Saturday saw some great football action as the Bradley Stoke Town FC (BSTFC) First Team travelled to Pucklechurch and narrowly missed out on pushing up the table, eventually losing the game 1-0, despite having the ball in the back of the net.
Despite having a couple of players out with injury and having to pull other players in, they were still determined to go for the win. They had chances early on in the game as they were kicking downhill despite Pucklechurch striking the post from one of their frequent counter attacks. Bradley Stoke First Team stopper Brendon Wilson had to make a couple of solid saves to keep the scores level in the first half. That is how the first half ended, the scores level.
In the second half, Pucklechurch were kicking down the hill and they created lots more chances than in the first half, forcing Brendon Wilson to make many more saves and keep the side in with a chance much more frequently.
The goal came after a string of chances from set plays; several corners were eventually cleared, some neat build up play started down the right hand side of the pitch which lead to a defence-breaking through-ball which was finished off beautifully with a curled finish into the far corner of the Bradley Stoke goal net. After this point Bradley Stoke were chasing the game a little but soon found hope as Adam Sykes put the ball in the back of the net from the rebound of a firm strike, however, this goal was ruled offside.
The final score: Pucklechurch 1 – 0 BSTC First Team
Listen to Connor Summers’s interview with BSTFC First Team manager Jon Welsh:
Audio clip courtesy of Connor Summers and Bradley Stoke Radio
Other BSTFC results:
BSTFC A Team 7 – 1 Stockwood Wanderers Reserves
BSTFC B Team 3 – 1 Westerleigh Sports Reserves
BSTFC Reserves 2 – 2 Sea Mills Park Reserves
More football: Bradley Stoke Youth FC (BSYFC)
Bradley Stoke Under-9 Wasps won their first game of the season beating Downend Saints 4-2. An excellent performance from the Wasps, who have had a disappointing season with some heavy losses and have struggled for stability due to the weather throughout the season. This was a massive result for them.
Goals scored by, Harry Miles, Jaden Bloodworth, Tom Harrington and Harrison Wakefield.
A delighted Simon Bloodworth said after the game: “It’s good to be back to winning ways”.
The Under-11 Boys lost 9-3 to Ashton Boys.
More football: Stoke Lane FC
Hanham Minor league Cup final day on Sunday, a big event for the young boys taking place! I went to watch Stoke Lane Under-10s take on South Bristol Central. However, it didn’t go Stoke Lane’s way – they eventually lost the final 6-1.
They did play some amazing football; they played two games with two different teams.
The first game, was not the best for Stoke Lane, they faced a tough opponent with some quality players, especially Khari Allen whose ability was noticeable from the start. He bagged himself one goal in that game as well. He had an influence on each goal.
Another talent that stood out in the first game was Sarh Nanoh who bagged himself a hat-trick and spurred the team on to win the cup.
The score in the first game was 4-1 and put Stoke Lane on the back foot pressuring them to pull off a comeback.
In the second game, it also didn’t go their way although the game was a lot more even, both teams had to change their teams and Stoke Lane played with style.
Stand out player for me in the second game was Karim for Stoke Lane who took the ball past at least two people minimum every time he got the ball! He played amazingly and pushed forward later on in the game to create chances for the team. But it was not their day, not many of the chances fell to them, they didn’t get a proper chance to strike the ball.
They deserved a goal but they could only concede, an unlucky own goal and an amazing strike from the touch line that nearly went in from Jacob Williams who scored South Bristol Central’s only goal in the second game.
At the end of the two matches, there was jubilation from South Bristol Central and major disappointment from Stoke Lane, who deserved more from the performance they put in.
The final score: Stoke Lane 1 – 6 South Bristol Central
Running: Sole Sisters North Bristol Running Club
Well done to the girls who completed the London Marathon on Sunday:
Penny Greenwood 3:59.09
Liz Naude 4:07.46
Kate Stuart 4:14.49
Andrea Glen 4:25.42
Mary Mainwaring 4:54.03
Nicole Canty 6:07.31
Article by Connor Summers
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