Game 34: Bishop Sutton 1.1 Brislington (Western Premier) 18.04.14
While staggered Bank Holiday kickoffs in the past have allowed to to watch two games in this league on the same day, today’s selection only saw 9 of the 20 games kicking off early and most didn’t allow time to move on elsewhere. With a gig in Southampton to get to in the evening I decided to head to the 1pm kick off at Bishop Sutton, a ground I’ve been meaning to visit for some time now.
Last season saw Bishop Sutton win the league but they weren’t promoted and the bulk of their team moved to Bristol Manor Farm along with their management staff. This season has been a struggle as a result and before the game Bishop Sutton were bottom of the table. Brislington were in a comfortable mid table position and looked the better team in an even first half. They passed the ball better and created more chances but lacked the final touch and composure in the penalty area. Their best chance fell to an unmarked player on the far post but he scuffed the ball into the air from a cross and the keeper was able to block the follow up from a team mate. Bishop Sutton had the occasional counter-attack but never really troubled the Brislington keeper.
The second half was an improvement and it took an early substitution to make the difference. Brislington replaced one of their strikers after 50 minutes and it only took him 4 minutes to get on the scoresheet. A freekick on the far right was lofted into the area and he headed the ball firmly past the keeper who was moving across goal and couldn’t readjust his feet to make a save. After the goal, Brislington lost some of their concentration at the back and were made to pay by a fabulous effort. One of the Bishop Sutton players ran at the defence and though he was surrounded by several players, managed to make space to hit a firm low shot through them and into the back of the net. The keeper would have had to reach the post to stop it and didn’t have time to react. Brislington picked up their game and the Bishop Sutton keeper had to make two good saves to keep the score level. The point was enough to move Bishop Sutton off the bottom of the table.