Cribbs Colts given hard match from Romans
CRIBBS Friends Life Colts were given a fright by a spirited Roman Glass St George side before securing a 5-3 success in the Bristol Central Division.
The game was played on a heavy, but perfectly playable surface and both teams were congratulated by the referee on the standard of football shown. The ref allowed an exciting encounter to flow freely.
Colts raced into a 4-1 half-time lead and looked set for a big win, but they were pegged back to 4-3 by a gutsy Roman Glass side, before clinching the match with a late goal from captain Matthew Baker.
Cribbs were very effective in the first half and opened up a three-goal lead within the opening half hour. All the goals came from set-pieces, which were poorly defended by Roman Glass. The first, from an early corner, was headed in by Matt Newbery, before leading scorer Tamas Elias struck twice within a few minutes, one from the penalty spot.
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Roman Glass hit back with a penalty of their own through Adrian Nadason, who had been upended by the Colts keeper, before Elias completed a first-half hat-trick after good passing released him in the inside right channel to expertly lift the ball over the keeper.
The second half produced good football from both sides and Cribbs were indebted to their keeper Rory Smith, who pulled off a series of excellent saves and handled well in the wet conditions.
He could do little to prevent Connor Andrews scoring a brace for Roman Glass, however, as his determined side closed the gap to 4-3.
But their comeback hopes were dashed five minutes from time when a Cribbs corner was headed in by Baker to tie up the points for the hosts.
Meanwhile, in the Bristol South Division, Rockleaze Rangers produced a hardworking and skilful performance to overcome Brislington 6-0 on the road.
Bris had begun the game brightly and looked the sharper of the two sides in the early stages. But the visitors took the lead when, following a break down the right, Tiff Andrews' shot was not held by the Brislington keeper and striker Rory Langdon pounced on the rebound.
The home team found themselves two down shortly afterwards with Langdon again getting on the scoresheet.
Rockleaze keeper Matt Powell made a couple of fine saves to snuff out any hint of an early comeback by Brislington, before away skipper James Cooley headed a third goal for Rangers and, shortly before the break, playmaker Gus Hill slotted home a well-worked fourth.
Any hope Brislington had of rescuing something from the game effectively disappeared within 15 minutes of the restart when Hill fired powerfully into the net to make it 5-0.
Brislington, to their credit, continued to battle and came close with a free-kick that crashed against the bar. The home side also saw a 'goal' ruled out for offside, but Rockleaze continued to carve out chances themselves. The final goal tally could easily have been higher had their finishing been more clinical.
Rockleaze's leading scorer Marcus Williams did grab a sixth goal from another rebound and the visitors deserved their clean sheet to accompany a fine win.