Match report by Blunsdon FC
Blunsdon FC v Ruby Removals
📰 Pre season friendly
⏱6:45pm Kick off
🏟Sutton Park, Blunsdon, SN267BB
Another tough pre season fixture for Blunsdon who hosted Swindon & District’s Reigning Premier Division Champions Ruby Removals. It was a game of 2 halves, but what a game for the fans especially the neutrals, a 13 goal thriller with the game eventually finishing 7-6 to Ruby Removals.
Blunsdon started the game with a real high tempo and opened the scoring early on through Eliot Wheatley, then shortly after Eliot Wheatley turned provider for Josh Skeates.
Ruby’s then pulled a goal back to make it 2-1 before Josh Skeates hit an absolute stunner into the bracket of the goal but a defensive mistake allowed Ruby’s back in the game with their 2nd, 3-2. Josh then hit another sensational shot top bins to give Blunsdon a 4-2 lead and this was all in the opening 20 minutes of the game.
Zach Ockwell went on to make it 5-2 beating the keeper one on one, before Dave Young added a 6th with a bullet of a header and in truth the game looked comfortable for Blunsdon. Ruby’s did add a 3rd just before half time to bring the score to 6-3 in Blunsdon’s favour.
The second half was a completely different story and Ruby’s came out and put on a dominant performance, out playing Blunsdon in all areas of the pitch only a number of fine saves from debutant keeper John Walters was keeping Blunsdon’s lead in tact but Ruby’s relentless pressure and control of the game eventually payed off and they broke the dead look to make it 6-4.
Ruby’s then went on to score 3 more goals with out reply and take the lead with less than 10 minutes left to play, the score now 7-6. Despite Ruby’s dominance in the second half Blunsdon did create chances to score with Eliot Wheatley just pulling a shot wide connecting from a cross very early in the half and he forced a great save form Ruby’s keeper stopping the ball from going top bins.
Chester Dolisznyj also missed a left footed volley from a corner and put a header just over from 2 yards right at the end, he couldn’t quite get over the ball.
Blusndon made a number of changes last night during the game with substitutes Lee Baden, Luke Coxhead, Kane Wheatley and Jamie Pidgeon all getting involved.
MOTM yesterday goes to a young man who is having a sensational pre season so it was only a matter of time before he picked up the accolade, and that young man is Josh Skeates, scoring a superb hat-trick Josh looked untouchable last night, along with his finishing Josh’s work rate and team play was top class. Well done Josh long may this fine form continue.
A very good game for Blunsdon as we will learn more from defeat than we do in victory but a little disappointing to give away a 3 goal advantage and to end up losing but credit to Ruby’s.
It really was a game of 2 halves with some brilliant attacking play but not the greatest of defensive games from either team. Blunsdon go again Saturday against Stratton United from the Cirencester and District.