Result: 1-1 Draw vs Southampton 1s.
‘Southampton 1s made the trip to Bristol to face us in Almondsbury on Wednesday afternoon. After our recent form we were in high spirits, however although we dominated the possession early on, Southampton took the lead with their first shot against the run of play with a tidy finish into the bottom right corner. We continued to dominate possession but it didn’t seem to click for us in the first half. A clever free kick routine saw Willis come close with a header, and chances also fell for Pagano and Femiola however we could not capitalise. 1-0 down going into half time, we came out and were much the same. Southampton were playing for a 1-0 finish by sitting deep and we could not seem to break the deadlock. Applying constant pressure for most of the second half, and with the introduction of Lewis, Jasper and Selwood, Gale whips a ball out wide to the advancing Lewis who knocks it past two defenders and slots it into the corner to draw level with 5 minutes remaining. We continue to push for a winner, however the referee blows his whistle for a 1-1 finish. Overall, not a bad point coming back from 1-0 down however a little disappointing to not get the win despite the domination of possession. Man of the match was Josh Lewis who ever since coming on was a threat and scored the goal to equalise. We now turn our focus onto UWE 1s who we face at their place on Wednesday!’
Next week: UWE 1s Away.
Will Gale (1s Captain)
Result: 3-0 Win vs Southampton Solent 1s.
‘Following two poor performances and losses, the 2s knew that nothing short of a convincing victory would be acceptable against table topping Southampton Solent. With a few injuries and Chisholm needing to do an essay we were slightly depleted. However we were still confident in our ability knowing that one of our players was worth 2 of theirs (at least in terms of UCAS points). The first half started fairly evenly with both keepers making decent saves to keep the score at 0-0. Bristol slowly but surely gained the upper hand. Only a combination of poor finishing and decision making kept the score at 0-0. An inspired substitution at half time saw Selwood come off and as soon as the second half kicked off there was only going to be one winner. Even when the skipper missed an easy one on one (shock), the first goal felt inevitable. And so it proved. Fresher Dan Sutton is his first game for the 2s curled a delicious strike into the top corner from the edge of the box. As we pushed for a second, their centre back decided he had had enough of Solly running rings around his team so decided to help out by getting himself sent off. From the free kick Sutton turned provider. A whipped ball in was bundled in by big Ollie Pooler and the game finished when a mix up between keeper and defender allowed an easy third to be scored by the excellent rushab shah. All in all an excellent day at the office, our only troubles came from keeper Henry Edwards trying to help Solent out by trying throwing a couple in. But on a day where everything went well for us, he couldn’t even succeed in that. The title charge is on. Man of the Match: Solly Tomlin-Kent’.
Next week: Exeter 3s Away (Cup).
Adam Blades (2s Captain)
Result: 1-2 Loss vs Gloucester 1s.
Next week: Southampton Solent 1s Away (Cup).
Ryane Tulley (3s Captain)
Result: 1-4 Loss vs USW 2s.
Next week: USW 2s Away (Cup).
Sean Sage and Louie Hemmings (4s Captain)
Result: 1-2 Win vs Hartpury 3s.
‘The 5’s went away to Hartpury 3’s. Kick off was supposed to be at 3pm but we turn up at 4:15pm because of traffic. They give us no warmup and we had to kick off straight away. Nothing really happened in the first half, we couldn’t keep the ball and missed a couple of chances. We changed the tactics at halftime. Duro instantly picked the pocket of their centre back, waited for the keeper to commit and calmly slotted. Hartpury 3’s had nothing, our shape was very solid and all they could do was hit it long. Ted James put an unreal through ball to Will Kernot who finished emphatically to make it 2-0. Hartpury got 1 back through a silly penalty. We absorbed the pressure for the final 15 minutes. To top off a good game from Bristol, Hartpury bought on a 6’2, 150kg striker who I’ve gone in with for a 50/50 and absolutely flattened him. That’s well worthy of a goal in my opinion. MOM- Salah- Class on the wing all game and did a job upfront when we had no sub striker’.
Next week: Cardiff Mets Away (Cup).
Giuseppe Lombardelli (5s Captain)
Result: 0-2 Win vs Aberystwyth 2s.
‘The trip to Aberystwyth away was projected to be a gruelling affair and was made worse by an early kick off and horrific meet time. As if the 7AM start was not enough to compete with, a number of those picked to play decided either to drop out or oversleep. After delaying the coach for upwards of an hour, the 6s were forced to head off with a bare 11 and pray everyone could put in a full 90. The 6s arrived and knew they had to put the mishaps of the morning behind them and do what they do best; play football with courage. The game started in as good a manner as manager Strawdiola could have hoped, Luke Curran on his return from injury zipping one into the far corner inside 5 minutes. It was clear to see that the 6s were a class above their opponents, dominating possession and carving Aberystwyth to pieces. This good play was duly rewarded as a mix up from the opposition defender under close guard by Nunez led to an own goal and the lead being doubled. It seemed as if the scoreline could get embarrassing, but the 6s missed countless glorious chances and the were forced to settle for a 2-0 win. Jack Harris picked up MOTM for an imperious display at centre half but this was just one of many classy showings in an incredibly impressive, cohesive and complete team performance. The inevitability of the 6s beating a Welsh team means the game was almost a foregone conclusion prior to kick off. Attention now turns to next weeks fixture – a mouthwatering away tie at UWE 4s in the cup. Whilst the 6s have opened up a 2pt lead over the latter in the league, the cup is a different kettle of fish. A tight game is expected but the desire to win in the squad is insatiable. Couple this with the way the 6s have been playing, it would take a brave man to bet against them pulling out another result next week’.
Next week: UWE 4s Away (Cup).
Will Straw (6s Captain)