Roman Glass St George 4 Almondsbury UWE 1

Friday 22nd April 2011
Roman Glass St George 4 Almondsbury UWE 1
Toolstation League Division 1
At: Roman Glass Sports Club, Whiteway Road, Bristol
Kick-off: 3-00 pm
Admission: £4; Programme: £1 (20 pages)
Mileage: 236.5 miles
Attendance: 72
Weather: Warm and sunny
Duration: first-half: 45:29; second-half: 48:15

With Roman Glass St George moving to the Gloucestershire FA ground at Almondsbury next season, I was good to finally watch a game at their current ground on Whiteway Road. The ground may boast a covered terrace though has no lights and minimal hard standing which may explain the decision to move. The pitch is part of a larger playing field and unusually the cricket square was behind one goal rather than adjacent to a touchline.

Several travelled had the same idea as me to watch the third-last home game, including Facebook friend Stephen Jackson and Nigel Pond.

On a warm sunny day, few chances were created during the first half though one of them was headed home by Paul Coles just after the half-hour mark to give Roman Glass the lead. We all headed for the clubhouse at half-time and it was nice to sit down and chat with the other travellers over a hot drink. A mix-up in the Almondsbury defence two minutes after the restart allowed Mikey Gooding to double his side’s advantage. It got even worse for the visitors when Nathan Churchill fired home the third Roman Glass goal and Simon Mansfield the fourth goal in the space of 118 seconds just before the hour mark. The home side looked to be heading for a clean sheet until they conceded a penalty in stoppage time which Simon McElroy duly converted. RGSG came across as a friendly club and I appreciated the help of Secretary Emily Baldwin and the PA announcer for providing the teamsheets.

1-0 Paul Coles (31)
2-0 Mikey Goulding (47)
3-0 Nathan Churchill (58)
4-0 Simon Mansfield (60)
4-1 Simon McElroy (90+3 pen)