Longlevens v Bitton

7.45pm  13 October 2015

Gloucestershire FA Trophy, Second Round
Longlevens 1 Bitton 2 (att 37)

This was a rather low-key exit from the county cup for Gloucester-based Longlevens, after they failed to recover from conceding twice in the first half.

The home side are in the first season at "step five", having won promotion to the Hellenic League Premier Division. Visitors Bitton are are at the same step, playing in the top tier of the Western League.

I consider the Western League slightly stronger than the Hellenic, although I've not seen much football in either in recent years. Longlevens began the game well, but once Bitton went in front, thanks to a long ball down the middle and a cool finish, they took control.

The second goal was well taken and, had they been able to shoot on target, Bitton would have been out of sight long before Longlevens late consolation briefly threatened a comeback.

Longlevens ground, at Saw Mills End, is relatively new, and is being developed as the team develops, and progresses, on the pitch. It's hemmed in between offices at one end, and an Ibis hotel at the other, providing unexpected entertainment for those staying in rooms overlooking the pitch.

For spectators inside the ground, there's a small stand with single of row of seats, and tea bar serving hot refreshments. Currently, only two sides of the ground are open, with the far side and one end out of bounds.

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