Ramblers 4 – Bathelona 2

9th November 2003


Team:  Turner, A Sheehan, P Sheehan, Stiddard, Babbington, House, King, Storer, Shewring, Snook, Shearman.
Subs:  Nichols, Allan, Canning.


Two new faces today. One of them, Tyrone Storer, is not really new at all having one of the highest number of appearances for Redland Rangers, but was making a welcome return on his home ground for the Ramblers after a long absence.  The other, Nick Shearman, a regular in 5-a-side was made his debut in the full 11-a-side team, and what a debut with a near hat-trick.


The team made a rather shaky start, but Nick scored the opener mid way through the first half after good work by Phil Sheehan, breaking forward down the left (1 – 0).  Bathelona equalised almost immediately.  Brian tipped a shot onto the bar, but the rebound fell to a Bathelona forward, who tucked it away (1 – 1).  Nick scored again when a shot rebounded back to him off the keeper and he was able to walk it into the net (2 – 1). For a moment it seemed that Nick had grabbed a hat-trick as he and the keeper challenged for a cross from the Dave House, but no contact was made, so the goal was Dave’s (3 – 1).


Tyrone was also having a good game in midfield, “putting himself about” as he always has done and also showed us that his shooting remains the same as ever when he belted a long range one way over the bar.


By half time we were looking fairly comfortable, but in the second half Bathelona, who had looked a good team throughout, started to increase the pressure and scored a second to make our lead seem much less secure (3 – 2).  Pete brought himself on to allow Phil to push further forward, with Andy going off and Nick Shewring moving to right back. With this new formation we continued to hold onto our lead against continuing Bathelona pressure.  Tony came on for the last 10 minutes, replacing Duncan who had done a fine centre-forward job of holding the ball up and supporting Nick, despite an injured ankle.


Right at the end Geoff made the result look better by scoring with a well-placed shot into the top corner of the goal (4 – 2).