Our 1st ever game at Ashton Gate - home of Bristol City FC - on 17th May 2018 was certainly worth the wait, with the Away team coming out on top 5-7 in a terrific end-to-end encounter!
Date: Thursday 17th May 2018
Venue: Ashton Gate
Bristol City (Home) vs Bristol City (Away)
Kick Off: 13:30 pm
Legends & Managers: Scott Murray and Colin Cramb
Match Officials: Mark Taylor, Ben Taylor, Kelvin Charles & Andy Cowie
Football Aid found itself in the West Country by the means of Ashton Gate for its first ever Bristol City game. Legends Scott Murray and Colin Cramb were on hand to lend some expertise to the two sides.
A home side playing in red shirts and white shorts, the colours well associated with the Robins took on an away side wearing the rather bright combination of purple shirts with fluorescent green shorts.
The Home team including Bristol City legend (and current kitman!), Scott Murray were quick out of the blocks and on 7 minutes, Dean Thorpe found the top corner with a curling effort after a quick thinking indirect free kick move. An accidental handball by Kevin Banks in the Away net resulted in the free kick which was passed on quickly for Thorpe to expertly place into the top left corner. (1-0)
The Home keeper, Rich Duffy, was then in action at the other end tipping an effort away over the bar with an acrobatic save. A corner from Nicholas Herbert came to nothing before a great last ditch tackle from Centre half Greg Taylor denied a counter attacking opportunity for the Home team.
A thundering effort from Steven Scouller cannoned off the crossbar before James Gasson also found the woodwork with a rebound header. It didn’t look to be the Away side’s day early on.
That all changed on 18 mins though as a brilliant low cross from Herbert found the onrushing Steven Scouller who timed his slide perfectly to connect with the ball and equalise for the Away side. (1-1)
A beautiful cross from the Home side then found the head of Joe Hylands who was only able to direct his header past the post.
It was to be the Away side who would complete an early turnaround in the 39th min when an exquisite finish from Douglas Beswick put the side 2-1 ahead. A driving run down the right made space, before Beswick found the bottom corner from the edge of the box. (1-2)
The Away side were to find a 3rd goal minutes later when a pinpoint ball over the top found Herbert who crossed perfectly taking the goalkeeper out of the question for Gasson to bundle home the ball three mins before the interval. (1-3)
It seemed like the Away side had firmly broken down the Home side’s barn door, as a 4th goal was on the cards on 44 mins when Scoullar headed home from close range after an error from the Home number 1. (1-4)
And a 5th goal immediately followed before the break, Herbert found his way through on goal after a chipped pass and lobbed the ball over the keeper to find the far bottom corner; a disastrous few minutes for the Home side... (1-5)
The Home team had a chance to get back into the game when a lovely pullback set up Mark Kibby who could only spoon his effort way over the crossbar and into the red seats behind the goal.
Half-Time: Bristol City (Home) 1 - 5 Bristol City (Away)
A long range effort with brilliant technique from eventual Home Man of the Match Joe Hylands, gave the Home team hope early in the 2nd half. He found the ball on the edge of the box and expertly found the top corner. (2-5)
The Away team stretched their lead back to four when winger Scouller completed his hattrick when he cut in from the right and fired an effort past the outstretched reach of Home GK Duffy, who was sporting a cap for the 2nd half! (2-6)
With the sun shining in Bristol, the Home side were looking for a response and needed something quickly if any hope of a turnaround was to be explored. They had a penalty shout when Andrew Harland went to ground after a challenge from half time substitute Sean Jones, but any protests were waved away by the referee.
The Away team were in 7th heaven when James Gasson completed a quick counter-attack with a 30 yard effort which caught Duffy off his line and landed perfectly in the unguarded net. (2-7)
However the Home team held on to the hope of an an improbable comeback and when Adam Canning had an effort cleared off the line, the momentum of the game seemed to change. A reaction save from Kevin Banks denied Harland from close range.
A commanding display from Paddy Armstrong at the back for the Home team continued to keep the score as it was.
The Away team were making camp in their own half, and this proved to be a costly tactical decision when a misplaced pass landed at the feet of Home striker Mark Kibby to hammer the ball into the open net with 15 mins remaining. (3-7)
Two minutes later a marauding run from Home GK Duffy set up a promising counter attack and the ball eventually made its way to Dean Thorpe who found the bottom corner to cut the deficit to three. (4-7)
With 82 mins on the clock, Andrew Harland latched onto an inviting through ball for a 5th Home goal to set up a tense ending to the tie.
However it was too little too late for the Home side with the Away team and their Legend Colin Cramb holding on for victory.
Full-Time: Bristol City (Home) 5 - 7 Bristol City (Away)
Man of the Match Home: Joe Hylands
Man of the Match Away: Steven Scouller
Moment of the Match: James Gasson
Home Team: Rich Duffy (C), Adam Canning, Scott Murray, Paddy Armstrong, Robert Thorpe, Baljinder Singh, Mark Feehan, Joe Hylands, Mark Kibby, Dean Thorpe, Andrew Harland, Rich Bolter, Jason Guy
Home Mascot: Alfie Kibby
Away Team: Kevin Banks, Neal Dawson, Colin Cramb, Jon Dixon, Greg Taylor, Edward Smith, Nicholas Herbert, Matthew Fellows (C), James Gasson, Dean Smith, Steven Scouller, Dan Gillespie, Douglas Beswick, Sean Jones
Match Report written by Simon Farnan
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AFTER MATCH FEEDBACK
“After having the experience at Aston Gate on the 17 May, I’m really delighted that I may have an early chance to repeat the experience again next season. As a football fan and as a player who never really made it at any senior level, the opportunity that you have made available is simply a dream come true with the added bonus of supporting charity. From actually walking into the dressing room and seeing the kit laid out, provision of drinks, access to the players area and to the Legends; simply brilliant!”
Paddy Armstrong – Home Team No.4
“Another great Football Aid event! A new ground for me and the facilities were fantastic and made to feel welcome which is always nice - everything ran smoothly again.”
Dean Smith – Away Team No.10
“Amazing @FootballAid experience at @ashtongatestad on Thursday with @RichBolter and some great lads! Voted Man of the Match by @Scotty_Murray!”
Joey Hylands – Home Team No.8
“Thanks for another fantastic event @FootballAid! Conditions were top notch and safe to say @bcfctweets nailed down the hospitality side of things. Chuffed to get my first match ball and MOM trophy! #FootballAid18”
Steven Scouller – Away Team No.11
“Today’s @bcfctweets @FootballAid memories, great team mates, including Football Aid Legends @AhhGeeProd @wolvespremier @richduffy1981 @deancthorpe Good day in the West Country, high praise & thanks to the host club for the excellent event, especially the groundsmen, perfect pitch!”
Mark Feehan – Home Team No.7