Game 18: Portishead Town 2.0 Bishops Lydeard (Western 1) 22.04.17
At the start of January I made my regular resolution to try and visit the remaining Western League grounds that I hadn’t ticked before. After some careful planning, today’s visit to Portishead was my last new ground in the league at least for this season. The weather was overcast at home but as I headed into Somerset the clouds lifted and I found myself in the sunshine near the coast. There was a game taking place on the outside pitch which turned out to be a reserve cup match. I watched some of that while wandering around the pitch in the main ground.
After a nil nil draw the last time I had seen Bishops Lydeard I was hoping for a few goals, especially as three would give me a goal average of 4 for the first time at the end of a season. Neither team had anything to play for except pride but both teams put on a decent attacking display. Bishops Lydeard had a corner that was cleared to the edge of the area and volleyed back towards goal. Somehow the home keeper got a hand to it and pushed it over the bar. Portishead had a good chance but played one pass to many in the area and the final shot flew over the bar. They took the lead with eight minutes to go, a cross from the left found an unmarked player with space in the box and his low shot went in. A similar attack just before half time wasn’t as successful, the ball again flying over the bar.
Portishead doubled their lead eight minutes after the second half started. A good breakaway and pass allowed their player to beat the offside and as the visiting keeper hesitated, the Portishead player took advantage and placed a shot past him and in.Bishops Lydeard had a couple of chances and came really close to adding the third goal that I had hoped for in the 80th minute. A corner went in to the area and the shot was cleared off the line by a Portishead player who had been covering the far post. An entertaining game and a pleasant afternoon to complete the league and wrap up the season.