Pucklechurch 1 – BAC 5 (14/11/16)

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Written by: WP

Disclaimer: The author of this week’s report was not present for the warm up or the first 5/10 minutes of the game and was not on the pitch so has had to rely on reports from others. Any exaggerations/inaccuracies are therefore mostly Bish and Becky’s fault!

BAC enjoyed an unorthodox warm up, made up of a run around the car park and a very quick hit about on the pitch. And before the game got underway the teams observed two minutes’ silence (BAC sporting their poppies for kits) to mark remembrance weekend.


Then it was time for the game to start. I am told BAC were absolutely awesome in the first 10 minutes. But then I was informed the honest answer was that we started ok and then Pucklechurch (PC) came back in to it.

As the half went on, BAC made some good breaks but were frustrated by some great saves by the PC keeper. We continued to attack but were unable to break the deadlock, despite carving out a number of chances for ourselves. Even Dave had a go – driving the ball up and then in to the D, before unleashing a shot on goal, which was well saved.

Although they were on top when going forwards, BAC needed to be wary of being caught on the break by PC and a couple of their speedy forwards. Becky was alive to the threat and really owned the D making early calls, running out to meet the ball and smashing authoritative kicks out to the sides.

BAC continued to threaten at the other end and a long ball put Tinny through one on one with the PC keeper. Cue Tinny being completely taken out and left in a heap on the floor. While she was recovering, BAC regrouped and a rousing team talk looked to have set BAC up. It was like a moment from a movie, stirring stuff and everyone was ready to make it work……

Sadly the short corner on the restart wasn’t quite befitting of the rousing team talk but BAC were not deterred and quickly won the ball back and won another short corner. After some link up play at the top of the D, the ball arrived with Sally on the right of the goal. Sally slipped the ball past the keeper and Maz was on hand on the left post to put it past PC’s defenders.

BAC’s tails were now up and a second goal followed shortly after. In a post match interview, Bish described the goal: “I scored it, set it up, did everything, spun around and smashed it into the top corner.” In reality it was a ball from Bish through to Tinny around the penalty spot. Tinny took the keeper to the right, waited for the keeper to dive and calmly slotted it past her when she did.

It was a great finish to the first half by BAC. After the half time oranges, it was more of the same in the early part of the second half.

There were a series of short corners and 2 pre-planned routines were brilliantly executed to make it 4-0. Firstly, the short came out to Sally, who fed Tinny. Tinny found herself some space by letting the ball come across to her right, past the defender, and she struck it sweetly against the backboard.

At the next short, BAC flooded (see later for more on the flooding theme) the D. Shots from Bish and Sally were well defended but BAC recycled the ball, round to Tinny who smashed it in for her hattrick.

Then followed an end to end period of the game as PC pushed for a goal. Lots happened in this time but the high/lowlights were – Liz was told off for getting a bit handsy with the PC player she was marking. Aggie took one for the team for PC with a nasty blow to the foot. And PC moved the ball up quickly from half way line and managed to sneak a goal past the BAC defence.

BAC were disappointed but were determined to have the last word in the game. After some great work up the right of midfield from Lisa K, she found Tinny in the D. Tinny crossed the ball to Brownie, who took one touch to deflect it in at the left post. Straight from the training ground – Doug will be so proud.

BAC continued to push for more goals but were well kept out by PC so the game ended 5-1 to BAC.

With a few players needing to head off, it was a quick rush to the showers. And then the showers tried to slow us down by flooding the changing room – we were almost stranded but thankfully Dave was consoled by Bish’s singing, which she was so enjoying.

It was then on to teas in the Wild West, complete with racoon hats, feather headdresses and cowgirl costumes. Some fun TeePee times followed and Dave “showed off” her hoopla skills. Cheryl will be running a whiteboard session next week to help Dave improve.

Man of the Match votes were widely spread as follows:

1st  Kingers came out on top due to her great work down the right and numerous steals from her opposite number.

MOTM Kingers!!!

MOTM Kingers!!!

2nd Cheryl, Becky and Tinny

3rd Sledger, Brownie and Bish

FLOOD!!

FLOOD!!

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FLOOD!!

FLOOD!!

Snappy When Hungry....

Snappy When Hungry….

Good Bad and Ugly....

Good Bad and Ugly….

Tee Pee Times

Tee Pee Times

Cow Girl Bish

Cow Girl Bish

Tea's for 9

Tea’s for 9

Tea's for the other 2!

Tea’s for the other 2!

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