BUCS Western 2A League

Team Solent Firsts 2

(Nick Kerr x2)

University of Bath Thirds 1

(Oliver Cripps)

Attendance: 17 (approx. headcount)

Test Park (3G)

I would love use my Wednesday afternoons to travel about a bit and explore some other university sides and continue to add to my ever increasing list of grounds visited.

However most of us have a day job to hold down so I have to hope we are quiet on a Wednesday to stand any chance of being allowed to leave early, even then I leave as most of the university sides kick off so hopping across the road to Test Park to watch Team Solent is as good as it will get unless I manage to get a Wednesday off.

The Ground

Test Park is definitely my most visited ground this season and it is even the venue for both of my games today! Feel free to explore my blog to find my comments on the facility.

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The Game

Solent held on with ten men to see of University of Bath’s third side with a 2-1 victory that lifts them off the foot of the BUCS Western 2A table.

In fact, Robbie Slack’s students are now in third, just two points off league leaders Exeter Seconds.

Nick Kerr scored either side of half time to secure all three points but the home side lost striker Giovanni Landu to a straight red card just before the interval.

Bath substitute Oliver Cripps scored late on to pile on the pressure but Solent held strong to pick up the three points.

Solent ‘keeper Adam Thomas made a great save early on to keep the scores level after Bath’s Daniel Tram had drifted a nice ball into the area but after Thomas parried away, Adeoye Olumuyiwa cleared the danger.

Slack’s Solent did take the lead on 21 minutes when Jacob Noonan lifted a nice in swinging cross into the box from the left wing and Nick Kerr was able to direct his header into the bottom corner for his first of the afternoon.

Bath created a few chances but couldn’t pull the scores even when Harry Osborne went close as he dragged a shot wide.

Winger Tram was causing some problems out wide and after he did well to get the better of Cairo Duhaney-Burton he could only fire a tame shot straight at Thomas in the Solent goal.

On 41 minutes a moment of madness from Giovanni Landu resulted in the former Bradford City youth receiving a red card as he kicked out at Roberto Dos Santos Saraiva as the ball trickled out for a throw in. Referee Liam Hatch had little choice but to show a straight red card leaving Solent with ten men.

Solent, who had been playing with three at the back, switched to a more conventional flat 4-4-1 formation to try and hold their lead.

Bath were obviously pushing on to try and make their man advantage count and Tram forced another good save from Thomas when he wiggled past Jake Armstrong in the box.

Owen Futter tried a shot from range but it went wide of the mark as Solent looked solid and determined to keep their lead.

On 55 minutes Solent managed to double their lead out of nowhere when Kerr struck a beautiful shot straight into the back of the net with his left foot. The ball just dipped under the crossbar with ‘keeper Lucas Loaza left embarrassingly stood on his line with the sun potentially obstructing his view.

Bath didn’t threaten enough in attack as Solent kept men behind the ball to protect their two-goal advantage.

A lapse in concentration from Duhaney-Burton allowed Andy Farmer to nip in but he could only scuff a soft shot towards goal.

The visitors made a double change with 15 minutes left bringing on Mathias Morgan and John Lee to inspire a comeback but Solent were dogged in keeping the lead.

A few minutes later Solent lost Toyeeb Babatunde who picked up a knock and he was replaced by Sham Abufalah.

Bath made two more subs in a vein attempt to rescue the match as Sebastian James and Oliver Cripps were thrown on with eight minutes left.

With Solent parking the bus, Bath did pull a goal back late on through Cripps who hit a straight shot at goal from distance and Adam Thomas failed to keep hold of the ball as it bounced in off the ‘keeper and over the line.

Solent held on to claim all three points and they now travel to Bournemouth next week before the winter break.

2016/17 Games: 63

2016/17 Grounds: 47

Total Grounds Visited: 179

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