Youth football made its return this weekend, with many youngsters across Bradley Stoke and the surrounding area preparing for action.
Bradley Stoke Youth FC (BSYFC)
BSYFC came back with a bang with the new Under-11 Girls side winning their first game of the season 3-1 over Wotton Rovers at Patchway Community School.
The girls went 1-0 down just four minutes into the game but were able to pull the score back level when Olivia Hood put away a half chance, sliding the ball underneath the goalkeeper.
This was how the first half ended, but they made it count in the second half with some strong defending from Paige Fowler and some attacking play by captain Daisy Ackerman. This lead to two goals, the first, scored by Ackerman, who pressured the goalkeeper into making a mistake and capitalising to bundle home the second chance, and the third, another impressive break through the midfield from Ackerman, led to her shooting from a longer distance into the bottom corner, leaving the goalkeeper with no chance.
The BSYFC Under-10 ‘hornets’ were in action on Sunday morning as well, and they drew 5-5 in their first match of the season against St Nick’s. They played excellently in the first game but were unlucky not to take the victory. The final score in the first game was 3-3.
In the second game, all looked positive as they were two goals ahead, however, having to fight hard at the back, Tom Wheaton was able to break through the midfield to create more chances for Bradley Stoke. Late on in the game, however, St Nick’s were able to grab a goal back – a well taken finish into the bottom corner. This was followed, in quick succession by an amazing goal in the dying minutes of the game, enabling St Nick’s to salvage a point from the first game of the season.
Listen to Connor Summers’s interview with BSYFC Under-11 Girls manager James Eveleigh:
Audio clip courtesy of Connor Summers and Bradley Stoke Radio
Bradley Stoke United
A very impressive performance from the Under-12 Boys gave them a dream start to their season as they beat Ashton Boys Colts 9-1. An excellent performance from the whole team who played with intent and came away with an amazing score. Goals were scored by, Kieran Lewis (2), Jake Hammons (2), Leo Sermulins, Kyle Ripard (man of the match) and Sam Smith (2).
The Under-11 Boys also had a good start to the new season as the team comfortably beat a good City side. Two early goals from Andrew Williams gave them the confidence to pass the ball well and further goals from Finlay Thompson and Andrew completing his hat trick nearly took them into the break with a clear lead. But 30 seconds from the half time whistle, City got one back from a corner. The second half was much tougher as City tried to get back in the game. A second goal eight minutes from time set up a tense finale, but they saw the game out well to run out deserved winners. An excellent start to the new season against a team with whom they always have close encounters.
Bradley Stoke Town FC
A strong performance from the First Feam saw them take their first win of the season, Adam Hay scoring in the dying minutes to win the game for Bradley Stoke. This was after a penalty and a volleyed goal, both coming from Adam Townsend.
In the Reserves Team match, Adam Sykes, coming back from injury, got a goal. There was also a super strike from Joe Ashton on his first call up to the reserves, while Matt Wilton scored on his debut.
Vish Misra got both the goals for the A Team. For the first, he took on three players and put the ball in the net from 10 yards out. The second took a slight deflection from 15 yards out and made its way to the top left hand corner.
The B team lost their game 4-2. The goals for Bradley Stoke were scored by Dax Baker and Dan Wren.
Article by Connor Summers
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