Mens 2nd XI Match Reports

31 Oct 2020   Shepton Mallet A  3    Westbury and United Banks C  0

 

Shepton’s second team produced a dominant 3-0 victory which could have been a lot more. With control of the match from the first whistle with chances coming and going, the memory of last week’s goalless draw might have crossed a few of the players’ minds.  But those worries were put to bed when debutant Ollie Burnett smashed the ball into the top right-hand corner; the sort of goal that most of the team could only dream about.

 

Confidence on a high, Shepton played much better hockey, pressing the opposition hard and passing and dribbling more fluently. The next goal came when Nick MacKenzie, with time and space in the circle, picked his spot and neatly struck the ball into the bottom corner.

 

The game continued with Shepton playing high tempo hockey and Westbury only getting only a few chances thanks to a very solid defensive back four of Deuchezeau, Alexander, Godwin and Hardwick. 

The third goal came through Louis Osborne, breaking into the circle before side-stepping the keeper and slotting the ball home with a little help from a defender’s stick.

 

Despite a green card for Jack Cadbury, Mallet closed out the first half well, three-nil up whe ich was the least that they deserved.

 

The second half saw a little drop in focus and concentration as well as some great saves from Westbury’s keeper, which meant Shepton couldn’t add to the scoresheet.  But they also had their own keeper, Louis Guidi, to thank since despite not having to do much for large parts of the game, hdid well to switch on when needed and make some good saves to keep his clean sheet.

MOM:  Ollie Burnett (worldie)

DOD:  Jack Cadbury (green card, shoulder barge)

24 Oct 2020   Westbury and United Banks B   0     Shepton Mallet A   0

 

Shepton Mallet 2’s started their league campaign with a late away trip to Westbury B.  Shepton looked solid from the start with the defence well marshalled by Simon Hutchinson.  Some fantastic link up play from the midfield partnership of Chainey, Wood, Mackenzie and Louis Osbourne creating openings for attackers Manvill, Cadbury and Nash but the half ended 0-0.

 

The second half started as the first with Shepton on the front foot and Westbury only looking threatening from short corners which goalkeeper Guidi dealt with.  More openings for Shepton were being created with Manvill hitting the post, Nash deflecting a crash ball over the bar and Wood testing the keeper from a Shepton short corner.  Attacks continued with Billing, Bunday, Joe Osborne and Godwin all involved but it wasn’t to be with the game ending 0-0.

 

A good result for a Shepton team with new faces against a team that had come down from the league above.  The man of the match was awarded to Max Chainey.

DOD:  Lloyd (air shot)

10 Oct 2020  Shepton Mallet A  1   Team Bath Cuccs F   1

 

Shepton’s second team continued their preparations for the league season with a hard fought draw at home to Bath Buccs.  In a scrappy first half, Shepton were fortunate to take the lead when Louis Osborne fired a ball into the circle where debutant Jack Cadbury reached out and deflected the ball high over the keeper and into the net.  Buccs repsonded in kind ten minutes later, capitalising on being given wide open space on the half-way line, with a neatly taken breakaway goal.

Play opened out in the second half with Shepton creating a few more chances, the best of which fell to midfielder Max Chainey and skipper Lloyd Manvill but neither managed to find the target.  Bath had chances of their own but new centre-back pairing of Mike Spencer and Edward Godwin along with keeper Louis Guidi stood firm to ensure the game ended in a stalemate.

7 March 2020   Shepton Mallet A  2  Old Bristolians B  1

Shepton’s second team got back to winning ways in the Verde Recreo West Central Division 1 with a hard-fought home win against Old Bristolians.

Fielding four players under 16 and six under 19, Shepton started brightly and nearly took the when Mark Nash failed to find the net at the end of a well worked penalty corner routine.  But their visitors responded well and were twice denied by fine saves from man-of-the-match Louis Guidi.  But it was Mallet who broke the deadlock when a through ball by Tom Wood was deflected into the path of Nash who fired home on the volley from ten yards.

Both sides battled hard at the star of the second half but Shepton started to control the midfield with Wood and Lewis Duchezeau seeing more of the ball.  Max Chainey and Louis Osborne were also making penetrating runs on the flanks created openings for Lloyd Manvill to exploit upfront.  It was Manvill who won the penalty corner that led to Shepton’s second goal.  A firm strike from Wood deflected over the goalkeeper and spun over the line off the defender’s stick.  OBs pulled a goal back with ten minutes remaining to set up a nervy climax but Shepton defended resolutely to close the game out leapfrog the opponents in the table and up to fourth place.

MOM:  Louis Guidi

DOD:  Tom Wood

1 March 2020  North Somerset A  2  Shepton Mallet A  2

Shepton came from two goals down to salvage a draw in this rearranged Sunday fixture in the Verde Recreo West Central Division 1.  The game started at a frantic pace with both chances squandering good early opportunities and some heroic goalkeeping by both keepers.  But the home side opened the scoring when a lose pass was pounced on to set up an easy finish.  And they made it 2-0 before the break, punishing another mistake in the Shepton midfield. 

 

A tactical change at half time increased Mallet’s threat after the break despite two players being severely restricted with hamstring injuries.  They deservedly pulled a goal back when Harry Cadbury caressed the ball into the far corner from 15 yards.  As Shepton pressed for an equaliser both sets of players got edgy and both teams saw three players sent to the sin bin.  But Shepton continued to look dangerous and drew level when skipper Lloyd Manvill cut in from the left before releasing a bobbling shot that bounced over the keeper’s diving reach.  Both sides had chances to snatch all three points before then end but North Somerset were denied with some excellent saves by man-of-the-match Louis Guidi and covering defender George Shaw.

Man of the Match:  Louis Guidi

DOD:  Max Jessop (second goal and traffic lights)

29 Feb 2020  Taunton Vale C  5   Shepton Mallet A 4

Shepton’s winning run came to an end when they were narrowly defeated away at Taunton Vale.  Shepton played the majority of the game on the break with the pace and skill of Max Chainey and brothers Joe and Louis Osborne causing trouble for the Vale defence.  They took the lead after 15 minutes with a scorching strike by Tom Wood from a penalty corner and Wood doubled the lead with the last play of the first half when another corner strike was deflected into the net by a Vale defender.

 

Vale changed tactics in the second half and pressed much further up the pitch pinning Mallet in their own half.  They deservedly pulled a goal back ten minutes into the second half but their pressing game left gaps at the back for Mallet to exploit.  Mark Nash put Lloyd Manvill through on goal before he was up-ended to win a penalty flick which he duly converted.  But Vale quickly regrouped scored twice in five minutes to level the game up at 3-3.  Shepton’s heads didn’t drop and they retook the lead when Louis Osborne dribbled into the circle before setting up Manvill to fire home from close range.  But Shepton failed to keep control of the game as they conceded two more penalty corners in the last five minutes to be beaten by a single goal in a nine-goal thriller.

 

Man of the match:  Tom Wood

DOD:  Andy Shaw (harsh, but well played)

22 Feb 2020   Shepton Mallet A  3   South Glos A  2

After last weekend’s washout, Shepton’s second team won again to make it five victories on the trot in the Verde Recreo West Central Division 1.  They played some attractive hockey in the first half and deservedly took the led after 15 minutes when Max Chainey’s through ball found Mark Nash who slipped the ball to Lloyd Manvill to round the keeper and fire into the net.  But their lead only lasted five minutes when they conceded to a fierce shot from 16 yards that went in off the far post.  Mallet quickly regrouped and they retook the lead ten minutes before the break.  Tom Wood’s mishit penalty corner strike fell to Max Chainey whose deflected effort was saved on the line by a defender’s thigh.  Skipper Manville nonchalantly despatched the resultant penalty flick into the bottom corner.  Mallet had their young back line to thank to maintain their lead at the break as goalkeeper Ross Lloyd and left-back George Shaw somehow managed to keep the ball from crossing the line when an equaliser looked inevitable.

 

The second half continued in a similar vein with both sides looking a little fragile in defence and creating chances in attack.  South Glos drew level with a break down the right wing and cross for a simple finish from 6 yards.  But Shepton have been finding a way to win of late and with ten minutes remaining Max Chainey weaved his way into the circle before slipping the ball to man-of-the-match Manvill to slam home and complete his third hat-trick of the season.  The three points puts Shepton just a point behind third place as they face a double-header next weekend with away games at Taunton Vale and North Somerset.

8 Feb 2020  Shepton Mallet A  8   Keynsham  A  1

Shepton’s twin strike force of Mark Nash and Lloyd Manvill finally gelled to jointly bag seven goals and give their side a 4th consecutive victory at home to bottom club Keynsham.  Mallet started the game brightly with an excellent sweeping move but Eddie Hardwick failed to connect when presented with a good goal scoring opportunity in the first minute.  But Shepton’s early pressure soon told when Ed Calvert fed Lewis Duchezeau to net the opener.  Manville and Nash combined to double Shepton’s lead and give Nash his first goal since November but Keynsham soon pulled a goal back following some hesitance in the Shepton defence.  Mallet regained control with a wonderful passing move that finished with Nash deflecting a pass from Duchezeau into Manvill’s run to finish from close range and Nash grabbed his second before half time to give Shepton some breathing space.

 

Shepton dominated the second half and it was only a question of how many they would score.  Nash assisted Manvill for his second of the game before Tom Wood put in Manvill to set up Nash’s hat-trick.  Manvill then completed his own hat-trick with a classy run in from the left wing and a powerful finish in the far corner before man-of-the-match Nash completed the scoring with his fourth of the game from another assist from Manvill.

 

MOM:  Mark Nash

DOD:  Lloyd Manvill (double jug avoidance)

1 Feb 2020  Firebrands C  2  Shepton Mallet A  3

Skipper Lloyd Manvill scored his first goals since the end of October to help his side gain all three points from a tough battle away at Firebrands.  Shepton made the perfect start when Harry Cadbury fed Manvill who burst into the circle and finished with his reverse stick.  But their lead was short lived as a Firebrands midfielder was allowed to dribble unchallenged into the circle and unleash a fierce shot into the bottom corner.  Mallet deservedly regained the lead before half time when Cadbury waltzed past a defender and powered a reverse-stick shot past the home keeper and Shepton should have gone in further ahead but they failed to capitalise from a string of short corners just before the break.

The game remained tight after the break with both teams hitting the post but it was Firebrands who grabbed the fourth goal of the match with a neat finish after some hesitant defending from Shepton.  Mallet continued to create chances of their own with Louis Osborne finding space on the right and putting some great balls across the face of the goal.  And it was from one such cross that Manvill manage to tuck the ball home at the far post to win the game for the visitors.

Shepton will look to make it four wins on the bounce when they host Keynsham on Saturday at 1pm at Shepton Mallet Leisure Centre.

MOM:  Louis Osborne

DOD:  Joe Osborne (card, amongst other things)

25 Jan 2020  Shepton Mallet A  4  Westbury & United Banks C  1

Shepton put in a solid display to seal back to back wins and move up to fourth place in the Verde Recreo West Central Division 1.  They started brightly and took an early lead through a well-worked penalty corner which was neatly finished by Harry Cadbury.  And they doubled their advantage ten minutes later when Lloyd Manville’s shot was instinctively deflected past the keeper by Eddie Hardwick.  Mallet’s first-half domination was underlined before the break when they went three-nil up with a terrific run and finish from man-of-the-match Max Chainey.

 

Westbury regrouped at half time and worked their way into the game but still looked like conceding more with the twin threat of Lloyd Manville and Mark Nash finding opportunities for the home side.  But the visitors pulled a goal back mid-way through the half with a slight deflection from a crash ball from just outside the circle.  Shepton soon regained control and they sealed the victory when Mike Spencer’s shot rebounded to Archie Agabani to slam home from 5 yards.

MOM:  Max Chainey

DOD:  Ed Calvert (foot stuck in fence)

18 Jan 2020  Clifton Robinsons D   1  Shepton Mallet A  2

Shepton avenged their early season loss with a hard-fought away win against Clifton Robinsons.  The home side started brightly and should have taken the lead after five minutes only for the post to save the Mallet.  But the early home pressure soon told when their skilful and fiery midfielder waltzed into the circle and slammed the ball into the far corner.  The goal sparked Shepton into life with Harry Cadbury, Max Chainey and Joe Osborne finding space in midfield to run at Clifton’s less mobile defence.  A great move down the left flank by Chainey and Mark Nash ended with a penalty corner from which Tom Wood’s fierce strike claimed a well-deserved equaliser.

 

Shepton continued to play better in the second half with Wood, Mike Spencer and Ed Calvert marshalling the midfield, creating excellent chances for Osborne, Nash and Lloyd Manville, all of which went a-begging.  But eventually the pressure told when Manville’s mishit, reverse-stick shot bobbled towards goal; a defender got there just in time but his clearance only managed to find Osborne’s stick and the ball ricocheted into the net.  Shepton managed to see the game out to secure the three points but only with an excellent left-foot save from Louis Guidi ten minutes from time.

Man of the match:  George Shaw

DOD:  Joe Osborne (green card - tackle)

11 Jan 2020  Shepton Mallet A  1   Old Bristolians A  6

Shepton restarted their campaign in the Verde Recreo West Central Division 1 with a tough home match against the league leaders.  The opening exchanges went true to form and the visitors were only kept at bay by some fine saves by keeper Loius Guidi.  Shepton carved some good opportunities on the break but lacked composure in front of goal to snatch the lead against the run of play.  OBs pressure eventually told and they scored three goals inside fifteen minutes to take control of the match.  Mallet pulled a goal back before half-time with a fierce penalty corner strike by

Tom Wood and should have reduced the deficit to one when skipper Lloyd Manville failed to connect when set up by Mike Spencer.

 

The second half continued in a similar vein with pressure being applied by the visitors and Shepton trying to hit back on the break.  Frustrations grew and the visitors received three green cards before Shepton joined the party with one of their own sparking a 3-goal flurry by OBs to seal the victory.  Despite the defeat, Shepton take many positives from a game that saw excellent performances by their young fullbacks Will Hardwick and man-of-the-match George Shaw.

MOM:  George Shaw

DOD:  Joe Osborne (a game late and green card)  though we reserve the right to reallocate it to Des once we’ve heard the full story!!

7 Dec 2019    Bridgewater A  2  Shepton Mallet A  1

Shepton completed their 2019 fixtures in the Verde Recreo West Central 1 with a solid but ultimately unfruitful display away at Bridgwater. Mallet started the game well with Joe Osborne and Ed Calvert playing well in midfield, and they nearly took the lead first through James Weelen and then at the end of a good break from Osborne.  But the pressure eventually told when Mike Spencer’s penalty corner strike was saved before Osborne pounced on the rebound.  Bridgewater worked themselves into the game and forced Louis Guidi to make an excellent save high to his right from a drag flick, but Shepton continued to look dangerous on the counter-attack with the pace of Lewis Duchezeau and Archie Agabani always posing a threat.

Both teams continued to trade blows in the second half but the hosts equalised through a fierce short-corner strike.  Mallet had a couple of chances to retake the lead when Nash deflected a left-wing cross wide and Duchezeau fired just past the far post but Bridgewater gained the advantage with an excellent first-time finish from a right-wing cross.  Shepton piled on the pressure at the end and nearly salvaged a draw when Agabani was denied by a good save with Osborne just failing to latch onto the rebound.

The man of the match went to veteran James Weelen who was playing his last game of his 23-year stint at the club before moving to Germany in the New Year.

DOD:  James Weelen (interesting 1v1 and reverse stick shot)

1 Dec 2019  South Glos A  4   Shepton Mallet A  2

Shepton couldn’t match their exploits of the previous day as they lost for the first time in eight games in this rearranged Sunday morning fixture.  They started sluggishly and were punished for losing the ball in their own half to fall one behind.  But this stirred the visitors and they started passing the ball with more zip to unlock the South Glos defence.  A brace from Jo Osborne, the second a superb individual run and finish put Shepton in the lead but from there they faded badly and fizzled out to let their hosts take back control and ultimately run out comfortable 4-2 winners.

Man of the match:  Jo Osborne

DOD:  Ed Calvert, a green push

30 Nov 2019  Shepton Mallet A  4   Bristol and West C  2

Shepton picked up three points at home with a dominant display at home against Bristol and West.  They started slowly but slowly took control of the game with Mike Spencer, Dave Graham and Ed Calvert controlling the midfield.  They deservedly took the lead when Graham forced the ball home from an acute angle and thought they had doubled their lead through a wicked strike from Calvert, but the goal was disallowed for a mystery foot.  They had a golden opportunity to extend their lead when Sam Rabbet’s shot was prevented from findig the net by a defender’s foot but the resulting penalty flick by Lloyd Manvill was well saved by the visitor’s keeper.

Shepton dominated the opening spell of the second half and finally made it two nil when Tom Wood smashed the ball into the empty net from 14 yards after excellent work again from Rabbets.  Bristol pulled a goal back before man-of-the-match Calvert re-established Mallet’s 2-goal cushion with a cool finish.  Shepton conceded a second and looked nervous when Manvill had his second penalty flick of the match saved after Mark Nash’s shot struck another foot on its way to the goal.  But it was Nash himself who sealed the three points with a neat touch and finish from 6 yards.

Man of the match:  Ed Calvert

DOD:  Lloyd Manvill

 

23 Nov 2019   Old Bristolians B  3  Shepton Mallet A  3

 

Shepton’s second team came from behind three times to deservedly gain a hard-fought point away in Bristol.

The hosts took the lead after ten minutes when a skilful run and right-wing cross was unluckily deflected into his own net by Will Hardwick.  Mallet struck back five minutes later when man of the match Mike Spencer didn’t delay in taking a free hit, dribbling into the circle before unleashing an unstoppable reverse stick shot into the far corner of the net.  OBs retook the lead from a penalty flick before Shepton drew level again from a penalty corner with Spencer bagging his second with a fine slap shot.

The game opened up in the second half with brothers Joe and Lois Osborne causing their opponents trouble with their speed and trickery.  But Mallet fell behind for a third time with a neat finish from a short corner, but they claimed a share of the spoils when Harry Cadbury finished from a well-rehearsed short corner of their own.

MOM:  Mike Spencer

DOD:  Louis

16 Nov 2019   Shepton Mallet A       3      Taunton Vale C                      2

 

On paper this was an early season mid table clash but for the home team this was a little more emotional. Stood on the side-line was the family and friends of the late Lee Turner. Turner also had involvement in the game with his stick being used by forward Tom Ward.

 

Shepton started brightly pressing the Vale backline forcing a number of errors which saw a string of short corners awarded to the home team. Unfortunately unlike previous weeks Shepton struggled to find their form at set pieces so these passed without reward. They also failed to score when a direct run from skipper Lloyd Manvil saw him upended by the opposition keeper and Sam Rabbets smashed the rebound wide.

 

Shepton’s attacks were soon rewarded midway through the half though when another direct run into the D from James Weelen once again drew the keeper. Weelen like a spinning top, turned and calmly laid the ball back to Ward thundering into the D to smash home. 1-0.

 

Shepton continued to press for a second winning further short corners but it was Vale who scored next shortly before halftime with a well struck short corner of their own. Vale shortly scored at the start of the second half again from a short corner, this time Luigi Don saved the initial effort with the reactions of a gazelle but was helpless for the acute angle follow up. 1-2.

 

As the half wore on, spaces started to open up with midfield duo of Tom Wood and Ed Huffy finding the forwards well with some good passes. Shepton drew back again level when a pinpoint pass from Wood found Ward in the D who squeezed a shot onto the post. Being first to react Ward  with a salmon like leap, got under the diving keeper sweeping the ball home. 2-2.

 

Shepton shortly added a third when the 3 forwards linked up in expert fashion. Ward played a ball to the base of the D to the rushing Manvil who crossed to Louis Osbourne to smash home with a torpedo like strike into the bottom corner.  3-2.

 

As game came to an end Shepton thwarted chances to extend the lead but their defence held strong minimising the visiting forwards to half chances. Next weeks Shepton Mallet travel to Old Bristolians in search for their 4th win on the bounce.

 

Man of the Match: Tom Ward…with some help from Turner stick!

DOD:  Ed Calvert (Huffy)

2 Nov 2019   Shepton Mallet A  4 North Somerset A 1

A wet and windy day in Shepton as the men’s 2nds welcomed North Somerset 2nds, both teams having had difficult starts to the season but Shepton feeling motivated after a first win last week.

 

Shepton’s midfield of Tom Wood, Ed Calvert and Jack Patterson were in control from the start. Breaking down play and creating chances. 

 

Despite this, keeper and man of the match Louis Guidi was called upon to make a number of first half saves preventing North Somerset from getting any kind of foothold.

 

The first goal came from Patterson who found himself unmarked at the top of the circle and placed the ball in the bottom right hand corner.

 

The 2nd came from a short corner. Pushed out by Calvert who was first to react as Wood returned his push to the near post to be neatly slotted away.

 

Wood then converted a short with power to make it three.  The visitors pulled one back but Harry Cadbury sealed the points with a fine reverse stick finish to enable Shepton to celebrate their 2nd win of the season and go four games unbeaten.

Next week SHepton travel to Bristol to meet South Gloucs.

MOM:  Louis Guidi

DOD:  Harry Cadbury

26 Oct 2019  Keynsham A 0   Shepton Mallet A  3

A second-half hat-trick from skipper Lloyd Manvill secured Shepton their first win of the season away at struggling Keynsham. 

Shepton played well in a goalless first half but squandered numerous chances with eventual hero Manvill the most guilty, missing the target on four occasions when a goal looked inevitable   At the other end Mallet rode their luck on a couple of occasions giving the Keynsham forwards and midfield far too much room to create good opportunities to score themselves.

 

After the break Shepton’s frustrations continued as they carved out more opportunities but failed to find the back of the net whilst Louis Guidi continued his fine form in goal to prevent their hosts moving ahead.  With twenty minutes to go, Shepton finally took the lead when Mark Nash slipped the ball away from the keeper for Manvill to pass into the empty net.  The lead doubled five minutes later when Manville latched onto a through ball before rounding the keeper and firing home from an acute angle.   Keynsham continued to battle and were denied first by an excellent tackle by man-of-the-match Will Hardwick and then by a goal-line save from Geoff Cabral.  But the points were sealed when Tom Wood sent up Manville to smash the ball home and complete his hat-trick.

MOM:  Will Hardwick

DOD:  Lloyd Manvill (triple jug avoidance)

19 Oct 2019  Shepton Mallet A 1   Firebrands C  1

 

After failing to hit the net in their first three league games, Shepton’s second team finally got on the score sheet to help them secure successive draws.

In a goalless first half, strewn with errors, Firebrands had the best chances to take the lead but three fine saves from Louis Guidi and a goal-line clearance from Ed Calvert kept the visitors at bay.

After the break, Shepton’s attack looked more threatening  with Lewis Duchezeau and Harry  Cadbury’s pace and skills creating chances for Mark Nash and Lloyd Manvill in attack.  They eventually broke the deadlock with a quick break from a Firebrands penalty corner.  Darrell Chainey charged down the Brand’s shot before Jake Bunday turned defence into attack to release Duchezeau, who burst into the circle and set up Cadbury to score from an acute angle.  Firebrands fought back well and restored parity when Shepton were short of numbers in defence allowing the right-winger to slot the ball home from close range.  Manvill nearly stole all three points five minutes from time with a drag flick from a penalty corner that whistled just wide but a draw was probably a fair result.

Man of the match:  Harry Cadbury

DOD:  Skipper (chances)

12 Oct 2019  Westbury & UB C  0   Shepton Mallet A  0

No goals, not a lot to report - partly because the report writer didn't play !!!!

MOM:  Sam Rabbets

DOD:  Wody (time keeping)

5 Oct 2019  Shepton Mallet A   0   Clifton Robinsons D  1

 

Shepton’s second team suffered their second successive defeat at the weekend in a game they generally dominated from start to finish.

 

A two minutes’ silence was held before the game in memory of two popular former players, Lee Turner and Josh Brooker, who both tragically passed away earlier in the week.  Everyone at the club remembers them with great affection and the club sends their deepest condolences to their families.

Shepton controlled the majority of the goalless first half and had good chances to take the lead through Lloyd Manville, Eddie Hardwick and Joe Osborne, but the  Robinson’s keeper was in terrific form to deny the forwards.  The start of the second half was a little more even but with neither side threatening until Mallet slowly resumed control to create a number of good opportunities.  Manville’s looping shot fell just wide before strike partner Mark Nash missed the same post by a similar margin.  Max Chainey failed to connect with a pull-back from man-of-the-match Sam Rabbets before Hardwick and Manville were denied again by the excellent opposition keeper.  With ten minutes to go, Clifton stole the three points when a through ball was unwisely left to enter the circle, allowing the visitor’s centre forward to poke the ball into the net.

Shepton will look to bounce back next week with an away trip to Westbury and United Banks.

 

DOD:  Geoff Cabral – dodgy leave

29/9/19   Old Bristolians A  7  Shepton Mallet A  0

Shepton’s second team suffered a disappointing start to their campaign in the Verde Recreo West Central Division 1, going down to seven goals without reply.

They competed well for the first quarter but two clinical finishes from excellent crossed had them on the back foot for the rest of the game.  Shepton had a couple of good chances towards the end of the first half with Tom Ward’s shot sailing just wide and Mark Nash scuffing a shot from ten yards that was easily saved.  And they were made to pay when their hosts doubled their lead before half time with two more opportunist strikes.

 

Old Bristolians, who are favourites for promotion this season, controlled the game after the break, but Shepton’s new defence, including man of the match Will Hardwick, did well to keep the score line to single figures.  Shepton nearly pulled one back when Andy Boyce unleashed a screamer which rattled the post, but they were to go home empty handed and a need to regroup for next week’s home game again Clifton Robinsons.

DOD:  Mike Locke - dramatic tumble

23 March  Shepton Mallet A   1   Bristol and West C  2

Shepton’s season fizzled out with a disappointing final league game of the season at home on Saturday.  They fell behind after ten minutes with a clinical counter attack by Bristol before seeing the majority of possession for the rest of the half.  Lloyd Manville twice came close to levelling, on the second occasion striking the upright, before Andy Boyce twice failed to find the target from penalty corner strikes.

 

After the break Shepton continued to create chances with Oscar Edwards, Mark Nash and Mike Spencer all seeing  attempts easily cleared by the visitor’s keeper and the misses proved costly when Bristol doubled their lead with a powerful low drag flick.  Mallet threw players forward and were only kept in the game by some brilliant saves by Louis Guidi.  Shepton finally pulled a goal back two minutes from time when Edwards pulled the ball back for Manville to slot home and they nearly grabbed a point in the final seconds when Manville’s shot flew inches wide.

Man of the match:  Louis Guidi

16 March   Firebrands C   0  Shepton Mallet A  2

 

Shepton ensured they would finish the season in fifth place in West Central Division 1 with a hard-fought away win against Firebrands in Clevedon.  Shepton started brightly with James Weelen and Ed Calvert link up well down the right  but the home side were always dangerous on the break, and Mallet were grateful to keeper Louis Guidi for keeping them in the game.  Shepton’s has a couple of good chances of their own in a goalless first half.  Lloyd Manville slipped the ball to Mark Nash in the circle but he was thwarted by the outrushing keeper and Oscar Edwards managed to round the keeper only to find his shot saved by a defender on the line.

 

Firebrands looked more dangerous after the break and could have taken the lead on a number of occasions had they been more ruthless in front of goal but they were made to pay when Shepton capitalised on a counter-attack of their own.  Tom Wood wriggled away from 3 opponents to feed Edwards who eventually found Nash who swivelled to neatly finish at the far post.  Skipper Andy Boyce made the game safe ten minutes later when he fired home from a penalty corner.

Shepton’s final game of the season is against Bristol and West on Saturday at 1pm at Shepton Leisure Centre.

Man of the match: Oscar Edwards

9 March   Shepton Mallet A 0    Bridgewater A  2

 

It was a disappointing day in the office for Shepton’s second team as they succumbed to consecutive defeats in West Central Division 1.  They started brightly when Mark Nash’s shot was deflected just wide but they fell behind after 15 minutes when lazy defending led to a simple finish.  Teenager Oscar Edwards’ drag flick forced a good save from Bridgewater’s keeper and Andy Boyce deflected a crash ball from Ed Calvert just wide but the visitors doubled their lead before half time with a sweetly struck shot from the edge of the circle.

 

Shepton came out fighting in the second half and looked dangerous at times but failed to create enough clear cut opportunities to get back in the game as the second half remained goalless.

Man of the match:  Darrell Chainey

 

2 March   Old Bristolians B  4  Shepton Mallet A  2

Shepton’s three game winning run came to a disappointing end when they just couldn’t find any rhythm against their energetic hosts in Failand.

 

Shepton fell behind early in the game through a short corner strike but responded in kind when Tom Wood fired home their first corner of the match.  But the Bristol side grabbed two more goals before half time as Shepton were punished for some sloppy and hesitant defending.  Mark Nash nearly pulled a goal back before the break but his shot was smothered by the outrushing keeper.

 

In the second half, Nash and Lloyd Manville both wasted good chances to pull a goal back before Nash finally got on the score sheet with a sweet finish from a Manville assist.  But rather than push for an equaliser, Shepton conceded a fourth with an opportunist strike from 10 yards.

 

Nest week, Shepton face a battle for fourth place in the league when they host Bridgewater at 1pm at Shepton Leisure Centre.

Man of the Match:  Mike Spencer

24 Feb 2019  Shepton Mallet A  4  Clifton Robinsons D  1

Shepton made it six points in two days with a comfortable home win in a rearranged fixture against Clifton Robinsons.  They took the lead after fifteen minutes when Callum Deans crossed for Lloyd Manville to slot home.  And they made it two just before half time with a thunderous penalty corner strike from Tom Wood that deflected into the roof of the net.

Robinsons pulled a goal back half-way through the second half but Shepton responded immediately when Archie Heath cut in from the right and flicked the ball with his reverse stick into the bottom corner.  The result was put beyond doubt when Mark Nash latched onto a terrific ball from deep from Sam Pritchard to tuck away the fourth.

Next week Shepton travel away to take on Old Bristolians B.

Man of the match:  Maxim Cooper

23 Feb 2019  Shepton Mallet A  5  Bristol University C 4

Shepton Mallet A upset the form book to impose only the second defeat of the season on Bristol University.

For the second week running, Mallet took the lead in the opening minutes when teenager Oscar Edward’s reverse stick shot found the bottom corner.  The students fought back well and equalised when a deflected shot looped over the stranded keeper.  But Shepton then took control of the game with two goals before half time.  Mark Nash slid in from close range to latch onto a right wing cross before he turned provider to set up a simple finish for Andy Butt.

The second half was a scrappy affair.  Bristol pulled a goal back with a reverse stick strike before Shepton restored their two goal advantage shortly afterwards with a neat finish from Ambrose Hawks.  But University would not go away and they stormed back into the game with two good strikes from penalty corners.  Man of the match Louis Guidi then kept out two further short corners before Shepton regained their composure and started to increase the pressure on their visitors.  They were rewarded 15 minutes from time  hen Tom Wood’s short corner strike found the bottom corner to steal all three points and consolidate Shepton’s position in the top half of the table.

16 Feb 2019  Westbury and United Banks B  2  Shepton Mallet A  3

Shepton’s second team produced one of their best displays of the season to win away at Westbury who had started the day in second place in the Verde Recreo West Central Division 1.

They made the perfect start, taking the lead in the opening minute when teenager Oskar Edwards was allowed to drive into the circle and slap an unstoppable shot into the far corner.  Edwards then continued to cause havoc down the right flank with Shepton looking dangerous with every attack.  At the other end of the pitch, the new defensive line of Townsend, Bunday, Ogle and Spencer gelled well to limit the opportunities for the home side.  Shepton’s attacking intent paid dividends with two more goals in five minutes half-way through the first half.  First Mark Nash slotted home a cross from Andy Butt before Tom Wood fired into the corner from a penalty corner.  Mallet had numerous opportunities to extend their lead before half time with Nash the biggest culprit, twice failing to connect in front of an open goal  before Westbury pulled a goal back with a short corner strike that clipped the top of the backboard.  Louis Guidi pulled off some fine saves to preserve Mallet’s lead at half time and make stand-in skipper Nash’s team talk a little easier at the break.

Westbury came out all guns blazing in the second half but Shepton weathered the storm and continued to look dangerous in attack.  A scrappy Westbury goal fifteen minutes from time led to a nervy finish, especially as Shepton squandered plenty of further opportunities to put the game to bed.  But they managed to hold on to record their first victory against a top-four side of the season.

Man of the match:  Oskar Edwards

DOD:  Mark Nash (jug avoidance)

9 Feb 2019  Old Bristolians A  5  Shepton Mallet A  0

A slow start to the game proved costly for Shepton’s second team in West Central Division 1 as they were comfortably beaten by third-placed Old Bristolians.

 

The home side took the lead with less than a minute on the clock when they capitalised on the umpires missing two feet during a quick break which cut through the Shepton defence.

 

Shepton responded well with Andy Butt firing a cross shot just wide, but OBs added two more goals in a purple patch half way through the first half with two crisp clean strikes.  Skipper Andy Boyce nearly pulled a goal back with a rising shot that just caught the top of the keeper’s pads, deflecting the ball over the bar, and Bristol all but sealed the win before half time with a strike from the top of the circle.

 

With the rain lashing down, Shepton battled hard and held their own in the second half with Butt being unlucky on numerous occasions in front of goal, but they failed to get on the score sheet and conceded the fifth and final goal near the end of the game to rub more salt into their wet wounds.

Shepton will look to bounce back next week with another away tri[ at second-placed Westbury and United Banks.

 

Man of the Match:  Ed Ogle.

DOD:  Geoff, not really available, and here are your car keys Cabrall - safe travels!!

26 Jan 2019  Firebrands D  0  Shepton Mallet A  3

Two goals from skipper Andy Boyce ensured Shepton’s second team returned from Bristol with all three points and preserved their fourth spot in West Central Division 1.

Good work from James Weelen and Olly Blacklidge down the right flank set up Shepton’s opener with Andy Butt lifting the ball over the goalkeeper from an acute angle.  And Mallet doubled their lead when Tom Wood’s strike was saved only for Boyce to be on hand to slam in the rebound.  Mark Nash nearly made it three before half time but his lifted shot was parried away by the home keeper.

After the break, Firebrands pushed hard to get back in the game but man-of-the-match Louis Guidi made a number of fine saves to keep the hosts at bay.  Nash was again foiled by a good save before Boyce grabbed his second with a fierce strike from a penalty corner.

Next week Shepton face a tough challenge at home to Clifton Robinsons D at 1pm at Shepton Leisure Centre.

19 Jan 2019    Shepton Mallet A  5     North Somerset A  3

Shepton’s second team bounced back after last week’s disappointment, twice coming from behind to complete the double over North Somerset.

Mallet dominated possession in the first half with new midfield pairing of Tom Wood and Darrell Chainey dictating the play to allow the silky skills of forwards Oscar Edwards and Andy Butt to unsettle the North Somerset defence.  But despite often camping in their visitor’s half, clear cut chances were few and far between with Wood and Butt coming closest with a penalty corner strike and rebound respectively.  At the other end, Shepton were rarely threatened except when a stray pass went straight to the centre forward at the top of the circle but his early shot went just wide.

 

North Somerset came out a different team in the second half and soon had a two goal lead through a penalty corner and a neat finish at the end of a well-worked passing move.   Injured spectating skipper Andy Boyce quickly made a change by throwing on top-scorer Mark Nash who had been feeling sorry for himself nursing man-flu.  The change gave Shepton the boost they needed and they soon pulled a goal back when Nash smashed the ball home from a rebound at a short corner.  And 2 minutes later they were level when man-of-the-match Wood fired into the corner from another short corner.  North Somerset regained the lead when a lapse in defence let them in for a close range finish but their lead was short lived as Wood smashed in his second from yet another penalty corner.  Shepton took the lead for the first time in the match when Ambrose Hawks crossed from the left for Nash to grab his own brace before the game was secured when Wood’s crash ball was subtly deflected home by Edwards.

 

12 Jan 2019   Westbury and United Banks C  1  Shepton Mallet A  0

​Shepton's second team suffered a disappointing defeat away from home in their opening league fixture of 2019.  Shepton started reasonably well, finding space in midfield but all too often could not find the right final ball to create a clear-cut opportunity.  Their best chance of the first half surprisingly fell to centre back Geoff Cabral when he failed to finish after a skilful run into the circle.  The home's confidence increased as the first half progressed and they were only kept at bay by excellent keeping by Louis Guidi.

 

​The second half continued in a similar vein with Shepton making too many mistakes to grab a stranglehold of the game.  And they were punished half way through the second half when a quick Westbury break, with Shepton short of defenders, ended with a neat one-two and a well-taken goal.  Mallet pressed hard during the last quarter with man-of-the-match Oli Blacklidge threatening on the right flank, once nearly setting up Ambrose Hawks for a close range finish.  And with their last attack, Ed Ogle came within inches of connecting to a through ball from Tom Wood to grab the equalise.  But the home side held on to deservedly take all three points.

8 Dec 2018    Bristol and West C  3   Shepton Mallet A   4

 

Shepton’s second team completed their fixtures of 2018 with a narrow away win against their combative  hosts.  Mallet nearly took the lead ten minutes in when Lloyd Manville blast over the bar but he made amends five minutes later, poking home a through ball from Mark Nash.  But the home side bounced back well and turned the tables with two quick goals; the first from a short corner and the second with a clean break after hesitancy in midfield.  Shepton got back on level terms before half time when James Weelen’s cross was met by Manville to smash first time into the roof of the net.

 

Both defences looked edgy in the second half but Shepton deservedly retook the lead when Tom Wood unselfishly squared for Nash to finish from close range with a theatrical dive.  Bristol responded with force and piled on the pressure looking for an equaliser, which eventually came when Shepton’s defence was caught short of numbers leaving Joe Osborne helpless in goal.  But Mallet didn’t give up and with one minute remaining, Max Chainey picked the ball up in midfield before beating two players and slipping a pass to Nash whose weighted square ball was met by man-of-the-match Manville to complete his hat-trick and bag all three points for the visitors.

 

The win leaves Shepton in fourth spot at the half-way point in the season, eager to challenge for promotion after the Christmas break.

1 Dec 2018  Shepton Mallet A  6  Firebrands C  1

A third hat-trick of the season for striker Mark Nash helped Shepton to a comfortable victory over Firebrands C.  Mallet looked dangerous in the opening exchanges but they fell behind after 10 minutes when the visitors converted their first penalty corner of the game.  Shepton equalised five minutes later from their own short corner;  Tom Wood's wayward shot landed perfectly for Nash to guide home.  And they took the lead shortly afterwards when Archie Heath stole the ball from the hesitant defence before firing home off a defender's stick.  Max Chainey failed to make it three, missing a clear-cut chance at the far post, but he immediately made amends, pulling the ball back for Nash to bag his second before half time.

Shepton controlled the second half without quite hitting top form and the final result was never in doubt after Chainey crossed for Nash to complete his hat-trick.  Debutant and man-of-the-match Ben Taylor then made three fine saves to keep out an enthusiastic Brands forward line, and ill-discipline led to a brief spell for Shepton with only nine men when Wood and Paul Townsend had short visits to the sin-bin.  But they regained their composure to net their fifth from a short corner when Wood dribbled through the out-rushing defenders allowing Chainey to lift the ball over the keeper and into the net.  And James Weelen finished in a similar fashion to make it six after Nash had hit the cross bar and Mike Spencer's first rebound was saved.  

24 Nov 2018   Bridgewater A  5  Shepton Mallet A  2

A sloppy 10 minutes towards the end of the first half proved costly for Shepton seconds as they went down away at their Bridgewater counterparts.

Shepton started slowly, conceding possession too easily allowing Bridgewater to counter attack with alarming regularity.  But good saves from Joe Osborne kept the hosts at bay.   Mallet started to find their feet and had three good opportunities to take the lead.  Both Mark Nash and Archie Heath failed to hit the target  before Nash forced a good save from the home keeper.  But then the sloppy passes returned and Bridgewater punished Shepton with interest.  Four goals in the space of ten minutes effectively sealed the result and left Shepton playing catch up for the rest of the game.

A positive team talk by skipper Andy Boyce lifted the spirits at half time and Shepton came out fighting in the second half.  Laurence Heywood, Boyce and Nash all had chances to pull a goal back but it was Bridgewater who grabbed the next goal with e calm finish from a short corner.  Shepton then dominated possession for the rest of the match and deservedly scored two goals of their own.  Nash finally hit the back board with a diving finish from close range before he turned provider to square the ball for Archie Heath to finish into an empty net.

 

Man of the match:  Darrell Chainey

17 Nov 2018   Shepton Mallet A  3  Old Bristolians B  2

Shepton got back to winning ways with a hard fought home victory against a physical and well organised Old Bristolians.  Mallet made the perfect start taking the lead in the opening five minutes when James Weelen fed skipper Andy Boyce who swept the ball with his reverse stick low into the bottom corner.  And they made it two nil ten minutes later when Max Chainey dribbled past three defenders before lifting the ball over the outrushing keeper to set up Archie Heath to finish from close range.  Bristol pulled a goal back ten minutes before the break with a clean strike from their first penalty corner but Shpeton continued to threaten and could have restored their two goal advantage before half time had Laurence Heywood connected cleanly with a reverse stick strike 10 yards from goal.

The game remained a tight encounter for the majority of the second half, with Shepton dominating territory but with OBs also dangerous on the break.  Lewis Duchezeau, Mark Nash and Heath all forced saves from the visitor's keeper and Boyce's deflected shot from a short corner was saved by a defender's shoulder.  With five minutes remaining, Shepton sealed the victory with a stunning counter attack.  Duchezeau's through ball picked out Nash who advanced into the circle towards the keeper before slipping the ball square for Edwards to coolly finish.  Old Bristolians grabbed a consolation with the last attack of the game but it didn't deny Shepton their first win in five games.

Man of the match: Max Chainey

10 Nov 2018  Bristol University C  4  Shepton Mallet A  0

Shepton suffered their second defeat in eight days when they were comfortably beaten by high-flying Bristol University.  The game could have been very different I Mallet had converted one of three glorious opportunities in the opening ten minutes.  Both Andy  Boyce and Mark Nash were denied by the keeper when put clean through on goal by Tom Wood before Nash failed to hit the target when latching onto a great cross from Wood.  But from there on the students took control and started to dominate possession with a well-drilled performance.  They took the lead before half time when Geoff Cabral had his stick clattered in the circle before the ball broke to a forward to slot home.

Two quick goals after the break put the game to bed.  A clinical attack following a stray pass made it two-nil a few minutes before two became three through a short corner.  Shepton fought back well and could have grabbed a consolation when Andy Butt failed to connect properly with a volley 8 yards out but it was the hosts who completed the scoring with another cool finish at the end of a decisive, speedy attack.

 

Shepton remain in fourth and will look to get their campaign back on track on Saturday with a home game against Old Bristolians at 1pm at Shepton Leisure Centre.

Man of the match:  Philip Ballan-Whitfield

3 Nov 2018  Shepton Mallet 4  Westbury and United Banks C  5

Shepton's 11-month unbeaten run in the Verde Recreo West Central Division 1 came to a disappointing end on Saturday.  Missing several influential players, they couldn't quite match the game management of their table-topping visitors.   Mallet made the worst possible start, conceding a penalty flick in the opening minutes to fall behind.  But they dug in and worked their way back into the game, forcing an equaliser with a Tom Wood strike from a short corner.  Westbury regained the lead with a penalty corner of their own before Shepton once again restored parity with the best goal of the game.  Wood's through ball found skipper Andy Boyce in acres of space and his fierce, lifted shot was never going to be saved.

After the break, Westbury retook control.  Lapse marking allowed them to poach a third before they gained a two-goal cushion from another corner.  Shepton then showed a lot of character, and pulled a goal back when good work from man-of-the-match Max Chainey released Andy Butt, whose shot rebounded to Lloyd Manville to volley home from 15 yards.  Westbury pulled clear again with a lucky break before Mallet completed the scoring when James Weelen deflected home Boyce's shot from their final penalty corner.

Next week SHepton face another tough test away to joint leaders Bristol University.

Man of the match:  Max Chainey

27 Oct 2018   Shepton Mallet A  1    Old Bristolians A  1

Shepton preserved their unbeaten start to the season in the Verde Recreo West Central Division 1 with a hard fought draw at home to the joint leaders.  Defences were on top in the opening ten minutes with neither side looking too threatening despite some nice interplay in midfield.  But Shepton slowly gained control with Tom Wood, Max Chainey and Mike Spencer probing from midfield.  Shepton won a number of penalty corners and deservedly took the lead when Andy Boyce's far post shot was deflected home by Mark Nash for his ninth goal of the season.

Shepton were twice unlucky not to double their lead.  First, Wood's shot was deflected over the bar before Boyce's close range effort struck a foot when goal bound, which only resulted in another corner when a penalty flick could have been awarded.

Mallet defended resolutely for the rest of the half with the whole of the back four on top of their game and reached half time with their lead in tact.

Shepton maintained control of the game in the second half but failed to create any clear cut opportunities to put the game to bed.  Bristol started to push more players further forward in search of an equaliser which eventually came from a right-wing cross.  Despite the first forward completely missing the ball with his shot, the ball kindly broke to a second attacker to stab home.

Shepton face another tough test next week and home to high-fliers Westbury and United Banks C, at 1pm at Shepton Leisure Centre.

Man of the match:  Geoff Cabral

20 Oct 2018  Clifton Robinsons D  2  Shepton Mallet A  2

 

Shepton maintained their 10-month unbeaten run in the Verde Recreo West Central Division 1 with a hard fought draw away at Robinson.

In a nervy opening, defences were on top until two stray Shepton passes let the home side in to grab the lead.  Mallet nearly drew level before the break but Mark Nash’s lifted shot was saved by the upper arm of the Robinson’s keeper.  And Mallet had Joe Osborne to thank for some great saves in their own goal to keep the score at 1-0 at half time.

Shepton moved up a gear in the second half and deservedly equalised when a left wing cross from Philip Ballan-Whitfield was met by man-of-the-match Max Chainey who deflected the ball home.  Osborne and Geoff Cabral then combined to deny Robinsons their second before Chainey stormed past three opponents driving from the half-way line to the circle to set up Nash. He was denied twice by the keeper but the ball fell to Laurence Heywood for an easy finish.  But they couldn’t hang on to their lead and were punished for losing possession by the hosts who scored with a quick breakaway.  Although disappointed to lose their 100% record for the season, a draw was probably a fair result.

 

13 Oct    Shepton Mallet A  7    Firebrands D  1

 

Shepton’s seconds maintained their winning start to the season in the Verde Recreo West Central Division 1 with a comfortable home victory against pointless Firebrands.

Mallet started slowly but dominated territory, restricting the visitors to the odd counter attack.  They eventually broke the deadline a quarter of the way through the match when Ed Ogle fed Mark Nash to fire home from 14 yards.  Brands then defended well for a period and Shepton made life difficult for themselves giving the ball away on numerous occasions.  But three goals in five minutes before half time killed the game and made the Andy Boyce’s half-time team talk much easier than it would have been.  Nash grabbed his second from close range before Laurence Heywood flicked the ball into the roof of the net from a short corner.  Skipper Boyce then made if four with a neat dribble and finish from another short corner.

 

Mallet’s standard dropped after the break with too many sloppy passes and poor decision making.  But they regrouped and restarted the goal fest when Nash completed his hat-trick, latching onto a through-ball by Max Chainey to slot home.  Man of the match Heywood grabbed the final two goals to complete his own hat-trick either side of a Firebrands consolation.  His second, Shepton’s sixth, was a brave diving finish from Nash’s feed, and he completed the scoring with a brilliant revers stick strike, with his back to goal, into the corner.

 

Next week, Shepton’s unbeaten run will  be given a stern test away at Clifton Robinson’s.

6 Oct 2018  North Somerset A  3   Shepton Mallet A  4

 

A brace from Mark Nash helped Shepton make it two wins out of two in The Verde Recreo West Cantral Division 1.

 

Shepton took an early lead:  good interplay down the left flank between Archie Heath and Oskar Edwards led to Andy Boyce feeding Edwards to finish past the outrushing keeper with his reverse stick.

They doubled their lead when Max Chainey found space at the top of the circle to set up Boyce for an easy finish.  A few minutes before half time they bagged their third goal through a penalty corner – Wood drilled the ball just wide of the goal for Nash to deflect home.

The home side came our fighting after the break and deservedly pulled one back from open play.  But Mallet responded well and scored the all-important fourth goal with twenty minutes left.  Edwards penetrated the circle before the ball fell to Nash to stab home and grab his fifth goal in two games.

North Somerset piled on the pressure in the final quarter, winning numerous penalty corners as Shepton lost their composure.   Somerset managed to convert two of the corners to set up a nervy final few minutes but Shepton clung on to keep up their winning start to the season.

Man of the match: Oskar Edwards

29 Sept 2 018    Shepton Mallet A  7  Westbury & United Banks C  1

 

Shepton’s second team kicked off their campaign in the Verde Recreo West Central Division 1 by thumping the only side the side they failed to beat last season.

 

They dominated the early exchanges but fell behind after 15 minutes when the visitor’s first attack led to a short corner which was expertly converted.

Shepton kept pressing and they deservedly equalised when Archie Heath stole the ball high up the pitch before feeding Mark Nash who slotted home with ease.  And they took the lead before half time when Heath, with his back to goal, cleverly deflected a crash ball from Tom Wood into the corner.

The key moment in the game came within two minutes of the restart.   Good work from James Weelen released Wood who crossed for new skipper Andy Boyce to guide home.  Shepton then relaxed and controlled the rest of the game scoring at regular intervals.  Nash bagged the next two goals to compete his hat-trick before man-of-the-match Heath smashed the ball into the roof of the net from 15 yards for his own brace.  And the icing  was put on the cake when Heath ‘s mazy run set up Oskar Edwards for a goal on his league debut.

7 April 2018  Shepton Mallet A 4 Old Bristolians B 4

A hat-trick from Andy Boyce was the main highlight of a low-key final game of the season. Shepton fell behind twice in the first half but on both occasions bounced back quickly. First Harry Hall scored a terrific solo effort before Boyce fired home from a short corner. Boyce then grabbed his second with another penalty corner strike to put Mallet 3-2 up but Bristol bagged their third to level things up at half time.
Boyce completed his third hat-trick of 2018 with a penalty flick. Mark Nash drew the penalty when he was fowled when he was about to slap the ball into an empty net after picking up a pass from Maxim Cooper and rounding the keeper. But Mallet couldn't hold onto their lead when OBs converted their own penalty flick, won through a deflected shot from a short corner.
Shepton, unbeaten in 2018 with eight wins and three draws since Christmas, finish the season fourth in GoCrea8 West Central Division 1.
Man of the match: Maxim Cooper
DOD: Andy Boyce (harsh but fair)

 

24 March  Shepton Mallet A  0  Westbury & United Banks C  0

 

Shepton’s winning run came to a disappointing end as they were held to a goalless draw at home to Westbury.

Shepton had the better of the first half and had plenty of opportunities to take the lead.  First Mark Nash was put clean through by Tom Wood but his effort clipped the keeper and went wide.  Max Chainey then burst into the circle from deep with the ball but failed to get a good connection with his shot.  And then a last ditch tackle denied Harry Hall when he looked certain to score at the far post.

Westbury looked much more dangerous after the break but were prevented from scoring by some important defensive blocks from Philip Ballan Whitfield and Darrell Chainey and some fine saves by man of the match Keiran McCaul.  At the other end Shepton just couldn’t find the killer ball to create a clear cut chance despite getting into some good positions in and around the circle.

The result means that Shepton will end the season in 4th place in GoCrea8 West Central Division 1; their highest placing for many seasons.

17 March   North Somerset A  1     Shepton Mallet A  4

Shepton’s second team extended their winning run to eight games in GoCrea8 West Central Division 1.  The first twenty minutes saw both teams create a number of half chances but North Somerset failed to get a shot on target whilst at the other end their keeper was in fine form, smothering Shepton’s forwards when they were about to shoot.  But Shepton started to take control as it approached half time.  Harry Hall failed to stab the ball home from close range after good work from Andy Boyce before Boyce took matters into his own hands and fired home to open the scoring.  And it should have been two before the break but Archie Heath slapped the ball wide when it looked easier to score.

 

Shepton continued their ascendancy in the second half with Heath, Hall and Max Chainey breaking at pace from midfield.  Mike Spencer’s perseverance in the circle was rewarded when he finished from close range on his reverse to make it two nil before Heath made up for his earlier miss when Mark Nash found him in the circle to provide with a neat swivel and finish from eight yards out.

 

The home side fought back well with Keiran McCaul making two great saves and Philip Ballan-Whitfield clearing off the line and the pressure eventually told when they converted a short corner.  But Shepton continued to make chances of their own and the result was put beyond doubt when Boyce fired home a penalty corner for his second of the game.

 

Next week, Shepton entertain Westbury and United Banks at 2.30pm.

Man of the Match:  Ed Ogle

Dick of the Day:  Archie Heath (Trackies and misses)

10 March  Shepton Mallet A  6   Firebrands C  1

 

Despite 2 weeks off due to the bad weather, Shepton completed their seventh consecutive victory in GoCrea8 West Central Division 1 to consolidate their 4th position in the league.

Shepton nearly took the lead within the first minute when Rich Jenkin’s reverse stick shot was well saved, but Jenkin opened the scoring ten minutes later with a powerful flick from 8 yards.

Shepton wasted a couple of chances to double their before Firebrands briefly got back on level terms with a firm strike from a penalty corner.  But Shepton soon restored their lead with a good move involving Archie Heath, Max Chainey and Andy Boyce ending with Mark Nash slotting home.  Two minutes before half time, Nash turned provider squaring the ball for Andy Boyce to finish with the keeper stranded.

Shepton’s play lack fluidity in the second half but still had too much for the visitors and Boyce made it 4-1 with an easy finish after good work from Jenkin.  Boyce then completed his second hat-trick of the season five minutes later with a fierce strike just inside the post from a short corner.  Archie Heath finished the scoring ten minutes from time when he picked up a cross from Boyce and calmly finished into the corner of the goal.

 

Man of the match:  Max Chainey

DOD:  Tom Wood (again!)

17 Feb 2018  Shepton Mallet A  4  Keynsham  1

Shepton made in six wins on the trot in GoCrea8 West Central Division 1 to consolidate their position in 4th place.  They started nervously but slowly eased their way into the game and won their first penalty corner with good skills from Tom Wood.  Andy Boyce’s strike was saved by the keeper’s toe but the ball bounced up and struck the young defender guarding the post –resulting in a trip to A&E with a broken nose.

Facing an hour with only ten men, Keynsham resumed after the long stoppage full of spirit and had the better of the next twenty minutes despite going behind when Lewis Duchezeau crossed for Mark Nash to sweep home.  Keynsham equalised ten minutes later when a fierce reverse stick shot was deflected past the stranded Keiran McCaul in goal.  The young keeper then made a string of fantastic saves to keep the league leaders at bay before Shepton scored twice in quick succession just before half time.  First Harry Hall was on hand to finish an Andy Boyce cross before Boyce grabbed one of his own from a Duchezeau cross.

Shepton played confidently in the second half and made the game safe with a terrific goal.  Will Shean’s sublime ball from the back found Boyce who fed Duchezeau on the left wing.  His cross was met at the top of the circle by man-of-the-match Mike Spencer who swept the ball past the keeper one-handed with his reverse stick.  Mallet had further chances to extend their lead but Nash and Max Chainey both failed to hit the target from close range and then Keynsham’s keeper pulled off a great save from a Chainey screamer.

Man of the match:  Mike Spencer

DoD:  Woody (say no more – actually that was the problem Tim!)

10 Feb 2018     Bridgwater A 2   Shepton Mallet A  3

Mark Nash bagged his second hat-trick in three games as Shepton’s second team made it five wins on the bounce in Gocrea8 West Central Division 1.  Mallet bossed the first half and took the lead after 15 minutes.  Good work from debutant Sam Rabbets and Harry Hall set up Nash to slip the ball past the outrushing keeper with his reverse stick.  Ten minutes later it was two-nil when Max Chaney set up Nash to fire home from an acute angle.

Bridgwater came out fighting in the second half and Shepton’s passing game lost its way.  McCaul made a terrific save from a penalty corner before Bridgwater got on the score sheet with a fierce strike that was unluckily deflected past the wrong-footed keeper.  Shepton restored their two-goal advantage when Mike Spencer took a long corner quickly and drove into the circle before slipping the ball to Nash to complete his hat-trick.

Bridgwater again cut the deficit to one five minutes from time when Shepton’s defence parted too easily, but they then regained composure to see out the game on a difficult surface.

Man of the match:  Mark Nash

DOD:  Harry Chainey (calm down – don’t take after your father!)

3 Feb 2018  Shepton Mallet A 5    Old Bristolians 0

Shepton’s second team produced their best performance of the season to dismantle promotion-chasing OBs in GoCrea8 West Central Division 1.

Full of confidence following three wins on the bounce, they started positively, passing the ball well and their good play was rewarded when they took lead fifteen minutes in.   James Weelen fed Mark Nash who pulled the ball back for Andy Boyce to fire home.  Ten minutes later they doubled their lead.  Lewis Duchezeau won a short corner from which Tom Wood’s shot was deflected past the keeper’s pads by a defender’s stick.

 

The visitors came out fighting in the second half and started to show why they were top of the table at the start of the day.  But Shepton defended resolutely and Keiran McCaul pulled off a terrific save from point blank range when called into action.  Gaps started to open up in the OBs defence as they pushed for a goal to get them back in the game and Shepton capitalised when Andy Boyce was on hand to sweep the ball from close range.  Five minutes later Nash fed Archie Heath who reached the ball just before the outrushing keeper.  The ball ended up in the goal but a penalty flick had already been awarded for  Heath being upended.  Boyce took the opportunity to complete his hat-trick from the flick spot to make it four-nil.  Two minutes from time Shepton made it five with a superb team goal.  Max Chainey cut inside from the left and fed James Weelen, who in turn squared the ball for Duchezeau to complete the rout.

Man of the match:  Mike Spencer

DOD:  James (no fuel) Weelen

27 Jan 18  Bristol University D  0  Shepton Mallet A  7

 

Mark Nash led the way with four goals as Shepton dismantled Bristol University in GoCrea8 West Central Division 1.

Shepton started slowly and despite having the upper hand it took ten minutes to force their first penalty corner from which Andy Boyce fired wide.  But five minutes later they took the lead when James Weelen picked up the ball in the circle and arrowed a shot into the far corner.  Nash nearly made it two when his rising shot was saved by a defender’s body and Max Chainey went close when he just failed to deflect another shot from Boyce inside the post.  Mallet finally doubled their lead just before half time when Nash pushed the ball into the net after good work from Maxim Cooper and Mike Spencer.

 

Shepton continued their dominance after the break and the result never looked in doubt once Andy Boyce had smashed the ball into the roof of the net from an acute angle.  Spencer continued to play provider and set up Nash for his second and third of the game, both from close range.  Shepton’s sixth came from the penalty flick spot after Max Chainey’s reverse stick shot hit a body on the line; Boyce slotted home the flick.  And six became seven when another barging run from Spencer allowed Nash to claim his fourth.

Man of the Match:  Maxim Cooper

DOD:  Harry Chainey (unwise comment)

20 Jan 18  Shepton Mallet A  2  Firebrands D  1

Shepton made hard work of this mid-table clash at home in GoCrea8 West Central Division 1.  They dominated possession and territory in the first half but their play was littered with unforced errors and they failed to create any clear-cut chances and trouble the Firebrands keeper.  And it was the visiting team who took the lead against the run of play when they forced the ball home following a good initial save from Keiran McCaul.

A stern team talk was needed at half time and Shepton’s play thankfully improved after the break.  They started to attack the circle, winning their first penalty corner of the match from which Tom Wood shot wide.   But Wood was soon to make amends when his ball into the circle was deflected past the keeper at his near post by Mark Nash.  Shepton kept up the pressure and came up with the winner when a rare mistake by the Brand’s defence was punished by Tom Ward who slapped the ball home with his reverse stick from 5 yards.   Andy Boyce nearly made the game safe when his short-corner strike was well saved but Mallet jut about did enough to secure the three points and move up to fifth place in the table.

Man of the Match:  Glenn Treasure

13 Jan 18  Bridgwater B 3    Shepton Mallet A 4

Shepton’s seconds picked up their first 3 points of 2018 in GoCrea8 West Central Division 1with a narrow, hard-fought win away in Bridgwater.

After an end-to-end opening with Mark Nash looking to run at the home sides’ back line at every opportunity, Shepton took the lead when Harry Hall was quick to react in a crowed circle to push the ball home from 8 yards.

Bridgwater bounced back and fifteen minutes later Shepton found themselves two-one down, conceding two scrappy goals with sloppy defending.  And it looked like the score would stay that way until half time after Max Chainey shot just wide and Andy Boyce’s effort from a short corner was cleared off the line.  But with the final move of the half, Philip Ballan-Whitfield fed Mark Nash down the left and his ball inside was picked up by Archie Heath who charged into the circle and slot the ball pass the outrushing keeper.

Shepton retook the lead a couple of minutes into the second half when Nash fired home after good work from Hall and Mallet extended the lead five minutes’ later when Nash turned provider to set up Boyce for an easy finish.  Shepton controlled the game for the next 20 minutes but failed to add any further goals which nearly proved costly.  Boyce was guilty of hitting the ball away after the whistle to receive a 2-minute suspension and Bridgwater capitalised to pull a goal back.  And a nervy last ten minutes saw the home side pile on the pressure and Shepton had Keiran McCaul to thank for some great saves to keep them out.

Next week Shepton host Firebrands D at 2.30pm in what should be a competitive mid-table clash.

Man of the Match: Philip Ballan-Whitfield

DOD:  Andy Boyce (Rarely hears the whistle)

6 Jan 18   Shepton Mallet A 1  North Somerset A 1

 

Shepton’s second team  started the second half of their campaign in GoCrea8 West Central Division 1 with a well-deserved draw at home to 4th-placed North Somerset.

Mallet started the game well, having the upper hand in the early exchanges, with Max Chainey and Mark Nash forcing good saves from the visiting keeper.  At the other end Will Sheen was in sublime form at centre back and Keiran McCaul pulled off a good save when called upon from a rare Somerset attack.

 

North Somerset moved up a gear in the second half but Shepton continued to match their opponents with good work on the flanks from Archie Heath and Harry Hall.  Both Brett Orrell and Tom Wood had good chances to score before McCaul pulled off another great save to keep the scores level.  But Shepton finally broke the deadlock half way through the half when Nash broke clear on the right and smashed the ball past the outrushing keeper.

 

Shepton had good opportunities to double their lead, especially from penalty corners but they were to rue their missed chances when North Somerset grabbed an equaliser in the last minute to deny Shepton all three points.

 

Man of the Match: Will Sheen

16 Dec 17  Shepton Mallet A 0 Clifton Robinsons C 6

It was a disappointing end to 2017 for Shepton’s second team in GoCrea8 West Central Division One, as they were outclassed by their promotion-chasing visitors.

Four goals in the opening twenty-five minutes did the damage, with Shepton limited to few chances of their own save a shot from Mark Nash that flew wide and a deflection over the bar by Max Chainey from a strike by Tom Wood. Shepton dug deep in a more even second half and we...re unlucky not to grab a consolation on a couple of occasions. Archie Heath failed to get anything on a fierce cross by James Weelen and Mark Nash pushed wide when one-on-one with the Clifton keeper. The away team rubbed salt into the wounds with two more goals before the final whistle, but with five wins and a draw from their opening eleven games, Shepton’s young second team can be pleased with the first half of their season.

MOM: WIll S DOD Woody (late, names, confusing the pub and marking)

2 Dec  Firebrands C   1     Shepton Mallet A   3

Shepton’s second team came out on top  in this mid-table clash in GoCrea8 West Central Division 1.

Shepton dominated the first half and deservedly took the lead after 15 minutes.  Max Chainey played a through ball for Archie Heath to run on to and he then pulled the ball back for Harry Hall to push home firmly into the corner.  They doubled their lead five minutes from time through a short corner when man of the match Ben Ake slipped the ball sideways for Tom Wood to fire home.

Firebrands came out fighting in the second half, but Shepton made the game safe when Tom Ward somehow managed to flick the ball through the goalkeepers legs into the roof of the after good work from Mark Nash.  Brands scored a consolation goal five minutes later but the result was never in any doubt.

MOM:  Ben Ake

DOD Archie (4am)

25 Nov  Westbury & United Banks C  2  Shepton Mallet A  2

 

It was a frustrating day for Shepton’s second team as they were held to a draw away at bottom club Westbury.  Shepton started slowly and failed to string any passes together until they took the lead against the run of play when Mark Nash squared the ball for Max Chainey to sweep home.    Westbury deservedly equalised on the stroke of half time when a strike from a short corner was rifled just inside the post.

Shepton’s game improved in the second half with tighter marking and Archie Heath finding more space to attack from midfield.  But they fell behind fifteen minutes in through a fierce opportunist strike from the top of the circle.  The game continued to open out with chances either end but Keiran McCaul was in fine form in goal and Tom Wood failed to beat the keeper from 10 yards.  But Shepton eventually equalised with a fine finish from Mark Nash and they could have taken all three points when Tom Ward failed to hit the target with an open goal beckoning.

Man of the match: Darrell Chainey. 

DOD:  Tom Ward

18 Nov  Shepton Mallet A  4  Old Bristolians B  1

Despite being one- nil down at half team, Shepton were the better side. With an unusual appearance at right back for James Weelen and the return of Will Sheen and Toby Connock, Shepton had a very strong back line despite not playing together before! Reinvigorated at half time they almost fell two behind when Tom Wood’s misplaced pass was nearly punished, but he was soon made up for his mistake. Good runs from the left wing from man of match Archie Heath caused lots of problems for OB’s defence and forwards Boyce, Ward and Nash had lots of opportunities. Shepton’s first goal came from a short corner from Will Sheen. Wood then scored himself from another corner.  Wood slipped the ball to Nash for Shepton’s 3rd goal before Tom Ward completed the scoring from an awkward angle confusing the keeper. In the last few minutes Phil Ballan-Whitfield cleared off the line to seal Shepton a 4 1 win.

11 Nov 2017 Keynsham  4  Shepton Mallet A  1

 

Shepton’s seconds put up a valiant display before eventually going down 4-1 away at high-flying Keynsham.

Shepton started the game well with Archie Heath, Andy Boyce and Harry Hall causing problems in Keynsham’s defence.  And Shepton took the lead after ten minutes when Mike Spencer drove into the circle to win a short corner before Wood fired into the corner.  But Spencer’s run was to prove costly as he subsequently limped off with a pulled hamstring.

Keynsham equalised ten minutes later.  A 5-metre infringement was doubly penalised with a green card and a penalty corner, which was fired home through McCaul’s legs.

 

Shepton’s heads didn’t drop and they gave as good as they got with Max Chainey and Mac Jessop both nearly finding themselves one-on-one with the goalkeeper.  But a 15-minute yellow card for ill-discipline was severely punished when Keynsham grabbed two goals in quick succession shortly after the break.  And the home side put the result beyond doubt with a fourth 15 minutes from time.  Shepton rallied in the last quarter with Boyce and Hall forcing saves from the host’s keeper but they failed to cut the deficit and get back in the game.

Next week Shepton host Old Bristolians B at 2.30pm at Shepton Leisure Centre.

 

Man of the Match:  Harry Chainey

4 Nov 2017  Shepton Mallet A  1  Bridgwater A  2

It was a frustrating day for Shepton’s second team in GoCrea8 West Central Division 1, as they managed to lose a game they should have won.  They started brightly, setting up camp in the Bridgwater half with Lewis Duchezeau and Harry Hall, probing from midfield, and Mark Nash and Andrew Boyce rekindling an old partnership in attack.  And they took the lead after 15 minutes when Boyce fired home through the keeper’s legs from a penalty corner.

Bridgwater came back fighting and were denied an equaliser by Keiran McCaul when clean through on goal.  But they drew level shortly afterwards when they punished Shepton for conceding possession deep in their own half.

 

Shepton once again took control of the match after the break winning numerous short corners and should have taken the lead ten minutes in.  Tom Wood’s strike from a corner hit a foot on the line but unlike the previous week, Hall failed to convert the resulting penalty flick.  It was to cost Shepton fifteen minutes later when a quickly taken Bridgwater free hit was deflected past the stranded McCaul.  Mallet pushed hard in the closing minutes but failed to grab the equaliser they probably deserved.

Man of the match:  Darrell Chainey

28 Oct 2017  Old Bristolians A  4  Shepton Mallet A 1

Shepton’s young second team, with half of the squad under 19,  performed well despite being well beaten in GoCrea8 West Central Division 1.

They fell behind after 15 minutes when an opportunist strike ricocheted in off the far post and the home side’s advantage was doubled when a pull back from the right wing was hammered home from close range.

Shepton rallied and from their second short corner, Tom Wood’s strike hit a leg on the goal line before Harry Hall calmly slotted home the resulting penalty flick.  But the home side restored their 2-goal advantage before half time with another superb strike from 15 yards that again went in off the post.

The second half was fairly even but Shepton failed to create many clear-cut chances to drag themselves back into the game and OBs put the game beyond doubt ten minutes from time when their fourth goal ended a clinical counter-attack.

Man of the Match: Maxim Cooper

21 Oct 2017  Shepton Mallet A  2  Bristol University D  1

 

Shepton bounced back from a poor performance last week to record a narrow home victory against a skilful young team.

Shepton started the match well and dominated the opening exchanges with Nash, Duchezeau and Jessop causing havoc in the Uni defence.  But they nearly fell behind when Bristol found the net from their first penalty corner, only for the goal to be disallowed as the ball never left the circle.  And Mallet should have taken the lead before half-time when Duchezeau failed to convert a penalty flick after Nash’s shot struck a foot on the line.

 

The second half was evenly matched with both sides creating chances and winning numerous short-corners which they couldn’t convert.  But eventually Bristol broke the deadlock with a well-taken reverse stick shot.

Shepton wasted more chances to draw level and Kieran McCaul pulled off some terrific saves to keep Mallet in the game before Tom Wood finally found the net to equalise from a penalty corner.  Both sides then fought hard to grab the winner before Nash popped up 8 yards out to fire home and take all three points.

Next week Shepton face a tough away trip to Old Bristolians A.

Man of the match: Toby Connock

14 Oct 2017    Firebrands D  3  Shepton Mallet A  1

 

Shepton’s good start to the season came to an abrupt holt when they lost away to Firebrands.  Shepton started well and dominated the first 20 minutes of the game with James Weelen often finding space on the right flank to put dangerous crosses into the circle.  And they deservedly took the lead from a short corner when Tom Wood’s initial shot was saved before Mark Nash fired home the rebound.

But this sparked the home side into action and they upped a gear to get behind the Mallet defence to equalise from close range.  Shepton nearly retook the lead when Wood’s shot from a short corner was too high to count before the home side took the lead before half time from penalty flick.

The second half was fairly with Shepton nearly getting themselves back in the game  when Wood hit the post but Firebrands sealed the victory when a right wing cross found its way through to an un unmarked player to fire home from 12 yards.

 

Man of the match: Toby Connock

7 Oct 2017   Shepton Mallet A  4  Bridgwater B  1

Shepton made it two wins out of two in GoCrea8 West Central Division 1 with a comfortable victory at home to Bridgwater B.  Despite a sloppy start they still created some good early chances with Mark Nash, Mac Jessop and debutant Ben Ake all forcing saves.  But it was Bridgwater who took the lead against the run of play when Mallet's defence was caught napping and the visitors tapped home from close range.  But Shepton raised their game and a great move between Jessop and Ake ended with Jessop clean through and volleying ball past the outrushing goalkeeper.

The home side moved up a gear after and dominated the second half.  Nash gave them the lead when a crash ball from Ogle was mis-controlled and Nash was on hand to poke the ball home.  Good work from Harry Chainey and James Weelen then set up Jessop to slot home his second before Chainey almost got on the score sheet himself when he hit the post from 14 yards.  But Jessop had the final say and completed his hat-trick with two minutes to go when he pounced on a rebound following Max Chainey's reverse stick shot.

Next week Shepton travel away to Firebrands D.

Man of the match:  Mac Jessop

DOD:  Tom Wood

30 Sep 2017  Clifton Robinsons C 1  Shepton Mallet A  2

Shepton’s second team made a terrific start to their campaign in GoCrea8 West Central Division 1 with a surprise away win at promotion favourites Clifton Robinsons.

 

Shepton started brightly with Mike Spence and Tom Wood having plenty of possession in midfield and Mac Jessop’s pace troubling the host’s defence.  But the home club took the lead when a stray pass out of defence presented the Clifton centre forward with a gilt-edged chance that was tucked away from 12 yards.  Mallet rallied and deservedly equalised before half time.  A good run from Archie Heath set up James Weelen on the right wing to cross for Mark Nash to expertly find the bottom corner.

 

Clifton dominated possession in the second-half, restricting Shepton to the odd counter-attack but Mallet’s defence defended resolutely with Luigi Fauceglia in fine form behind them in goal.  And it was from one of Shepton’s swift breakaways that the visitors grabbed the decisive and only goal of the second half.   Darrell Chainey took a free hit quickly to release Andy Boyce on the right, and his through ball found man-of the-match Mark Nash who fired home his second from an acute angle, beating the keeper on his near post.

MOM:  Mark Nash

DOD:  Max Chainey (we won!)

18 Mar 2017  Bristol and West C  2  Shepton Mallet A  4

 

An excellent hard-fought away win ensured Shepton’s second team would avoid relegation from GoCrea8 West Central Division 1.

 

They started very slowly and were indebted to Joe Osborne who made two excellent saves inside the first 15 minutes.  But they worked their way into the game with Archie Heath and Max Chainey finding some space out wide to feed the willing runs of Mac Jessop.  Mallet took the lead ten minutes before half time when Lewis Duchezeau’s shot from the edge of the circle was deflected in by Mark Nash.

 

Shepton maintained their good form after the break and doubled their lead when Archie Heath pounced onto a rebound after his initial shot was saved.  Mac Jessop was then in the right place at the right time to put the visitors three up.  Bristol pulled one back shortly afterwards but Tom Wood restored their three-goal advantage with a fierce strike from a penalty corner.  The deficit was cut to two again when Bristol converted a penalty corner of their own but Shepton could have been out of sight if it wasn’t for numerous fine saves by the home keeper.

 

A nervous finish saw Bristol strike the post and Osborne pull off another fine save but Shepton held firm to clinch their second away win in three weeks

 

Mallet finish the season on Saturday with a tough home fixture against title favourites Mendip at 2.30pm at Shepton Leisure Centre.

 

Man of the Match:  Joe Osborne

Dick of the Day:  Mark Nash (first ever card for Shepton)

11 March 2017  Shepton Mallet A  2   Firebrands C  3

 

Shepton’s second team failed to capitalise on an excellent first half performance in losing at home to Firebrands in GoCreat8 West Central Division 1.

Mallet dominated the first half, playing some excellent pass and move hockey, and took the lead when Lewis Duchezeau calmly flicked the ball past the visitors’ outrushing keeper.  Joe Osborne pulled off two great saves to keep Shepton in the lead before a string of short corners just before the half time whistle, finally led to Shepton doubling their lead when Tom Wood’s strike found the bottom corner of the goal.

Firebrands came out and played like different side after the break, piling the pressure on Mallet from the second half whistle.  The home side stood firm for 15 minutes but eventually the pressure told with a neat finish from 6 yards and the visitors drew level five minutes later with a well worked short corner.  The comeback was complete when Shepton found themselves short of numbers at the back and couldn’t stop a net finish on the volley at the far post.

Shepton rallied and nearly snatched a draw when Duchezeau worked some space in the circle before firing just wide of the far post.

Next week, Shepton face a big relegation battle away at Bristol and West C.

Man of the Match:  Lewis Duchezeau

4 March 2017  Old Bristolians A  5  Shepton Mallet A  7

 

Two goals apiece for Mark Nash, Andy Boyce and Mac Jessop helped Shepton’s second team record their first victory since November and move them 5 points clear of the relegation zone in GoCrea8 West Central Division 1.

 

Nash put Shepton ahead after 15 minutes when he latched onto a through-ball from Lewis Duchezeau to beat the outrushing keeper.  But 15 minutes later Shepton found themselves three-one down - two short corners and a stray back pass causing the damage.  Shepton won a short corner of their own as the half time whistle blew, and Boyce’s deflected shot found the roof of the net to give the visitors some hope going into the break.

 

A positive team talk was followed by a much-improved second-half display with crisp passing and movement off-the ball causing havoc in OB’s defence.  Jessop equalised 5 minutes into the half when he deflected in a Max Chainey cross  And Jessop grabbed his second a few minutes later when a deft touch from Duchezeau gave him a clear run to smash the ball home.  Boyce bundled in his second and Shepton’s fifth before OBs pulled one back through another penalty corner.  Mike Spencer, celebrating his 25th birthday, restored the two-goal advantage with a fine solo effort but a fourth penalty corner from OBs narrowed the gap once again. 

Mallet didn’t panic and continued to play some excellent hockey and put the game to bed when Duchezeau set up Nash to complete his brace.

 

Next week Shepton host Firebrands at 2.30pm at Shepton Mallet Leisure Centre, looking to avenge a heavy defeat before Christmas.

Man of the Match:  Max Chainey

4 Feb 2017  Shepton Mallet A  1   Bristol and West B  3

Shepton’s struggling second team produced another brave performance but ended up second best against an experienced Bristol side.  Mallet started well with Mac Jessop and Mark Nash each forcing good saves but they conceded two sloppy goals before half time to face an uphill battle after the break.

But they matched their opponents throughout the second half and were unlucky to concede a third when a misplaced pass from Will Sheen gifted the visitors a one-on-one one which they calmly converted.  Sheen made amends ten minutes later with a fierce slap after good work from man-of-the-match Archie Heath and Mike Spencer and the score line could have been even closer as Matt Herbert was denied three times by excellent saves by the Bristol keeper.

Next week Shepton travel to promotion-chasing Bristol University in search of their first win of 2017.

28 Jan 2017   Old Bristolians B  2  Shepton Mallet A  0

Shepton’s slow opening proved costly as they went down away at Old Bristolians In GoCreat8 West Central Division 1.  They got off to the worst possible start within the first minute when a ball into the circle was deflected past the stranded Osborne.  They slowly found their way into the game but had to rely on two goal-line saves from man of the match Mike Spencer to keep the score at one-nil.  However, OBs pressure eventually told when they converted a penalty corner with a flick into the roof of the net.  Shepton’s best chance of the half came when Archie Heath put Max Chainey through to draw the keeper, but he was unable to find Tom Ward  to convert at the far post.

The game opened out in the second half with Mac Jessop and Tom Wood finding more space in midfield but Shepton failed to trouble the home keeper apart from a Ward attempt from their sole penalty corner.  At the other end, Joe Osborne was in sparkling form to keep the score line respectable with five excellent saves when a goal seemed more likely on each occasion.

 

Next week Shepton entertain Bristol and West B at 2.30pm at Shepton Leisure Centre.

21 Jan 2017  Shepton Mallet A  1   Robinsons C  5

 

The final score line  was far from a true reflection of a game in which Shepton’s struggling second team put on a terrific performance against top of the table Robinsons.

 

Shepton started the match well with Mike Spencer and Tom Wood controlling the centre of midfield but they were unlucky to fall behind when a crash ball into the circle received the slightest of deflections giving Joe Osborne no chance in goal.  But heads didn’t drop and they equalised ten minutes later when Spencer pounced on a loose ball after good work from Andrew Boyce.  Mallet continued to match their promotion-chasing visitors with Lewis Duchezeau causing problems for their defence and Max Chainey nearly gave Shepton the lead with a sharp shot from 10 yards.

The second half continued in a similar vein with Archie Heath having the best chance to give Shepton the lead but a rash tackle in Shepton’s defending quarter proved to be the turning point with 20 minutes on the clock.  Shepton were reduced temporarily to ten men and Robinson’s converted the resulting penalty corner.  And before Shepton were back to full strength, Robinson’s made it 3-1 with a drag flick from another penalty corner.  3-1 soon became 4-1 when a through ball rebounded off the post to a Robinson’s forward.  Mallet continued to fight hard and Max Chainey set up Ambrose Hawks to be denied three times by the visitors’ keeper.  But the league leaders finished things off with a hotly disputed  goal five minutes from time.

It was a much improved performance by the home team who were didn’t seem to get the luck their performance deserved at either end of the pitch. 

Next week they travel to Bristol for an early start against Old Bristolians B.

 

Man of the Match:  Mike Spencer

DOD: HTC (passes and shoes)

14 Jan 2017    Westbury & United Banks C  3   Shepton Mallet A  1

First half mistakes proved costly for Shepton’s second team but the side will take confidence from a much improved display following some difficult games before Christmas.

 

They fell behind after ten minutes when a catalogue of errors resulted in two Westbury forwards bearing down on goal and finishing coolly.  But Shepton bounced back ten minutes later when cross-shot from Andy Boyce was deflected into the air into the path of Ambrose Hawks to smash the chest-high ball home from 5 yards.

 

Mallet gave as good as they got for short period with man of the match Mike Spencer and Tom Wood seeing more of the ball in midfield but they failed to break down the home defence.  Westbury regained control of the match with two goals in five minutes.  The first with a quick break after a wayward pass and the second when the defence failed to clear a loose ball.

 

A positive half-time team talk saw Shepton full of energy in the second half, with crisper and more accurate passing utilising the increased space as the home side tired.  Archie Heath and Max Chainey started linking well and twice Heath nearly pulled a goal back with persistent harrowing of the opposition’s back line.  At the other end Glenn Treasure pulled off a fantastic goal line stop from a short corner before a Shepton penalty corner led to a good save from a rare shot from skipper Darrell Chainey.

 

The second-half stalemate continued until four minutes from time when Hawks thought he had scored his second, slapping home the end of a well-worked short corner.  The goal was initially given but the decision overruled by the umpire at the opposite end who harshly ruled that the ball had not left the circle.  It was unlikely to impact the final result but would have been a well-deserved consolation for a spirited second-half display.

 

Next week Shepton entertain promotion chasing Robinson’s at 2.30pm at Shepton Leisure Centre.

10 Dec 2016  Mendip  10  Shepton Mallet A  0

One to forget - save ex-Malletian scoring four - we taught him all he knows.

3 Dec 2016  Shepton Mallet A  2   Bristol & West C  0

Omens didn’t look great when three players dropped out close to the start, leaving a bare eleven to contest this 3-pointer; but Shepton’s second team gained their first win of the season to move off the bottom and out of the relegation zone of GoCrea8 West Central Division 1.

Shepton edged a nervy first half with the fit-again Tom Wood, James Weelen and Matt Herbert bossing the midfield allowing Shepton’s young forward line to stretch Bristol’s defence.  Max Chainey and Archie heath both had good chances to take the lead but both failed to find the work the visitors’ keeper.  Herbert pushed further forward in the second half creating numerous openings for himself and others but it took a fine solo run and strike from centre back Mike Spencer  to finally break the deadlock with 20 minutes remaining.  And he capped a man-of-the match performance soon afterwards with a head-high goal line save.  Shepton controlled the game once they went ahead and had plenty of opportunities to seal their win before Herbert eventually slotted home from close range to claim a well-deserved goal and confirm the three points.

19 Nov 2016   Shepton Mallet A   1   Old Bristolians A   4

 

 Shepton’s disappointing run in Gocrea8 West Central Division 1 continued with a home defeat against Old Bristolians.  They fell behind early on when Joe Osborne’s initial save fell unkindly for an opposing forward to slap home from above his head.  But they responded well with Andy Boyce and Mark Nash finding some space in attack.  And they forced an equaliser when, at the end of a flowing move, Archie Heath pulled the ball back for Ambrose Hawks to fire home.  Shepton continued to play well in an evenly matched first half but went into the break a goal  down as OBs neatly finished from 8 yards.

 

Mallet made a few positional changes at half time but it back fired as they lost some control of midfield and were more exposed at the back.  Matt Herbert was denied on three occasions by the excellent OBs goalkeeper but the clinical finishing of the visiting striker was the difference between the two teams as OBs cruised to a comfortable victory with two more second half goals.

 

Shepton continue to look for their first win of the season with an away trip to Firebrands next week.

Man of the match:  Mike Spencer.

12 Nov 2016  Shepton Mallet A  1   Keynsham  2

Shepton succumbed to their third successive defeat despite a spirit second half performance at home to Keynsham.  The visitors dominated the first half preventing Mallet from getting into the game and creating any openings of their own.  Keynsham took the lead from their first penalty corner through an unlucky deflection past the stranded Osborne in goal.  And they doubled their lead after twenty minutes with another penalty corner strike that Shepton’s young keeper was disappointed he didn’t keep out.

Mallet came back fighting in the second half and gave as good as they got.  Hawks shot wide before Orrell was thwarted by the keeper when clean through on goal.  But he made amends 5 minutes from time with a firm finish from a short corner.  But it proved to be too little too late and left Shepton still searching for their first league win of the season.

Next week Shepton entertain Old Bristolians at 2.30 at the Leisure Centre.

Man of the Match:  Mike Spencer

5 Nov 2016   Bristol UWE B 3 Shepton Mallet A 1

It was a bad day in the office for Shepton’s second team as they were beaten in an early-season relegation battle by Bristol UWE. Shepton started confidently bossing the opening exchanges but when the home side got into their stride, Shepton struggled to cope with their high pressing game. UWE took the lead half way through the half when a great save from Joe Osborne unluckily fell to a Bristol striker to tap home. Shepton were two down ten minutes later when they were punished for losing possession in a promising position. UWE counter attached with electric pace as a deflected crash ball left Osborne with no chance.

Shepton fought hard after the break but their efforts reaped little reward until Max Chainey calmly finished past the outrushing keeper after good work from Tom Wood and Mike Spencer. However, UWE secured their first win of the season with a neat finish from a tight angle despite Osborne’s heroics keeping the initial shot at bay.

Shepton will look to bounce back next week at home to Keynsham at 2.30pm.

 

Man of the match: Max Chainey

29 Oct 2016  Shepton Mallet A  0   Bristol University C  3

 

Shepton’s second team put in brave performance against the league leaders but failed to halt the visitors on their winning run.  Mallet gifted the students an early goal when a misplaced pass was pounced upon and despatched into the bottom corner, giving man of the match Joe Osborne no chance in goal.  But the home side didn’t buckle and gave as good as they got in the first half with their best chance falling to Andy Boyce who hit the post from an acute angle.

Shepton continued to fight hard in the second half but Bristol put the game beyond reach with two goals from penalty corners.  Shepton had chances of their own with Boyce twice working the keeper but in truth Mallet never looked likely to pull off a shock result and capture their first win oi the season.  Next week Shepton visit bottom of the table Bristol UWE in pursuit of their first league win of the season.

15 Oct 2016  Shepton Mallet A  2   Old Bristolians B  2

 

Shepton picked up their first point of the season in GoCrea8 West Central Division 1 with a superb second half comeback.  Shepton started the game well with some good passing hockey that had deserted them in the previous two games.  But they conceded two quick and scrappy goals half way through the half, on both occasions failing to clear the ball when given the opportunity. Mallet heads didn’t drop and they could have pulled one back before half time when Max Chainey’s reverse stick cross failed to find the target.

After a positive team talk at half time, Shepton came out firing in the second half with Ambrose Hawks making some inroads on the right flank but it was from the left that their first goal came.  Archie Heath and Max Chainey combined well before pulling the ball back for Andy Boyce to fire into the corner.  And ten minutes later they grabbed the equaliser when Boyce fired into the circle for Mark Nash to deflect the ball home.  The final few minutes were a little frenetic with man of the match Joe Osborne pulling off a couple of great saves to keep the visitors out and to earn the point Shepton thoroughly deserved.  Next week they face a stern test away at Bristol and West B.

8 Oct 2016   Robinsons C  4  Shepton Mallet A  0

 

Shepton’s first away game in GoCrea8 West Central 1 started badly when they fell behind within two minutes of the start.  Alex Reina unluckily deflected a cross shot past the stranded Joe Osborne for the worst possible start.  And the home side doubled their lead 5 minutes later from a well worked right wing move.  Mallet battled hard but couldn’t get going and two became three when they were punished after losing possession 25 yards out.  Shepton’s heads didn’t drop and they finally created a couple of chances of their own with Mark Nash and Andy Boyce firing wide.

After a positive team talk at half time, Shepton came out determined to compete better in the second half and they didn’t disappoint.  Matt Herbert started to find some space and his quick skills won a couple of short corners.  From one, Max Chainey’s shot was well saved and minutes later he nearly deflected a Boyce shot that whistled wide.  But Robbies, who fielded a much stronger squad than finished low down last season, had the last laugh with a scrappy finish to complete the scoring.

Man of the Match:  Matt Herbert

1 Oct 2016  Shepton Mallet A  2   Westbury & UB C  3

 

Shepton’s seconds kicked off their campaign in GoCrea8 West Central 1, with a hard fought narrow defeat against their visitors from Bristol.  Shepton, fielding eight of last year’s third team, started the game positively and exchanged early blows with Westbury.  Callaghan had two good chances to put Shepton in front before Osborne made a  great save to keep the scores level.  But Westbury took the lead before half time with a calm finish at the far post.

 

The second half continued in a similar vein with both sides creating half chances but Shepton drew level after ten minutes when Mac Jessop flicked the ball home from close range.  Westbury then took control again with a good finish at the end of a quick break and for a long period this looked like giving them the victory.  But more drama was to follow when, with three minutes left, Shepton won a penalty corner from which Lewis Duchezeau fired an unstoppable shot into the corner.  However, within sixty seconds of the restart, with Mallet’s defence too static Westbury grabbed their third and the win with a knockout blow.  It was cruel on Shepton but there were plenty of positives to take into the rest of the season for their new team, inexperienced at this level, starting with their next game away at Robinsons C.  Man of the match:  Alex Reina.

24 Sept 2016    Shepton Mallet A  2  Bath Buccs F  1

 

Shepton’s second team warmed up for their league campaign, which starts this Saturday, with a well-deserved victory at home to Bath Buccs. Shepton were slow to get going with a lack of movement and basic errors letting them down and they fell behind after 20 minutes from a clean short-corner strike.  But this seemed to wake them up and they responded shortly afterwards with a perfect short-corner routine of their own when Andy Boyce stopped for Tom Wood to fire home.  Shepton then started to play the better hockey with young wide midfielders Archie Heath and Max Chainey finding plenty of space to ignite their attacks.  Hugo Broad, Heath  and Chainey all went close before the pressure finally told and Boyce’s reverse-stick flick found the roof of the net.

 

It was an encouraging performance by a much-changed team from last season with the introduction of a number of young players from last year’s third team as well as veteran and man of the match Glenn Treasure. 

Shepton Mallet A 3 Bridgwater C 4

 

This week Shepton Mallet men’s 2nds welcomed Bridgewater, and both sides were pleased the rain stopped in time for push back. The game started quickly and attacks occurred at both ends in the first few minutes. Shepton took the lead through Mark Nash whose hard work and link up with Bret Orel paid off.

 

Bridgwater’s forwards had pace a plenty and after conceding they came on the attack scoring almost immediately. The Shepton defence were then ...under pressure and quickly this was telling. In a 15 minute spell Shepton afforded Bridgewater too much space and as a result the visitors scored twice more.

 

This sparked Shepton into life, defenders James Weelen, Andy Campbell Ord, Des Osborne and Michael Spencer tightened up their marking. With stability restored at the back, the midfield grew in confidence. The ball came down the right via Tom Wood, his pass picked up by Orel, a cool dribble and shot created a 2nd home goal.

 

At the break, Shepton knew they had a chance of taking the win. They defended tightly and this paid off as Bridgwater had few flurries into the Shepton half. Despite this, Shepton could not find a goal. Eventually though Nash rounded the keeper but was taken out by the last man. A penalty flick was dispatched expertly by Phillips tyres man of the match Bret Orel.

 

Shepton were then caught out in a rare Bridgwater break that resulted in their fourth. Shepton worked hard but could not score again. Dropped points but a good team performance

 

17 Oct 2015          Robinsons C 1 - 4 SMHC Men's 2s

 

In contrast to last week's hard fought victory, this week saw a far more confident team take to the pitch away to Robinsons. Shepton's movement and strong press was telling from the start. It wasn't long until this was translated into goals. Midfielders Mat Herbert & Tom Wood were working hard to find the telling pass. It was Wood who succeeded first, passing though to Mark Nash for his first goal.

The same combination created the 2nd goal soon after with a strong cross from Wood expertly turned in by Nash. Robinsons were surprised by the ferocity of the Shepton attack and could not handle their movement or pace. All over the pitch the team were making themselves available with the ball and pressing hard without it.

 

A further attack down the right wing saw Andy Boyce and James Weelen combine, Boyce's cross was swept towards the top corner by Weelen to take it to 3 nil. At this point Shepton were rampant. Robinsons play was broken down easily. Another shot from Weelen was stopped by the keeper only to picked by Nathan Burnell who guided it goal-bound for the 4th.

 

Towards the end of the first half Shepton began to tire though and Robinsons capitalised with a goal of their own.

A strong team talk at half time to prepare for the increased pressure from Robinsons was required. The pressure came but a fine defensive display, especially from Phillips Tyres' man of the match Glen Treasure, was impossible to break down.

To the end, Shepton defended resolutely and every player gave 110% to ensure the match was closed out with a win.

 

Elliot Wilson was awarded DoD for his somewhat early arrival to the game and a finely executed fall just before his 1st touch.

 

10 Oct   Shepton Mallet A   1 - 0   Bristol UWE C

 

After 2 straight losses from their first league games Shepton were determined to make amends against Bristol UWE C. However, with the bare 11, Shepton knew it was going to be a hard-fought battle.

Back in a midfield position, Andy Boyce put UWE under pressure with some great through balls that the forwards were not quite able to latch onto. After 20 minutes the ball had not been in the Shepton half, the whites really were on top.

Several fine short corner routines were completed, all narrowly missing the target, but then a deflected shot resulted in Mark Nash battling with the UWE defence as the ball went overhead. Despite their keeper reaching high into the air the ball went over the line. Unfortunately though, the goal was disallowed.

Disappointed Shepton then came under some pressure as UWE found their feet in the game and came on the attack. However, with little end product, goalkeeper Keiran Mccaul was never really tested.

As Shepton regained control Andy Campbell Ord made a fine return to action with powerful runs down the left wing, and was unlucky not to score. His efforts were matched down the right by James Weelen who drove round the back only for the resulting cross to narrowly miss conversion from Jack Sharp.

At half time Shepton knew they were the stronger team and focussed on simple passing to keep pressure on UWE. Shepton soon made good on their team talk and broke the ball down quickly and managed a stronger possession game. Despite this, no goals were forthcoming!

Eventually though, the pressure became too much for UWE with Shepton mixing up their attack. Tim Clarke distributed the ball well, patiently looking for the one telling opportunity. The chance finally came to Mark Nash, with great umpiring allowing the advantage to be played, he latched onto a loose ball and somehow guided it over the line.

UWE fought back strongly but a slip saw a nasty injury to a UWE player. After this they struggled to penetrate the Shepton D. Andy Boyce (DoD) took a green card for a "robust challenge", but Shepton were still bossing the midfield.

Tom Wood's tenacious tackling, combined with resolute defending from Paul Townsend and Phillips Tyre's man of the match Leo Boot, saw UWE efforts at a revival thwarted. The final 10 minutes were played out with Shepton holding possession strongly.

First points of the season in the bag.

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