Match Report: Royal Wootton Bassett 5-2 UBMHC 4s
By William Stonehewer-Smith
Final Score: Royal Wootton Bassett 5-2 Bristol University C
Man of the Match: Fresher Cantrell
D*** of the day: Will Healy
Trying to carry on from the success of last week's fixture Los Bollos 4manos had to travel down the m4 to Royal Wootton Basset. Meeting bright and early at Steam were some very questionable vehicles (pictured below). These cars blend well into the economic situation of our opponents however the carbon footprint is one for improvement.
Some pre- game research found that Royal Wootton Bassett currently had a goal difference of +21 after dos games. After a quick warm up we were ready to face what would surely be one of our toughest opponents of the season. The game started off with high intensity, with Wootton Bassett playing with a very high press. Luckily the back four kept their composure and managed to keep the transfer going whilst under pressure. Once we had settled down into the game it was clear that Bassett were a very well drilled team with a few very handy players, it didn’t take long for one of their forwards to break free and plant the ball in the back of the net. After conceding we did not let our heads drop, we kept our structure and continued with the press, our hard work eventually paid off with Woodcock intercepting a pass from their centre back and passing to Fresher Hill who clinically binned his second goal of the season. The crowd went wild, could this be the day that the 4’s truly demonstrate what they’re capable of? Sadly only moments after the opposition scored.
Going into half time we were 3-1 down. As with previous games the score did not reflect the effort put in by the team. After our half time talk everyone knew that we had the ability and desire needed to win the game. We kept our intensity high throughout the start of the second half but unfortunately a crash ball from outside the D and an unmarked player waiting for a deflection meant we were three goals behind. After conceding this goal Bristol kept their structure and managed to complete some very fluid periods of possession, with special mention to Fresher Panzetta, Rudi Macloskey and William Stonehewer-Smith. As a result of this continued pressure and high transfer Fresher Cantrell found Fresher Hill who binned. 4-2, was the come back on? Alas, Bassett reacted to the goal with sustained pressure ending with a short corner, a combination of continued mistakes in the D and Fairey joining Healy on the floor in front of goal, resulted in 4 consecutive short corners only ending with a save by Healy that Rudi’s doppelganger (Simon Mignolet) would be proud of. Unfortunately, we were not able to clear the ball out effectively and they were able to slide one past Healy (do not pick me for fantasy if you like winning). After 70 minutes the whistle blew and the game f.inshed. The result did not go our way; however we were working well together as a team and yet again individual performances shone through. By working on our composure and our ability to win 50/50 situations we will start to get the results we deserve.