There was some great youth football on show from two local girls’ teams at the weekend.
The Bradley Stoke Youth FC (BSYFC) Under-11 Girls played 2nd in the league Bristol Ladies Union Red and the BSYFC Under-10 Girls took on Longwell Green.
In the Under-11’s game, Bradley Stoke made a great start to 2013, winning 3-1
It wasn’t long before they took the lead through Katie Jones who struck from outside the penalty box with a fierce shot into the bottom corner to give the home side the advantage. Just a minute later a deflected shot from Laura Hewlett gave the hosts their second goal and giving them the edge to settle down and play football.
With some more competitive football being played by both sides, chances were going high, wide and all over the shop! There were no more goals in the first half and it ended 2-0.
In the second half the Bradley Stoke keeper, Charlotte Mason, kept the side in the game when she pulled off a string of magical saves. Both managers made some tactical substitutions to try and give their side a goal but then Emily Razzey edged the hosts further ahead when she curled a crossed ball neatly into the bottom corner.
It was however Bristol Ladies Union who got the final goal of the game. This was when Mia Smith slotted the ball neatly under the home side’s impressive keeper.
The Under 10’s game, and another decisive win for the team who played away to Longwell Green.
The game kicked off and both teams wanted to get the first goal of the game. But it was the visitors, Bradley Stoke, who managed to do that with top scorer Keyleigh Jennings who rifled the ball into the bottom corner to open the scoring leaving the keeper no chance.
Daisy Ackerman then doubled the lead with a powerful shot from outside the box that tucked nicely into the bottom corner. Keyleigh Jennings then made it three goals in quick succession as she grabbed her second of the game blasting the ball into the back of the net.
At half time Bradley Stoke looked comfortably in the lead and the second half started brightly again with midfielder Lydia Tang getting a goal from a wonderfully worked set piece.
I must mention the excellent movement down the left hand side of the pitch from Maddie Hilbert as she produced many chances for the team. Lydia Tang then sealed her second goal of the game when the ball was squared by Maddie Hilbert and she stabbed into an empty net.
Keyleigh Jennings then sealed her hatrick when she helped a shot along its way towards the goal and celebrated by dancing Gangnam style.
Connor’s verdict: Overall, it was an excellent game of football with Longwell Green only picking up one consolation goal.
The final score: 6-1 to Bradley Stoke.
More football: Bradley Stoke Town FC
Only the Reserves who played for the men this weekend. They lost a game that, on paper, should have been an easy win. The final score: 3-1 to Brislington Cricketers Reserves, who sit at the bottom of the league. Sam Chillcot scoring Bradley Stoke’s consolation.
Rugby: St. Mary’s Old Boys RFC
St. Mary’s 19 – 6 Painswick
After a miserable run of defeats last year which left them just off the bottom of the Gloucester Premier League, a New Year’s win, 19-6 over mid-table Painswick, was just how they wanted to start 2013.
A try from James Gallagher and the conversion and four penalties from Carl Stephens sealed the victory.
Unfortunately this form did not extend to the 2nds who lost 15-33 to Old Colstonians.
They had a Gloucester cup game where they played Longlevans. They unfortunately lost that game 17-12 but it was very close and hard fought.
Article by Connor Summers
Bradley Stoke Radio Sports Achievers Award
I would like to congratulate BSYFC Under-10 Girls and BMX rider Betsy Bax, who have both been voted winners of the Bradley Stoke Radio Sports Achievers award and will be collecting their trophies in the near future.
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