an inspired performance to keep Rovers in the game.
Three minutes later, Kieran Squires, who had netted his first
goal for the club against Hanham Athletic in midweek, should have added to his tally but he headed wide from close range as
Brett James’ corner found him free at the far post.
If Evans was concerned that this missed opportunity would
prove costly, he needn’t have worried, as just one minute later Griffith’s curved pass found Ashley Davies, who
had moved into a more advanced midfield role, and he lifted the ball past Lewis to level the scores on 57 minutes.
were now exercising more control on the flow of the game, on a difficult pitch, but North Leigh remained a threat, as both
sides traded blows, in a good contest for the neutral.
On 78 minutes, the game took a decisive turn, in Rovers’
favour, when James delivered another inviting corner, which Squires powered home from close range, marginally ahead of Dowdeswell.
Within four minutes, James was again influential, as he battled for possession on the edge of North Leigh’s penalty
area and the ball fell to Ford, who celebrated his return to the squad by turning the ball past Lewis from 10 yards.
If Taylor had kept Rovers in the game, James’ final contribution proved decisive, as his final corner caused mayhem
in the visitors’ area and when Gittins controlled the ball he had enough space to turn and then fire home from 8 yards
on 86 minutes.
There were further chances as both sides went close but when referee, Adi Matthews, called a halt to
proceedings, Rovers were able to reflect on a satisfying result, thanks to Taylor’s agility and a spell that yielded
three goals in 12 second half minutes.
This weekend provided winners all round for
the four senior Tuffley teams. The first team run out 4-1 winners in the Hellenic league clash against North Leigh United
at Glevum park (match report to follow). The Reserve eleven put in what there management
team of Steve Cowe and Neil Brinkworth called impressive and mature for such a young side. The game was away to Dursley town
in the County Cup and started with the home side applying pressure which the Tuffley team soaked up for several minutes and
then went through the gears to take control of the game leading to goals for Dean Bernhard (2), Mark Wallington and Lee Brinkworth
and a 0-4 win.
The Third team had there biggest game of the season so far at home to Frocester
who were in 2nd place behind Tuffley and in good recent form. The reverse fixture earlier in the season
had been a tense and frantic affair with several bookings and a sending off for Frocester. That game had ended 3-1 to Tuffley
and this game proved to be another energy packed affair. The game had its first major incident within 5 minutes of the start
with a long ball catching the Tuffley defense napping and leading to a last ditch tackle from goalkeeper Andy Wiffen
which conceded a penalty to be converted with a cool head by the Frocester captain. The game continued to be
played at a fast pace and Tuffley got back into the match with a goal from newly returned striker Leigh Skip.It
was a free kick from about 25 yards out which was struck with pace and was lost in flight by the goalkeeper to hit the back
of the net. Skip proved his quality again later in the half when he ran onto a through ball to hit a very early shot
which again left the keeper caught by surprise and curled into the bottom corner. The half time score of 2-1 meant that Frocester
had to come with all guns blazing 2nd half. They did not let anyone down and a change of formation gave them a new energy
and they put the Tuffley defence under constant pressure missing several excellent chances to score.Also Tuffley defended
for ther lives with Derry Stevens standing out throughout the game. Frocester finally got there reward again
from a Tuffley mistake when a chance to clear the ball at the front post was missed and the ball was headed home by the Frocester
Frocester really turned the screw now and it was last ditch tackles and blocks
by Tuffley which kept them in the game. A shout from Tuffley captain Dave Cornock to hang on as we would get one more
chance in the game proved to be right on the money and with 15 minutes remaining a pass across the Frocester penalty
box somehow run all the way through to Skip at the left hand side of the box he took one touch and fire the ball hard
and low into the net to complete his hatrick and kickstart Tuffley celebrations. The goal gave Tuffley a new energy and
they saw out the rest of the game to complete a excellent victory and remain in pole position in the league.
The Forth team played a friendly at home which they won comfortably 7-3 to continue there improved performaces
with a very young side.
OCTOBER 31 2014
Tommorow is the big day for Tuffley Rovers First Team as they travel to Plymouth to try
and progress to the next round of the FA Vase in what will prove to be a tough test against a Plymouth Parkway side which
won the treble last season. The Tuffley side should feel confident as they have started the season well and have only suffered
2 defeats in the league so far. To keep a track of the game tomorrow watch our twitter and facebook pages for regular updates.
The reserve team have a home game against Wotton Rovers in the Northern Senior League a win would help
to maintain the promotion push they are hoping to achieve this year.
OCTOBER 24 2014
Todays senior section fixtures see all 4 sides action . The first team try to bounce back
after last weeks disappointing result with a home game against Carterton ko. 3pm Glevum Park.
Reserve team have a tough away game in the Senior Amateur Cup at Ruardean Hill Rangers ko 2.30pm.
Third team hope to continue there excellent season so far when they play Bush Fc in the Charity Cup
ko 2.30pm at Beaufort.
The Final game is the Forth team taking on Cam Bulldogs in the stroud
league where they home to improve on there inconsistent form.
TUFFLEY ARE HEADING SOUTH.
As many of you will be aware Tuffley First team have been drawn away against Plymouth
Parkway in the first round of the F.A .Vase. The game is to be played on Saturday the 1st of November at Bolitho
park in Plymouth. The club are looking into the possibility of another Fun bus to take fans to the game so keep
a eye on our facebook page and wedsite for further information. The one thing that is gauranteed is that the lads
in the First team are excited to get on with the game and try to progress another round. Best of luck lads. ''UP THE
Click link for Plymouth Parkway wedsite
October 11 2014
been a great weekend for the Tuffley sides with 4 wins out of 4 and a goal aggregate of 17-2.
The First team won
there away game 4-0 against Letcombe Fc to continue there great form this season. The Reserve team is also on a excellent
run winning 4-0 against Smiths Athletic in a victory that sent them to the top of the table.
The Third team
put in a impressive display to be close rivals in the league Minchinhampton Town 5-1. The victory kept the Rovers
on the heels of league leaders Alkerton. The 4th team also are starting to see the rewards for a policy of introducing
young players into a experianced team with a excellent 4-1 win against Uley Reserves. Josiah Gordon getting all 4 on
OCTOBER 4 2014
EVERSLEY & CALIFORNIA 3-3 TUFFLEY ROVERS(AET)
(TUFFLEY ROVERS WIN 6-5 ON PENALTIES)
the season to date, Tuffley Rovers have not made life easy for themselves and the recurrent theme emerged again, as they threw
away a 3-1 lead, in the last seven minutes of extra-time, before emerging as winners from a penalty shoot-out in their first
FA Vase tie since the 2004/05 season.Warren Evans’ Hellenic League side took a strong away following to face their Combined Counties League
opponents, to the extent that the relatively small crowd of 49 was made up primarily of away supporters, who helped create
a terrific atmosphere at the Eversley ground, near Reading.Having controlled the early stages of the game, Rovers were stunned into action when they fell behind, on
27 minutes, to a stunning free-kick from Matt Neems, with the thirty-five yard strike evading Aaron Taylor and bouncing in
off the crossbar, as it swerved and dipped into the goal.Despite the set-back, Rovers deservedly levelled three minutes later, as Warren Mann set Brett James free
and his angled run and shot beat Chris Bowles in the hosts’ goal.The half-time interval came and went, without further incident, as
the second half saw both sides having a share of possession but neither carrying any real goal scoring threat. Marcus Foxwell
went close on 75 minutes, as he attempted to match Neems’ effort, only to see Bowles push the ball wide, but that was
the nearest either side came to scoring before the tie entered extra-time, with the score at 1-1.Any fears that the game would drift through the
extra period and into a penalty shoot-out were soon eliminated, as within two minute of the re-start, Shayne Bradley lofted
a free-kick towards the goal and after Bowles failed to hold the ball, Ashley Davies was on-hand to fire the ball home from
Buoyed by this, Rovers carried an increasing threat and early in the second period of extra-time, they scored
what should have been the decisive goal, as Bradley met Brett James’ quick free-kick and fired into the roof of the
net from 6 yards, on 111 minutes.Within two minutes, however, Charlie Lynch met Gareth Evans’ corner to head high into the top corner
of Taylor’s net and in a nervy end to the game Rovers lost possession and a neat passing move ended with Craig Smith
firing low beyond Taylor to make it 3-3 and send the game in to a penalty shoot-out.After Eversely had missed their first spot-kick, Rovers
scored through Bradley and Mann, before James struck a post to restore parity. With each side then scoring each attempt, the
game entered sudden-death and after Taylor brilliantly saved Eversley’s seventh kick, substitute Elliot King confidently
placed the ball into the corner of the net and sent the Rovers players and supporters into rapture, as they clinched a 6-5
victory and a place in the first round proper. Report by N.Spiller
13 SEPTEMBER 2014
great weekend again for the Tuffley senior teams as it was 3 wins and a draw from the 4 games. The 1st team continued there
excellent start to the season with a 2-1 win at home to Clanfield. The result leaves Tuffley sitting 2nd in the table behind
The 2nd team also are having a promising start to the season and the picked up another point away from
home when they visited close rivals in the table Avonvale United. It was a very entertaining game which finished 4-4.
3rd team although missing several regular team players still produced a excellent away performace against Berkeley Town Reserves
to win 1-2. The goals came from Dave Cornock and Milorad Malasevic in what should have been a much more comfortable win.
The final game to report on was a 4th team home win against Tredworth Tigers. The 4th team field several new young
players and welcomimg back some older club players ran out winners 3-1. WELL DONE LADS?.
6 SEPTEMBER 2014
a great weekend for the senior sides that were in action. The 2nd and 3rd team both had home games while the 4th team game
was cancelled due to Cam Bulldogs being unable to raise a team.
The 2nd team put in a great performace to continue there
good start to the season with a 3-1 win against local rivals Longford FC. The goals came from Dean Barnard (2) and Ryan
Brown. It was Barnards 8th of the season already as his excellent form continues.
The 3rd team put in a powerfull
performance to get there season back on track after a 1-0 midweek defeat to Longford Reserves with a 7-0 win against Cotswold
Rangers. The goals coming from Stuart Griffith(2) , Milorad Malesevic and Keiran Dobbins in the 1st half . The 2nd half saw
Rob Cook,Tim Baker and Keiran Boughton add to Tuffleys Total.
30 AUGUST 2014
was a mixed bag of results this weekend for the 4 senior sides at the club. The fisrt team contiued there excellent start
to the season with a 3-1 win over New College Swindon. The goals came from Shane Bradley (2) and Mark ford.
Reserve team had a poor result after ther good recent results going down 3-0 to Lydney Town Reserves.
XI put in a excellent team performance to secure a 0-3 win away to Frocester. The goals coming from Ashley Chamberlain,Dave
Cornock (pen) and Leigh Skipp.
The 4th XI also had a disappointing start with a 0-4 defeat to wickwar in there first
29 AUGUST 2014
section games for 30/8/2014.
1xl home to New College Swindon (3pm)
2xl away at Lydney Town reserves
3xl away at Frocester (Plock court 2.30pm)
4xl home to Wickwar (2.30pm)
weekend is the first of the season with all the sides playing so if everyone can make it to the Social club after for
beer and food we can start the season as we mean to go on. SEE YOU THERE.
23 AUGUST 2014.
FINE AWAY WIN FOR TUFFLEY.
Tuffley travelled to Lydney Town today to take on a side with whom they have
often played out very entertaining and competitive games in recent meetings. The game started at a fast unrelenting pace with
Tuffley starting very well closing the home team down at every oppurtunity. Elliot King had the first chance for Tuffley when
he broke beyond the defence only to see his shot saved.
The early pressure paid off for the away side when a corner from
the left side was headed on by Elliot King and side footed home at the back post by Ashley Davis.The rest of the first half
saw a even match with neither team creating a clear cut chance.
The second half saw Lydney Town take more control of
the game and create a increasing number of chances. Tuffley were reduced to defending in numbers and trying to catch
the home side on the break. It was some excellent defending and team work that kept the score at 1 nil and gave Tuffley the
victory and left Lydney feeling they should of got something from the game.
11 AUGUST 2014
ROVERS READY FOR LEAGUE CAMPAIGN!The Uhlsport
Hellenic League season kicked-off on Saturday and although Tuffley Rovers have had to wait until Tuesday to start their campaign,
they are in buoyant mood ahead of their first fixture, at home to Fairford Town (kick-off 7:45pm at Glevum Park). Despite losing
twice to Fairford Town last season, Rovers have seen a change of management, with Warren Evans taking the helm and this has
seen a turnaround in the shape of the squad, with a number of new players added to the squad. The latest to sign is Brett
James, who was formerly with Gloucester City.“Brett can be a player who makes a real difference to our team”, said Evans. “We’ve
got a hard working side but he’ll add some of the quality and creativity that we’ve perhaps missed in pre-season.”The only concern
for Evans is the fitness of several players, including Club Captain Shayne Bradley and new signing James. “It has
been touch and go with some of the players but I’m confident that we’ll have a strong side out on Tuesday”, said Evans, who was also able to confirm that centre-half Glenn Gittins had re-signed for the club,
as had former Gloucester City captain Neil Griffiths.The addition of James, Griffiths and Gittins has left Evans with a very strong squad, which
he believes is capable of bettering the sixth place finish achieved in 2013/14, albeit in a stronger, more competitive division,
now that several sides have bolstered their playing squads, whilst three new sides, Longlevens AFC, Cirencester Town Development
and Wantage Town Reserves have joined Division One (West).They won’t have an easy start to the season, as they play a side that finished two places
above them in 2013/14. Fairford also have the benefit of already seeing competitive action this season as they started their
season on Saturday and played out a thrilling 5-4 win against another Gloucestershire side, Shortwood United Reserves. A final twist
to this particular games comes in the form of Fairford Town’s new sponsor, Burger Star (Gloucester), having been Rovers’
sponsor last season – as their company logo suggests, this might be case of seeing which is the “Best By Far”!
9 August 2014
weekend saw the season start properly for the Reserve Team as they played away in the Reg Davis Memorial cup against
Leonard Stanley. The final result was disappointing as it ended in a 3-1 defeat with Ben Conie scoring the Tuffley goal. Team
Manager Steve Cowe commented,"the team played some very good football and are starting to show some great passeges of
play but we just need to show more cutting edge in and around the penalty area".
The 3rd and 4th teams both
had friendlies on Saturday as they build up to the start of there seasons. The 3rd team drew 0-0 away to new side Stroud FC
from Division 1 of the Cirencester League. In a game that was disrupted on several occasions due to injuries both sides created
chances with the best being a penalty awarded to Stroud in the 2nd half which was blasted wide by the Stroud player. The 4th
team had there first friendly of the season at Plock court against Slimbridge 3rds. The game ended in a 3-2 defeat with Callum
Francis scoring both goals.
This weekend saw 3 teams from the club play friendlies. The 1st team played there rearranged fixture against
King Stanley which fell foul to last weekends bad weather. A solitary goal for Steve Bick in the first 10mins was enough
to secure a result for Tuffley in what was a good natured but competitive game. The Reserve team won there game away to Longlevens
3rds by 3-1. The final game was between Tuffley's 3rd team and Quedgeley Wanderers which saw a 2-2 draw. Well done lads
another good weekend. It was also the first game where the new Owen Claridge Suite was in use. The response from the customers
was very positive on how it was a improvement on previous facilities. The next time you are down the
ground for a game make sure you try it out and tell us what you think. Till the next time" UP THE ROVERS".
19 July 2014
Despite weeks of
heat that left the Glevum Park pitch in need of water, the torrential rain of the past 48 hours put paid to both friendly
fixtures today. Following a morning pitch inspection, Secretary Neil Spiller had no alternative but to call both games, against
Kings Stanley sides, off.
neither first team had a game next Saturday, so that fixture has been re-arranged.
Next up for each side is a midweek tie:
FIRST XI - Away v Wellington FC - Wednesday, 23 July (7:30pm)
RESERVES - Home v Stonehouse Town - Wednesday 23 July (7pm)
We'd welcome supporters to Glevum Park on Wednesday to cheer
on Steve Cowe's side and would be delighted to see some of you make the trip to Herefordshire for the first team game.
15 July 2014
The first home game
of the season is upon us as we have two games for the price of one this weekend at Glevum Park. The Reserve team
kick off at 12:30pm in their game against King Stanley Reserves and the first team then play King Stanley's
1st team at 4pm. The new hospitality suite is now open, so refreshments and food will be available all day.
4 July 2014
ROVERS RETURN…TO THE FA
After a gap of over ten years, Tuffley Rovers AFC will return to the FA Vase competition this season
and received confirmation of the draw today, as the FA announced the draws for all their cup competitions.The Uhlsport
Hellenic League side have progressed automatically to the Second Qualifying Round of the Vase competition, where they will
face a trip to Eversley & California FC, of the Combined Counties Premier Division on 4 October 2014.
Club Secretary, Neil Spiller,
said this was an exciting piece of new for the club and added “There is a lot of optimism at Tuffley Rovers at the present
time, following the appointment of our manager, Warren Evans, and also having secured some fantastic sponsorship deals, so
this draw has added to the buzz everyone has been feeling ahead of the new season. We’re keen to do well in the FA Vase
and hope to take a few supporters along with us to Eversley.”
4 July 2014
As part of our changes to the website we are adding a gallery page, so we can add photos new and old ,embarrassing
or not, of teams, players and events that have taken place at Tuffley Rovers in previous years. If you have any photos
which you would like to add to the gallery then please send them to our firstname.lastname@example.org email address and we will post them.
30 June 2014
Its that time of year again that all football players least like its preseason
training. As of the week commencing the 2nd July the training will begin in earnest for the new season. Training
for the 1st and 2nd teams start Tuesday the 1st of July and the 3rd and 4th teams start on Wednesday the 2nd
of July at 6.30pm at Glevum park our home ground. All players old and new are very welcome. Come along and see the improvments
to the facilities at the ground at the same time.
SPONSORSHIP BOOST FOR TUFFLEY ROVERS
Having moved to appoint new managers for all their sides, Tuffley Rovers AFC have now secured a series of lucrative
deals with sponsors ahead of the 2014/15 playing season, which will see all their senior sides playing in new kit, supplied
by local company Zapkam.
Following on from the appointment
of Warren Evans as first team manager, the Uhlsport Hellenic League side have now secured a sponsorship deal with brewery
Molson Coors which will see the club play in a new kit, in their traditional claret and blue colours, during the new season,
with a change to an all white change strip.
been working with Tuffley Rovers for many years now and when the opportunity came to consider a formal sponsorship deal, we
were delighted to be in a position to support the club”, said Paula Jones of Molson Coors. “It is our intention
that this will be part of a long-term association with the team and that we can support them in achieving success, both on
and off the field”.
There was further terrific
news for the club when they secured a second, substantial sponsorship deal with Altripan UK Ltd, a leading independent importer
for quality plywood and panel products, as a consequence of their relationship with Andy Simpson, an Altripan Director, who
has been a long time supporter of the club.
will see all four of Rovers’ Saturday afternoon sides wearing Altripan training kit, whilst there will also be new kits
for the third and fourth teams, who play in the Stroud & District Football League, both bearing the Altripan logo. This
renews the support that has been in place for the third team over the past two seasons but extends much further through the
“Tuffley Rovers is a club that I feel very
much a part of”, said Andy Simpson, “So it was without hesitation that I took the opportunity to extend the relationship
between Altripan and the club and I hope that the support we’ve been able to provide will help the club in their quest
for success during the next playing season.”
Hanman Split have renewed their sponsorship of the club’s reserve squad, who play in the Gloucestershire Northern Senior
League, which means there will be a new – and consistent – playing strip for each senior section side.
Club Secretary, Neil Spiller, said “By securing the new sponsorship with three major supporters, at the same
time, we have the opportunity to refresh the Tuffley Rovers brand and for the first time, all four Saturday afternoon teams
will be wearing the same kit. The deals with Altripan and Molson Coors are extremely significant for the club, as we continue
to try and develop our potential, both on and off the field.”
Spiller also welcomed the deal with Zapkam, who will be the preferred supplier of kits to the senior section, after
providing many of the youth section teams with kit over the past few seasons.
“We are very much a community club and arranging a deal with a side that has an inextricable link to the county
we play in, is a really attractive option”, said Spiller. “By joining forces with Zapkam, we will ensure that
we will receive good quality kits, to our specification, at a very competitive price but, in addition, it enables all our
players, from Under 7 to adult football, to play in the same kit, creating a single brand for the club.”
Will Pedrick, Managing Director of Zapkam, said the kit supplier was pleased to have forged an association with the
Tuffley club. “We value our relationship with each of the many clubs we supply kit to and are delighted to add a club
with the history of Tuffley Rovers to that list”, he said.
All this is timely, as Rovers move towards the start of their pre-season campaign, with training resuming during
week commencing 30 June. Anyone interested in playing for the club can contact them via email@example.com for further details.
Any local company interested in identifying further sponsorship opportunities should contact Secretary Neil Spiller
via the same address.
6 & 7 June 2014
This weekend saw the presentation evenings for both
the Youth and Senior sections at The Crypt School in Gloucester. The Youth section held their evening on Friday
and it was a huge success. The Youth section Chairman Roy Craddock commented, "The night was great and thanks to
all the Parents and Managers for all their hard work over the whole season. We hope that the Youth section will now go
from strength to strength on the back of this evening".
The Senior section had their presentation
the following night and although it was a smaller event, it was enjoyed by all those who attended.
The Senior section Chairman Neil Brinkworth commented, "It's always enjoyable to hand out awards to the
players and helpers who make this club what it is. I hope that with the improvements we intend to make
to the club facilities and infrastructure over the next couple of years, we will be able to provide a great experience
to any footballer young or old for many years to come".
The final word is from the Football Committee
to all those who work so hard to make this club what it is and that is "onwards and upwards".
of the evening will follow shortly or you can find them on our facebook page.)
2 June 2014
Are you an experienced football Manager looking for a new challenge or just starting out in
management and looking to gain more knowledge. If you are either of these then contact us as we are looking for a Manager
for a Ladies team which we are in the process of forming.
This new team is to give Tuffley Rovers the chance to
provide football to the ladies of the local community and further afield. GIVE US A CALL NOW.
27 May 2014
Tuffley Rovers have begun their preparation for the 2014/15 season by appointing new managers to
each of their four senior sides.
The most significant change is the appointment of Warren Evans as first team manager, meaning a return to the club he formerly
played for and briefly managed. He replaces Doug Foxwell, who quit in December 2013, after John Hamilton’s caretaker
stint until the end of last season.
Evans (pictured) , who was manager for a matter of months when the club withdrew
from the Hellenic League eleven years ago, before going on to have successful spells at Hardwicke, the Gloucester City Development
XI and most recently as a coach at Cirencester Town, is delighted to be given the chance to take up the reins. “This
is a job I’ve always wanted”, said Evans. “When the opportunity came it was too good to ignore and I am
extremely keen to bring long-term success to the club.”
Football Chairman, Neil Brinkworth, confirmed that Evans’
appointment was one the club were excited by. “When our football committee met with Warren and other candidates, the
decision was unanimous. Warren’s enthusiasm, ambition and pragmatism shone through and we had no hesitation in offering
him this opportunity.”
Evans’ return to Rovers is not the only new managerial appointment at the club, as
the club’s reserve side, third and fourth teams also had new managers. Steve Cowe, a former professional footballer
at Aston Villa and Swindon Town, has returned to coaching and will manage the reserve squad in the Northern Senior League.
Cowe, who lives locally, is looking to combine his business commitments at Inside Football, an indoor leisure and coaching
facility at Brimscombe, with a return to competitive football.
In addition, two former Under 18 players, Dan Gillespie
and Jamie Harper have returned to the club to take up the third team management responsibilities, with Mark Troke appointed
as the fourth team manager.
“Everyone at the club is excited at these appointments”, said Brinkworth, “We
see this as a positive time for the club and are optimistic that all sides can do well in the season. We are extremely grateful
for the contribution made by John Hamilton and Mike Devlin, who took up the first team duties after Doug left, as well as
the efforts that all our outgoing managers made during the last season.”
As promised, some pictures of the on going work at Glevum Park to the
pitch and Portacabin
The kitchen and service hatch
The area around the top penalty area requiring drainage and re-seeding
(below)The refreshment area viewed from the kitchen.
26 May 2014
The website is undergoing an update over the next
few weeks, in preparation for the new season which will be on us before we know it.
On another subject,
the ground has already undergone some pitch improvements with the drainage being flushed in the problem area around the upper penalty box
and extra drainage holes have been added. The improvement has already been noticed in the recent rain. The pitch has
also undergone re-seeding and decompacting to improve the playing surface.
The work on the portacabin to convert
it to an on-site function/refreshment area is nearer to completion with flooring and ceilings all complete and painted.
The water and drainage is installed and with only the kitchen to complete we are on schedule for our upcoming inspection
in preparation for next season. We will be posting pictures shortly
8 April 2014
Reserves lost 3-2 tonight in their Northern Senior League game against Viney St. Swithens. Jake Pettitt had given Rovers the
lead but Viney scored three times, before Ollie Everitt's late penalty gave Kevin King's side a little, late hope.
8 April 2014
Northern Senior League game has been saved by today's near-summer weather and will go ahead as planned. Manager Kevin
King will be looking for his reserve side to keep up their good run of form, as they host Viney St. Swithens at Glevum Park.
Kick-off is 7:30pm.
7 April 2014
U18 fixture is off, after the torrential rain over the last 24 hours left Glevum Park waterlogged.
5 April 2014
First XI stretched their unbeaten run in the Uhlsport Hellenic League, Division One (West) to five games today, as they defeated
Carterton 4-1 at Glevum Park. Goals came from Jordan Fletcher (2), Shayne Bradley and Elliot King.
The Reserves defeated
bottom side Chalford 5-2 in their Northern Senior League, Division Two fixture, with Jake Pettitt firing home a
hat-trick, to accompany two stunning free-kicks from midfielder Ben Surman.
The Thirds reignited their promotion
challenge, as they won 2-1 away at McCadam FC. After they had fallen behind midway through the first half, Chris Giddy equalised
before Callum Francis struck a late winner to ensure Mark Troke's side secured all three points.
It was only
the Fourths who didn't win today, as they went down 3-0 at home to The Village FC.
4 April 2014
are four games for the senior squads tomorrow, as follows:
FIRST XI v Carterton - Hellenic League,
Div One (West) - 3pm
Chalford v RESERVES - Northern Senior League, Div Two - 3pm
McCadam FC v THIRDS
- Stroud League, Div Five - 2:30pm
FOURTHS v The Village - Stroud League, Div Seven - 2:30pm
2 April 2014
Reserves recorded another victory tonight, to boost their chances of a top seven finish in the Northern Senior League Division
Two table, as they won 3-2 at home to Longford FC. Kev King's side lead 2-0 through goals from Ben Surman and Steve Bick,
before Longford scored twice to draw level. Ashley Davies then powered home a header from a corner to secure a 3-2 win and
all three points.
29 March 2014
one game for the senior sides today and it was a good outcome, as the Thirds won 3-0 against Old Richians Reserves. The goals
came from Dave Cornock, including one penalty, and an O.G. following Andy Meek's shot on goal.
23 March 2014
the senior sides took twelve points from a possible twelve points last Saturday, there was a comparably poor day yesterday,
as the club took just two points from the four fixtures played.
The First XI needed Shayne Bradley's 71st minute
equaliser to gain a point against Hook Norton and also saw Warren Mann dismissed late on. The Reserves drew 3-3,
away to Wotton Rovers, with Igor Correia-Gouveia, Leighton Roberts and Ben Surman scoring.
Meanwhile, in the Stroud
League fixtures, both the Thirds and Fourths conceded five. The Thirds lost 5-2 at home to McCadam; Dave Cornock and
David Smith netting for Mark Troke's side. The Fourths lost 5-1 at league leaders Hawkesbury Stallions, with Will
Today, saw plenty of the youth sides in action, with the U14s playing a rare youth fixture
at Glevum Park and winning their cup semi-final against Quedgeley Wanderers 4-3, thanks to a brace apiece from
Ethan Royer and Jeriel Samuels.
20 March 2014
fixtures keep coming thick and fast, with the Reserves in action last night and a full programme of fixtures scheduled for
The Reserves took on Gloucestershire Northern Senior League, Division Two leaders FC Barometrics
last night and were extremely unfortunate to be on the wrong end of a 4-1 scoreline, despite putting in a good performance.
Ollie Everitt scored a second-half penalty for Kevin King's side, as they lost for the first time in eight games.
weekend will see all four senior sides in Saturday action, as follows:
XI v Hook Norton
Wotton Rovers v RESERVES
THIRDS v McCadam FC
Hawkesbury Stallions v FOURTHS
18 March 2014
good form has continued from the weekend, as Rovers U18 side won 5-1 at home to Lydney Town in the Gloucestershire County
Youth League tonight, in what was a terrific team effort.
Rovers took the lead through Josh Hergest and then saw Junior
Mbika extended the lead before half-time. Second half goals from Hergest (a terrific free-kick), Mark Potter and Liam
Pinnock gave Rovers a five goal advantage, before Max Parry scored a late consolation for the visitors.
hoping the club's form continues tomorrow night, when the Reserves host Northern Senior League, Division Two
leaders FC Barometrics. That will be a 7:30pm kick-off at Glevum Park.
16 March 2014
a great day 15 March was! All four senior sides were in action and all four secured a valuable three points each.
Hamilton's men recorded a good 2-1 win, away at Carterton, in the Uhlsport Hellenic League, Division One (West), as first half
goals from Shayne Bradley and Mark Ford, in response to an early goal from the hosts, saw the first team gain a third
successive league win, despite Antoine Thompson being sent-off on the hour.
The Reserves are in even more impressive
form and they recorded a seventh successive Northern Senior League Division Two win, coming back from Soudley with
a two goal victory, courtesy of an own goal and Igor Correia-Gouveia's fourth goal of the season.
team moved up to third place in Stroud League Division Five, stretching their unbeaten run to five games
in the process, as they defeated Stonehouse Town 3rds 2-1, with goals from Ryan Dobbins and Neil Spiller. Like the First XI,
all the goals came in the first half.
The Fourths were the only side to play at home yesterday and they also
secured a 2-1 victory, as Matt Stevens' sixteenth and seventeenth goals of the season saw off the challenge of a youthful
Avonvale United 3rd XI.
This week's midweek fixtures are:
U18s v Lydney
RESERVES v FC Barometrics
Both games are at home - the U18s on Tuesday and
the Reserves the following night - each with a 7:30pm kick-off.
14 March 2014
are another four senior side fixtures scheduled for tomorrow, as follows:
Carterton v FIRST
Soudley v RESERVES
Stonehouse Town 3rds v THIRDS
FOURTHS v Avonvale United 3rds
13 March 2014
on the heels of last Saturday's generally positive results, our midweek fixtures saw some decent performances
and all the sides in action going unbeaten.
First, on Tuesday, the Under 18s scored an 85th minute goal to secure
a 2-2 draw at home to Almondsbury, with goals from Alex Ireland and Josh Cowe. Then, on Wednesday, the Reserves
recorded a great win (their sixth straight league victory) as they defeated local rivals Quedgeley Wanderers 3-2. Goals
came from Steve Bick, Ashley Davies and Warren Mann.
9 March 2014
wins out of four means it wasn't a bad weekend.
The First XI won 2-1 at home to Malmesbury Victoria, thanks to goals
from Mark Ford and Shayne Bradley, whilst the Reserves won 3-0 away at Smiths Athletic, as Igor Correia-Gouveia, Ollie Everitt
and Kyle Kennedy all netting.
In the Stroud League, the Thirds won 5-2 (Josh Andrew, Dave Cornock(2), Callum Francis
and Tom Foulds all scoring) and the Fourths lost 5-0.
7 March 2014
are four senior sides fixtures scheduled for tomorrow, as follows:
FIRST XI v Malmesbury Victoria
Athletic v RESERVES
THIRDS v Barnwood United Reserves
Wickwar Wanderers Reserves v FOURTHS
are hoping all the games will go ahead, as scheduled. Good luck to all our teams.
5 March 2014
actually had football at Glevum Park today, for the first time since 11 January and only the fourth time in three months,
as the Reserves hosted Soudley FC and the night ended with three points for Kev King's side, as Jake Pettitt, Ollie Everitt
and Ben Surman scored in a 3-1 victory.
3 March 2014
We managed three senior side games at the weekend, with only the Reserves game
against Leonard Stanley being postponed.
The First XI recorded a first win in six games, as they came back
from Clanfield 85 FC with all three points, thanks to a Shayne Bradley penalty and a late, late winner from Lee Brinkworth.
Stroud League games saw Mark Troke's third team come back from Longford Reserves with a 3-0 victory and the Fourths
conceded a late equaliser to draw 3-3 at home to Sharpness 3rds.
Next up is a Reserves game on Wednesday night,
at home to Soudley FC....with only the small obstacle of a pitch inspection likely to get in the way! We'll try to
keep you up-to-date on here, Facebook and Twitter.
The Reserves fixture against Leonard Stanley
is off, following a morning pitch inspection but, as at 11am, all other games are still on. The First XI travel to Clanfield
in Hellenic League action, the Thirds play Longford Reserves, away from home, and the Fourths host Sharpness 3rds.
Tonight, comedian Mickey John Bull appears in the social club, from 8:30pm.
There are presently four games scheduled for
tomorrow but the weather continues to threaten and the Reserves' game, in particular, looks unlikely to go ahead. Follow
this site, Facebook and Twitter for news on tomorrow's games.
26 February 2014
The First XI slipped to a fifth consecutive defeat tonight but not without a brave effort, after they put in a good
second half performance against Cheltenham Saracens in the Hellenic League Supplementary Challenge Cup. Having trailed 2-0
at half-time, Rovers pulled a goal back through Junior Mbika and had plenty of pressure but were unable to level with their
Premier Division opponents.
23 February 2014
The U18s game scheduled for Tuesday is off but not because of the weather! Opponents Fownhope have seen several players
called up for the Herefordshire U18s County side and so they've had to withdraw from their commitment. The fixture will
be re-scheduled, as soon as possible.
22 February 2014
In the end, we lost two further fixtures today, with the Reserves' game at home to Bibury falling foul of the
weather and the third team's trip to Upton St. Leonards also postponed during to a waterlogged surface.
From the games that did go ahead, we saw one defeat and one win, as the First XI
lost 3-2 at Fairford Town, with Rovers' goals coming from Shayne Bradley and Junior Mbika. The Fourths recorded the club's
first victory of 2014, as they won 1-0 at home to Frampton United 3rds, with Matt Stevens' penalty, on the stroke of half-time,
22 February 2014
It is 0900hrs on a Saturday morning. At the time of writing, four games are on today. The ominous news is that there
are pitch inspections in relation to our reserve and fourth team fixtures, who are both due to play at home. We will await
news from Upton St. Leonards, in respect of our third team game but it looks like the first team will visit Fairford Town
for an Uhlsport Hellenic League, Div One (West) fixture.
will follow, via Facebook and Twitter, if any pitches fail their morning inspections.
18 February 2014
Another fixture bites the dust, as tonight's U18 game is called off, due to yet another waterlogged pitch.
15 February 2014
Kick-off was actually 2pm today! The friendly fixture went ahead and Rovers put in a creditable performance, despite
losing 2-0 to Slimbridge.
We're keeping our fingers
crossed that they will be back in league action soon.
15 February 2014
The First XI are now in action today, as they will play Western League side Slimbridge, in a friendly on the 3G pitch
at Rednock School, Dursley. Kick-off is 3pm. We'll let you have an update on the score and any scorers via our Twitter
feed and Facebook page.
15 February 2014
The only two games scheduled for today - the Firsts at home to Shortwood United and the Fourths away at Rodborough
Old Boys - have both fallen victim of the continued poor weather.
A pitch inspection at Glevum Park saw the first team called off at about 7pm last night, whilst the fourth team fixture
had been postponed a few hours earlier.
9 February 2014
We don't want to speak too soon, but this website might just be up-to-date...all fixtures, match reports, statistic
and other information have been added to the respective pages. Sorry it took so long!
8 February 2014
As at the time of writing (0950hrs), the third team fixture with Dursley Town 3rds is still on. We will post updates
to the Facebook & Twitter pages, if the game is called off.
the weather, there will be entertainment in the Tuffley Rovers AFC Social Club tonight, as we welcome back singer Ian Oliver.
The entertainment should start at about 8:30pm.
7 February 2014
It was no surprise when tomorrow's first team fixture, against Hook Norton FC, succumbed to the weather, following
an inspection at around 4:45pm today. Shortly after, Abbeymead Rovers confirmed that the reserve team game would also be off,
so, at the time of writing, hopes for a game rest with the Thirds, who are due to travel to Dursley Town 3rds.
6 February 2014
Another day, another postponement! The fourth team fixture, against Sharpness 3rds, scheduled for Saturday was called
off today, following a pitch inspection. The surface, at Beaufort playing fields, is waterlogged and as a consequence the
fourth team will have yet another week off!
5 February 2014
Tonight's game against Cheltenham Saracens, in the Hellenic Bluefin Sports Supplementary Challenge Cup, has been
postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
1 February 2014
All games scheduled to be played today are OFF, following pitch inspections, including the First XI fixture against
Carterton and the Reserves' home game against Leonard Stanley.
29 January 2014
The First XI Bluefin Sports Challenge Cup tie, abandoned on Saturday, has been rescheduled for next Wednesday, 5
February 2014 at Cheltenham Saracens. The initial fixture had been tied 0-0 when the referee called a halt to proceedings,
following a torrential downpour and the threat of lightning.
up for John Hamilton's team will be Carterton FC, who Rovers will visit for a 3pm kick-off on Saturday, in their Uhlsport
Hellenic League clash. All four sides are scheduled to be in action, weather permitting!
In other news, the Gloucestershire County Youth League, who have seen a plethora
of fixtures postponed, throughout the season, held their regular League Management Meeting last night and a decision was taken
to abandon the league cup competition, in order to reduce the amount of outstanding fixtures faced by each side. This means
Paul Cowe's side have only five games left to play this season.
25 Jan 2014
We had some football today, which
was welcome, with the Fourths and First XI in action, although by the end of the day only one game had been completed.
The First XI travelled to Cheltenham Saracens for a Bluefin Sports Challenge Cup
fixture against the Hellenic Premier Division side and were competitive and holding their opponents 0-0 when the weather intervened
and an already difficult surface was declared unplayable. The game will now need to be rescheduled and we will publish the
date as soon as it is available.
The fourth team took
on Cam Bulldogs 3rds and despite a good performance, lost 3-0, with all the opposition goals scored in the last fifteen minutes.
24 January 2014
Tuffley Rovers have decided that caretaker duo John Hamilton and Mike (Spike) Devlin will remain in charge of the
first team for the remainder of the 2013/14 playing season, with the management vacancy - following Doug Foxwell's resignation
- due to be advertised shortly.
6 Jan 2014
After some significant website
difficulties, the site is now fully working and we'll be updating it, to ensure you're kept up-to-date with news and
other events, in relation to both the football and our social club.
It may take a couple of weeks to get all pages updated but we hope that there'll be no further issues and we
can use the web-page to ensure all friends of Tuffley Rovers know what is going on at the club.
10 Nov 2013
There was only one fixture yesterday and
the Reserves are probably wishing their game was called off, after the fell to a very disappointing 6-0 defeat at FC Barometrics.
They'll have a chance to provide an instant response to that result, as well as an opportunity to take revenge for a recent
County Cup defeat, when they host Taverners FC on Wednesday night, in the Stroud Charity Cup.
In other news, third team
manager Tony Coopey has stood down from his position and the club aim to appoint a replacement shortly. The club extends their
thanks to Coopey, who was appointed in June, for his time as manager, as well as a spell as Assistant to the previous manager,
2 Nov 2013
By 'eck, we've had a few technical
difficulties lately and we now hope they are resolved!
Unfortunately, it will take a while to fully update the site but
in the meantime, we want to confirm tomorrow's fixtures:
FIRST XI at home v Fairford Town
RESERVES away at Bibury
FOURTHS away at Woodchester
20 Sept 2013
There are only two senior side fixtures
tomorrow. The First XI will host Old Woodstock Town at Glevum Park (kick-off 3pm) and the Reserves travel to Winchcombe Town,
for a game on an artificial surface!
Good luck to both sides.
Good luck, also, to lifelong Roverette Mandy Summers
and fourth team Assistant Manager Mark Troke, who will be getting married at 12noon, at St James The Great Church in Cranham.
Best wishes from all at Tuffley Rovers.
17 Sept 2013
Various pages have now been updated on
the site, as we look to recover from some recent technical issues. Match reports for the recent first team fixtures, including
Saturday's win against Clanfield, have been added to the relevant page.
15 Sept 2013
experienced some technical issues that have prevented us from publishing anything on the website for about 10 days. Those
problems appear to have been resolved and we hope to resume normal service shortly.
31 Aug 2013
The First XI came from a goal down today,
to win 3-1 away at Purton, thanks to an own goal, another strike from Steve Bick and a first goal of the season for Warren
Mann. This results means that Doug Foxwell's side have now taken eleven points from a possible eighteen on their first
season back in the Uhlsport Hellenic League.
The Reserves were the only other side in action and they gained a creditable
point, away at Newent Town, with goals from Leighton Roberts, who was returning from suspension and Ben Surman, who started
for the first time this season.
30 Aug 2013
The First XI are back in action tomorrow,
with another away fixture in the Uhlsport Hellenic League, as they travel to Purton. Doug Foxwell's side have now gone
unbeaten for three games and will be looking to extend that run, after an impressive midweek performance at home to Tytherington
The Reserves begin their Northern Senior League programme with an away trip to Newent Town, who will have former
Rovers striker Dorian Colling amongst their squad.
28 Aug 2013
Any hopes of a semi-final place in the
Reg Davis Memorial Cup ended tonight, as the Reserves were thrashed 5-0 at home to Moreton Rangers. Their hopes were effectively
ended by half-time, when they found themselves three goals down and Moreton scored twice more in the second half to ensure
that it was they who proceeded to the last four.
27 Aug 2013
The First XI continued their unbeaten
Hellenic League run and ended Tytherington Rocks 100% record at Glevum Park tonight, as they drew 1-1. Shayne Bradley put
Rovers ahead, before Mike Devlin was penalised for handball, allowing Tyth's Stuart Nelson to score from the spot. Match
25 Aug 2013
was a solid result for the First XI yesterday, as goals from Mark Wallington and Steve Bick ensured that Doug Foxwell's
men travelled back from Letcombe FC with three points, taking them to sixth place in the Uhlsport Hellenic League. The score,
which included one goal in each half, could have been more emphatic, if Rovers had taken their chances or Letcombe had not
defended in obdurate fashion. A match report is available via this website.
was a 2-2 draw for the Reserves, in their last pre-season fixture against Broadwell Amateurs, with Franklin Ojukwu scoring
Less pleasing were the results for the Thirds and Fourths, who both went down
to 6-0 defeats, albeit with heavily depleted squads, due to injuries, suspension and holiday commitments.
23 Aug 2013
There will be four games tomorrow:
Uhlsport Hellenic League - Letcombe v Tuffley Rovers
Friendly - Reserves v Broadwell
Stroud League Div 5 - St Nicholas Old Boys v Thirds
Stroud League Div 8 - Avonvale Utd
3rds v Fourths
21 Aug 2013
The Reserves continued their progress
in the Reg Davis Memorial Cup, as they defeated Harrow Hill 3-2 this evening, with goals from Shayne Bradley (2) and Lewis
Griffin. Following the victory, Kev King's side have secured a home tie in the next round, as they will host Moreton Rangers
on Wednesday, 28 August.
The Under 18s won their first friendly 1-0, with the only goal a Gavin Deane header.
17 Aug 2013
There was a first Uhlsport Hellenic
League win of the season for the First XI today, as a late goal from Courtney Hamilton secured a 2-1 win for Doug Foxwell's
side, away at Hook Norton FC. A match report is available on this website.
The Reserves lost their pre-season friendly
against Old Richians 2-1, despite Ben Robinson's first senior goal.
Meanwhile, the Thirds won their pre-season friendly
against Trident FC 3-2, with a double from Andy Blackwell and an O.G. completing the scoring.
17 Aug 2013
Three sides will be in action today, as
Uhlsport Hellenic League - FIRST XI v Hook Norton (Away, 3pm)
Friendlies: RESERVES v Old Richians (Home,
Trident FC (Plock Court, 2:30pm)
14 Aug 2013
The First XI travelled to New College
Swindon tonight, in their second Uhlsport Hellenci League tie of the season, and went down to a 2-0 defeat, despite a hard-working
effort that saw Rovers have plenty of the ball, without creating any real goalscoring opportunities. Next up are Hook Norton
(Away) on Saturday.
The Reserves started their competitive season tonight, as they played host to Dursley Town
in the Reg Davis Memorial Cup, running out 2-1 winners, thanks to goals from Jake Pettitt and Kyle Kennedy.
the Fourths secured a confident 4-1 win, following an impressive display against AFC Galaxy. Youngster Jordan Turner scored
a hat-trick, with the other goal scored by David Smith.
13 Aug 2013
The Thirds played their second pre-season
game of the season and ran out 5-1 winners against a Charlton Rovers XI, with Dave Cornock netting a hat-trick and Callum
Francis a brace. Tony Coopey's team will next be in action on Saturday, at Plock Court, against Trident FC.
11 Aug 2013
A match report from yesterday's first
team fixture has been posted in the Match Reports 2013/14 section.
10 Aug 2013
Rovers return to the Uhlsport Hellenic
League today ended with their unbeaten record in place (!), as they drew 3-3 with North Leigh United. There were debut goals
from Dion Lee and Steve Bick, after Marcus Foxwell's penalty had original levelled the tie.
Doug Foxwell could be
proud of his team's effort today, even if some sloppy defending had, at times, left them exposed. A full match report
Elsewhere, the Reserves lost 5-1 at Hardwicke and the 3rds lost 2-1 against Bush FC, both in friendly encounters.
10 Aug 2013
It is kick-off day today, as Doug Foxwell's
Uhlsport Hellenic League side take on North Leigh United at Glevum Park - kick-off is 3pm at Glevum Park. After an indifferent
pre-season campaign, the First XI will be hoping for a strong start to their league campaign, their first in the Hellenic
League for many years.
The Reserves and Thirds are also in action, as they play pre-season games away to Hardwicke (3pm,
Green Lane) and against Bush FC (Plock Court, 2:30pm), respectively.
7 Aug 2013
The Fourths will commence their pre-season
campaign tonight, as they take on Sunday side Renegades FC at Oxstalls School. Kick-off is 6:30pm. Rovers stalwart Iain Buckingham
will play for the opposition, as Dave Griffiths bloods a number of new signings.
6 Aug 2013
The First XI ended their pre-season campaign
with a 3-1 defeat at Harrow Hill tonight.
Meanwhile, the Reserves maintained an unbeaten record during their pre-season
campaign, with a 5-2 victory at home to Ramblers FC.
6 Aug 2013
The First XI will conclude their pre-season
campaign tonight, as they travel to play Hellenic League side Harrow Hill. This will be the last game before Doug Foxwell's
side play North Leigh United in their Uhlsport Hellenic League, Division One (West) tie at the weekend.
are also in action, hosting Northern Senior side Ramblers FC at Glevum Park.
4 Aug 2013
Rovers pre-season campaign has continued
over the past few or so, with some mixed results, as they approach their first season back in the Uhlsport Hellenic League.
Following the defeat at Pegasus Juniors, Doug Foxwell's side suffered a 5-3 defeat at Kings Stanley and then recovered
to record a 5-2 victory against County League side Frampton United. Then, yesterday, there was the disappointment of a heavy
4-0 defeat against Hellenic League side Cheltenham Saracens.
Next up is a trip to Harrow Hill, on Tuesday, before the
Uhlsport Hellenic League (Division One, West) campaign starts with a home game against North Leigh United on 10 August.
24 July 2013
The First XI began their preparations
for the new Uhlsport Hellenic League season last night, with a friendly, away at Pegasus. Although Rovers went down to a 1-0
defeat, the lads had a good work out. Next up is County League side Kings Stanley FC, at Glevum Park on Saturday.
12 July 2013
The list of pre-season fixtures is growing
by the day - check out the individual team pages for further details.
6 July 2013
Yesterday's sponsored fun run was an incredible success.
We estimate that the runners raised over £1,000 as they completed 300 laps of the 0.268 course between 9am and 9pm,
with one person running at all times.
Seven runners did the majority of the running, with Iain Buckingham leading the
way, covering 60 laps during the 12 hour period. Rob Cook, Neil Spiller, Andy McShane, Shaun Smith, Andy Whiffen and
Glenn Gittins also put in long stints, as the team achieved their goal to run for the full day.
5 July 2013
Tomorrow, a group of ten Rovers players
will run around the field adjacent to the Tuffley Rovers FC Social Club for 12 hours, starting at 9am and finishing at 9pm,
in an effort to raise money to support football activities at the club, including developments at their Glevum Park ground.
Players have been collecting sponsorship money and there will be a series of other opportunities for supporters and
members to donate to the cause.
If you'd like to come along and support the runners, you will also be able to enjoy
a glass of something cool in the sun, as the bar will be open from 1030hrs, screening the British Lions Test against Australia.
2 July 2013
LINKS IN DRIVE TOWARDS SUCCESS”
Hard on the heels of Tuffley Rovers’ promotion back to the Hellenic League Division One (West),
the club has taken a further step towards establishing long-term success in the future, by formalising an association with
established local youth club, Windsor Drive.
The two clubs have operated within the same area for a number of years, with players from Drive very
often entering senior football with Rovers. Despite this connection, two long-serving Tuffley clubs had nothing more than
a passing association, until an initially informal arrangement was introduced for the past two seasons, with Drive’s
Under 16 class of 2010/11 migrating to become Rovers’ Under 18s side and then the 2012/13 squad officially adopting
the title of Tuffley Rovers Under 16s.
Both sides came through the transitional arrangement with silverware – notably the Under 16s, who
won this year’s Gloucester Youth Association League & Cup double – and both clubs have now agreed that a full
merger of the two clubs is in their best long-term interests. As a consequence, Windsor Drive will change their sides’
names to Tuffley Rovers for the start of the 2013/14 playing season.
Rovers’ Football Chairman, Roy Craddock, said “This is something I’ve been
looking to do for many years, since I was responsible for setting up Rovers’ first Under 18s side, back in 1985. It
was also a long term ambition of Owen Claridge and Albert Purdy, two of the really great influences in Rovers’ history,
that all football in Tuffley should be under one ‘umbrella’, so it's a great moment that hopefully will benefit
both sections, both with an established history as long serving Gloucester sides”.
The culmination of the plans, which both clubs have
developed over the past few seasons, means that there will be a single club, Tuffley Rovers Football Club, able to provide
football for adults and children throughout the Tuffley area, from Under 7s right up to senior, adult sides.
Neil Willerton, Chair of the new Tuffley
Rovers Youth Section, was equally pleased with the link-up and said “Tuffley Rovers have been able to offer our older
players their excellent facilities at Glevum Park and we felt that this was a good time to further develop the relationship.
Our members voted overwhelmingly in favour of this move at our recent AGM. Whilst we are inevitably disappointed to lose the
name of Windsor Drive, we hope that a new, single club will offer greater stability and development for young players in the
is the latest in a series of positive off-field developments for Tuffley Rovers, who have recently completed the purchase
of their social club premises and seen the club move from fielding only one side at the start of the 2005/06 season, to regularly
fielding four senior (adult) sides, alongside the new youth structure.
28 June 2013NEW FIRST TEAM SPONSOR
The First XI have extra reason to celebrate their promotion to the Hellenic League, as they have recently secured
an excellent sponsorship deal with Burger Star. Doug Foxwell will hoping that his team can replicate their sponsor's aim
to be the "best by far".
28 June 2013
ELIJAH WEIR WINS YOUNG
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Under 16 player Elijah Weir deserves special mention, after being named the Gloucester Youth
Association Football League Under 16s Player of the Year. Well done to Elijah and the award caps a fine season for Paul Cowe's
lads, who had already secured a league and cup double.
28 June 2013
CONTINUE (with a little help from our friends!)
The ground improvements have been continuing at a pace, with
the pitch-side railings complete and the hospitality room being developed. The work has gathered some additional momentum,
after Gloucestershire Engineering Training sent a team of volunteers to help Rovers personnel, lead by Coke Craddock, Rob
Cook and Keith Wallington.
Useful Links - Click on logo to access
'UHLSPORT' Hellenic League
Gloucestershire Northern Senior League
Stroud & District Football League
Gloucestershire Football Association
Gloucestershire County Youth Football League
Gloucester Youth League
For the 2014/15 season Tuffley Rovers FC will be running four
senior sides. The First Team will operate in the Uhlsport Hellenic Football League Division One (West), with the
Reserves in the Northern Senior League and our Third and Fourth teams in Division 4 and Division 6
of the Stroud and District League, respectively. A range of youth sides, from Under 8s to Under 16s will operate under the
Rovers banner. See the individual page for teams for a full list of fixtures and league tables.