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3s start season on a low in local derby

29 September 2013 at 23:19

The first game of the season is an important event for any team and the 3rd
get a strong start to the campaign. Facing up in the local derby against Westbury was always going 
to be a tough game; however they felt strong coming out of a successful preseason. Unfortunately 
things did not go according to plan, a shaky start led to conceding a penalty corner which Greg 
Foord saved on the line before fumbling it into his own goal. 1-0 down, Bristol rallied fast and some 
fantastic play from Johnny Maltz driving round the back of the Westbury defence and guiding the 
ball into path of Will Gill for the finish. 1-1, at this stage the game settled a little. Bristol struggled to 
push on the offensive and clear the ball from defence, this was in part to the Westbury formation 
of 4 midfielders congesting the middle of the park. This was a strategy Bristol struggled against and 
failed to get a really good passing game going. Then Andrew Wilson, without about 5 minutes left in 
the half, was caught on the ball with few options and disastrously passed the ball to the Westbury 
striker. After a quick 1-2 Westbury capitalised on this golden opportunity and took the lead into half 
time. 
2-1 down and the 3rd
focussed around the leads from midfield and how to press the opposition on the ball. Conversely 
though Bristol looked off form in the second half, they lost some of their ball pace and started to 
really let Westbury control the game on the slower pitch. Despite the best efforts from Barton 
and Farquhar in the centre to wrestle some control back Westbury definitely had the advantage in 
midfield. Then a good bit of play from Westbury, incorporating ex-UBMHC member James Hickey, 
unravelled the backline of Bristol once more to make it 3-1. At this point Bristol could have quite 
possibly recovered if they kept their discipline and done the basics well, however this was not to be. 
As time pressed on they started to try more and more to force the ball up the field and created a 
couple of chance opportunities for Rob Patterson. Although this penultimately manufactured voids 
in UBMHC’s line of defence and Westbury pushed into the gaps and kept Bristol under a lot of stress. 
After a flurry of shots was well deflected by the Bristol keeper, Freddie Goddard, the ball wasn’t 
cleared properly and Westbury hammered home the final blow. Losing Bristol staggered through to 
the final whistle without any further incidents. Final score Bristol 1, Westbury and UB A 4. Man of 
the Match went to Mikey Farquhar for good work in midfield. Thanks for Coming went to Andrew 
Wilson for the horrible blunder in the first half leading to the second goal for Westbury.
 XI were determined to 
 XI knew they had a bit of work to do in the second half, discussion at half time

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