|Date||20 February 2016|
|Opposition||BRISTOL UNIVERSITY D|
|Venue||Sports Training Village (Sitec)|
|Result||D 1 - 1|
|Time played||Normal time|
In our last home game of the season, the Gs played host to Bristol University Ds. This is always an unpredictable game due to the nature of a student team, and even so we were surprised when they arrived with just nine players, albeit young lads all of them. This meant that both teams had very different tactics, but we were remarkably evenly matched. Buccs made good use of our numbers to mark Bristol out of much of the game, as well as to capitalise on the space given to us. Unfortunately, as is too often the case, we couldn't do enough to score, although Josh Walker attempted a nice volley that barely went wide of the post. The highlight of this half was the defence, with Jack Nicholls, Reuben Fisher and Mark Whiteley all proving their worth in tackling and intercepting.
In the entire half, Bristol only looked dangerous on two occasions: in the first, one of their players managed to get around our defence to be free on goal, but Harvey Heap denied him with an excellent save. In the second, Bristol were awarded a short corner, which they scored after a deflection off a defender's stick. Aside from this, Buccs dominated the half, demonstrating great movement around the pitch. We made many attacking runs, but were disappointed again when the ball just didn't want to enter the goal. But then, with five minutes to go, Alan Chubb picked up the ball from a long pass, passed it into the D to Josh Walker, and then ran in to score with another of his speciality deflections.
It was a shame that we couldn't pull off a win against such a below strength team, but a 1-1 draw was a fair result, and enough to keep us in fourth place in the league. Man of the match goes to Harvey Heap for dominating his goalmouth and beyond.