A buoyed and determined group of Red and Black clad men made the long trip down to Taunton Vale Sports Centre for our second clash of the season, coming off the back of, perhaps, our best training attendance in a long time. I say red and black clad, all except for Andy Rogers, who turned up in away kit (despite a clear message from Mike that we would be in home colours) and had to nip to Matalan to buy a burgundy tshirt, that came as part of a pajama set. Perhaps planning a nap at centre back.
Special mention also to the student gang – Kieran Maurer (surely too old to be a student), Pinky and Jack who arrived late due to Pinky’s penchant for Maccie D’s. Disgraceful before a big game.
This match had extra importance to the team due to a certain sibling rivalry. No, I’m not referring to CJ vs big Willy; rather Henry “Big Chand” Chandler vs his older, better looking brother, Matt.
This dramatic story line could only add to the ferocity of the contest and both teams started frenetically, with plenty of end to end play.
South Glos would be the team to break the deadlock however, after a well worked move from the back freed Kieran Maurer to run along the baseline and pull back for Jack to slot home from close. First blood to Glos.
Vale were not cowed by the defecit and came back strong. South Glos also had plenty of chances but were unlucky to see Vale claw one back via a back stick shot at the near post.
With both sides level at the break, we required a moment of magic. Our closest chance came in the form of a 3 on 1 opportunity on the Vale gone, astonishingly fluffed by selfless play. Vale eventually settled the game with a second shortly before full time, leaving South Glos feeling as though they deserved more.
Teas came in the form of basic, but pleasant fare. A variety of sarnies and a big thing of chips, consumed with a view of Vale’s resplendent, olympic style pink and blue pitch (complete with spectator’s stand).
MoM went to James Hunter for a gutsy game, displaying excellent control and distribution
DoD went to Pinky for the second week running, due to his role as leader of the MacDo crew. Very questionable behaviour, perhaps to be expected from students.
Congrats to Taunton Vale. We look forward to the return fixture.