North Somerset hang on to record vital victory

PUBLISHED: 17:43 04 December 2018

Rich Pugsley.

Rich Pugsley.

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North Somerset hung on at the end with nine players to defeat PGSOB at Gordano School.

North Somerset men’s 1st XI hosted PGSOB at Gordano School and came away with a narrow but vital win and three points in a game littered with injuries and cards.

The early rain had subsided by push back leaving a quick playing surface and both sides went at each other from the start with the majority of the play taking place in an error-strewn midfield battle.

With North struggling to get a foothold in the game, they conceded a penalty corner and although the initial drag flick was saved by keeper Steve Proctor, the visitors were first to the react, firing home from six yards out to go one up.

First into the sin bin was left-back Brad Krone with a green card midway through the first half, but North weathered the storm while down to 10 men.

The equaliser came for North once they were back up to 11 men, a well-worked move culminating in an easy tap-in for Charlie Mott at the back post.

The second goal came courtesy of the hard-working Scott Voisey firing home at the end of a good team move for the lead at half time.

After the break, North won a short corner and up stepped Darshane Theara to fire low towards the bottom corner, skipper Lewis Francuz touching home past a despairing keeper to put North into a 3-1 lead.

A defensive slip by North then saw the away side reduce the deficit, despite a brave attempt by Steve Proctor.

PGSOB ramped up the pressure and with 10 minutes remaining, Francuz received a yellow card effectively ending his afternoon’s work. A green card to Patt Tanner reduced North down to nine and once he returned to the fray it was the turn of Theara to head to the bin for a two minute sit down.

On the full time whistle, a penalty corner was conceded by North and Daniel Ball was given his marching orders, North Somerset’s fourth card within 10 minutes.

The penalty corner was taken and a combination of Proctor, Lee Chambers, Tanner, Krone and George Priestner kept the ball and opposition at bay and cleared the ball for North Somerset to win a tough battle 3-2.

Hughes Carpentry man of the match was Steve Proctor.

The men’s 2nd XI lost 4-0 away to second in the table Old Bristolians.

The ladies 1st XI were away to Shepton Mallett, but as with their season so far they continued the good form to win 4-2 with Alex Port having a great game in defence for her last game for North Somerset before she moves to away to Swindon, Thanks for all your support for the club.

The 3rd XI had two games last weekend, against Weston A and Bridgwater B.

Against Weston, Jack Colling set up Shaun Huxham for a goal and soon after Colling’s cross was netted by Colin Ainsworth.

Weston came back with a well-worked goal and then a flick from near the edge of the D into the side netting to make it 2-2 at half time.

After the break, Jon Venn put North ahead, but Weston equalised in the last few minutes, leaving Steve Geary in goal with no chance.

At home to second-placed Bridgwater B, the visitors proved strong on the attack and were 2-0 up at half time.

After the break, Bridgwater picked up a couple more goals, while Jon Venn got another goal from a short corner to finish with a 4-2 loss.

Man of the match was Sam Down.

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