Match Report: Bristol University C v Taunton
By William Stonehewer-Smith
Final Score: 1-1
Man of the Match: Harry Connock
D*** of the Day: James Irvin
Los Bollos 4manos’ bout for the weekend was with Taunton. Both teams weighing in towards the bottom of the league, optimism was in the air. With only dos drivers in the team the advanced party (unlucky fresh who had to take the train) met at 10:30 sharp at Clifton Down station. Unfortunately alarms are something fresher House is yet to master and he missed the train, although luckily he managed to run to the Temple Meads and catch the train there.
After a quick warm up the match began. Bristol came out of the blocks quickly, landing some early jabs at goal, but Taunton blocked our efforts valiantly. Although our opposition was many years our senior they defended with good shape, preventing Bristol from capitalising on any of our fluid passing moves. Long periods of the game passed without Taunton providing any serious threat, with Bristol dominating the ring. However after some very dubious refereeing, they were gifted a short corner. The ball was slapped to the right of the goal and deflected into the back of the net, a sucker punch for sure.
Halftime came and went, having been revitalised with jelly babies and a stern team talk from the senior players, Bristol set out to get back into the match. A bombardment of blows followed, with balls being fired into the D every 30s, but Taunton stood strong. As the pressure began to rise the environment became heated. Cracks began to show in their composure, as fresher Reynolds was mown down from behind resulting in a yellow card. As the guilty player left the field he was greeted to jeers of frustration from the players on the bench, leading to brawl on the side-lines. Play continued though, and sensing the time was nigh, Bristol put the pedal to the metal. The ball was played out to the right hand side, and a scintillating exchange of passes between Fresher House and Euan Middleton, Bristol found themselves in a dangerous position to cross from on the right wing. The ball was fizzed in to Fresher Irvin on the near post, who slipped it in past the keeper with ease. Finally, a well-deserved goal for Bristol, was the comeback on? Unfortunately no, the knockout blow was unable to be made. The rest of the match passed by fairly uneventful, all bar one event. Taunton had managed to force another short corner, and Bristol lined up in goal, poised to block the shot. The injector fumbled the ball resulting in keeper Healy rightfully coming off the line. However the optically challenged umpire did not have the same view, declaring that Healy had to make the long walk to the halfway line, and that Bristol had to defend a shorty with no keeper! Outraged fresher House stormed over to the referee declaring that he would retrieve his rulebook and prove him wrong. After some deliberation fresher House took Healy’s place on the halfway line and the short corner went wide. Bristol tried to break away on the counter but the whistle was blown. Taunton saved by the bell.
Final score 1:1