BUCS Western 1a League
University of Southampton 1sts 0
Swansea University 5
(Tyler Sumers, Nick Hyden x2, John Roberts, David Whitkoff)
Attendance: 20 (approx. headcount)
I had extravagant plans for three games today! University of Portsmouth had two games with 2pm and a 5pm kick off, followed by Southampton’s EFL Cup showdown with Sunderland.
However unpredictable M27 traffic was off putting enough to keep me close to home as I looked for a Wednesday afternoon BUCS fixture. I went behind enemy lines for a second week running as I returned to Wide Lane with what was, on paper, going to be a better game than I had watched last Wednesday. It was the first team at home this week, and after watching their thirds (three leagues below), a game against Swansea University was on the agenda for my first game of the day.
As I arrived, I spotted a few friendly faces who usually watch Team Solent who, like me were at a bit of a loose end with Solent not having any football fixtures today.
Swansea University certainly looked like they meant business with a couple of coaches on the touchline donning Swansea City training gear whilst the players were also head to toe in Swans kit, very smart indeed for a university side.
It has only been seven days (three games) since my last visit to Wide Lane so to view my notes on the facility, please visit; ‘Travelling To- University of Southampton’.
Swansea University went top the BUCS Western 1A league with a thumping 5-0 victory over University of Southampton.
Tyler Sumers gave the Welsh students a first half lead before Southampton shipped four goals in the second half with Nick Hyden grabbing a brace and John Roberts and David Whitkoff netting singles.
The visitors were on top from the off and Jamie Noble tested goalkeeper Carl Steinborne-Busse with a good shot that the ‘keeper had to tip away.
The game produced its first goal on 12 minutes when Roberts floated a free kick into the box which the ‘keeper missed completely, allowing Sumers to nod in at the back post.
Kevin Irikefe went close for the home side shortly after when his looping effort nearly caught out the Swansea ‘keeper Luke Martin but he managed to get a hand to it to divert it away from goal.
Swansea thought they had doubled the lead with a near identical goal to the first when Elliott Jones headed in from a Roberts free kick, however the flag was up for offside.
Roberts nearly had a goal for himself after the restart when he picked up a long diagonal ball but snatched at the shot to drag it wide.
Nick Hyden grabbed his first of the game to double the lead for the visitors after a well worked free kick. Roberts, about 20 yards from goal played a short pass to Adam Orme who flicked it first time to Hyden to slot in leaving the home side dumbfounded at the well worked set piece.
Elliot Jones was left wondering what he would have to do to score when his header smashed the crossbar adding to the frustration of his first half goal chalked off for offside.
Southampton had their backs to the wall as Swansea went searching for a third and Farai Hwenga went close but Southampton’s Niall Sheridan was in the right place to clear the ball off the line.
Hwenga showed good reactions to set up Roberts for Swansea’s third when his little pass set up the winger to slot in for a well deserved goal on his way to a man of the match performance.
Swansea were running away with it and on 71 minutes Hyden bagged his second of the afternoon when he smashed the ball through a crowded box into the corner of the net from 25 yards out.
Three minutes later Swansea put the game to bed when Whitkoff ran from deep with the ball into the box with pace to slot in the fifth of the day, ending a miserable afternoon for Southampton.
The hosts were reduced to a couple of wayward long range efforts from Danny Knight as the game wore on and it could have been six for the visitors when substitute Seif Abouarram raced through but Steinborne-Busse had come out to close the angle and saved well with his legs to end the game 5-0.
2016/17 Games: 47
2016/17 Grounds: 40
Total Grounds Visited: 176