Now into our third season, Bristol Revolution mean business. After narrowly missing out on promotion last season, we decided that this is our year.
Besides, we have even have a sponsor now, following the takeover of the club by wealthy Asian businessman Raj Bhatt (who may or may not be the manager’s dad).
With key players moving on to pastures new in the post-season – including Marcus Smith joining former captain Ben Serle in the bright lights of London and serial referee-botherer Stuart Mason entering semi-retirement following the birth of his baby girl – it was essential for Revolution to add quality and depth to their squad, with half a dozen new additions including Peter Crouch-a-like Dan Smith and Chris ‘Grylls’ Pipe.
Bristol Revolution 5-2 Hartcliffe
Will (2), Jerome, Lex, Aaron
The first game of the season went surprisingly well, with time for both a warm up and team talk. Probably because co-founder Vish Patel took the managerial reigns from Krish Bhatt, who was off arranging another underhanded sponsorship deal in the Middle East.
Revolution flew out the blocks into an early 3-0 lead, almost to our disbelief and in spite of our makeshift 3-5-2 system enforced due to lack of available defenders. Although we were pegged back to 3-2 by half time, Hartcliffe were starting to get annoyed at the apparent bias of the blonde-haired referee who I am almost certain was Boris Johnson.
Vish brought on Ryan for Welbz to add more defensive cover on the right wing, and we started to control the game more and more. After withstanding a bit of pressure, we shifted to 4-4-2 which left Lex looking bemused as he was suddenly one half of the least defensive central midfield partnership in the league, alongside myself.
By now, Hartcliffe were berating Referee Johnson and had lost sight of the game, to our advantage. Most of the Hartcliffe team got booked for dissent by the end, which will be expensive for their mother.
Another goal and a Lex penalty made the scoreline more comfortable, as we saw out a scrappy end to the game. Three points, job done.
There will be bigger tests to come, though, starting with Little Stoke United at home on Saturday.
What’s that? We’ve only got two defenders available? Oh great.