With the fixtures coming thick and fast, we faced the team we expect to challenge strongly for the title, LS United.
Bristol Revolution 1-2 LS United
In a hard fought game, LS United were fortunate to come away with all three points. A mix up at the back and an own goal gave Little Stoke the win, despite Nani’s second half goal.
Although LS had the better of the first half, as soon as they lost their dim-witted centre forward to a hamstring injury, they posed little threat at all and we looked the more likely team to score.
Referee McKenzie played his usual game of booking whoever the fuck he wants for swearing/looking at him/not being Caucasian, but probably didn’t submit any of the cards to the league as he is usually too drunk.
Frankly, the less said about this game the better.
Kellaway 0-5 Bristol Revolution
Just four days later, we headed to Southmead to face new league entrants Kellaway Hire FC. A weird mix of veterans and young lads, Kellaway’s lack of pre-season was obvious as they lacked any kind of fight, cohesion or ability.
We cruised into a half-time lead thanks to an own goal after Grylls’ pass across the goalmouth was battered into the roof of the net by the backtracking keeper. I also nearly scored with a purely accidental cross-shot that went inches over.
With half-time changes made, we pushed on and Kellaway faded fast. A couple of soft goals resulted in a 3-0 lead, before Lex fired in a rocket from the edge of the box. He finished the game with the match ball (as if that actually happens at this level) with a penalty after Tombs was fouled by a lethargic defender.
The light was fading fast, and soon pretty much all I could make out was Kellaway’s fluorescent keeper kit and my own white boots. In the twilight, one of Kellaway’s old boys went in late on our very own kickboxing centre back Gareth – not a good idea. The final minutes mainly involved Gareth attempting to strategically exact his revenge on the veteran midfielder, but thankfully the hobbit-like ref blew for full time before anyone was killed.
A good win, but against a team who will likely struggle for points all season. Truthfully, we should have hit double figures against a team of that standard and will need to up our game if we’re to challenge for the league title.
Still, not too shoddy a start.