"Ramblers won the toss and elected to play with the wind behind them in the first half. Most of the opening period was spent in the Charfield half. Ramblers attempted several long range efforts and created a series of half chances. The Charfield keeper was undoubtedly the busiest keeper, comfortably dealing with all that was thrown at him. Neat football was being played by both sides but neither found the back of the net so the half finished 0-0.
The second half was a little more ragged with Charfield enjoying more of the possession in the early stages. They took the lead after around 15 minutes prompting Ramblers to throw more men forward, sometimes leaving themselves exposed at the back. This pressure failed to create any further clear goal scoring opportunities so the opening game ended with a narrow victory for the away team.
Apart from a few heavy tackles the game was played in a competitive but friendly manner."
Charfield 35's Report:
" Two evenly matched teams and a game which could have gone either way. Redland started by far the better with some composed play, but without really threatening the Charfield goal, except for a curling shot, which just didn’t bend enough…..phew! It took Charfield 25mins to establish a foot-hold in the game and had a couple of decent chances from within the box, but couldn’t convert and the teams went in 0-0 at the break. With the wind behind us, we started the brighter in the 2nd half and following some neat play from the back by new boy Kev Spill, the ball ended at the trusty left foot of left mid-fielder Manish, who struck a sweet shot, shaving the inside of the post giving the Redland keeper no chance, and the ball nestling in the opposite corner. Charfield came under sustained pressure for the last 10mins but held out for the 1-0 win. Redland – a really good bunch of lads and a game played in the right spirit."