Match Report: South Gloucestershire 2-1 UBMHC 4s
Final Score: South Glos 2-1 Bristol Uni
MoM: Will Healy
DoD: Ishaan Rajan
On Saturday, the UBHMC 4XI embarked on a journey not so far, far away to fight against the Empire (South Gloucestershire)- only a 20-minute drive away. This was a relief for many of the players who had endured an arduous 1-and-a-half-hour journey the week before to Marlborough. (not so) Fresh from the Christmas dinner held on Thursday, with all still baring their stamps from lounge, we began our warm up. Even though the pitch was wet, though not as swampy as Yoda’s home- the Dagobah system, the ball still moved slowly across the surface. We knew this would not be favourable for us as we play at our best when passes are flying across the pitch. We warmed up well, playing a D-game and a shot box.
Play started, and straight away South Gloucestershire were on the attack. However, they were kept at bay well by the light-sabres (sticks) of our relatively inexperienced fresher defence. In fact, only 3 full members of the UBMHC council were playing in yesterday’s fixture. Nevertheless, we quickly overcame their attack and a much more even game developed. Hopkins and Hepburn began to make weaving runs up front, which was extremely encouraging for the rest of the game. If anything, it should have been us who scored the first goal since we had 4 short corners in the first half; Joe Hill coming closest with a powerful flick that was saved well by the keeper. However, it was not to be as Gloucestershire swept forward on the counter attack, scoring a simple goal. Gloucestershire’s 1-0 lead didn’t justify the half that both teams had had.
At half-time ‘more of the same’ was announced, but that less sluggishness was required. Amazingly, the opposition referee also declared that stick tackles were not to be counted as fouls- extremely dubious.
Unfortunately, the first few minutes of the half did not go to plan. Gloucestershire again swept forward and their striker scored with a deft flick into the goal. This time, Bristol responded very quickly. We won a short corner and tried a different routine. The ball did not go to the castle, but short-right to Cantrell. Cantrell then gave it back to Ludo who, to everyone’s amazement, sumptuously lobbed the ball from the injector’s position over the keeper’s head and into the far-right corner. A piece of play even Luke Skywalker would have appreciated. From here, Bristol grew into the game- stringing more passes together and creating more attacks. However, this would only last 10 minutes as Rowland was adjudged to have shoulder-barged their striker, resulting in a 10 minute sin bin and a P-flick, which was expertly saved by Man of the Match Will Healy. Even with 10 men on the pitch we were competing well, but without the extra man in midfield we were unable to get the ball through to the attackers as much as we would have liked. In the end, the only time we came close to scoring was when Hepburn tried a reverse in the dying moments of the game which went, agonisingly, just wide. The match finished in a 2-1 loss.