Sat 02
Mens 1st XI
Westbury and UB A
Waterlogged win

Waterlogged win

By Clive Hawkins
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M1 march (paddle?) on!

Another great match report from Steve Proctor follows:

Saturday saw North Somerset host Westbury & UB A on a wet Gordano school pitch and record an impressive 7-1 victory despite the weather.

A late call on the playing surface was made by the match officials, having already lost a game last weekend to the bad weather.
Coach Macblain was happy to see the fixture go ahead with cup, league and indoor fixtures all looming before the Xmas break.

Nathan Hancock was a welcome return after a 2 week absence, Coulson, Parker, Hill, Mott & Moseley all missing from the match day squad.

The game got underway with the conditions testing both sides, puddles forming down either flank under the torrential downpour restricting play to the middle of the pitch.

Westbury who are currently languishing second from bottom in the table and having conceded 26 in their previous 3 games looked to have set up deep in order to try and stem the tide.

North were moving the ball around trying to settle into their usual passing game, Dangerfield, Snook and Tanner seeing plenty of the ball as the home side probed for openings, in front of them, Chambers in his new position of CDM found pockets of space to receive the ball and try and launch North’s customary speedy counter attacks.

North playing with wing backs Mobsby and Pugsley patrolling out wide were looking to exploit the space and despite the surface water were starting to find joy in these areas. Hancock looking rejuvenated after his fortnight break was causing the Westbury defence all sorts of problems with his direct running with forward partners Tomlinson and L Francuz providing supporting roles in a 3 pronged attacking unit.

Captain M Francuz opened the scoring for North with a fine solo effort, and 20 seconds after the restart the home side had doubled their lead, a mistake by Westbury allowing Hancock to ghost in and open his account for North Somerset.

North were now getting into their stride comfortably and with the back line squashing any threat from Westbury, they were attacking at will.
Chambers found himself at the top of the D and from the angle hammered a shot just over the crossbar, more goals were definitely coming.
Voisey opened his account in usual fashion, despatching a drag flick into the net, and shortly after had his second of the day after a marauding run by Tanner deep into Westbury territory, the ball dropped at Voisey’s stick and he needed no second invite to fire home.

Rounding off the first half, North bagged their fifth unanswered goal, Lewis Francuz with the quick reactions to pop the ball home after it had come back at him off the keepers pads.

As the teams went off at half time and with the rain still falling hard a couple of hardy supporters took to the brooms sweeping water from the pitch.
Macblain issued his instructions to his soaked troops, a 5-0 half time lead could easily lead to complacency.

The second half started and Westbury looked to have adjusted their formation, pressing higher up the pitch they looked to crowd out the North Somerset backline and stop the attacks from being built.
Both sides were struggling in worsening conditions as the rain continued to hammer down on the pitch and Westbury won themselves a couple of short corners, the only one on target smartly saved by Proctor.

Westbury kept up the pressure and grabbed themselves a goal, some wayward tackling allowing a forward into the D finishing low at the near post.

This stung North back into life, and they started to move the ball around, M Francuz driving the team forward from the heart of midfield.
Goal number 6 for North came courtesy of a neat deflection past the despairing keeper by Voisey, another Hatrick chalked up in style.

The home side were again attacking in waves but chances were being spurned, a brave L Francuz at one point diving to get a touch colliding with the frame of the goal and pushing it back off the pitch.

North’s final goal came via some unselfish play from Hancock, breaking free with the ball he cunningly drew the keeper before squaring a weighted pass to L Francuz who notched his second of the game with the simplest of tap ins.

The final minutes of the game saw North sit back and during one Westbury attack, the ever brave Tanner received a ball to the face while making one of his trademark lunging challenges. Despite an heavy swelling above and below his eye and a cut for good measure he managed to walk himself off and left at the end heavily bandaged.

A great result for North despite the conditions, another 3 points at home, a perfect record this season and sitting pretty at the top of conference south.

A big thanks to the hardy supporters on the sidelines, in particular the Ladies from Somerset Gryphons who swept the sides of the pitch at half time.

Hughes Carpentry Man of the Match was Harley Snook.

Next week sees North in league action on both Saturday and Sunday.
First up a trip to Plymouth to play PGSOB and then Sunday sees them host Yeovil & Sherborne in a rearranged fixture at Gordano School, 1300 pushback.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 02, Nov 2019



Meet time



Conference South

League position

North Somerset
Westbury and UB A