BUCS Western 4a League
University of Southampton Thirds (Medics) 0
University of Bristol Thirds 2
(Tom Ryan, Jonny May)
Attendance: 6 (headcount)
Deep in enemy territory for this Wednesday afternoon fix as took the opportunity to head over to Southampton University’s Wide Lane sports complex to see what ‘the other uni’ had to offer.
With all the Team Solent football sides playing away from home it seemed like a an easy decision to cross the academic borders and visit our arguably more academic neighbours.
The prospect of two games in a day was also very doable with Locks Heath hosting and unorthodox night league match, something that one of the few teams in that division with floodlights can do I suppose.
I had walked past the Wide Lane complex on a number of occasions to get to Eastleigh’s Silverlake Stadium from the train station but this was the first time I had gone in and explored. What an impressive place it is as well as much as I wouldn’t like to admit it.
Like Team Solent’s Test Park, the facility boasts a number of football and rugby pitches as well as some 3G pitches. I am going to also say that Wide Lane possibly has a few more pitches to add to their bragging rights.
As I entered the football areas I didn’t know where to start, I knew that the third team was probably the best thing on show but trying to see what pitch they were playing on was a nightmare. After aimlessly walking around the pitches and ending up at completely the wrong teams, I eventually found my way over to pitch two, surrounded by a string border. I double-checked with the ref to confirm who I was watching and away we went, game 43!
University of Bristol thirds continued their winning start to the new BUCS season with a 2-0 win over their Southampton counterparts.
Tom Ryan had given Bristol the lead in the first half before substitute Jonny May smashed in to double the lead in the second half.
Bristol were dominating early proceedings but lacked quality in the final third to stick the ball in the back of the net as many of the team had chances to put the visitors ahead.
Finnian Racadio shot straight at the keeper for the first decent opportunity of the game before Tom Ryan showed a nice touch before firing over the bar moments later.
Home goalkeeper Harrison Plumpton then produced a very good save when he scrambled to the back post to deny Harry Heywood who had sent his header towards goal.
Plumpton was then alert to deny forward Ryan when his close range effort deflected up and had to be punched away as the game remained goalless.
Ryan then fluffed a great chance for the visitors when he had all the time in the world in the box to fire a shot on target after Tom Lever had missed the clearance but the number seven spangled the shot hopelessly wide.
Southampton did managed to eventually break forward after Joe Paisley lost the ball and Medics number ten Cam Gemmell went on a winding run into the box and got the ball to Jake Doyle who slid in to force a good save from Sam Rattigan.
The home side were nearly undone by a quick corner when Andreas Michaels went short to Ryan who entered the box but fired into the side netting,
Just before the break Bristol did take the lead with Michaels and Ryan both combining again with the latter playing in the former with a neat pass into the box and Ryan did well to smash it past the ‘keeper.
Bristol continued to keep control of the game but Southampton’s Toby Johnson poked a shot towards goal, which was blocked following captain Govind Dhillon’s long throw into the box.
Gemmell had a good chance to equalise for the medics when he connected with Harvey Jupe’s cross but he could only head wide.
Bristol made a change bringing on Jonny May for Josh Norris and he was making a nuisance of himself up front before doubling the lead from a corner. The ball was played to May at the near post who managed to take a touch and slam the ball across goal and over the line, potentially taking a small touch off Southampton’s Doyle on its way over.
The game was scrappy until the final whistle with neither side creating enough quality to add to the score line. Home right back Matteo Filipik fired a rocket just over the crossbar when he bundled through a couple of challenges on a long run before unleashing a shot on the edge of the box.
Cam Gemmell forced a good diving save from Rattigan late on when he sent a well taken free kick up and over the wall destined for the bottom corner, only for the visiting goalie to jump across to parry the ball clear.
Bristol had a late penalty claim waved away when a neat ball from Sharif Matovu found Ryan who seemed to have been tripped by Johnson who was already on a yellow card but the ref waved play on as the scores ended 2-0 to the visitors.
2016/17 Games: 43
2016/17 Grounds: 39
Total Grounds Visited: 174