Game 17: Malmesbury Victoria 0.4 Bishop Sutton (Western 1) 17.04.17
For my second Easter game I drove up to Malmesbury, arriving shortly before kick off. The ground was situated behind a Co-Op store with a nearby road sign directing traffic down a narrow roadway.
After a goalless 90 minutes on Friday it was a relief to get an early goal in this game. It came in the first minute when a backpass was missed by the keeper who staggered back but couldn’t reach the ball in time. Bishop Sutton had a header cleared off the line and added a second after 39 minutes. Their player got past a defender to reach the ball in the box, slotting it low into the net past the keeper. The assistant on the far side had his flagged raised and Malmesbury protested that their player had been pushed over. After some deliberation the goal stood. Bishop Sutton almost added a third before half time but hit a shot straight at the keeper.
Malmesbury gave the ball away cheaply too often in the first half but improved in the second half. Shortly after the restart the visiting keeper cleared the ball from the edge of the area and three defenders were on hand to cover the goal, one clearing a shot from distance to safety. After 55 minutes they should have got a goal back when one of their players was in the right place to win the ball unmarked in the box. Instead of chipping it over the oncoming keeper he hit it hard and straight, allowing the keeper to make the stop.
The game was end to end and both sides had shots on target and corners. With fifteen minutes to go Malmesbury missed another chance when a shot from a corner was cleared off the line with the keeper stranded. The ball made it as far as the six yard box when another Malmesbury player had a shot but in his eagerness to get to the ball he ended up hitting it high over the bar. Bishop Sutton wrapped the game up with ten minutes to go when one of their players robbed the ball from a Malmesbury defender before dribbling into the area and placing a shot under the keeper. There was still time for Malmesbury to come close with a shot before Bishop Sutton added a fourth, winning the ball near the half way line and getting the ball forward to place another shot low past the keeper.
A good result for the visitors and I’ve now gone four Western League games without seeing the home side score.