Bradley Stoke Town FC’s First Team, who hadn’t played since 17th November last year, finally got their first game of 2013 on Saturday when they travelled to play Seymour United in a hard fought game that saw the sides draw 2-2.
Seymour, who had played some excellent football during the first half, were the ones who took the lead as a long ball was played from the edge of Bradley Stoke’s half behind the defence and it was Steve Wright pouncing on a slight defensive error that put the home side ahead before half time. Bradley Stoke felt they should have done better and they were still a goal down at half time.
After an encouraging half-time team talk from manager John Welsh, the team had a bit more about them as the second half began. Not long into the second half, a returning Craig Potter, back from injury, headed the side back into the game – a stunning move from an excellent Brad Clarke corner. The side then looked a bit more confident in possession of the ball with some solid midfield play from Nick Favell, however, some members of the team were getting slightly frustrated and Ben Osbourne picked up a yellow card.
Lukas Entoundi played brilliantly in tandem with Shad Esimeng, both of the pair working hard all game. Entoundi was rewarded as he burst through the Seymour defence to put the Hornets ahead with a clinical finish and a little bit of help from the post!
They looked settled, however, there was one last sting in the tail as Seymour equalised with just a couple of minutes to go. Steve Wright picked up the ball on the edge of the area and turned and shot agonisingly just inches away from an outstretched Brendan Wilson, who had had a solid game before then.
The final score:
Seymour United – 2 (Steve Wright (2))
Bradley Stoke Town FC First Team – 2 (Craig Potter, Lukas Entoundi)
Listen to Connor Summers’s interview with BSTFC First Team manager Jon Welsh:
Audio clip courtesy of Connor Summers and Bradley Stoke Radio
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The Firsts lost to top of table Imperial but had a much better game than when they met them earlier in the season.
The Thirds lost 30-23 to Manor Farm. A good game against an aggressive opposition.
The Fourth Team won 18-17 against the Jets in a game that they should have made easier for themselves.
Article by Connor Summers
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