On Sunday morning at Baileys Court, a top of the table clash took place between the new Bradley Stoke Youth FC (BSYFC) Under-11 Girls Team and top of the table AEK Boco Blue, both having been unbeaten prior to the match.
Bradley Stoke went into the game knowing that if they won, they would have a vital game in hand on the league leaders.
A big crowd turned out at Baileys Court to witness one of the most gripping youth games in the league so far, with plenty of chances for both teams all the way through.
Bradley Stoke’s Olivia Hood had several chances throughout the game, but was not able to get the ball past a strong Boco keeper who made several good saves throughout the game. Chances were blocked also by the Bradley Stoke keeper who was stopping everything coming her way.
Action from the first half was not enough for any team to put the ball in the back of the net: 0-0 was the score at half time. As both managers drummed words into their teams to do much the same, the second half began.
Action continued with some strong passing play from both teams, but in the last five minutes Bradley Stoke were attacking down the hill from the right hand side, the ball was squared across to Maddie Hilbert who smashed the ball into the back of the net with a left footed strike in one of the last kicks of the game. This was enough for Bradley Stoke to win the game and give the home side a vital game in hand on their rivals.
Listen to Connor Summers’s interview with BSTYFC U11 Girls manager James Eveleigh:
Audio clip courtesy of Connor Summers and Bradley Stoke Radio
BSYFC coach Ross Lee has made the shortlist for the West of England Sports Awards Young Coach of the Year 2013
From Martin Lee
The awards evening is on 24th October at the Bristol Royal Marriott Hotel where the evening will include outstanding athletes, inspirational volunteers, great coaches and high quality clubs.
The evening will include the announcement of the Young Coach of the Year and will be hosted by former England and The British and Irish Lion’s Rugby Player Martin Bayfield.
The club wishes Ross best of luck for the award but also recognises the achievement of even getting on the shortlist.
Article by Connor Summers
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