After a very successful first season playing within the Toolstation League, the Bishops Manager Brett Andrews is looking to top the 6th place finish and challenge for promotion in the coming season. Andrews speaks of his desire to take the club to another level to support the clubs committee who have worked tirelessly developing the facility to allow the clubs Mens First Team to take another step forward. The erection of Floodlights and the enclosure of the main pitch at the beginning of last season has seen an addition of a 50 seater stand alongside the superb playing surface. Andrews comments that the facility definetly lends itself to the Toolstation Premier League.
For the players the hard work starts on Tuesday 27th and Thursday 29th June when pre season training resumes at Darby Way between 18:00 and 20:30. The club welcomes new players along to challenge for a place in what the club hope to be another historic season in it’s development. Following the departure of it’s current keeper, the club is actively inviting goalkeepers to attend pre-season. Anyone interested in the position should contact Brett (07980 697872).
Off the pitch, the club are holding their annual Pitch Fest on from Friday 7th July through to Sunday 9th July. Live music is arranged for the 8th along with activities for all ages throughout the weekend. For more information please look up Bishops Lydeard AFC on Facebook or contact Gary Brown on 07956 682367.
This Saturday saw the Colts take a rest from league action to play White Eagles in the semi final of the Gardener Cup.Colts took an early lead on 5 mins through Alex Conway, a great header at the back post to powerful for the Eagles keeper to keep out. Eagles responded right away with a good goal, it was then pretty much even throughout the first half but Wael-Rach Pocock-Kahla had other ideas scoring from a Conway knock down 2-1 up! Half time 2-1 Colts.
No changes for the second half and the Colts stepped up and ran away with it. Shane Hills scored to make it 3-1 after cutting in from the left and beating their keeper at the near post. Wael then notched his second goal 4-1 and the celebrations went wild taking his shirt off and celebrating in front of Bridgwater Wolves who we play in the final! And he didn’t even get a booking for it. Will Mumby replaced the excellent Dan Cooke, Joey Conway replaced Hills and manager Andy Springer replaced the beast of a captain Matthew Charles. Springer oozed class and helped in the build up to Joeys goal! 5-1 full time score! The back 4 with Chris McKee who’s distribution was first class again, the returning Owen Lindsay rock solid, Callum Corns lead well and lost 2 balls, Sam Bate mr Excellent. Midfield middle of Cooke, Joel Durkin who was excellent and man of the match Alex Conway. Wael out wide left was brilliant and Ben Evett who every opponent wants to kick was excellent. Hills and Harris up top ran themselves into the ground.
With the cup final in the bag. News filtered through to the Bishops Lydeard Colts Fc camp! Galmington had lost at Minehead which meant with 1 game left Galmington can’t catch us! DIVISION 3 CHAMPIONS!!!! Up the colts’
Well done boys
Andy Springer & Carl Salter
Saturday 26th November 2016.
Colts remain unbeaten in the league as they pick 3 valuable points. Colts started brightly and were ahead ok 5 mins as Joey Conway scored. Joey Kaczorek got the last touch from a Ben Evett cross 2-0. And 2 minutes later Conway scored again to out colts 3-0 up after 22 mins. Colts kept pressing with the Grasshoppers keeper making 4/5 top notch saves. In typical colts style here comes the collapse Grasshoppers scored 3 goals in 7 minutes. Half time 3-3.The halftime team talk was straight to the point and brutal. Second half the colts got their act together but had man of the match Chris McKee making some vital saves. With the game being scrappy due to the pitch cutting up, the game changed when the ref gave a soft penalty to the colts. Up stepped captain Matthew Charles who cooly sent the keeper the wrong way 4-3 colts. Grasshoppers kept coming but the back 4 of Carl Salter, Adam Cornish, Callum Corns and Sam Bate stood strong helped out by kaz, Matt Melhuish, Joel Durkin Owen Lindsay, Evett and Joe Wakeman. If anyone see’s melly, ask him about his 1 on 1 at the end. With the Grasshoppers pressing Shane Hills finished the game with 2 good finishes. Colts deserved the 3 points but made it hard work.
The Colts were very much the better side in the first half and took the lead on 28 minutes through a smart finish from a ball from Man of the match Joel Durkin. Colts scored a second from a good finish by Joey Conway on his home debut. The Colts continued to control the ball and game; until the 48th min in the first half when Minehead scored somewhat against the run of play.Half time 2-1
The second half was a different story with the much improved Minehead the better side and equalised on 53 minutes. For the rest of the game it was evens with both sides missing good chances. Need to take our chances and kill games off in the future.
Colts started well with a early goal on 8 minutes from Ben Evett after lovely link up play between the midfield and attacker’s. We looked sharp and in control of the game until 3 silly mistakes handed Minehead 3 easy goals in the 20th, 30th and 37th minute. After the second goal we looked over run in midfield with Tom Swateridge in battle with a midfield trio. Slum dog dug in and helped out. Half time 3-1. Colts made a instant change with Ross Udall replacing Matthew Harris to help Tom with his battle leaving Kurt up top on his own. After 15 minutes the changes came with Addy replacing Merry and going to a back 3, Joey in place of Kurt and the birthday boy in place of Tom. We then went to a 3-5-1 formation which paid off instantly with Joey heading on to set up Ben Evett for his 2nd on 50 mins. Ben converted his hat trick 15 minutes later after a gift from some poor Minehead defending and keeping. 3-3 heading into the last thirty. Then Minehead scored soon after. But the Colts never gave up and pressed from the front. Addys hard work paid off after putting pressure on to be gifted the ball to then take on the keeper 4-4 in the last 5 minutes. Ben’s heal was playing up so he gave way for Louis to give fresh legs after sitting out for 20 minutes which proved vital as he popped up with the winner in added time. Very pleased with the fight and battle from every single one of you. Still unbeaten in the league.
Andrew Springer & Carl Salter
Why not come and be part of the exciting first game under floodlights at Darby Way! Tomorrow night (Wednesday 21st September) sees the Mens First Team take on Ashton & Backwell United in the Toolstation Western League Division 1.
Bridgwater Reserves 2-2 BLAFC
Lydeard found themselves down to ten men after 15 minutes following the dismissal of Charlie Wilson for a wreckless challenge. Minutes later Jack Adams put Lydeard ahead with a screamer from 25 yards out which went in off the angle of the post and cross bar. Bridgwater levelled on 35 after some sloppy defending and took the lead through a Connor Noble own goal, cruel deflection which left keeps Lawton stranded.
Lydeard soaked up the pressure in the second half, Butler, Clunnie and Andrews worked tirelessly is midfield and contained the Bridgwater flow. On 70 Lydeard equalised through a Tune Govier own goal.