11s Reach National Finals

IMG_4705_0

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 .

IMG_4756

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 ).

IMG_4748

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 !