Former BWB captain Joe Porton made his debut for Bristol City’s U23 team last week. Playing a strong Sheffield united side, Joe played in his familiar midfield role but could not prevent the Robins losing 4 – 0. Nevertheless, it was a good experience for the Welsh youth international, and we hope to see him get more chances in the coming future.
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The 10s, 12 and 14s were in action against Reading FC on Saturday.
Under 14s report by T Hester:
After the long car journey down to the Madejski Stadium, the players were ready to start what we knew was going to be a tough game.
The game started with a high intensity, and at first we struggled to deal with their extra man in the midfield. However as the first quarter went on, we started to get more and more into the game. With a few great goal-saving tackles by Reading’s defenders, and, at the other end, Archie performing brilliantly in the Bath and Wilts goal, the score was kept at 0-0.
The game was still even, despite their height and physical advantage, but eventually they paid off. Reading managed to score 3 quick goals in a short 10 minute period, to put them in the lead going into half time. It was during the half-time team talk, that we realised we had to get the ball out wide when we were attacking.
We went out in the next quarter with a more attacking mentality, and there were several chances created at both ends, but lacking an end product. Despite us not scoring, the improvements were there, and this gave us a bit more confidence to keep pushing for a goal.
Eventually we got our reward, and it came early into the last quarter. A corner whipped in hard and low, was met by Caine’s right foot, who buried it into the bottom right corner. At this point, it looked as if we could possibly get back into the game, as we created more and more chances down the left wing. Unfortunately we couldn’t get that next goal, and our attacking play was exploited and they scored on the break. Another goal from a corner ended the game at 5-1; however our performance didn’t reflect the end score line.
The whole team played well, but there were stand-out performers. Jago battled well in the midfield and often won the ball back for the team. The best player on the pitch was Archie in goal, who saved loads of dangerous shots and was confident playing out from the back.
Report by Henry Shortridge:
VS Basingstoke The sun Shone as Simon’s team kicked off against Basingstoke as BWB instantly took control of the game by playing the ball well and scoring a goal. But BWB didn’t let it drop as they began to put Basingstoke under pressure which led into another goal. Now BWB were really on top as they began to play some great football with good play from Archie Harding and Joe Porton. BWB started the Second half with a couple of sloppy passes in the first five minutes but soon cut it out and went on to win 6-0. VS Yeovil This was by far the toughest game of the tournament for BWB but they came out very strong and showed great football as they began to pass the ball around well and had a couple of very close attacks when they played the ball well around the box until Joe hit a good strike into the roof of the net to give them a 1-0 lead. BWB came out well to the second half but unfortunately didn’t attack as well as they should have which led to a Yeovil goal. Instantly Yeovil began to pressure BWB into passing the ball back to Chris who unfortunately gave away a penalty and Yeovil scored but BWB didn’t let there heads drop as Aiden hit a strike which brought it back for BWB which is how the game ended 2-2. VS BWB! The final game for BWB was against the other BWB team which wasn’t taken too competitively (except by the coaches!). Some players did still want to win and it was the other BWB team who won it with a close finish of 6-5.
Report by Lewis Bahadur and dad!
On a day the great British weather decided to pull a fast one with a burst of sunshine early doors, tricking everyone in to leaving thermals at home ,the BWB juggernaut cruised into Frys spots club Somerdale where before the day was done football itself was to throw in a cruel twist .
The occasion the ESFA DANONE cup 2015,at stake a place in the national finals! The lads were split into two teams one representing Wiltshire, the other Somerset . For once we seemed to hit the ground running and all got on top of the ball quickly, passing and moving to each other and probing their defence from all angles. Then in the second half we were rewarded for our hardwork with a goal from a stinging shot hit by Niall ,one – nil, and that was how it finished , 3 points and on to the next game . Jersey from the Channel Islands didn’t look like they were here for a jolly and so it turned out to be, a well drilled tight knit skilful side they were more than a handful. We were holding our own until a school boy error at the back ( my bad) which gave the points to them . Our last group game was against Portsmouth SFA Hampshire who had worked out they needed the win to progress and were pumped .We rolled up our sleeves and braced ourselves . They came at us with everything but as well as being physical were also well organised and skilful so we had a real game on our hands (feet ).
In the end we defended strongly and had chances of our own but it was Lucas with a superb goal keeping performance which earned the point that would ultimately take us through .. So as news filtered through that our other half had qualified the kiss of death was duly applied with the throw away comment ” Imagine if they had to play each other in the semis “. So Shane returned from the results tent to confirm YES they were going to play each other in the semi s and suddenly you could cut the atmosphere with a knife . By the K.O came around the Somerset parents had been made to feel like the away fans at a Millwall game and were looking for the police horses . But seriously the game was played in great spirits with some fantastic football played by both teams and camaraderie a plenty between all them which showed what a great bunch of mates we have all become . Hand on heart on open play Wiltshire probably deserved to go through but eventually it all boiled down to two sudden death penalties a total lottery that Somerset won . As the top two teams progressed the last game against Jersey was a friendly which played out a goalless draw and that the day wrapped up , a cold but fun time was had by all, BRING ON THE NATIONALS !