The Marches 2 
23/11/2019, 3:00 pm
4 - 1
Newent B
Bradley Stoke Community School
Mens 3rd XI

Match Report

The men’s 3s climbed back to fourth in the league following this deserved win.
But the scoreline makes this victory appear far more comfortable than it actually was.
Beneath a dull, dark-grey sky, the red and blacks made heavy weather of this, certainly in the first 35.
Injuries sustained last weekend meant Danny and captain Tim were unable to play, but we still had a squad with four subs.
Neither keeper had much to do in the first half.
Newent earned a number of short corners but none of them resulted in a shot on goal.
South Glos had more possession, but failed to convert this into many clear chances and at times, play was a little scrappy and ragged.
When it came, quite late in the first half, the opening goal was a quality effort. Monners controlled the ball well, went on a little weaving run before slipping the ball sideways to Jake who rounded the keeper.
One up at the break, and a good talking to from Tim about how we were lacking some of the quality we displayed last weekend.
South Glos started the second half with firm intent, winning a couple of early shorts.
But it was the visitors who scored next, a shot from the edge of the D. The keeper’s outstretched foor made contact with the ball but not enough to keep it out.
This galvanised South Glos and it wasnt long before Jake restored the lead with his second.
Could Newent equalise for a second time? They showed willing but South Glos had now found another gear, and stepped up the pressure.
The home side breathed a collective sigh of relief when Simon extended the lead and Monners rounded it off, by which time the South Glos defence had become spectators.
After a laboured start and some scrappy play, the red and blacks dominated more as the game went on and ran out worthy winners.
Next week they face an expedition to Ross- on-Wye to face a side one position, and one point, behind, so we’ll need to show some consistent quality from the start to win this six pointer.


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