1s v Cardiff Met 20/10/21
This eventful match commenced with UBWFC having to fight more against Welsh gale force winds and rain rather than the opposition. However, windswept as we were, it was a well-matched beginning to the game with Bristol maintaining equal amounts of possession and defending an early Cardiff Met corner, thanks to an organised and well-rehearsed defensive set-play. This well-structured Bristol defence posed a problem for Cardiff Met who struggled to penetrate, especially due to the effective clearances of defender Emily Tilford-Carey. Bristol’s attacking force was just as formidable, with a premier-league standard ball from Nancy Gilmartin to India De Bellescize, who was able to play the ball to our Swiss Wonder-Woman, Lynn Brändli, for an opportunity on goal. However, despite the high standard of football that Bristol had displayed thus far, Cardiff Met seemed to have Jesus on their side, slotting in a once-in-a-lifetime goal from the halfway line. As frustrating as this goal may seem, UBWFC are fighters: Amaia Emmerson, our captain and goalkeeper, refused to let in another goal during a fast Cardiff attack, expertly tipping the ball out for a corner. At this point, the wind died down and the sun started to appear - that’s a sign that Bristol’s luck was about to change, right? Wrong. Bristol conceded an unfortunate free kick, yet we still refused to give up - especially midfielder Steph Norris who is always a pivotal component of our team. However, despite the determination and gall of Steph and her midfield maestros, another goal was conceded from a well-taken Cardiff Met free-kick. The half-time whistle blew and Bristol retired to the changing rooms to receive an inspiring (and slightly terrifying) team talk from coach, Bill. The second half commenced with fire in many a Bristol belly, yet disaster struck once more with the injury of defender Emily Tilford-Carey. However, the talent of UBWFC of course extends to the substitute bench, and therefore it was an easy decision to sub on Katherine Webb in Emily’s place. The match continued with intelligent football displayed by all members of UBWFC, but unfortunately Cardiff Met had hoarded all the luck for this match, and Bristol’s efforts did not amount to any goals. Attacker Molly Kane was next to be subbed on, replacing Simone Yumeng Ling, and despite not being able to claim the 3 points, UBWFC ensured that the second half was not lost, keeping it’s scoreline to 0-0. Despite being a disappointing loss, this match was a display of UBWFC’s refusal to give up under any circumstances, and therefore we will progress onwards to our next match with our heads held high.