BoA’s last game of the season away to Swansea

By | November 8, 2019

BoA finished the season with an away game at Swansea. For 9pm on a Tuesday night, BoA had a surprisingly large squad of 12. Swansea had a full complement of 13. A tough game was envisaged, with Swansea looking to avenge their defeat at BoA earlier this season, and with an all deep pool for BoA to contend with.
BoA started the game brightly. Andy Rose won the swim off, and later scored the opening goal. Swansea then took control of the game, scoring 4 to lead 4-1 at the quarters end.
The 2nd quarter was disappointing for BoA. Rose scored for BoA, but Swansea powered ahead, scoring 5. 9-2 at half time.
BoA needed something to get them going, and it was provided by Clive Milner. Whilst on the poolside during Captain Roger Chapman’s team talk, he managed to fall into the pool! This ‘light relief’ seemed to do the trick for the BoA, but Milner did sustain an injury that needed first aid from the lifeguard.
BoA started the 2nd half rejuvenated. Goals flowed from Gary Smith, two more from Rose and one from Ben Walker, with only one conceded, to win the quarter 4-1, but trailing in the match, 6-10.
In the final quarter, Milner was fit to play, with a big plaster taped to his foot. This came off around the centre spot very quickly though. Youngest Bancroft, Mike, scored for BoA but Swansea then scored 4 to quell any chance of a BoA comeback. But with 8 seconds of the season left, Steve Pentreath got BoA’s last goal, but his first, of the season. Swansea winning 14-8, but BoA consoling ourselves with a ‘winning 2nd half’, 6-5. After the final whistle, Milner did go and retrieve his soggy dressing from the depths of the pool. The season finally closing for this reporter on his return home, at ten minutes past midnight.
BoA record for the 2019 season:
P10 W3 D0 L7 GF99 GA135
There are still games to be played by other teams, but we may not finish bottom this season! A great cup victory against Frome, and despite losing in the next round, we had to give another team a head start!
After a number of seasons struggling, both performance wise and for player numbers, this has been a great season for BoA. Not just the fact that we have won games this season, but player numbers for games have been better. Training sessions have been improved under the coaching of Julian Potts. A number of junior players have played for the seniors and we hope they will continue to play next season.
Many thanks to all who have helped the team during this season, including Chris Ducker, Tim La Touche, Philip Shoebridge and Jo Hazell amongst others.
Up the BoA!