Hanham Athletic v Southmead CS Athletic

2pm  14 January 2017

Gloucestershire County League
Hanham Athletic 1 Southmead CS Athletic 1 (att 57)

For a game between the bottom two sides in the league this was much better than I had any right to expect, which shows that the Gloucestershire County League is one of the better 'step seven' leagues.

Southmead were seeking their first league win of the season, while Hanham were without a win since their visit to Southmead back in September. Both clubs can be grateful for the recent demise of Cheltenham Civil Service, whose withdrawal should mean one fewer relegation spot.

After a thoroughly enjoyable 90 minutes, for the neutral at least, both sides' winless runs continued. A long range strike that went in off the post, after 15 minutes, put Southmead in front. They held the lead into well the second half, when Hanham's pressure finally paid off with a deserved equaliser.

The home side were well on top as the game drew to a close, but despite twice hitting the crossbar they couldn't find a winner.

Hanham's ground is a typical county league venue. The pitch is railed off on the three sides with spectator access - just dugouts and the playing fields boundary on the far side - and there's a two-tier building in the corner with changing rooms on the lower floor and a clubhouse, with a handy viewing area, above.

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