Game 12: Bridgwater Town 0.2 Bitton (Western Premier) 13.01.2018
First game of the year and a trip with Alan to Bridgwater to recomplete the Western League, following the home team’s relegation from the Southern League last season. Both teams are mid table this season so we expected a close game. The ground is close to the local college and the teams had to change there and walk through to the pitch as the dressing rooms had some water ingress. We had a good catch up in the bar before going through to the excellent tea hut for some chips and curry sauce.
There were few chances in the first half and both teams had a shot just over before Bitton took the lead on the half hour. The goal was a spectacular free kick from distance that flew into the top right corner, giving the keeper no chance. This woke Bridgwater up and they had a couple of good efforts from corners but lacked a finishing touch.
The second half was an even affair. Bitton came close to adding to their lead when a shot skimmed just in front of the far post with the keeper beaten. Bridgwater had a good spell just after this and had several shots wide or saved by the visiting keeper. In the 70th minute Bitton broke down the left wing and when one of their players took the ball into the area he was tackled from behind and went down. The referee pointed to the spot straight away. The penalty was struck well enough to beat the keeper as he dived to his left. Bridgwater continued to press for a goal but weren’t able to convert their chances.