Match Report: Marlborough v UBMHC 4s
By William Stonehewer-Smith
Final Score: Marlborough 1-2 Bristol University C
Man of the Match: Rudi Macloskey
D*** of the Day: Peter Hepburn
On saturday Bristol 4s ventured on a journey, a journey that took us cross country through tiny, single lane villages along roads that had only recently been upgraded to tarmac, Once we eventually reached our destination after a long hour and a half generating more pollution than Marlborough had ever seen the spirits were high as we knew we were playing at a military base so the pitch would be better than a free domino's pizza. This pitch would have been a beautiful, olympic standard pitch 30 years ago, but now it was merely a swamp of mildew, and covered in 1000s of sycamore seeds. Despite this our spirits remained high.
After a short warm up and trying to get use to the pitch conditions the game began. Bristol were dominating play, keeping possession. Transferring the ball back and forth around the back line. What would have been exceptional play in a BUCS game didn't seem to be working, because Marlborough were stuck to the midfield and attackers as much as chewing gum when it's leaked out of a tissue and all over your pocket. Despite this Bristol kept persevering and were patient as Marlborough began to tire gaps were generated and attacking play occurred.
Due to the formation of Marlborough playing very defencive it was difficult to get shots away as the D was crowded and pulling the ball back to the defence to try and create space in the D wasn't working. Despite this there were many opportunities missed and a goal in the first half from Callum House meant bristol were 1 nil up, shortly followed by a goal from Marlborough as they left holding hands with the bristol players catching us by surprise and scoring a goal from a counter attack leaving half time 1 all.
At halftime we knew this was not a game that should be lost. And we just needed to persevere and continue to tire out Marbrough. Along with focusing on losing our men by having a dynamic midfield and attack constantly changing positions whilst still keeping structure. This generated more space and Bristol was on the attack for the majority of the game.
After a couple of short corners one went in; an exception beamer of a drag flick from Joe Hill flying towards the bottom right corner was rapidly changed direction into the top of the net by a beautiful deflection from James Irvin. A 2-1 lead was what bristol needed and the Keeper who felt the need to walk up to the top of the D at every short corner and listen into our plan did not see that one coming…. Well neither did we.
At full time the score was 2-1 and despite being a frustrating game 3 points on the leaderboard is what we needed. Putting bristol in joint 3rd in the leader board the rest of the season looks promising as the team continues to develop and learn how to manipulate play to overcome the different style of play.