1s vs Isca (Away)
Bristol's historic first national league game was end to end at the start as both sides came close to an early opener. Early Isca pressure lead to a couple of short corners, one of which was converted with a flick to the bottom left.
Bristol replied almost immediately with a short corner of their own. The keeper saved the initial deflection and the ball came to Padders who cleverly slapped it straight at the keeper along the floor so that he would deflect it and open the space for T Wils to squeeze it in for our first NL goal.
Isca then applied further pressure as they had superior outcomes in the D and a succession of short corners.
The final one of these was controversially awarded as the ball had moved far from where the foul was committed and Joss was given a yellow although he was in no way involved with the play at that point.
The PC was reawarded for a foot in the D and their second attempt was converted as the ball was saved near the line but put in by the deflector.
Bristol had a decent first half but went in to half time 2-1 down. On the restart we had 10 for a few minutes as Joss was still sin binned. They won another PC but it was well defended as we saw out our time with fewer numbers.
We were restored to 11 but soon after that T Wils got a soft green. I came on for him to loudly inform everyone that there were in fact 11 people on the pitch, which I helpfully repeated several times.
It was fairly even in the second half as we largely negated their inside balls. Until I decided to help Isca as much as I could. I dribbled the ball off the pitch emitting the famous nazgul scream, then passed the ball off the pitch and proceeded to give it to their left winger with a free line to goal. And then I pinged it off the pitch again. Hence Dod was "pretty sewn up".
Despite my best efforts, the score line remained 2-1. Isca went on to score from a clever turn in the D and lifted finish over Andy to make it 3-1 with 8 minutes to go.
Bristol applied a fair bit of pressure without really penetrating until the last minute when Traff worked a 2v1 with KJ, who lifted it over the keeper.
Unfortunately it was too little too late as we came away with nothing to show for our efforts. Nonetheless, it was an encouraging start to our national league season.