Bristol & Suburban Prem 2
Saturday 13th April 2013
Mangotsfield Sports 1 – 3 Bristol Athletic Saturday
Things are looking so much better for Athletic now as they overpowered Mangotsfield to go 7 games unbeaten with 19 points out of a possible 21. Earlier in the week it was Rockleaze Rangers that got the brunt of Athletics midweek form as they went down by 3 goals to nothing
Some erratic form from Athletic earlier in the season caused the club some real concern but players, staff and management worked together to underpin the playing philosophy and turn it into a winning formula that also top of the table Tytherington Rocks beaten last week and six straight wins.
Mangostfield were no pushovers though, they were a constant threat and in fact took the lead early in the second half but the Jaguars persistent attacks and flowing possession caused too many problems for the mango’s as Shah Bhakerd Singh hit a hat rick despite some dubious offside calls.
Great work from Marcus Hanson in goal formed the backbone of a defence marshalled by Rayan Wilson. Moby Bhakerd, Romano Chambers and David Wright made up the back four whilst captain Kelvin Williams once again led by example with an impressive display of strength and vision in central midfield alongside Leandro Smith and the lively Adrian “Yardie” Thompson. Kieran Miller and Dazell Young both terrorised Mangotsfield from the flanks and Shah Bhakerd Singh was simply inspirational up top with an array of runs and chances that had the home team often just watching and hoping as he persistently ran the back four ragged and netted a well deserved hatrick in the process. Kanwarpreet Singh also looked lively as he replace Miller on 68 minutes.
Three of Athletics players including Shah, arrived straight from the temple from celebrating the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi and what an amazing way to celebrate !
New sponsors Carib-Asian.com saw the new kit christened in style with a victory. Athletic now face Mangotsfield again this Thursday (18th April) at home and then travel to Ridings high the following Saturday.
A mixed start to the season saw Bristol Athletic’s Suburban league side take on Totterdown POB in a hastily reversed fixture after the Rose Green pitch was again unplayable.
Club Captain Max Jones took the team on a scenic trip around Bristol with some strange directions only to arrive at Totterdowns ground 25 minutes before K.O.
Manager Pat Hart was without coach Dazell Young, however the return of Shrek helped to stabilise a defence that has leaked far too many goals in the first few games.
An encouraging first half saw Kanwarpreet Singh put the visitors ahead with further chances aplenty .
During the second period the in form striker (3 goals in 3 games) Kadeem Sinclair’s tight hamstring led to an appearance from newly returned Shah Singh who hit a 2nd half hat rick just to remind the gaffer that he’s still got the touch. Ben Serle was the other scorer.
It was a much needed result for athletic albeit from a poor Totterdown side however Manager Pat Hart still believes there’s much room for improvement from his players. he said “I was encouraged by some individual performances but very annoyed at conceding a goal, we needed a clean sheet, however we will work on some individual fitness and stamina for some of our players and look forward to a break from the league next week in the GFA Cup against Boco”
Bristol & Suburban Prem 2 – Saturday 8th September 2012
Wessex Wanderers 0 – 3 Bristol Athletic
After much hard work & preparation the BAFC season finally got underway on Saturday against newly promoted Wessex who had already gained three points the week before.
Chairman & current Manager Pat Hart teamed up with Veteran Robbie Collins to select a side ready to take on the new formation and systems of coach Dazell Young whose company Top Performance has been working with the players throughout the summer break. Dazells company works for an array on national Football Associations and was away on International duty for the first match, but he need not have worried as the players performed confidently against a well organised and match ready opposition.
Athletic though looked in complete control when after only 6 minutes “yardie Ricky” nipped a driving cross from the right that met Kanwarpreet Singh’s head perfectly to put the lads ahead. From then on it was Athletic all the way with Kadeem Sinclair proving a real force upfront and Bene “Harry” Serle a consistent threat from a midfield that boasted Simon Smart & Kelvin “Corned Beef” Williams. It was difficult to chose any real heroes in this game as Athletic kept great shape throughout and were Captained by max Jones who kept it calm and organised at the back.
Two crossbars, two posts and a string of superb saves kept the score to a modest three , with our additional goals coming from the royal “Harry”. Efforts from Kanwarptreet Singh, Kelvin Williams, Kadeem Sinclair & Simon Smart all looked goal bound but in the end a clean sheet for Debutant keeper Marcus Hanson gave a well deserved three points to the Jaguars.
After the game Hart said ” It’s a really exciting time for us with Rose Green our new home and the planned partnership with Bristol Central Youth football. We hope to develop facilities here to County standard and that’s our aim over the next 4 years. Alongside Dazell & Rayan from Top Performance we’ve managed to amass a promising squad here and we still have some of last years Under 18′s to come so I’m not afraid to say that promotion is our intention this season, anything less and we’ll be bitterly disappointed. If we continue to work hard and focus on our objectives then I’m sure we’ll achieve our goal”
The smallest tour squad in the clubs history (14) look set to lose the Anglo Dutch trophy after Wajid Darr, Mikie Rodwell & Kieran Miller were all injured prior to the big game.
However despite possibly the worst ever linesman decision we have experienced and an even worse performance from the Dutch referee, the Athletic lads galvanised their spirit and came through to eventually win the match 6-2 with a superb 4 from Shah Bhakerd with kanwarpreet Singh & Ricky Newton adding to the tally.
Chairman Pat Hart who had to play over 80 minutes of the game said ” I really didn’t expect to have to play at my `age, but our tour team manager Ricky Newton & captain Andrew Campbell have been so supportive and helped us old boys to gel with the team, Andy Smith, Ben White, Rob Collins & Wajid Darr are all the wrong side of 30 and it was an amazing achievement both tactically and in terms of our determination to pull this off, I would say that after 40 minutes we broke their spirit and then it was all one way”
The club would like to extend a massive thanks To Robert Visser & Jaap Boss at Neptunia for making the arrangements and looking after our lads on tour, they both believed they would be keeping the cup in Holland but it was not to be.
The second game in 2 days saw a 7-3 victory against Oosterhoek with 2 more from Shah Bhakerd, another from Kanwarpreet Singh and also Kieran Miller, Ricky Newton , Andrew Campbell and a screamer from Danny Dorrington.
The tour video will be available to players soon as well as an online adit for the website coming soon.
Next year we plan to go to Spain or Portugal on tour so start saving now lads !
Papa’s Lounge on Union Street in Bristol was the venue for this years Bristol Athletic Awards with the Vets/Casuals, Under 18′s & the main Saturday side all represented.
The Vets were first with Lee Rankin getting the Managers Player award and Andrew Smith being voted the Players player. Rob Collins bagged yet another trophy with casuals Top Scorer.
This years the vets changed their name to casuals to reflect the new group of under 35′s that are now regulars.
For the Under 18′s, Isaac Kahar Got league Top Scorer whilst Kieran Sargent won Cup Top Scorer.
The managers player was Adao Hart whilst Kieran Sargent was voted players player.
In the senior 1st team awards, Max Jones got managers player, Romano “Pops” Chambers got Most Improved player & Kanwarpreet Singh had top scorer whilst Andrew Caddick Campbell was the runaway winner of the Players player.
Other wards were the captains award which went to Kanwarpreet Singh, the Go hard tacklers award to Leandro Smith , the Rob Collins award to Moby Bhakerd and the Chairmans award to Ryan Jones. The overall winner by draw was Max Jones who also bagged the £100 prize ! he kindly donated £50 back to the club.
Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all those who attended and took part in the BAFC season 20122/12
Tuffley Rovers 0 – 2 BAFC U18′s
This week saw the BAFC Casuals play a midweek game & come back from a 0-2 half time deficit to win 3-2, they also went down 2-0 on Sunday to again fight back and earn a 2-2 draw. The Casuals remain undefeated in the league this year !
BAFC Saturday fought back to earn a 1 – 1 draw against Tytherington in their penultimate fixture with a goal from Kanwarpreet Singh
And BAFC are set for yet another Cup final as Andre & Abz led their BAFC Under 18′s to a 4-2 semi final victory to land a place in the League shield final against the winners of the Gloucester rounds. The final date is 6th May. Please watch this space for details of the venue etc. Well done lads, the whole club are proud of you !