"Puckle Vets began their league campaign with a close fought 4-2 win over Redland Ramblers. With 6 or 7 missing the team had a patched up feel to it with a few players playing out of position but we still fielded a strong team with 2 subs.
We went behind after losing the ball in midfield and a well struck shot found the bottom corner. This spurred us into life and we hit back with 3 quick goals before half an hour, firstly an OG after Wilts fired a Conrad corner back across the box. Then Fenton produced a strike of quality not seen since Tony Yeboah in 1995 to put us 2-1 up, and soon after Skeva lashed one home from 25 yards with the swinger which allegedly took a slight deflection. Redland grabbed their second of the game just before half time when a long range shot came back off the bar and their striker reacted quickest to slot home.
The second half wasn’t up to much but as this was the first game some people have played for 8 or 9 years, tired legs led to tired minds and it was boring to watch. Nevertheless we kept Redland at arm’s length and we grabbed the 4th when Tim made the most of contact in the box and Man of The Match Wilts rifled home from the spot.
Skeva kicked the ball in his face.
A good game played in good spirit, we put in a couple of challenges that were firm but fair, hopefully within the Corinthian spirit! Redland were well organised and stayed for a beer after and were a good bunch.
Redland Ramblers Report:
" Redland Ramblers v Pucklechurch F.C.Vets – Match report Sunday20/10/19
As the first chilly Autumn morning arrived the Ramblers lost their first league match in over a season at Pucklechurch , to a newly named team , but populated by players who have played together for many years.
The game began full of promise for the Ramblers with Sam running through the home defence , only to be robbed by a last -ditch tackle. Paul, in the Ramblers’ goalthen pulled off one of several fine saves that he would make throughout the match.
After 11 minutes Dan beat two players, slid the ball through to Sam , who made no mistake with a low shot to the Keepers right. (1-0).
Eight minutes later a corner to the rear post for Pucklechurch , saw an unmarked player rifle the ball back across the goal which cannoned off of - Manager Bruce for an own goal (1-1).
The midfield battle was raging with Ramblers getting to grips with the strong opposition midfield pair. Pricey and Mark in particular, covering a lot of ground.
In a seven minute spell the game turned in Pucklechurch’s favour with first, a thirty yard piledriver out of the blue , which tore into the net after striking the underside of the bar, followed by a similar missile , after possession was lost.( 1-3).
The Ramblers then took a leaf from the Opposition’s long -range shot book when Robbie launched a long lob, which bounced back off the bar , enabling a grateful Dan to slot in the rebound. (2-3).
A pattern of play developed in the second half with Ramblers having plenty of possession but lacking the final penetration . An exception was the foul on Dan just outside the box , with Pricey pulling the resultant free kick , just wide of the Keeper’s left -post.
Mid way through the second half Ramblers were dealt a blow when Mark had to leave the action after dislocating a finger.
With only one goal to separate the teams , the play ebbed and flowed , but Ramblers conceded another goal in the 30th minute when a moment’s indecision between Paul and Bruce , resulted in Bruce stretching out a leg , which was duly located by the Pucklechurch forward , resulting in a penalty. This was dispatched to make the final score 2-4.
Man of the match – Jay.