BUCS Western 2a League
Team Solent Firsts 2
(Nick Kerr, Lewis Danquah)
Bournemouth University Seconds (AECC) 0
Attendance: 12 (approx. Headcount)
October is a great month for university sports. All the returners coincidently, return and there is a whole new batch of freshers, who hopefully should bring an air of optimism to any team in whichever sport you may be representing. The start of the BUCS season is usually a time to forget about your last batch of graduates who may have left big holes in the team and concentrate on starting again for a new season.
For those that aren’t familiar with the system, the British University and College Sports League (BUCS) is a great way for universities to compete weekly against each other in a range of sports and leagues.
Wednesday afternoons are the chosen time for all BUCS fixtures, allowing me to fit in a football match after a lunchtime finish at work to take in Solent first’s opening game of the season against Bournemouth seconds which is made up of Anglo-European College of Chiropractic students (AECC).
Trips to Test Park are becoming a frequent occurrence this season so feel free to browse my blog to find other reports from this ground.
Late goals from Nick Kerr and Lewis Danquah gave Team Solent an opening BUCS Western 2a league victory over Bournemouth University seconds.
With the Solent second and third string also playing, alongside the women’s team and the men’s rugby it was a packed day at Test Park as the British Universities and College Sports leagues all resumed for another year of competition.
On the main pitch at the multi-million pound sports complex the first team took their time in securing all three points with two goals in the final 11 minutes.
Bournemouth’s second string were on top in the opening exchanges and they forced a few opening chances but Solent weathered the storm and eventually started to create chances of their own, even if a good 15 minutes had been backs to wall defence.
In fact, goalkeeper Jake Tillett was to thank for keeping the score down with a couple of fine saves as the side took time to bed into the game.
The visitors were having most of the run of play as Tom Mills had a shot well blocked by Jake Armstrong followed by a wayward header by Nicholas Naprta shortly after.
Mills and Naprta were a contant threat to the Solent back line and Tillett was in inspired form to prevent the ball crossing the line on a few occasions.
Solent made two changes at the break with Isaac Springetti and Ramon Rashid making way for Duarte Martins and Lewis Danquah who went into attacking positions to support powerful forward Giovanni Landu.
The changes added a bit of life to the Solent attack as they looked to break the deadlock but Danquah didn’t manage to get a shot off when he muscled his way into the box.
With the game looking more and more like a stalemate, Solent managed to break the deadlock on 79 minutes through midfielder Nick Kerr who latched onto a good through ball from Jacob Noonan to the left of the goal before sweeping a good shot with his right foot into the corner.
Substitute Danquah had been a menace since his introduction at half time and he managed to secure all three points when he raced through and dinked the ball jus over the ‘keeper after Noonan had played him in with a perfectly weighted pass.
Solent managed to see the game out in the final moments as BU struggled to coordinate a comeback as the game finished 2-0 to the home side.
2016/17 Games: 39
2016/17 Grounds: 38
Total Grounds Visited: 173