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5th Team Match Reports

Old Bristolians 'D' 3 - 3 B&WHC 'D' - Saturday 4th November 2017

A great start to the game with two goals from James Baber in the first 10 minutes.  The first a simple tap in after Harvey Fraser's run into the D left him one on one with the keeper before he unselfishly passed to James for the finish.  The second a shot after turning strong in the D after he received the ball with a defender draped around him.  The first half continued with periods of pressure on the OB's goal with the odd break by them which we managed to defend well especially on one instance where Ted Rippon was left three on one but he waited patiently for the opportunity to tackle and take the ball from the attacker.

The second half started poorly with us not switching on which allowed OB's to score 2 goals on quick breaks to draw the game level.  We managed to right the ship and continued to press forward.  OB's had a short corner which we managed to see off before immediately breaking down to the OB's D and getting our own short corner.  From this short Andy Jowett took the shot and this was deflected into the back of the goal by Harvey Fraser.

The less said about the last 5 minutes the better...two yellow cards for our team in separate instances taking us down to 9 before OB's managed to score the equaliser right on the full time whistle.

B&WHC E 2 - 4 B&WHC D – Saturday 21st October 2017

A very soggy game for all during the interclub league game when the 5s played the 6s.  A strong start by both teams with the 6s getting arguably the better start with several chances as they managed to play their way through midfield and pressurise our defence.  The 5s broke the deadlock when a nice shot from the right hand side of the D managed to beat the 6s keeper at the near post.  The 6s drew level with a sublime reverse hit from Tom Darnley which he lofted up and over our keeper.  The 5s managed to retake the lead near half time when some pressure down the right wing and a drive to the base line drew the 6s defence out before the pass into the box which James Baber managed to finish.

The second half got off to a better start for the 5s with better possession in the midfield which had been an issue in the first half.  We managed to take it to 3 - 1 when a strong drive into the box from central midfield was finished off with a strike, from just inside the D, into the bottom corner of the goal.  Soon after another break down the right wing lead to a shot being fired in which was duly put in the back of the net by Dave Thomas.  The 6s managed to grab a late goal back from a well worked play down their left ended up with an overload in the box which Neil Darnley managed to capitalise on and put into the back of the goal.

B&WHC 'D' 1 - 2 Westbury & UB 'F' - Saturday 14th October 2017

An enjoyable and end to end game that saw Bristol & West came out on the wrong side of the 2-1 score line.  The game started at a frantic pace with opportunities at both ends of the pitch off the back on numerous breaks from both sides.  The first goal came within the first 20 minutes when a break down the wing lead to Ian Martin playing the ball into the D from the base line before Steve Mildren put the shot in the back of the goal.

Westbury continued to push and their pressure started to tell towards the end of the half when continued possession and opportunities on our goal lead to a short corner which was put in the bottom corner by one of their strikers.  The pressure continued and they managed to take a 2-1 lead into the half when some great individual skill by one of their players lead to numerous missed tackles around the D before a pass was played to an open player who put it back of the goal.

In the second half Bristol & West fixed some of the positional and communication issues that struck towards the end of the first half and managed to stabilise the possession stats.  The half continued with numerous breaks by either team along with numerous short corners for both but no one managed to score any further goals.  A hard fought game in which a draw would have been a fairer outcome.

South Glos 'B' 0 - 3 B&WHC 'D' - Saturday 7th October 2017

Another good performance by the team in an evenly matched first half where there was pressure at both ends of the pitch.  We had the majority of the scoring chances with the occasional break by South Glos putting pressure on our defence.  Our first goal came from a sublime break down the right wing with some quick passes which made their way to Steve Mildren who took it down the wing before firing the ball into the D for Ian Martin, who took a first time shot which their keeper saved, to score the follow up whilst on the floor giving us a lead which we held until the half.

We had a more dominating performance in the second half as we started to work on some of the more simplistic things that were lacking in the first half.  Our second goal came after a period of possession which led to a short corner which was injected and then slipped to the right where Steve Allan struck the ball past the defenders on the post to take our lead to 2-0.  Immediately after we got the ball and pressed forward, breaking through their defence, when Luke Berry was one on one with the keeper.  Luke took it to the right of the outstretched keeper before putting the ball into the back of the net to make it 3-0.  South Glos had one final attack before the end of the game when they managed to have a spare player free in our D but Merv Adams, who had been kept quiet until that point, came out and put the shot safely away from the goal.

B&WHC 'D' 4 - 0 Old Bristolians 'E' - Saturday 30th September 2017

A very strong and dominating performance by the team lead to a very nice 4-0 win to start the season.  The first half was dominated by Bristol & West with the majority of the half being played by in OB's half.  Numerous chances and short corners came and went with some valiant defending and superb goal keeping preventing us from breaking the deadlock.  Eventually a well worked play down the wing lead to their keeper coming out before a pass around him made its way to Ian Martin which he managed to tap home.

The second half continued with Bristol and West dominating possession with the occasional Old Bristolians break into our half all of which were well defended by those at the back.  Our continued pressure eventually paid off when Steve Allan broke into the box and managed to slip the ball past the keeper to take us to 2-0.  Soon after, further pressure lead to a shot being stopped on the line by the foot an OB defender.  Ted Rippon stepped up and converted the P flick with a nice lifted shot past the outstretched keeper.  A final goal came near the end of the game when a ball from Mark Berry in the box was played to the base line before Steve Allan managed to get his second of the game in the ensuing chaos in the D.

A special mention to Jacob Dobson and Rob Lines on strong performances in their first league games for the club.

B&W 5th team 4, WSM A 3

Finally!  Well done team although we didn't make it look easy.  2-0 up after 10 minutes but pegged back to 2-2 mid way through the second half.  Respite at last when we went 4-2 up but they made the ending a little nervous with a late goal.  MoM was Mike for a well taken goal and strong all round performance, DoD was Gavlar - not quite sure why?!

Unlucky 5s Again

Despite twice leading in the match, North Somerset secured a 4-3 win with a late goal.  The B&W team performance was strong and we know that the wins are going to start flooding in.  Goal scorers were Curtis (2) and Baber Bomb.  MoM was Wayne for some great movement and DoD was Dave.

Unlucky 5s

Despite a wonderful series of wins in pre-season, B&W 5s met a mature and determined Firebrands Team.  Scores level at half time (1-1) following a smooth short corner routine, but a well taken goal from Firebrands from a narrow angle in the second half led to an eventual 2-1 defeat.  There were plenty of positives and lots of chances but sometimes games just go like that.  Dan Coll (GK) was MoM for an impressive series of saves.

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