Dursley Town AFC round-up

DURSLEY Town could take a giant step towards the Stroud League Division One title with victory over nearest challengers Ramblers this weekend.

Having played half of their matches, Karl Nash's side are one point clear with a game in hand, having already beaten the Gloucester side at home.

And they go into Saturday's game having beaten Rodborough Old Boys last weekend, the only side to have even held them to a draw so far this term.

Aaron Nash struck twice for Town in their 3-1 victory against Rodborough, while Jack Bartman netted the other goal for the visitors.

* Dursley Reserves produced a tremendous 5-4 triumph at a Chalford 3rds side bolstered by several first-team players in Stroud League Division Five.

Town fell behind to a deflected opener, but Joel Stoneman turned in Liam Jones' cross to level, and Will Gosling's superb lob put the visitors in front.

Chalford equalised from a free-kick before half-time, but Stoneman restored the lead after the break and Rafa Faria fired a spectacular fourth.

Gosling fired Town's fifth via the post, and that proved to be vital as the home side scrambled in two late goals to shred the visitors' nerves.

* Dursley 3rds' first Stroud League Division Seven game in almost two months ended in a 4-2 defeat at fellow promotion-hopefuls Tetbury 3rds.

Dom Randall and Chris Hyam were on target for Town, who now trail leaders Cashes Green Reserves by six points, albeit with a game in hand.

* Dursley Reserves and 3rds are both at home on Saturday, against Tuffley 5ths and Stonehouse 4ths respectively. Dursley Ladies, who did not have a game at the weekend, are at home to top-of-the-table Cotswold Rangers in Division Two of the Gloucestershire County Women's League on Sunday.