Saturday afternoon saw some fantastic netball on show between the Bradley Stoke Netball Club First Team and Roman Glass in a hard fought game where Bradley Stoke only had seven players. The Romans showed why they were top and took control in a game that ended 39-50 to the favourites.
In the first quarter, it was Bradley Stoke who started the brighter and put up a tremendous effort to keep the score at 9-9 for the majority of the quarter, just losing out at the end. The first quarter finished 13-9 to Romans.
In the second quarter, Romans were able to capitalize on their lead from the first quarter with some powerful attacking moves and some excellent defending with some vital blocks to stop Bradley Stoke bringing the score back. The score at the end of the second quarter was 25-17.
The third quarter of the game saw a massive fight back by Bradley Stoke and saw them get the score back to within one point but once again at the end of the third quarter Roman showed some impressive attacking plays and, despite some sterling defending from Bradley Stoke, scored a few more points to make the score at the end of the third quarter, 38-30.
In the fourth quarter, Bradley Stoke tired and Romans brought on some substitutes, something that Bradley Stoke couldn’t do, and with some fresh legs, Romans moved to victory. Romans’ centre Huntley showed some great moves and brave shooting from the middle of the D was a key to their success.
A fantastic effort from the Bradley Stoke First team, however, who gave 100% effort throughout the game. The final score: 39-50.
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Football: Bradley Stoke Town FC
Sunday morning saw the Bradley Stoke Town FC Veterans Team take on Laurence Rovers in a game where the minimum amount of players struggled to play their usual football. Two players coming off injured for the Vets taking them down to nine didn’t help in a game of football where they couldn’t take any chances. The final score: 3-0 to Laurence Weston.
The first goal, an excellent finish on the half hour mark, lobbing keeper Brendon Wilson and leaving him no chance. The second came just after half time – by this time Bradley Stoke had already dropped down to nine players and were struggling for possession during the game, although defending held firm.
The third came not long from the end after a clever move down the left hand side of the pitch, a neat one two and then a lofted finish into the top right hand corner ensuring that Laurence Rovers claimed all three points in this league clash.
Bradley Stoke struggled with chances all through the game but they were still able to create openings. Defending was good throughout the game – all three goals from Laurence Rovers were good finishes and nothing that keeper Brendon Wilson, who commanded his box well all game, could have done.
Football: Bradley Stoke Youth FC
The weather has made its mark on a lot of the local sport this week – all four BSTFC Saturday games were called off, along with most of the youth games the following morning. Only two games were played on Sunday.
Bradley Stoke Youth FC Under 9s travelled to Yate only to lose 4-2 and it was the Bradley Stoke Youth Under 11 Girls‘ derby as the Blues faced the Whites, with the Whites coming away 5-1 winners. Scorers: Emily Holbrooke (2), Faye Wyatt, Morgan Spill and Laura Thyer.
Rugby: St Mary’s Old Boys RFC
St Mary’s Rugby Club had all their games cancelled, including the under 15s cup game which has now been rescheduled for 14th April.
Article by Connor Summers
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