The new look Bradley Stoke Youth FC (BSYFC) Under 11 Girls team played exceptionally well on Sunday morning in their pre-season friendly against Downend Flyers in a game they found themselves winning 7-1, with Millie Eveleigh putting three past the Downend Keeper.
However, the first goal didn’t come from Eveleigh, it came from winger Maddie Hilbert who lobbed the keeper with a spectacular shot from almost halfway. Then it was the turn of midfielder Lydia Tang, who slotted calmly into the bottom corner to put the side 2-0 ahead.
The next goal came from former defender Millie Eveleigh, who smashed into the corner to put Bradley Stoke three up.
Minutes later, Maddie Hilbert had the ball in the back of the net for the fourth goal of the game, after Downend had scored a consolation from outside the penalty area.
The fifth goal was also in the back of the net before the half time whistle was blown; it was Millie Eveleigh with her second of the game to put the Bradley Stoke side four goals ahead.
In the second half, when Millie Eveleigh was dying for a hat-trick; this had to wait, however, for Lydia Tang to smash her second of the game powerfully into the bottom corner. Then it was the turn of Eveleigh who scored her third of the game after threatening the penalty box and smashing home into the corner for her hat-trick goal.
This put the side six goals ahead of a spirited Downend side, who did play some great football at times.
Photo: Daisy Ackerman on the ball for BSYFC.
Cricket: Bradley Stoke Cricket Club
The English weather once again affected the cricket results in Bradley Stoke this weekend. A big match at the Baileys Court Cricket Ground saw the Bradley Stoke Second XI, who are second in the league, playing Pak Bristolians, who are just one place behind them. However, the weather set in at tea and the game could not continue.
In the first innings, Bradley Stoke batted first and despite having opening batsman Chris Phillips injured early on in the game, there was a 100+ partnership between Jason Grail, who scored 74, and opening batsmen Paul Peterson, who was out for 50.
Other batsmen lower down the order were able to contribute to the total, with Johan Van Der Collf scoring a quick fire 22 and Gareth Price scoring nine before being caught and bowled.
The game was stopped just shy of the 45 overs, the two sides playing 40.2 overs before the rain set in and Bradley Stoke finished on a competitive total of 175-5 off the overs that were able to be played.
At tea, members of both teams were out in the rain sponging the wicket and trying their best to remove the standing water from the wicket but the game was not able to continue, which means the Bradley Stoke Second XI keep the points that they had previously and remain above Pak Bristolians, with YMCA still topping the list.
Bradley Stoke 1sts and 4ths both claimed victory in a rain affected weekend.
The 1sts were up against high flyers Pak Bristolians at Whitehall. Pak Bristolians batted first and put up an easily beatable 109 for 9 off of their reduced innings of 40 overs. Wayne Passmore was the key man for Bradley Stoke taking six wickets for 27 runs. Although poor with the bat recently, 109 was never going to be enough to put Bradley Stoke under pressure and they chased down the total in 17 overs. Opener Joe Coles hit a positive 51 for Bradley Stoke on their way to the target.
With the 2nds and 3rds rained off, the only other game was at the school, with the 4th team hosting the YMCA 5th team. Bradley Stoke batted first and posted 211 as Simon Page hit 74 not out and Tim Onslow a career best 64. In response, YMCA were bowled out for 163 – Sara top scored for YM with 76. U15s member Alex Wilson Hollies 3-53 and U13s Jack Strudley 3-34 were the star men with the ball for Bradley Stoke.
Article by Connor Summers
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