Saturday (18th May) saw the Jubilee field host a Bradley Stoke Town FC (BSTFC) charity game, in which players from all four teams at BSTFC faced Ben Walker’s All Stars team – including many semi-professionals and a couple of ex-professionals, such as Steve White, who used to play for Bristol Rovers.
The headline match was preceded by a Bradley Stoke Youth FC Under-7s game, after which the youngsters acted as mascots when the adult teams walked out onto the pitch.
When the main game finally got underway, the All Stars took control quickly and looked to go on the attack early on in the game. This was proven the right way to go, as they soon got a couple of quick goals, the first a good header from Joe Love over Tom Osborne on the back post of the goal. The second, an unlucky goal for BSTFC, a hard shot deflected off defender James Greenough which wrong-footed the keeper. The third could have been dealt with better as well, the BSTFC keeper making a good save, only for the ball to bounce out into the path of an All Stars player, who finished it off with a simple tap-in.
This, however, was not the end of BSTFC – they dug deep and kept searching for opportunities, and were rewarded when Paul Zambrzycki shot past ex-Cardiff City goalkeeper John Rendell for BSTFC’s first goal. However, they still had more to come as Andy Hurrell was able to get the next goal for them as he slid the ball under Rendell in the All Stars goal. This was after some speedy wing play down the side of the pitch.
This was all in the first half and despite the second half livening up and getting a bit closer, the score remained the same and the title stayed with the All Stars.
All money raised from the day went to the scouts in Bradley Stoke.
Photo: BSTFC defenders close down an All Stars’ attack.
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Photo: The captain of the winning All Stars team receives a bottle of bubbly from BSTFC Chairman Ian Drew.
Cricket: Bradley Stoke Cricket Club (BSCC)
Bradley Stoke Firsts took on Almondsbury at the pavilion ground. After losing the toss and being put into bat by the visitors, the home side struggled to 112 all out within 30 of the scheduled 45 overs. Youngster Sam Wentland top scored with 40 for BSCC. Bradley Stoke went out looking for early wickets to put the visitors under pressure but dropped four catches to let the opposition off the hook. Almondsbury eventually cruised home for the win with five wickets to spare.
The Seconds had a more successful weekend, defeating Almondsbury Seconds by 98 runs. Paul Peterson top scored for the second week in a row, contributing 66 to Bradley Stoke’s 230 for 6. After a decent start from Almondsbury, they struggled to keep up with the run rate and eventually batted out their overs to end 132 for 9 with Chris Phillips returning figures of 10 for 3.
The Third Team recorded their second win of the season, beating Bitton A by 44 runs at Bradley Stoke Community School, whilst the Fourth’s league match at Pucklechurch was called off.
Photo: Barry Radford bowls for BSCC against Almondsbury. [Photo by Connor Summers]
Listen to Connor Summers’s interview with BSCC players Dan Peachey and Barry Radford:
Audio clip courtesy of Connor Summers and Bradley Stoke Radio
Article by Connor Summers
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