There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic in 2019 for a lot of clubs in Gloucestershire.

A lot of clubs in the region are fighting for promotion and history could be witnessed in the new year.

What a season it's been so far for Forest Green Rovers. It began with a 12 match unbeaten run, their away record is one of the best in the league and promotion is a real possibility.

They've been doing it with an exciting brand of football which has been a pleasure to watch. League Two is very tight. Even a win can propel a team two or three places.

There is still a long way to go but to still be in and around the play-off places going into the new year means you're in with a shout. It would be incredible for the area to have another promotion and for the club to grow so here's hoping 2019 is a special one for Rovers.

Going down into non-league, Yate Town have also been outstanding in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South. They have a great chance of winning the title or at least a play-off place.

Their victory over then league leaders Blackfield and Langley back on December 22 was a statement and they have grown into one of the most feared teams in the division and are now leading the way.

Also in that league, Cirencester Town are pushing for the play-offs again. They've been in and out of the top five all season so judging by form, it will probably be a case of putting a run together at the right time and hopefully they can go one better than last season and earn a play-off place. Their wins over Christmas have given them a real platform as they currently sit in the top five.

It's also looking good for Brimscombe & Thrupp in the Hellenic Premier League. They've been in and amongst the top positions all season and have a chance of winning the title. They've had one or two poor results but have always bounced back in their next match which proves they have the mental strength in the squad.

In Division One West, Thornbury Town are also competing for the title in what looks to be developing into an exciting race. Four teams look like they can win the title but it's been an outstanding season for the Thorns.

In Rugby, Cirencester are third, five points behind leaders Ross-on-Wye in Gloucester 1 and will certainly fancy their chances of title push in 2019 after they made such a great start to the season.

It's shaping up to be an exciting new year.