First league win for St Mary’s Old Boys 1st XV

St Mary's Old Boys RFC in action against Tewkesbury.

St Mary’s Old Boys RFC’s 1st XV hosted Tewkesbury on Saturday, in what turned out to be their first league win of the season.

The game started very brightly with the Saints (St Mary’s) almost scoring a try within the first five minutes. This was however turned around quite negatively when Tewkesbury got the first try on the counter attack and their winger ended up running the whole length of the pitch to put the visitors ahead 0-7 when the try was converted.

The first 20 minutes were a bit hit and miss but the Saints finally got the score back level when Marcus Jenkins got his hands on the ball and smashed through a crowd of players to get it over the line. The game was very tense and the strong wind seemed to be affecting any kicking but both teams struggled to use it to their advantage. Before half time St. Mary’s were able to get another try through Craig Caple making sure that the Saints went into the break with a 12-10 lead.

Three tries were to be produced in the second half and all going the Saints’ way. The first coming from Sipho Nobatana, who touched down after a good team effort to get the ball through the Tewkesbury defence. After the next try from Tom Selman, running down the wing, the Saints were pretty much in control with some solid team play, backed up with good individual moves. The fifth and final try came from Keri Fearnley, who managed to seal the victory for the Saints extending their lead to 33-10.

Connor’s verdict: Overall an excellent team performance from the St Mary’s Old Boys 1st XV, who battled hard to get the points they needed.

Photo: St Mary’s 1st XV in action against Tewkesbury. [Photo credit: Connor Summers]

Listen to Connor Summers’s interview with the St Mary’s 1st XV captain:

Audio clip courtesy of Connor Summers and Bradley Stoke Radio

Football: Bradley Stoke Town FC

John Welsh’s men failed to collect any points on Saturday as they took on a confident Portville Warriors who have only lost one game this season. The final score: Portville 2 Bradley Stoke 1.

An excellent performance, however, saw Bradley Stoke take the lead just four minutes in when Brad Clarke shot from 20 yards out and Adam Sykes was able to slot the rebound home. Not long after that, Portville were awarded a penalty when defender Mike Perham brought a Portville striker down and Nathan Corney, again playing in goal, was inches away from stopping the ball entering his net. It was then Portville who took the lead on the counter attack when they capitalised on a Bradley Stoke defensive error.

The second half saw both Ben Osbourne and Brad Clarke come close to equalising but the Portville keeper was in outstanding form and was able to keep his side in the lead, securing all three points.

The match left Bradley Stoke sitting fairly comfortably mid table.

Football: Bradley Stoke Youth FC

The under 14s played Avon who dominated most of the possession, most of the chances and most of the goals! Final result: 5-0 to Avon.

Downend 0-5 Bradley Stoke Girls U10s (who now go six games unbeaten)
Goals: Kayleigh Jennings (2), Lydia Tang (2) and Millie Eveleigh (1st goal for the club)
Player of the Match: Millie Eveleigh

A damp and boggy pitch at Downend saw the girls work really hard to win the match 5-0. It took 6sixminutes to get the opening goal but Downend rarely troubled Bradley Stoke on Sunday and were denied one shot on goal.

James Everleigh said:

“Another brilliant performance on a tricky pitch and all the girls deserve credit for the win. 5-0 was a true reflection of the game and we now move up to second place in the table, which is more than I could have ever wished for. Each and everyone of my players is fantastic. Well done girls!”

Bristol BMX Club – Winter Series Round 1

Action from Round 1 of Bristol BMX Club's 2012/13 Winter Series in Patchway.

The winter series of races has now started at Bristol BMX Club, who meet on the track at The Tumps in Waterside Derive, Patchway.

Riders of all ages can participate and enter to win a medal/trophy at the end of the series. Competitors are put into groups of age and ability and do three races before a final race. That’s all in one day!

On Sunday, their first meet of the season, 100 riders attended and all had a good time. The atmosphere at the club is really friendly and families are welcome and encouraged to race!

The club has just been awarded the Patchway Community Club Grassroots Award and has now been put forward as a candidate for the South Gloucestershire awards.

Further details can be found on their website:

Photo: Action from Round 1 of Bristol BMX Club’s Winter Series. [Photo credit: Connor Summers]

Listen to Connor Summers’s interview with Sue Travascus of Bristol BMX Club:

Audio clip courtesy of Connor Summers and Bradley Stoke Radio

The Bradley Stoke Sport Report is written by 15-year-old Connor Summers, who hosts a weekly Sports Show on Bradley Stoke Radio (BSR). Listen to Connor’s radio show from 6pm every Sunday.

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