North Somerset get season off to superb start as great Scott fires all four in win
PUBLISHED: 18:00 03 October 2019
North Somerset's men began the new Verde Recreo League Conference South season with a 4-1 win over Isca B on Saturday.
Despite fielding five new players and a new captain in Mitch Francuz, it was busines as usual for North as they came from behind to take the points.
Isca took the lead when a short corner was deflected high into the net, not North hit back as Scott Voisey netted with a drag flick from their own corner.
Nathan Hancock went close to putting North ahead after a driving run, but as pressure built, Voisey converted another corner with a low flick into the opposite corner.
After some patient possession play in the second half, North went 3-1 up when a quick break down the flank and slick passing set up Voisey to complete his hat-trick.
And strong defending denied Isca a reply in the time remaining before Voisey potted his fourth goal from close range to take the Hughes Carpentry man of the match award.
The seconds travelled to Bradley Stoke to face South Gloucester A in their opening fixture and fell behind to a slick passing move.
And despite creating chances of their own, North fell further behind when a string of corners led to a deflected flick which beat the despairing dive of Rob O'Neil.
North battled hard in the second half and pulled one goal back with a quarter of an hour left on the clock as man of the match John Venn injected a corner to Courtney Sandford and he slipped the ball to Toby Cox to fire home.
But that was all North had to show for their efforts as they were left to rue poor finishing and returned empty handed.
North Somerset B also missed out after losing to Westbury & United Banks D in a seven-goal thriller at Gordano.
Dan Dudley, Sam Caseley and debutant goalkeeper Nick Round - who was named man of the match - gave strong performances and veteran Neil Edwards returned from a two-year injury absence.
Young Charlie Colling showed his promise as Phil Toomey struck twice and Callum Black coolly converted from the penalty spot for North, who finished the stronger of the two sides.
But Toomey had two other shots inadvertently blocked by Shaun Huxham as Westbury were left hanging on for the points in a 4-3 victory.