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Matchday 2

Our second matchday of the season saw just one game take place – UBAFC’s 6s vs Geog Soc’s 1s. Geog Soc had proved victorious the last time the sides met earlier on in 2020 meaning the UBAFC boys were out for revenge. Here’s how they went about getting it…


Result: Bristol 6s 4 – 1 Geog Soc 1s

A mixed UBAFC side took on GeogSoc at Dingle on a rainy Saturday afternoon having lost to the same team earlier in the year.

The game started with UBAFC dominating possession and creating several chances before the pressure finally told when Wenzi Ngcobo won a penalty from a corner and subsequently converted. Minutes later, George Gers used the weather conditions to full effect, scoring directly from a corner. 2-0 UBAFC at HT with UBAFC seemingly in cruise control.

The 2nd half started in dramatic fashion with Cian McCormack giving away a penalty after a mix up in communication led to him picking the ball up after believing he’d been fouled. The penalty was converted making the score 2-1 but UBAFC managed the game well following this – a strong header from Shane Hoeberichts and then a great strike from Duro Adebayo topping off a fine performance and a good win for Bristol.

A fantastic start for the boys who are looking to carry this form into their next fixture on the 3G next Saturday.

Man of the Match: Shane Hoeberichts

Report by Rory McGoldrick & Dom Lynch (Captains of the 5s & 6s)

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Matchday 1

Our first proper matchday of the new season saw Warwick 1s and 2s travel down to the 3G at Almondsbury to take on our corresponding teams. The 3s and 4s then played out a highly competitive in-house game to conclude a full day of games. It is so good to be back.


Result: Bristol 1s 0 – 2 Warwick 1s

A team of fresh faces, painted nails and outright talent took on Warwick 1s this Wednesday at Almondsbury. Despite a 2-0 loss, there were elements of what is to come with impressive performances from McCormack, O’Neill and Baleanu. Chances were indefinitely spurned and it was evident that this Bristol team hadn’t quite gelled given a number of formation changes. Undone by 2 set pieces (cheers Pooler) and skipper Anderson getting lamped, it certainly was not our finest performance. However, the flair is apparent. Tyers should not have a problem moulding this team into one capable of rock n’ roll football.

Man of the Match: Cian McCormack

Report by James Anderson (1s Captain)


Result: Bristol 2s 3-0 Warwick 2s

After a long spell out of action, the 2’s were finally back in action yesterday. Things got off to a bit shaky start, with Warwick dominating the opening ten minutes, however we grew into the game with every passing minute. The back four set the tone with some firm challenges which got the boys going. A small reshuffle in the midfield, going man to man, further nullified the opposition. We also began beating their high press, balls into George JP and Adam Blades helped us progress up the pitch. Half-time 0-0, the opposition has been figured out, now it was just a question of whether we could get a result. The energy was brilliant, all eleven getting stuck in as soon as the whistle went – not a single challenge was shied away from. Nik Muller and JP were giving their fullbacks nightmares, tucking in slightly to receive the ball. A goal was coming, I could feel it.

Chisholm had been up and down the right-hand side all game and his hard work was finally rewarded when a mis-hit cross left the keeper scrambling but to no avail as the ball nestled in the top corner (there’s no chance he meant it). The first goal gave us the confidence to really start moving the ball round, two touches max and working the ball from side to side with purpose waiting for the holes to open, which they inevitably did.

The second of the game came from a corner, the ball has landed at Blades’ feet and with no hesitation he’s hit the back of the net. 2-0 up and in full control. The one wobble of the game arrived when Will Straw found himself left one-on-one in the box. He’s slid in and the ball has come straight off his outstretched arm. The referee hasn’t seen it somehow but we’d definitely earned our luck.

The third goal was the best of the bunch, Robbie Matthews (who was brilliant off the bench) hangs one up back post. The ball loops elegantly across the box, I was stood there praying that the delivery would be met with the sort of finish that kind of cross deserves, and I wasn’t disappointed. Adam Blades leaps into the air, emerging from a crowded penalty area, and hangs in the air for what felt like 30 seconds, heading the ball powerfully into the bottom corner.

Even better was the final play of the game which summed up our performance. A Warwick midfielder breaks with the ball after a corner only to be chased down by the impressive Solly Tomlin-Kent and then Niko Godby comes flying in and clears everything out: ball, man and Solly. Unreal. A superb shift all around from the boys, a stellar performance and result, what a way to get things going.

Man of the match: Ben Chisholm

Report by Aidan Nylander (2s Captain)


Result: Bristol 3s 1 – 1 Bristol 4s

Here is the version of events by 3s captain Luke Coleman…

Wednesday saw the 3s play a tough in-house game against the 4s and the boys were looking forward to finally getting some minutes on the pitch.

The first half was hard-fought and very end to end, but with few chances going forward. Wenzi Ngcobo was denied a goal after a great run down the left, cutting inside and hitting it towards the top bins, only for it to be excellently saved by the fresher in the 4s net.

The second half was problematic for the 3s, a few sloppy passes and a lot of headlosses led to a feeling of being overrun in midfield. Some poor man-marking led to us conceding from a volley inside the box and we looked to bounce back a reply. Unfortunately, this reply didn’t come until the final kick of the match with Newman floating forward into the box to guide home a nice volley on his weaker foot.

All credit to the 4s today who controlled much of the game, we will look to try and improve in the next game.

Man of the Match: Henry Newman

And now 4s captain Dylan Bull’s take on proceedings…

On Wednesday, the long-anticipated wait for a competitive game finally came to an end and what better way than a 3s vs 4s grudge match. The 4s from the off proved to be a dominant force, our aggressive attitude combined with our relentless pressing saw us cause all sorts of problems for the 3s defensive back line. A close free-kick effort from DB as well as a missed sitter for James Hill were the closest attempts in the first half from us. Let’s not forget our debutant between the sticks, Jack Dennehy, who after a nervy start took the game in his stride, pulling off some fantastic saves in the first half, helping the 4s keep the belief that it was their game for the taking.

In the second half, yet again, the defence played with the perfect balance of composure and belligerence, with Joe Holland commanding the backline with immense authority. It was both Fouad’s and Paisley’s unwavering chemistry in the midfield that saw us retain the ball in the latter stages of the second half, of which lead to Paisley playing a darting ball out wide to DB, who drove with the ball, cut in and found the overlapping run of Toby-Spencer Pickup who took the ball in his stride and played a mouth-watering cross into the 6 yard box, where James Hill was there to tap it in and put us 1-0 up with around 15 mins to go: due reward for the hard-working effort put in by the whole team. Unfortunately like all grudge matches go, there was late drama as the 4s grabbed a late equaliser. Special mention must go to Stanley Waldron, our MOTM for today, who was asked to play out of position in RB and did so in style with great determination, winning almost every 50/50 that came his way as well as distributing the ball from the back with a great degree of collectedness.

A great first performance for the 4s and if we have started as we mean to go on, we should be in for a successful season.

Man of the Match: Stanley Waldron

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SU Gold Accreditation

UBAFC has achieved Gold accreditation in the Bristol SU’s Balloon Accreditation Scheme, the culmination of a very successful year for the club. The Balloon Accreditation Scheme is Bristol SU’s way of recognising and celebrating the brilliant things that our student groups get up to. This sees an improvement for the club from last year, as we move from a Bronze rating to Gold. The scheme rewards excellence amongst university societies in a multitude of categories, and this success bodes well for the coming season.

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UBAFC Season Review 2019/20

Following the club’s unprecedented success over the last few years, the 2019/20 season seemed destined to be one of consolidation for most UBAFC teams. With the 3s, 4s, 5s and 6s all in higher leagues than ever before, general consensus was that it would be a brilliant achievement if these teams maintained their status in their new divisions, alongside some silverware from the 1s or 2s to continue the rich winning heritage of the club.

Judging from these criteria, it is crystal clear that the 2019/20 season qualifies as another hugely successful one for the club. The 1s second consecutive conquering of Western 1A undoubtedly serves as the main highlight but the campaign was littered with momentous days such as the 4s knocking Cardiff 1s out of the cup and the 2s cup final appearance – not to mention the 3s beating the 2s to kick start a highly competitive season-long rivalry.

Below is a short season review by the respective team captains, along with club legend Alan Tyers report of the season’s affairs for the 1s

1s

“Our last league game wrapped up the season in stylish fashion: a dominant 4-1 win over rivals UWE”

Alan Tyers, 1s Manager

The 2019/20 season saw UBAFC 1s retain the Western Division 1A by a massive ten-point margin. The league was basically wrapped up by an impressive start to the season as the first three games were won playing an exciting brand of football. We beat Bournemouth away with an impressive 4-0 score-line and then battered Bath at home 6-1. The best performance of the season saw us play a good Marjons side completely off the park, showcasing some scintillating football – they could not cope with the pace, precision and power we displayed and they were swept a-side: 3-0. Southampton came to dingle with a very defensive game plan and left with a 1-1 draw; we failed to find a solution to the problems they posed despite having huge amounts of possession. We then went away to UWE and came away with a 2-0 victory despite a below par performance. We went on to complete the double over Bournemouth (4-1) and then suffered our only league defeat, 3-2, away against Bath. This slight blip in our season continued in the next game with a 1-1 draw against Marjons at Dingle. Normality was restored with a 1-0 win away at Southampton, playing extremely well in the process. Our last league game wrapped up the season in stylish fashion: a dominant 4-1 win over rivals UWE. The cup saw us put in some indifferent performances. We beat Bath 2-0 in the first round and then bested Cambridge 3-2 away in the second round. Possibly our worst performance of the season saw us lose 3-2 at home to St. Mary’s in the quarter finals – a result caused by making wrong decisions at the wrong time and failing to capitalize on goal scoring opportunities. All in all, it was a good season, with Hinks scoring for fun, ably supported with goals-a-plenty from Haire, Toby and Big Bertie. Gale, Pags and Jasper provided the ammunition from the flanks, safe in the knowledge that they were protected by a solid back 5. A huge thank you must go to Gale and Hinks for supporting me enormously as captain and vice-captain. We are losing some big players next season but the breakthrough of Dan Sutton as well as the retention of Anderson, Anton, Cam, Gauts, Gale and Toby mean that the future is certainly looking bright.

Player of the Season: Jack Haire

As previously stated there were a number of players who performed well throughout the season: Hinks was the runaway golden boot winner whilst Nibbs picked up the most MotMs. In general, the defence was solid and the attack was fluid and easy on the eye. It is the middle man connecting the two who gets the award for me. The ever-present Jack Haire in central midfield broke up play, created chances for others and popped up with the occasional goal himself. He leaves Bristol this year and will be sorely missed for the tenacity, experience and flair he brings to the 1s midfield.

2s

“Winning is a habit that is hard to break and when the wins started, they just kept on coming”

Adam Blades, 2s Captain

After two games of the season, we were sitting rock bottom of the table with zero points having just been outplayed by the 3s in front of a large club contingent. Under the guidance of gaffer Al Harlington, we slowly but surely started getting better and better, our results on the pitch reflecting this. Winning is a habit that is hard to break and when the wins started, they just kept on coming. Our form wasn’t limited to the league either as huge cup wins over Exeter, Gloucestershire and Solent saw us march on through the rounds. Remarkably, with two games left in the season, we were two wins away from recording a historic league and cup double. Unfortunately, it was not to be. We drew 2-2 away at Exeter to hand Gloucestershire 1s the title and then were outplayed by a very good Hartpury side in the cup final the following week. Despite the disappointing end to the season, we had a superb year with many fantastic results which ended up with the teams’ highest ever league finish. The success we had has to be attributed to the effect that Al had on the team as coach. He instilled a standard of hard-work and quality throughout the team which turned our season around from catastrophic to almost victorious.

Player of the Season: Henry Edwards

Having your goalkeeper win player of the season doesn’t look good for the rest of the team but it is impossible to ignore the contribution Henry made this year. He made seemingly impossible saves in almost every game which no doubt won us many points over the course of the season.

3s

“The four back-to-back away days at the start of the season were some of my best times in the club”

Ryane Tully, 3s Captain

Coming into this season, we knew it was going to be tough – we were now playing in the same league as the 2s and just one division below the 1s. To do well in this league I knew we would have to over-perform in every single game. With this in mind, I channeled my inner Mourinho to turn every game into a battle. We kicked the season off against Exeter 2s where none other than fresher Finn Wallace-Abbott (CB) screams at me that he can do a better job than all of our CM’s; I put my faith in him and he goes and scores two goals to earn us a point. Finn ended the season with 2 goals. As the season progressed, we had the pleasure of playing with George JP as he rose up the ranks – thanks must be given to Hemmings and Sage for deploying him in the no.10 role where he dominated. I must also thank Hardless who helped me manage the team and clatter every striker he played against within 5 minutes of each game. With the current and future social secs (Chisholm and Cian) in the team, it is unsurprising that all away days, win or lose, were followed by a fun bus home. It was here that each time, without fail, Barnaby treated us to a rendition of Natasha Bedingfield’s ‘Unwritten’ – magical. Two great memories which stick with me were Joe Williams ripping his top off to sing ‘Dance Wiv Me’ by Dizzy Rascal and watching the 40 minute tirade of abuse being hurled in the direction of Niall-no-goals-Beirne. As the season developed, we were graced with the footballing prowess of Shaneo – adorning his brand new white boots, it was like watching the second coming of Ronaldinho. It has been an absolute pleasure to manage and captain the 3s this year and a big thank you goes out to everyone who played for me (a list which somehow includes Hyde). The four back-to-back away days at the start of the season were some of my best times in the club. I wish the 3s – the greatest UBAFC team – the best of luck next year.

Player of the Season: Barnaby Arnold

Whilst I finished as top goal scorer (shock), Barnaby is player of the year for sure. He was the heartbeat of our midfield and the life and soul of the team both on and off the pitch. A close runner up is Sir Adam Blades; it cannot be understated how pivotal he was in our monumental victory against the 2s at the start of the season.

4s

“The real highlight of our season came in the cup, knocking out one of the pre-tournament favourites, Cardiff 1s”

Louise Hemmings and Sean Sage, 4s Captains.

With the 4s gaining promotion on the final day of last season, this year was always going to be a tough one. Despite the challenge, we comfortably maintained our status in tier 3 with a league double over relegation rivals Swansea as well as a huge win to seal our safety against Cardiff 3s at the end of the season. However, the real highlight of our season came in the cup, knocking out one of the pre-tournament favourites, Cardiff 1s, on penalties in the first round (in no small part to a last-minute equalizer from Rich Newton and some goalkeeping heroics from Zac Seddon). We went on to beat USW 2s in the next round before unluckily losing to Cardiff Met 4s. This fantastic cup run no doubt helped the 2s in their journey to the final, only for them to bottle it (shock). An all-round great season for the 4s and a lot of fun was had along the way.

Player of the Season: Wenzi Ngcobo

The lethal striker started in the 3s but came to us in November and never looked back. He finished as our top goal scorer and was a consistent high-level performer week in, week out. His best performance was against Cardiff Met 3s in which he scored a superb hat-trick to secure a vital point in the league.

5s

“In our new league, we knew that this season would be a real challenge”

Giuseppe Lombardelli, 5s Captain

In our new league, we knew that this season would be a real challenge. My aim was to build a side with pure passion, drive and the ability to dismantle any opposition – an aim I knew was possible with the quality of players within the team. We finished a very admirable third, contributed to with huge wins over USW 3s and Cardiff 4s, both of whom were top of the league at the time we played them. You naturally get a high player turnover in a 5s team but I feel we still gelled really well and it felt like being part of a family. There was no other team I would rather have been a part of.

Player of the Season: Duro Adebayo

His natural talent was plain to see from day 1 and his blistering pace was always going to trouble any opposition. As the season progressed, with the help of some coaching, he turned into a regular goal-scorer and one of the first names on the team-sheet.

6s

“There is no side I would have rather managed”

Will Straw, 6s Manager

It is impossible to condense all of the trials and tribulations of the 6s season into a few words but it is an honour for me to try. A hectic 6-4 win against Bath Spa on the opening day set the tone for what was to come: pure drama. The 6s demonstrated all the qualities of a top tier side – passion, talent and grit were all showcased in notable victories against Cardiff, Aberystwyth and unforgettably, in the 3-2 comeback victory against Cardiff Met at fortress dingle in front of many club members. A third-place finish was the highest ever for the 6s and off the pitch a largely fresher side integrated fantastically into the club. Whilst the job was an emotional rollercoaster and had my heart rate in bits at points, there is no side I would have rather managed. The 6s players leaving Bristol this summer remain a part of the UBAFC family and I’m excited to hit the ground running next season with the boys who are still about.

Player of the Season: Alfie Airey

An incredibly tough call as we had so many consistent high-quality performers throughout the season. However, it is impossible to ignore the influence Alfie had on the team. Stationed in the ‘regista’ role in the centre of the park, he controlled games, never shirked a tackle and came up with some vital goals. Alfie rightly shot up the UBAFC ranks after Christmas, culminating in him bagging a hat-trick for the 3s – big things to come from this boy.

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BUCS Match Day 10

First Team

Result: 1-1 Draw vs Marjon 1s Home.

Next week: Cambridge 1s Away (Cup).

Will Gale (1s Captain)


Second Team

Result: Postponed

Next week: Solent 1s Away.

Adam Blades (2s Captain)


Third Team

Result: Postponed

Next week: Gloucester 1s Home.

Ryane Tulley (3s Captain)


Fourth Team

Result: 0-4 Win vs Swansea 3s.

“The 4s went away to Swansea 3s in a huge game at the bottom of the league, a Swansea win would have left us level on points at the bottom. We had the honour of playing at Swansea city’s training ground, however this meant we couldn’t get intto the ground for an hour because Swansea were still training. This ended up being a bonus as it gave Chism a chance to give some pre match entertainment whilst he told us about our Monday night. We started the better side with lots of possession, despite Chism going off after 10 minutes with concussion. Our possession eventually paid off as Coleman and Nik muller combined well on the right before rich slotted home. We went in 1-0 at half time, but Swansea came out strongly after HT, and wouldve found themselves on level terms if it wasn’t for some excellent last ditch blocks from Cian Mccormack. A great overlap from Will Macphee found him in our box, where he was taken out and MOTM Nik Muller slotted in the resulting penalty. Our subs then gave us the boost to see off the opposition, with Duro and Wenzi rounding off a great performance to make it a 4-0 win. A great result and hopefully starts off a change in form for the 4s in the league”.

Next week: USW 2s Home.

Sean Sage and Louie Hemmings (4s Captain)


Fifth Team

Result: 4-1 Loss vs Gloucester 2s.

Next week: Hartpury 3s Home.

Giuseppe Lombardelli (5s Captain)


Sixth Team

Result: 3-1 Loss vs Cardiff Met 6s.

Next week: Aberystwyth 2s Home.

Will Straw (6s Captain)

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BUCS Match Day 8

First Team

Result: 2-1 loss vs Bath 2s.

Next week: No game.

Will Gale (1s Captain)


Second Team

Result: 5-7 Loss vs Exeter 2s Home.

Next week: Gloucester 1s Home.

Adam Blades (2s Captain)


Third Team

Result: 4-2 Win vs Bournemouth 2s.

‘Right so where do i start with this one, we have hosted the titans of Bournemouth at the fortress of Combe Dingle pitch 2, in a match that attracted spectators from across the country, namely Barnaby Arnold’s Mum and Dad from Shrewsbury. After a bad patch of form we knew we needed to stop the rot, Bournemouth 2s have come off the back off 4 straight losses so we knew we were in for a challenge. 2 minutes in Guiseppe’s raucous chanting has got them rattled. Tully wanting to show the world he has more to his locker than the famous Pin&Roll™️, collects the ball at the edge of the box, drops his shoulder quicker than it takes Barney to drop a pinger on the weekend which puts him through on goal ready to rifle it in to the bottom corner. After that the Bristol 3’s pile on pressure but take their foot off the gas and we concede in the last kick of the game for a deflected shot after a mistake puts them through. In the second half Cian gets warned that any more chat to the ref will mean he gets a 10 minute sin bin. Needless to say, 5 minutes later he tells the ref “he’s got no idea what he’s doing” and we are down to ten men. A structural reshuffle to a 4-4-1 meant that we didn’t concede for those troubling times. A quick change up where we’ve moved goalscorer Beirne from RW to ST and Rory cornellius (ex 1s Captain for Leicester that has somehow been playing 5s). And no other than NIAL BEIRNE HAS STEPPED UP TO SCORE THE GOAL THAT PUTS US AHEAD, I shed a tear for Niall who has finally scored his first goal since the end of February. The Titans of Bournemouth looked dejected, and that’s when the baby faced George JP strikes, a nutmeg through the keepers legs sealed the deal’.

Next week: Exeter 2s Home.

Ryane Tulley (3s Captain)


Fourth Team

Result: 1-8 Loss vs Cardiff Met 4s.

Next week: Cardiff Met 3s Home.

Sean Sage and Louie Hemmings (4s Captain)


Fifth Team

Result: Game rescheduled.

Next week: USW 3s Home.

Giuseppe Lombardelli (5s Captain)


Sixth Team

Result: Game rescheduled.

Next week: Cardiff 6s Home.

Will Straw (6s Captain)

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BUCS Match Day 7

First Team

Result: 2-0 win vs Bath 2s.

‘Our first cup match against Bath 2s who we faced for the second time this season was contested on a chilly evening under the lights at Coombe Dingle. Having beaten them 6-1 earlier in the season, we looked to continue our unbeaten run and progress through to the next round of the cup. The match began slowly, with long balls being the main method of attack as Bath implemented a very high press, and we came close after Femiola cut the ball back to Gale who tries to slide the ball into the path of Hinks for a tap in but we could not convert. Our defence stood strong with little threat to our goal, and the first half was fairly even as the opposition were very organised and hard to break down. Towards the end of the first half, however, Bath began to tire as we seemed a lot more dangerous on the counter attack, yet the score remained 0-0 as the half came to a close. The second half began much the same, with a lack of quality from the home side, however our relentless attacks eventually led to a mistake from their defence that fell to the feet of Femiola who takes it past their defender and smashes the ball past the keeper into the roof of the net from the edge of the box. 1-0 up and it seemed the goals were going to come. Soon after we earned ourselves a corner and Hinks was the man to whip it in. The ball is delivered close to the keeper who after an unfortunate mistake spills it into his own net. After doubling our lead and the heads of Bath beginning to drop, we saw the match out comfortably to progress through to the next round, where we face Cambridge away in two weeks time. Man of the match was William Nibbs who put in another superb performance at left back, both defensively and offensively, keeping a clean sheet and causing problems when he ventured forwards’.

Next week: Bath 2s Away.

Will Gale (1s Captain)


Second Team

Result: 4-1 Win vs Gloucester 1s Home (Cup).

‘The 2s hosted Gloucestershire 1s at fortress Almondsbury in the Cup in our first home game on 3G. We started well, dominating the ball and creating a hatful of chances which we failed to convert with Gloucester’s only real chances coming from cleverly crafted set piece routines. This was until their number 10 played one of the best passes you’ll ever see from his own half to send their winger through to score on the stroke of half time-their only shot of the half. Undeterred by the current result we played the exact same way in the second half dominating the ball and creating more chances with Rushab finally firing in a shot from close range to draw us level. After missing an impossibly stupid amount of chances the score somehow remained 1-1 at full time. After begging the Gloucestershire FA not to boot us off the pitch for overrunning onto someone else’s booking, extra time began with us even more dominant than during the 90, the Gloucestershire players visibly knackered after chasing shadows for 90 mins. Finally we made our dominance pay with solly beating two and finishing nicely before Roberto and Dan tucked to give us the score line we deserved and 4 wins from our last 4. Man of the Match: Roberto’.

Next week: Exeter 2s Home.

Adam Blades (2s Captain)


Third Team

Result: No game.

Next week: Bournemouth 2s Home.

Ryane Tulley (3s Captain)


Fourth Team

Result: 1-2 Loss vs Cardiff Met 4s Away (Cup).

Next week: Cardiff Met 4s Home.

Sean Sage and Louie Hemmings (4s Captain)


Fifth Team

Result: No game.

Next week: USW 4s Home.

Giuseppe Lombardelli (5s Captain)


Sixth Team

Result: No game.

Next week: Hartpury 4s Home.

Will Straw (6s Captain)

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BUCS Match Day 6

First Team

Result: 4-1 win vs Bournemouth 1s.

‘Wednesday we faced Bournemouth 1s for the second time this season where we looked to continue our good form shown at UWE last week. With a 7pm kick off under the lights at Coombe Dingle and a decent showing of support from club members and family & friends it had the potential of a thrilling match. The match began with Bristol dominating possession and creating a few chances, with Gale coming close at the back post after a cross from Pagano and Femiola with a near miss over the top right hand corner. We continued to apply the pressure and after Femiola was pulled back in the box, Hinksy converted the penalty in style to see us take the lead. With Bournemouth struggling to create chances the half ended 1-0. After coming back out the story was much the same. We managed to double the lead after a run from Gale down the left who cuts it back to Haire on the edge of the box and it ends up on the bottom left corner. Bristol were now starting to enjoy it and the third and fourth goals came quickly through big Bertie and Femiola respectively. Bournemouth do manage to get a consolation goal through a free kick from the touch line as Willis forgets how to defend momentarily. Man of the match was Toby Femiola who had their defence on toast and really grew into the game in the second half. We look forward to our first cup match next week where we face Bath 2s for the second time this season in another fixture under the lights at Coombe Dingle at 7:30pm’.

Next week: Bath 2s Home (Cup).

Will Gale (1s Captain)


Second Team

Result: 1-3 Win vs Bournemouth 2s.

‘Bournemouth is never an easy place to go and get points but we managed to go there and take all three. On a shocking pitch we played them off the park for the first 20 and found ourselves 3-0 up thanks to a goal from Roberto and two from Felix Hannam. However our dominance did not continue and Bournemouth’s long ball tactic on a small pitch started to work as they created a few openings. A combination of good defending and great goalkeeping seemed to be keeping them at bay until a dubious handball decision have their captain the chance to pull one back from the spot. Being the great bloke he was, he decided to smash it over the bar as it should never have been a pen. Bournemouth continued to press and only the greatest save I have ever seen from Edwards kept the score at 3-0 as we went into the break.The second half carried on in the same vain and eventually they managed to squeeze the ball into the net. Just a few minutes later smithy decided to clatter their winger for no apparent reason to give them a second pen. At such a key moment in the game, their skipper bottled taking a second pen but that didn’t matter, Edwards saved it anyway. We saw the game out fairly comfortably from there. Man of the Match: Henry Edwards’.

Next week: Gloucester 1s Home (Cup).

Adam Blades (2s Captain)


Third Team

Result: 3-3 Draw vs Southampton Solent 1s.

‘After a piledriver from robbo to put us ahead we then wen on to score 2 more to lead 3-0 with 20 minutes to go. All was looking fine until they brought on the biggest lad I have ever seen in my life who proceeded to hold the ball and they got 3. Crisis curry inbound’.

Next week: No game.

Ryane Tulley (3s Captain)


Fourth Team

Result: 5-1 Loss vs Cardiff 3s.

Next week: Cardiff Met 4s Away (Cup).

Sean Sage and Louie Hemmings (4s Captain)


Fifth Team

Result: 4-0 Loss vs Cardiff 4s.

Next week: No game.

Giuseppe Lombardelli (5s Captain)


Sixth Team

Result: 1-0 Loss vs UWE 4s (Cup). 

Next week: No game.

Will Straw (6s Captain)

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BUCS Match Day 5

First Team

Result: 0-2 Win vs UWE 1s.

‘On Wednesday we made the trip across Bristol to face UWE 1s at Lockleaze sports centre. We were looking to bounce back from a disappointing result against Southampton the week before where we felt we deserved more from the match. The match began with us seeing lots of the ball, with Gale and Pagano looking dangerous on the wing, with them both having opportunities to assist Femiola in attack. After continual pressure, Bertie converts a floated corner kick from Haire which puts us 1-0 up, however this probably should have been 2 or 3 by this point. Going in at 1-0 at half time, we knew the next goal was crucial. The second half started with a stronger start from UWE who managed to get in between the lines and pose a more attacking threat. However our defence stood strong with a solid performance from Gabe Smith in particular. We managed to convert a second after a fortunate deflection from Pagano fell to the feet of Hinks who plays a one-two with the post before eventually smashing home. Overall, a much more positive performance from Bristol with good intensity levels from the outset and receiving a very well deserved 3 points at a difficult place to go. Man of the match was Samuele Pagano who was a threat on the wing all match, causing their full back all sorts of problems. #MindTheGap’.

Next week: Bournemouth 1s Home.

Will Gale (1s Captain)


Second Team

Result: 1-3 Win vs Exeter 3s (Cup).

‘Following a comfortable first victory of the season last week against Solent, the 2s turned their attention to the cup where they competently dispatched Exeter 3s on a shocking pitch. The first 20 minutes were fairly even with both keepers making decent stops to keep it goalless. That was until Connor Smith sent a curling, dipping strike into the top corner-the great goal was only to be ruined by the awful knee slide which followed. From here on in we dominated the game, Exeter barely got a kick. Cian Whyte calmly doubled the lead from close range after a clever free kick routine and it looked a question of how many from then on. Then from absolutely no where Exeter got a goal back and they thought they were back in it. Alas not. Almost immediately the two goal lead was restored as Felix Hannam tapped the ball after the skipper yet again failed to convert a golden opportunity. The last 20 minutes as a game of keep ball and then the final whistle sounded to send us through. Man of the Match: Connor Smith’.

Next week: Bournemouth 2s Away.

Adam Blades (2s Captain)


Third Team

Result: 2-0 Loss vs Southampton Solent 1s (Cup).

Next week: Southampton Solent 1s Away.

Ryane Tulley (3s Captain)


Fourth Team

Result: 1-2 Win vs USW 2s (Cup). 

‘The 4s went away to USW 2s in the second round of the cup having beaten Cardiff 1s in the last round. We went in huge underdogs having lost 4-1 to them in the league the previous weak and with only 1 sub due to it being reading week. We dominated possession in the 1st half and Harry Robinson won it off their defender and slotted home to go 1-0 up. We continued to play well and Sage linked up with Nik muller on the right before crossing it to hemmings who scored after a number of deflections. 2-0. In the second half they started strongly and scored a well worked goal to make it 2-1. We then dug very deep, the wingers tucking in and everyone scrapping to win any 50:50 challenge. We managed to hold on. Henry Newman played unbelievably well in his first game for the 4s and organising from the back (he also gave me his boots). But man of the match goes to Harry robinson for his best display of the season, bullying their defenders all day and working hard for 90 minutes. The cup run continues, up the 4s’.

Next week: Cardiff 3s Away.

Sean Sage and Louie Hemmings (4s Captain)


Fifth Team

Result: 0-3 Loss vs Cardiff Met 4s (Cup).

Next week: Cardiff 4s Away.

Giuseppe Lombardelli (5s Captain)


Sixth Team

Result: 1-2 Loss vs UWE 4s (Cup). 

Next week: UWE 4s Away.

Will Straw (6s Captain)

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BUCS Match Day 4

First Team

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)


Second Team

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)


Third Team

Result: 1-2 Loss vs Gloucester 1s.

Next week: Southampton Solent 1s Away (Cup).

Ryane Tulley (3s Captain)


Fourth Team

Result: 1-4 Loss vs USW 2s.

Next week: USW 2s Away (Cup).

Sean Sage and Louie Hemmings (4s Captain)


Fifth Team

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)


Sixth Team

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)