Final match for Bishopston United U16s
After playing together for almost 10 years, first as Bishop Road School and then as Bishopston United, the team played their final match on Sunday 13 May at Eastville Park.
Last year, Bishopston United won promotion from the AYL under 15's league into division 3 of the user 16's league this year. Whilst most of the team stayed together, a number of key players left due to GCSE's and to pursue other sports. The core of the team are made up of players from both Redland Green and Cotham schools.
Head coach Nigel Pollett said: “This season has been very challenging for a number of reasons. The squad decreased in number and a few of players picked up injuries which meant that we were struggling to field a team each week. The weather did not help with almost all of the matches in January, February and March being either postponed due to either a water-logged pitch or snow. We finally had to play catch up at the end of the season with fixtures rearranged for Sundays and Thursday evenings in April and May. This added even more pressure given that the boys were busy studying for their GCSE's.”
Sundays game was a tense affair played at home, Eastville Park, against Longwell Green. Bishopston got off to the perfect start scoring four goals, two from Sonny, one from Rohan and another from Danny, in the first 20 minutes. However, Longwell Green fought back and scored two goals before half time to make the half time score 4-2. Early in the second half Longwell Green scored again, but in a tense finish Bishopston held on to win the game 4-3. It was only the third win of the season for United but a fantastic way to finish. As there is no under 17's league next year the players will now go their own way.