Match Reports 22/2/19

Match reports from the last two weekends!!!

First up, the 4s!

From the week before last, interim Captain Alex Hawkins had this to say:

Bristol Uni 2 9 – 10 Bristol Thunder 4

Thunder 4 continued their winning ways to make it 5 on the trot in a match tinged with significance. Bristol Uni 2, confident after their BUCS success were looking to do the double on us and leapfrog Thunder to take 2nd in the table. To add to the tension, Thunder were playing with just 7 players (Luckily it turns out Sammy is worth 2).

We got off to a good start, but the depleted attack were struggling to find a rhythm at first. Solid-as-always defence kept us just a couple of goals behind until our tactical brilliance came through and even with just 3 players we STILL brought the Thunder.

We were either holding the lead or drawing for much of the game, quickly replying any time Uni levelled the score and in a tense final few minutes we really kept our cool and didn’t give anything away, edging the lead and holding it well.

Some excellent goals and solid performances all round – now we look ahead to next weeks much-anticipated Thunder 3 vs Thunder 4 rematch, will anybody be able to stop the mighty 3s unbeaten season? (don’t ruin our goal difference too much pls)

First and Second in the league – solid work Thunder

Rohanna Morris and Alex

Then from last weekend, Captain Anna Howbrook reported:

This weekend we got to play our toughest competition in SWKA 2, our good mates in Thunder 3.
We played well in the first half but despite this we were down 11-0 at half time.
In the second half, the score was much better. Ky scored a great long shot to get us on the score sheet. This was followed by 2 more goals from Ky and a super long shot from Russ. Well done to Tim MurRay who’s first match this was. And to Ky for getting fourths 100th goal of the season. And thanks to Justin for being our last minute coach.
MVPs Kyran and Sammy Moore

Next up, from the 3s – Tom Franks had this to say about their Derby game:

The 3rds had a tough test in a very warm city academy against the 4ths on the weekend but ended up marching on towards the title by winning 17-3(?)! Stephen Wood played particularly well with his 4 goals. Many thanks to Beth Ryan for reffing and Ben Smith for coaching, and it was nice for everyone to be there to say goodbye to @Justin Dean! If we win our next game against Exeter city then we have definitely won the title!

Then from the 1s – Rebecca Fitch, el Capitan on Sunday’s game:

The first team travelled to Epsom to play Nomads, who we’d previously only lost to 21-20. The match started and Nomads sunk the first two goals. Thunder then kicked in and got our first goal, meaning that we were officially in the game but having to chase. Nomads were about 6 ahead, when Thunder absolutely stormed it, and with about 10 minutes before the end of the first half, we were only 2 down. But with a lapse in focus, Nomads managed to finish the first half 15-9. We were still very much in this game, if we came out stronger in the second half and didn’t let them run away with it. We put in maximum effort, but our shots weren’t always dropping (apart from @Lizzie’s) and Nomads we’re getting some very clever goals. With a couple of defended calls from the ref (unfair) and some very tough front defence to tackle, Nomads started edging away throughout the second half. Shout out to super subs Sarah Paine and Adam Mason, great performances when you came on!! Nomads won 28-16 in the end, lots to work on for the rest of the season 🌩

And finally, from the terrific 2’s captain Webby!

On this Saturday’s game against Farnborough:

The seconds winning run sadly came to an end on Saturdays as we lost 17-29??? to farnborough. At times we were able to go toe to toe with them and forced them into an early change to try to get the better of us and call a timeout at 4-4. Unfortunately a combination of their super sub and some amazing shooting they started to pull away. Massive thank you to shotclocker Chester Burbidge, scoreboarder Matthew Paterson and coach jake. A huge well done to all those who stepped up and made their 2018-2019 second team debut Philip ManavopoulosMichael GreenlandSophie Higgins and Clare Wtsn. Next up is a must win match against Exeter!

Lets go smash this weekend’s games guys!!!

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