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4th Team Match Reports

5th November 2016 OB B 5 - 4 B&W C

So close to our first point of the season! A really enjoyable game with passion, quality and great goals from each side. OBs youthful side were full of tricks and pace and although we were 3-2 down at the half, we had created some great chances of our own and scored a beutiful team goal. At 0-0 we had the best chance at that stage with Tom Varney unable to convert a lovely ball to the back post. 

Tom was on the score sheet shortly afterwards. We switched the play quickly from right to left on the half way line, Graeme Evans made a fantastic overlap from left back, made it to the byline then into the D and Tom converted his ball from close range.

Our second goal came from a driven ball into the D to which Jack got the faintist of touches. So faint the umpires had to to discuss whether or not there had been any contact at all. 

Nick scored our third from close range after Jeremy had deflected a cross onto the far post but OBs scored their fifth shortly afterwards. 

Simon scored our fourth, again from close range to set up a thrilling final 5 mins or so during which Nick nearly got onto a diagonal ball at the back post and it ended with an unsuccessful short corner after the final whistle.

Everyone played well but I'd like to say a special thank you to Graeme and Wayne whose performances were excellent.

I can almost taste 3 points. Will it be against the 3s next week?


29th October 2016 B&W C 2 - 7 Robinsons C

Robinsons C made it 5 wins from 5, whereas the result left B&W C without a point so far this season. Still, there were again positives to take from the game; we doubled our goals scored, both by Jeremy from short corners assisted by Higgy, the effort was better again and our midfield play is beginning to come together. It was a shame we let in 2 or 3 softish goals. Robos probably would have taken a 4-2 scoreline.

Having been 3-1 down at half time we started the second half really well, scoring our second after about 10 mins. Then we had a dodgey 10 mins and the game had gone. 


22nd October 2016 Westbury C 2 - 0 B&W C

An improved team performance. Westbury took the lead after about 15 mins when they got the break despite some good defending. It was a close game until late on when tired legs allowed Westbury too much room just outside our D upon which they capitalised with their second goal. Although we were pleased with certain areas of our play, we failed to have a shot on target so still plenty of work to be done.


15th October 2016 B&W C 1 - 6 Mendip

Another difficult game for the 4s against a decent Mendip side full of pace. We started slowly and gave the ball away cheaply leading to three of Mendip's four first half goals. A more spirited second half kept the score down to something more respectable and enabled Higgy to score a direct strike from our only short corner of the game. Perhaps trying to play just three at the back was, in hindsight, a little optomistic. Enough said. We'll learn from this experience and move on to the next game.


8th October 2016 Keynsham 4 - 0 B&W C

A very difficult game. Keynsham pressed us right from the start and their attacks were relentless for the first 20 minutes. We battled well and kept it to 0-0 for most of the first half but eventually the inevitable goal came, albeit suprisingly from a Keynsham counter-attack. We had, prior to the goal, made some brief forays into the Keynsham 23 but largely on the break. We did have half chances to score and for the umpire to blow for half-time a split second before Higgy had won a short was frustrating. 


We kept the ball a little better in the second half and again created some chances but Keynsham kept up the pressure and scored three more before the end. 


Not a result to dwell on. We defended very well and were beaten by a better team on the day. The post-match talk was largely about how we need to have confidence in our players so we can play through the midfield more. Something to take to our next game.


Thanks to all involved.



1st October 2016 Firebrands C 3 - 1 B&W C

A 3-1 defeat seemed harsh after a decent start. Brands played the first half with only 10 and although there were 3 or 4 moments of very attractive hockey where we passed the ball quickly, we looked a little vulnerable without the ball. Brands peppered our circle with crosses without creating much in the way of chances.

It was one of our better moves that resulted in our goal after 15 or 20 minutes. Andy Bryce with a quick self-take near the half-way line on our left put Liam Grogan away in the inside right channel. Liam drove into their 23 before delivering a beautiful pass to Jeremy Bourke who swept the ball in past Brands' keeper. Probably a deserved lead.

Then a lapse in marking with only a minute to go of the first half allowed Windy (ex Almondsbury) to strike a rising shot which Mike Ward in our goal managed to get an unpadded right thigh to (ouch!) but the ball was only deflected into the roof of the net.

Disappointing to go in at half time honours even but I was confident with Elliott playing in the second half, having only just arrived from being stuck in atrocious Bristol traffic, we could continue to play well with the ball and improve our marking and tracking back.

I think our play without the ball did improve in the second half. The defence of me, Duncan and Ollie Harrison aided by Alex Wright, Andy Bryce and Joe Pring looked strong for the most part. Elliott looked good on the ball and the movement from the forwards helped us in attack but, in truth, we didn't create many clear chances just a few scrappy moments in front Brands' goal that didn't break our way.

The match changed after 20 minutes. A run of decisions by the umpire at our end resulted in a loss of focus from several players and led to Elliott receiving a green card (although the umpire first showed a red by mistake!). I was then given a green when it could easily have been yellow for stopping a 2 v 1 before the Brands' attacker reached our 23.

None of us were sure how neither umpire saw the Brands' foot in the D which resulted in their second goal and we were soon 3-1 down after I passed from our D to an unseen Brands' player on our 23. He was hiding!

Overall a decent team performance with splashes of great play but a result with which we were all disappointed. Well done to everyone involved.


B&W C 5 v 1 Bridgwater B, 5th March 2016

After the aberration last week, normal service was well and truly resumed today with a 5-1 win at home to third-placed Bridgwater B.  Apart from a few runs from their mazy striker, fed by aerials from the back, Bridgwater caused us little trouble in the first half and we took the lead through a solid strike from Nathan from the right hand side of the D.  Joel made it two when he got his stick on another strike from Nathan which looked goal-bound but Joel added the final touch by directing the ball away from the goal with tremendous back-spin which took it back into the goal.  At the beginning of the second half two dubious shorts were awarded against us; Mike pulled off a fantastic save from the first but Bridgwater scored from the second.  We didn't panic and continued to play controlled hockey, with Chris sticking to their danger man like glue and Duncan cutting out the aerials to him.  Joe realised he had the beating of the Bridgwater defence and curved around the baseline all afternoon.  We extended our lead when an angled shot from Kev found Joe on the far post who calmly slotted it in.  Our fourth came from a reflex deflection by Joel from a Kev shot (which unlike Nathan's was actually going wide) and our fifth came when Kev ran through their defence and slotted in past the advancing keeper.  Excellent performances from everyone today - a very enjoyable match.

Bristol Uni C 2 v 6 B&W C, 13th February 2016

A really good performance today, winning 6-2 away to Bristol Uni C.  A bizarre start to the game with the whistle going whilst I was foraging in my bag for a match ball.  Before we knew it, we'd conceded three shorts, one of which they scored from.  It was a much better uni side than we faced last time and things didn't look good, particularly with their specialist short corner flicker.  However, we worked our way back into the game and Nathan equalised after a mix-up in their D, leaving the ball sitting up for him to tap in.  We then took the lead from a well-worked short, slipped left for Justin to slap which Nathan deflected in.  Jeremy scored the third with a good flick past the keeper.  Cruising towards half-time but then Bristol Uni scored after a bobbling ball in the D fell kindly for them.  For the third week running we then put on a strong second half display, scoring from a direct hit from a short (James L) and Jeremy notching up two more to complete his hat-trick.  Worth noting that no more shorts were conceded after the first five minutes - a credit to everyone.

B&W C 4 v 3 Westbury C, 6th February 2016

A cracking match today, winning by the narrowest of margins, 4-3 at home to Westbury C.  As last time, Westbury pressed high up the pitch and seemed to have one or two players spare all the time.  Despite that we managed to take the lead through Nathan.  Seemingly cruising through to half-time with a one goal lead, the wheels suddenly came off.  First, from a fluffed short, Westbury managed to find someone unmarked on the left post for a simple tap-in.  Second, after breaking through the first tackle, the ball was squared to a man unmarked on the p-spot who chipped the ball past Mike with a reverse.  Then, on the stroke of half-time, Westbury broke through a tackle again and scored with a good shot on the turn.  A relatively even first half but we found ourselves 3-1 down.  Not the first time this season, the team then showed great fighting spirit.  We played higher up the pitch, slotting the old sweeper into more of a midfield role, and the whole game changed.  Our ball control became better and our movement became better, even though everyone looked really tired.  Our first goal of the second half came when Joe drove round the baseline and pulled the ball back for Nick to power the ball home.  Our third goal came when Nathan ghosted in from the left across top-D then did what he doesn't often do and that was to welly it, right past the goalie into the far corner.  3-3 with 15 minutes to go but Westbury then started seeing more of the ball.  It was with some relief when, with 90 seconds to go, Nick did a strong diagonal hit into the D and Nathan completed his hat-trick with a cheeky deflection between his legs.  Westbury were understandably gutted.  Good performances from all but a special thanks to Don, Steve Mildren, Wayne Manton and Joe John for stepping in to help us, all of whom had superb games.

B&W C 2 v 1 Firebrands C, 30th January 2016

On our fourth attempt, we finally secured our first win of 2016, 2-1 at home to Firebrands C.  This was a much-improved Firebrands team compared to the one we beat 9-2 earlier in the season but we did make hard work of it.  Without playing particularly well we found ourselves 2-0 up mid-way through the first half.  The first came from a short which Ed nudged right to Sam and he flicked it in.  The second goal was the highlight of the game - Elliott stole the ball in midfield and fed the ball to Joel, Joel drew the
defender and played Nathan in who calmly slipped the ball under the on-rushing keeper.  We should really then have pushed on and closed the game out.  Instead, we conceded a soft goal when the umpire failed to spot that the ball had run over the baseline.  Firebrands played on and the ball was hit all the way across the D to a waiting Firebrands player who beat Mike with a good shot.  We had twice as many chances as Firebrands in the second half but neither team scored again.

South Glos 5 v 4 B&W C, 23rd Jan 2016

What a superb performance today, despite losing 5-4 away to top-of-the-table South Glos.  We scored as many goals against them today as they've conceded at home all season.  It really could have gone either way.  As has been the case recently, we started the game brightly and dominated the opening exchanges.  Their first goal came from a burst into the D down our left, young legs beating old legs, and a good square ball for someone to finish off.  We had several chances to equalise and finally Sam scored with a superb reverse from just inside the D.  We then conceded two quick goals, one from a flick at a short.  We had a chance to pull one back when the pitch opened up for Nathan; he put the ball on a plate for Don, who presumably doesn't eat off plates.  Half-time, 3-1 down but we had a feeling that we could get back into it.  A good start to the second half saw us win a short.  One of their players broke too early and was banished to the halfway line.  The resulting short left Ed L with a gaping hole inside the left post to exploit, which he duly did with a solid hit.  The equaliser came when Don? drove in and squared the ball to Tom who teased the defence by mis-hitting the ball and causing it to spin back towards him before he slapped it properly.  3-3 and South Glos on the ropes, which is when the green cards started coming out.  During one of our depleted periods, they scored from a short.  Rather than give up, we pressed again and Nathan ghosted in from the left to slot the ball past the keeper to make it 4-4.  This caused South Glos to press all out for the winner, which they got through the little chap who used to play for UWE and was the difference between the teams.  Indeed, as we pressed for the equaliser, Ed L was through only to be thwarted by the ex-UWE player with a headlong sliding tackle (which was judged OK by the umpire), although he did dislocate his shoulder for his troubles.  A disappointing result but a thoroughly enjoyable, competitive game, which is what we needed as the springboard to finish the season strongly.

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