Gaffer satisfied after eight at FRY'SRichard Roberts Thursday, January 17, 2002 14:58 GMT
The Nobs roadshow moved on to the home of chocolate in the south west, Fry’s club in Keynsham for an interesting fixture against Avon Retreads.
Whispa it quietly but the Nobs were entering the year with strong hopes of the title but this match was expected to be no picnic for our miniature heroes.
Early confusion arose through finding the right pitch due to having to count over 10 but Tompsetts selection were given a pre match boost with the inclusion of youth team goalkeeper Matt a late replacement for long term injury victim Phelan. Newspaper reports have linked Phelan with a move to the Nobs winter sports centre in Andorra although this was quickly denied by the club.
The Nobs were quickly into their stride in perfect conditions, and before long Carson rose unchallenged to head the first goal. This aerial dominance continued with a goal for Richens as a succession of accurate crosses were provided by Dent and Tucker.
Chances continued to arrive for the hungry Nobs, appetites raised by the nearby confectionery plant. One of a number of corners provided Mapson aka king cod with a chance to find the back of the net , whilst at the same time colliding with tricky winger Blake who required attention to a swollen eye , a cod in the eye must be worth two in the net ?
Marauding full back Bourne was finding increasing space on the retreads left flank and soon was surging through with only the goalkeeper to beat a last ditch save left him with an open net but after what seemed an age a defender appeared from nowhere to deny him again. Shortly after the referee who bore a passing resemblance to the Nobs manager called time out on the first half.
Scottish trialist Austin ,together with two Clarkes came on to a reshuffled team but with Retreads looking more like remoulds the Nobs continued where they left of in the first half. Richens , Dent twice and Carson adding further goals.
Skipper Tucker continued his rich vein of form with another goal volleyed in after good work by Carson and Roberts in midfield. Further attempts were to follow including a viciously swerving shot from ricky which seemed to dip away at the last moment and a typically breezy cameo performance from Scoop including him finding the net, the side netting to show Nobs strength in depth.
Not surprisingly thoughts were now turning to next weeks cup quarter final clash with Redland and the performance level dipped sufficiently to allow the rubber boys a consolation goal as the defence began to tyre.
Mapson who had combined well again with Thomas and Jarosz in defence was awarded man of the match with Bourney taking the champagne moment.