The results have been mixed so far this season for the BGS football teams, but all the sides have displayed great team spirit and perseverance, as well as playing some excellent football.
It's been a challenging start to the season for the first team, having had some tough games with disappointing results. The game against QEH frustratingly ended in a 1–1 draw, despite BGS dominating possession and chances. There was more frustration against Marlborough, as BGS conceded three early goals, going on to lose the game 6–4 despite goals from Roberts, Hares and Soyannwo. King’s Taunton saw a better performance, unluckily losing the game 2–1, Roberts scoring the only BGS goal. Clifton College produced a fiery encounter, with BGS disappointed to concede two late goals to lose 4–3, having played outstanding football throughout.
The Second XI played well against QEH but were unlucky to come away with a 1–0 loss. Marlborough proved to be a sterner test, ending in a 7–2 loss after having been 2–0 up thanks to two goals from Rowson. The game proved to be a valuable learning experience for the team. After going 1–0 down against King’s Taunton, the boys stepped it up after half-time, and a well-deserved goal from Taylor drew the game 1–1. In the derby match against Clifton College, the team put in a brilliant performance to win 4–3, with goals from Marsden, Taylor and two from Rowson.
The Third team have had a mixed start to the season, losing 3–0 to QEH and 5–1 to Marlborough College. However they bounced back with a dominant performance against King’s Taunton, winning 3–1 – an encouraging result for the rest of the season and for the future.
Led by Mr Wiltshire, the Fourth XI have excelled, showing outstanding football ability and talent, with some fine individual performances from Parr-Head. Although results haven’t reflected the performances put in – losing 5–1 and 7–3 – there have been some excellent goals scored by Quinlan and Trantor, and the win should coming in due course.
The U15s started strongly against King’s Taunton, eager to score early. With strong attacking plays BGS found the goal through Burdge. A strong second half, with lots of BGS pressure, saw them score again to make it 2–1 but King’s scored a remarkable goal from halfway to draw the game 2–2. Unfortunately the U15s couldn't bounce back from this result against Monmouth, losing 4–1 away to the Welsh side.
The U14s remain in pursuit of their first win, following difficult games against Monmouth and King’s Taunton. In both games the boys have remained resilient and while not able to claim a win have worked hard to prevent their opposition from walking away with a clean sheet, Mole curling a free kick into the top left corner against Monmouth and Bolt neatly finishing off a slick counter-attack against King’s Taunton.
Good luck to all the teams for the remainder of the season.