BSTFC Reserves vs Sea Mills Park Res
By Darren Williams
Fantastic Four for Platts!
On a new, highly exciting created BSTFC Res Whats App group there was a lot of discussion on the Saturday morning before the game, on whether it should go ahead. There were a lot of arguments for the pro’s and con’s to play the game on what would be a very waterlogged Savages Wood pitch. Joe Watkins was the most vocal on the group pushing for the game to go ahead.
After an inspection of the pitch and a constant check on his barometer manager Matt Burch made the decision to play the match.
Sea Mills were the opponents; who the Hornets had previously beaten in the reverse fixture just last month in a 5-0 win.
With Tom Dawes collecting late fines as if it was going towards his own holiday fund, manager Burch announced the team to play Sea Mills.
The game didn’t start as BSTFC had hoped, with mistakes in defence seeing Sea Mills taking the lead within under a minute. However, this didn’t seem to concern the Hornets who just took this as an early slip that could be rectified.
Sure enough within 5 minutes of the restart, a pass from Sharaz found Liam Platts who took the opportunity to test the keeper. The shot, although weak caused the Sea Mills keeper trouble and he somehow managed to let the ball slip by him.
Now the team knew the keeper wasn’t confident the Hornets started to apply more pressure with a second goal soon added. With the same link up as the first goal Sharaz found Platts who again didn’t hit the ball as well as he hoped by was enough to get it past the Sea Mills keeper.
Platts soon had his hat trick, some good work from Sharaz who pulled the ball back to Sykes. Sykes clipped the ball into the six yard box and Platts (currently full of confidence) leaped above the advancing keeper to head home.
With the strikers doing the business up top, the defence had settled into the game and were easily in control of the Sea Mills front line ensuring Walsh didn’t have a great deal to do.
Just before half time Sykes had an opportunity to add a forth to the BSTFC tally after neat through ball from Sharaz. Unfortunately Sykes was unable to finish the chance.
Half time came and Burch told the team how well they were playing but wanted to make changes to keep legs fresh on what had turned into a quagmire of a pitch. Dawes made way for Scott, and Russ made way for Watkins. It was Watkins who made an instant impact providing some good ball work when in possession.
It was soon after the break that Platts got his forth after being played in by Sykes, Platts still had some work to do to turn the defender and finish confidently for what was easily the best goal of his afternoons tally.
The goals kept coming after Watkins set up left back Jack who despite having a nose bleed from being so far up the pitch finished like a seasoned striker.
Unfortunately, for the previous mornings vocal advocate of having the game played Watkins; this was his last action as after 20 mins he requested to be subbed as he was tired.
Ash added to the big BSTFC tally after taking control of the ball from 20 yards out, stroking the ball to the bottom corner of the goal.
Then came a bit of a mini collapse from the Hornets. After being so comfortable for the majority of the game and perhaps due to the score line and pitch quality basic mistakes started to be made. This saw Sea Mills score 3 goals in quick succession to make the score 6-4.
However, despite a growth in confidence from the away side and the home side now starting to look vulnerable the BSTFC team were awarded a free kick just within the oppositions half. Amin launched the ball forward, with it falling to Sykes who slotted the ball to the far post to ensure any Sea Mills revival was killed off.
A good result for the Ressies that sees them now move up to forth in the division. With a visit from Iron Acton this weekend, the Hornets need to ensure a victory to allow them to stay in contention for promotion.
MOTM went to four time scorer Platts.
Thanks to Adam Sykes for creating this match report in my absence, good job Sykes, you are welcome to do it again!