BUCS Western 7A League
Team Solent Thirds 6
(Tom Shann, Kion Knights x2, OG (George Clarke), Matt Hammond x2)
Cardiff University Eighths (Medics) 2
(Jish Padiachy x2)
Test Park (3G)
It was good to get back to watching BUCs football again after the winter break. I was again at Test Park as the third team entertained the Cardiff University Medics side, it was supposed to be a double header with the first team playing afterwards, however, the weather had altered the schedule somewhat.
The rain had ruined the grass pitches so the third team were on the 3G at 12:30 before the women’s game at 3pm and the first team were given a day off, so a double header was still on the cards, I just didn’t think I would end up watching the ladies side.
What a difference of occasion, just five days ago, nearly 700 people had packed into the main stadium to watch Team Solent face South Shields in the FA Vase Fifth Round, a game they eventually lost. There was just a handful of spectators at this one, not quite the same as the FA Vase but another game nonetheless.
Team Solent thirds beat Cardiff Medics 6-2 to go top of the Western 7A league with just one game of the season remaining.
The home side travel to University of Wales Trinity St David on January 22nd with promotion well within their sights.
Cardiff’s Jish Padiachy scored on 19 minutes to cancel out Tom Shann’s fifth minute opener before Kion Knights put the hosts in front just before the break.
Knights added his second of the afternoon on 56 minutes before the Sparks scored three goals in four minutes to go 6-1 ahead. Padicahy scored a minute later to pull one back for the medics to round off a crazy five minute spell which saw four goals.
Shann’s early opener was the first chance of note in the game when Cardiff failed to clear Damil Patel’s free kick which Jake Brand managed to head to Shann to side foot into the goal from eight yards.
Andy Kelly volleyed wide for the visitors as they went searching for an equaliser.
Patel had a great chance to double the lead when he ran into the box and fired a shot at ‘keeper Ed Foster who spilled the ball across the line before Will Field-Jewell cleared the danger.
Patel got the better of Foster again minutes later but his chip was again cleared by Field-Jewell.
The equaliser came against the run of play for the visitors when Padiachy latched on to a lobbed pass to slot through the legs of Japanese shot stopper Tatsuya Zosen in the Solent goal.
Padiachy was the main threat for Cardiff and he hit a rocket at Zosen who managed to palm the ball out at full stretch to keep Solent in the game.
As half time approached, Solent took the lead again when Cardiff again failed to deal with a Patel free kick and a half clearance landed to Knights who smuggled the ball into the corner of the net.
George Clarke wasted a good chance to equalise again after the break for Cardiff but his header went high and wide.
Cardiff were enjoying more of the ball but Solent made it 3-1 on 56 minutes when Knights sent a cross into the box from the right side which missed everyone and nestled into the top corner.
Solent always looked like they could score more and Brand went close when Foster’s punch reached the number four to fire a volley just wide of the goal.
Cardiff’s David Bevan beat the offside trap but made a mess of his chance, smashing the ball wide.
Both sides made changes before Solent added another when Clarke diverted Steve McKenna’s shot into his own net to secure the points for the Sparks on 76 minutes.
Two minutes later, Matt Hammond scored Solent’s fifth of the game when he calmly slid the ball past Foster. Zosen had sent the ball forward and Brand flicked on to Hammond to score.
With ten minutes left, substitute Ramon Rashid slid the ball through to Hammond who scored in off the post to covert Solent’s third goal in four minutes.
Cardiff pulled one back from the penalty spot when James Edmonds fouled Andy Kelly in the box. Padiachy stepped up and smashed in Cardiff’s second of the day.
It was nearly seven for Solent when Rashid raced through one-on-one in stoppage time but Foster came out on top to keep the ball out of the net.
2016/17 Games: 86
2016/17 Grounds: 50 (9)
Total Grounds Visited: 150 (40)