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Adam Buddin Memorial Shield 6-a-side

On Saturday 11 August 2012 a team from Bere Regis FC entered the Adam Buddin Memorial Shield 6-a-side football tournament at Puddletown Rec.  After a long and exhausting day, stretching from 11.00 am to nearly 7.00pm and with 14 teams entered, Bere Regis won the final against The Weld Arms 2-0.  Congratulations to Carl Dyke, Mick Mahoney, Jason Gover, Matt Bennett, Matt Elford (Capt), Elliot Slade and Shaun Cope.


BRFC win six a sides at Puddletown

League Tables 2011-2012

Saturday Dorset  League One


POS

TEAM

P

W

D

L

GD

PTS

1

Mere Town

26

22

3

1

97

69

2

Westland Sports Reserves

26

22

2

2

73

68

3

Granby Rovers

26

17

4

5

32

55

4

Poundbury Rovers

26

14

6

6

20

48

5

Bere Regis

26

14

3

9

30

45

6

Poole Borough Reserves

26

12

3

11

10

39

7

DorchesterTown A

26

11

3

12

-7

35

8

Wincanton Town Reserves

26

10

3

13

-8

33

9

Merley Cobham Reserves

26

10

2

14

-26

32

10

Kangaroos

26

9

3

14

-15

30

11

Swanage Town & Herston Reserves

26

9

1

16

-39

28

12

Dorchester Borough

26

6

3

17

-26

21

13

Ship Inn Wool

26

5

3

18

-32

18

14

Shaftesbury Reserves

26

1

1

24

-109

4


Saturday Dorset  League Three

POS

TEAM

P

W

D

L

GD

PTS

1

AFC Cobham

18

14

1

3

32

43

2

Donhead Utd

18

14

1

3

29

43

3

Galaxy FC

18

10

1

7

11

31

4

Portesham United

18

10

1

7

2

31

5

Piddlehinton United

18

9

3

6

25

30

6

Bere Regis Reserves

18

7

2

9

6

23

7

Stickland United

18

7

2

9

-28

23

8

Maiden Newton & Cattistock

18

5

1

12

-9

16

9

Okeford Utd Reserves

18

4

3

11

-25

15

10

Cranborne Reserves

18

2

1

15

-43

7

Dorset Senior Football league Division 1

17-2-12 Grandby Rovers 3 - 1 Bere Regis

After two weeks off due to cold weather, Bere couldn't find the magic too make it a winning return! Grandby where 2-0 up by half-time in terrible gusty conditions which didn't help the standard of football being played! But Bere came out in the second half looking to get back into the game and peppered Granbys goal before eventually Dyllan Hooper finished from close range to put Bere back in the game. But with Bere pushing for a second Grandby snuck a third and with limited resources to play with the nail was in the coffin for Bere.

M.o.M goes to Richard Payne this week for his continued high level of performance, energy and drive.

25/2/12 Mere town 0-1 Bere Regis

After a turbulent week at the club Bere Regis showed their true colours and unity by beating the only team in the division with an underfeated league record! Mere and Bere where exchanging blow for blow during the first half with Deano Rogo making some FANTASTIC saves to keep Bere in the game! Bere came out for the second half even more pumped working for each other and making sure they won their individual battles! Then it came to pass that Gdog Rose swiveled in the box, hit a left foot grass cutter that the keeper dived over and the ball nestled in the net! From there Bere worked harder and harder which was brilliant to be a part of and fully deserved the 1-0 win! The M.o.m goes to Deano Rogo but the whole squad should be smiling with a fine performance! Thanks to the continued support from throughout the club, now lads let's do what we should of done all year win every remaining game!

5/1/12 Bere Regis 4 Merley Cobham 2

Bere Regis started 2012 with a bang with a convincing win at home! Bere played well and made the ball do the work playing some sublime football at times. Bere made it 1-0 with Jonny Sanders sliding the ball home from a good team goal, then Tommy Williams scored a penalty making it 2-0. Bere made a mistake which led to Merley scoring, Sean Cooper made it 3-1 with a debatable goal? In the second half Bere made it 4-1 with Gdog Rose getting his comeback goal again after good team work!
M.o.m this week is Tommy Williams who played well all game keep it up! All the boys would again like to thank the continued support and help! 

21/1/12 Bere Regis 1 Poole Borough 4

Bere where 2-0 at half time after a poor first half when they could and should of capatalized on the few chances Bere did have! Bere came out on the attack after the break and should of had a penalty that wasn't given, then Bere where awarded a pen with Tommy Williams scoring it 2-1. Bere pushed on but went 4-1 down in the end after making a few mistakes! Bere where poor and need to up it! The M.o.m goes to Ross Pimmo Pimm as he was again a bright spark to a dull day!

28/1/12 Swanage 4 Bere Regis 4

Bere started the game with a bang going 3-0 up with goals from Gdog Rose and Azza Scott. Bere was dominating the game and should of been 6 or 7 up! Untill Swanage scored 1 just before half time! After the break Bere didn't turn up going 4-3 down before Joshy Walter scoring a goal with the last kick off the game 4-4. A big thank you goes to all the second teamers who stepped in for us and the M.O.M goes to Matty Elford who was a class act all game!


5th November 2011 - Poundbury 2 Bere Regis 0

Could the boys make it three in a row? With a weakened squad, the answer was no, and like waiting for a bus to turn up it remains only two in a row, which is the same reason the ref gave for turning up 30 minutes late!  Once the game started, Bere kept the ball well, but sadly a mistake in defence led to Poundbury opening the scoring, and it stayed that way until half time. Bere came out for the second half pushing hard but it was more hussle and bustle than sticking the ball in the back of the net where it matters. Poundbury then snuck another late on to make it two- nil. Bere didn't play well at all, and the man of the match goes to Dean ‘De Gea’ Rogerson who made some amazing saves, proving that at his age, he still can do it

12th November 2011 - Trinadad 3 Bere Regis 1   (Dorset senior trophy)

Bere couldn’t emulate their efforts of the previous season and were dumped out of this years cup at the second round stage. Many players appeared to suffer from jet lag, following the long journey and there were still a number of players out with injuries. From the kick off it was obvious that Trinadad would use their huge height advantage, by pumping it long and also at set pieces a throwback to Wimbledon of the 80's. But it proved effective, as they were 3-0 up just after halftime, before Bere scored from the right foot of Tommy Williams. Bere had a number of chances but the ball just would not go in.

19th November 2011 - Dorchester town 1 Bere Regis 5

Bere showed some real bouncebackabilty with a convincing away win away and calypso football that should have been played the previous week! Bere were 2-0 up at halftime with goals from Azza Scott and Matty Elford. After the break Bere continued to play well, but the highlight was a fantastic penalty save from man of the match Deano ‘De Gayer’ Rogerson. ‘The best save I’ve seen since one of mine in 1946’ commented Russ Hewitt. The save sparked Bere into life and they went on to score another 3 which could have been 6 or 7. Azza Scott ended up with a hat-trick and Matty Elford a brace.
Brilliant performance boys keep it going and well done to Deano Rog again this weeks M.O.M  

26th November 2011 - Bere Regis 2 Granby 4

Bere made 3 costly mistakes which led to Grandby scoring three before half time. Tommy Williams replied to make it 3-1 before the break. After half time Bere rallied and gave 100% to nick another with Azza Scott maintaining his impressive scoring record. However, searching for another, Bere left themselves open at the back and grandby nicked another with a penalty. Bere worked very hard in the second half and pressured Grandby that's why this weeks mom goes to the second half team!

5/11/11 Poundbury 2 Bere Regis 0

Could the boys make it three in a row? With a weakened squad, the answer was no, and like waiting for a bus to turn up,  it remains only two in a row, which is the same reason the ref gave for turning up 30 minutes late! Once the game started, Bere retained the ball well, but sadly a mistake in defence led to Poundbury scoring, and it stayed that way until half time. Bere came out for the second half pushing hard looking to score but it was more hussle and bustle than sticking the ball in the back of the net where it matters. Poundbury then snuck another late on to make it two- nil.
Bere didn't play well at all and at times it looked like the tragic game against Poole borough! The man of the match goes to Dean ‘De Gea’ Rogerson who made some amazing saves, proving that at his age, he still can do it!

29/10/11 Bere Regis 6  Wincanton Town Reserves 1

Another fine win for Bere following on from the great win the week before! With the 1st team having a lot of injuries, many of the younger players made the step up and looked comfortable and assured all game. Young Azza Scott carried on his goal scoring exploits with another brace after great work from Dale Wright, and even Jack Watson got himself on the scoresheet with a header from a corner which he fully deserves following a string of fine displays in defence. Johnny Sanders just about made it 4-0 at half time from the penalty spot. After the break Matt Elford scored with a sublime drive that wouldn't look out of place on match of the day, and finally Dale Wright got the goal that he deserved.
A big thanks goes to the lads that helped out in the hour of need and a big thanks goes to the continued support from everyone that's watches and helps with the club!

22/10/11 Bere Regis 10 Shaftsbury 0

Bere Regis produced their best performance so far this season with a convincing victory! Bere were 6 up by half-time with goals from Gdog Rose, Sean Cooper, Rob Gray and Azza Scott (2). After a bit more pushing/guidance from Gaffer Russ at halftime, the boys came out to score a further four to make it double figures by the end of the game! Goals came from John Sanders, Gdog Rose (2) and Sean Cooper!
Man of the match this week was young Azza Scott keep it up!

15/10/11 Poole Borough 5 Bere Regis 1

After a great start Bere went 1-0 up and looked the only team in it, when injuries to Oli ‘glass ankles’ Waight and Tommy ‘Gun’ Holmes within the first 10 minutes changed the game! Bere were very poor after this and were an embarrassment to wear the red shirt! With the outcome a 5-1 loss to an average side, Bere need to look at themselves and stand up and be counted.  Man of the match this week, was the lone BRFC fan who ran the line when nobody else could, and who, if he’d brought his boots, would have got a game. Thanks vice chairman sweet!

8/10/11  Bere Regis 1 Swanage 3

With two wins in the last two games Bere came crashing down to earth with a home loss to Swanage. Bere were the architects of their own downfall making costly mistakes and the only highlight was Gdog Rose getting his normal goal but unfortunately it did nothing to rally the troops. A poor result for a team that promises so much and has the ability to beat anyone on their day!
Thanks to the continued to support for everyone who helps with the club and supports the club, come on boys let's up it for the next game.

Bere Regis 3  MereTown 6

After a summer break, Bere Regis Football Club are back but sadly not with a bang! After a good pre-season the first team couldn't carry that into their first game. Mere were 2-0 up before a goal from Gdog Rose made the score 2-1. Unfortunately Bere couldn't go on from this with Mere scoring a third. After a strong talking to at half time from the gaffer Russ Hewitt the boys came out spirited with Gdog Rose getting another to make it 3-2. From that Bere had a strong 15 minutes but couldn't make it count, with Mere going onto score another to make it 4-2. But then with a sublime turn that you would be happy to do on Fifa 12 young Azza Scott scored a great goal to make it 4-3. So was it time for Bere to make a spirited come back?. Sadly not. Lack of fitness and lack of pride led to the boys losing 6-3 in the end! The man of the match was debutant Jack Watson who was assured in the centre of defence. A quick mention goes to Lloyd Cole who without a commotion, sadly broke his collar bone during the game - get well soon. A huge thanks goes to the support and the groundstaff  ensured that once again we were playing on a carpet! 

Boys pick up your heads and onto the next game.

Westlands 4 Bere Regis 3

A big away trip for the 1st team boys but it wasn't the ending that they hopedfor. After going a goal down Azza Scott added another to his seasons total to make it 1-1 after some unselfish work by G’dog Rose. However, following a number of mistakes, Bere where facing a mountain to climb when Westlands went 4-1 up. After halftime Bere where the only team in it, and threw everything at Westlands including the kitchen sink!

The boys never gave up and pulled together to score two more goals with Gdog Rose bagging a brace. There is no doubt that Bere deserved at least a draw from this game, and all the lads should hold their heads high as everyone put 110% in the second half. Man of the match this week goes to another debutant Rob Gray who was calm and composed all game and could do nothing about Pete calamity Macklins mistakes! A quick thank you go to Chairman and Gaffer for the day A D Moore, cheers for the continued help and support whilst Russ Hewitt was on a scouting mission in Turkey! Also well done the seconds on another good win keep it up boys!  

Bere Regis 6 kangaroos 0

Bere made it third time lucky with a great performance and a win at last! After many attempts at goal from all angles gdog rose opened the scoring to make it 1-0, which then gave Bere the confidence to play some eye catching football. The second came from a corner when a shot at goal was audaciously flicked into the net by Jonny Sanders. From this Bere had their tails up and peppered the kangaroo’s goal leading to another goal, a penalty from gdog rose. The fourth was an own goal after some great team passing before young Tommy Holmes made the points secure with a brace using his lightning pace to terrify the opposition defence and get his name on the score sheet. The boys would like to say a massive good luck to Pistol Pete Macklin as he sets of for his adventure to the land of Oz. After numerous outings for both Bere Regis cricket and football teams, it was good to see Pete actually catch something, even if it was only the plane to Oz! Stay in touch Pete and we’ll see you in October.  

Well done boys all of you are man of the match this week and well deserved!  Another big thanks goes to the the continued support and effort from everyone to do with the club!  

Merley Cobham 0 Bere Regis 2

On a boiling hot day that wouldn’t have gone amiss in Jamaica (no she went on her own accord!) Bere made it two wins in two weeks and played some calypso style football. Bere got the first goal when Gdog Rose opened the scoring from the penalty spot ensuring that their hosts then had to chase the game. Bere then retained the ball well for long periods, which was crucial in such energy sapping conditions. After tireless work from young Tommy Holmes, Gdog Rose was on hand to score the second just before halftime! Bere came out in the second half again trying to keep the ball as much as they could and despite both teams having chances, it ended 0-2 and another clean sheet for Bere.
Man of the match goes to Gdog Rose who netted his normal brace (8 goals 4 games!)

Dorset Saturday League Division 3

It may have been a delayed start to the football season but a new era at the Sports Club was about to begin………….

With the demise of Dorset Sunday football the only way forward for the club was to have two teams on a Saturday.  This meant the return of 2nd team football, straight into League Division 3, and a new management dual of Messrs Bennett and Hall at the helm.

Bere Regis Reserves  4     Portesham Utd  5  Saturday 18 February 2012

After a two-week break for frozen pitches the 2nd team faced a mid-table clash with Portesham Utd who narrowly won the corresponding fixture 2-1 earlier this year.

The opening ten minutes started quietly with both teams trying to find their feet and rhythm after the enforced lay-off.  Portesham took first blood with a goal from nowhere, however a good finish, but Bere responded well and soon equalised through a Nick White header from a powerful Matt Bennett free kick. Once again Portesham went ahead with another clinical finish from a good move down the left hand side, Bere now were 2-1 down but not of this match.  The game ebbed and flowed for the next 20 minutes but no trouble for either keeper, both teams almost waiting for the half time whistle.  This changed however when Will Spurdle slotted home to make it 2-2 and within minutes Shaun Cope added another to go in 3-2 up and probably well deserved.

The second half continued to create chances at both ends, only poor finishing keeping the score down, along with the weather which now had turned to wind and rain.  15 minutes into the half saw Nick White grab his second and Bere’s fourth, cruising you might say and only a matter of time before a fifth but how wrong can you be.  A couple of individual errors and good opportunist finishing saw Portesham restore the status quo, 20 minutes to go and 4-4.  Both teams were now pushing for the winner, three points at stake and all to play for.  With only a few minutes left on the clock a reckless challenge, a booking, a well taken free kick, a handling error and the ball dropping over the goal line, Portesham were ecstatic and the home side were left devastated.  Even with a very late charge the score remained 5-4 to the visitors, who you might say snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, disappointing once again from a 2nd team prospective but a good game for the neutral.

C Dyke, K Cox, M Bennett, N White, K Portt, S Hall, M Mahoney, Bartek, D Wright, S Cope, W Spurdle, C White, A White,  R White & L White.

Lost 4-5 (N White 2, S Cope, W Spurdle)            Star Men:    M Bennett & S Hall

Thought of the Day:    Losing by an odd goal in nine may be a close game but the disappointment behind the faces says it all.

Portesham Utd  3     Bere Regis Reserves  2


Saturday 07 January 2012

The fifth away match on the spin, how would the 2nd Team react to the two-week Christmas and New Year lay off.

The Budmouth College pitch is not the best, uneven bounce, a slope and open to all elements from the coastal areas of Weymouth, but that’s football, not everyone can a home pitch like ours.  The game started like the pitch, scrappy and could be better, with both teams showing that the enforced festive break did nothing for their football and those who braved the weather to watch must have been mad.  For long periods there was nothing of quality or imagination to note but then a free kick, some 35 yards out, stung the keepers hands and Jake Muscato pounced on the rebound to slice the ball into the back of the net and Bere were deservedly 1-0 up.  This continued to almost half-time when a defensive error once again cost Bere the lead, on 44 minutes the ball should have been put in row Z not the back of our net.

The second half started with more urgency, both sides actually trying to play some decent football, and for long periods Bere had the upper hand, but as with other recent games a lack in defensive concentration helped to put the home side 2-1 up against the run of play.  Bere never gave up though, always trying to knock the ball around and pressurise the opposing goal to equalise without the long ball tactic.  Eventually this all paid off and Bartek slammed home a low drive to make it 2-2.  More half chances were to follow but neither keeper was really troubled.  With less than five minutes to go Lady Luck turned her back and with the ball pinging about like being in a pin-ball machine, it bounced everywhere but safety, off two players, off the post and back off of a luckless Kev Cox into the open net, 3-2 down and no real time to get back in the game. 
A disappointing end to a match we probably should have won.

C Dyke, K Cox, J Cleall, N White, K Portt, J Muscato, A Gale, J Walter, M Bennett, M Mahoney, Bartek, S Hall, N Ball & A Kearns.

Result:        Lost 3-2 (J Muscato, Bartek)        Star Men:    Bartek & K Cox

Thought of the Day:    When you’ve got some of the best facilities, pitch and playing surface in the league, playing
            away from home just doesn’t come close.


Bere Regis Reserves  2     Donhead Utd  3


Saturday 14 January 2012

Donhead Utd at home, another tough match for the 2nd Team, a game not for the faint hearted if the away match was anything to go by.

A cagey start to the match by both sides, each knowing this would be a tough encounter, not a lot of football at first, only a couple of free kicks as the tackles were made in the combat zone of midfield.  The game suddenly burst into action with Bere making the mistake of giving too much space to their lethal centre forward, one down in the blink of an eye.  This was followed by two bookings, both for the opposition, and then football suicide, poor marking in the box and yet another clinical finish, 2-0 down with only ten minutes gone.  For the next 15 minutes Bere held firm in defence and started to show glimpses of what they could do, half chances were now appearing and cracks in the Donhead defence.  Eventually Bere managed to get what they deserved and pulled one back as Nick White slotted home to finished a flowing move, no more than the home side deserved.  The remaining time of the first period only saw a number of flowing moves and punishing tackles but no more goals.

Bere started the second period upbeat and full of running, certainly having the better of the early exchanges but not able to breach the away defence and score a deserved equaliser.  Finally a chance, a definite penalty, but an average spot kick and a good save saw the score stay 2-1, a bitter blow to the home players and supporters which were swelled by the 1st Team fixture being cancelled.  More end-to-end play followed, with more tough tackling, more off the ball incidents and more use of the Referee’s book, in fact there were more yellow cards than goals at this stage.  This was finally broken when Donhead scored a third, much against the run of play, but that’s football.  Bere didn’t give up though and once more put the opposition on the back foot and eventually managed to close the gap when Matt Elford scored to make it 3-2.  The next few minutes turned ugly and saw a Donhead player given a straight red card for a combination of bad language, dissent and the dislike of Eastern Europeans.  Still pressing for an equaliser Bere had a couple of half chances but failed to score and the game ended in defeat for the home side.  Donhead new they had been in a battle and were probably lucky to take all three points but another promising performance against the side that will win the league come April.

C Dyke, K Cox, J Cleall, R White, K Portt, N White, M Bennett, M Mahoney, Bartek, S Cope, M Elford, J Walter, S Hall,
P Macklin, W Spurdle, N Ball & A Kearns.

Result:        Lost 3-2 (N White, M Elford)        Star Men:    M Mahoney, M Bennett & M Elford

Thought of the Day:    When individual errors cost you dear at one end and finishing isn’t clinical at the other, you
            don’t get three points just for being the best team on the day.


Piddlehinton Utd  3     Bere Regis Reserves  1


Saturday 21 January 2012

Yet another tough match for the 2nd team, this week an away trip to high flying Piddlehinton Utd at the Thomas Hardye Leisure Centre playing fields on a cold and blustery day.

As seen many times in recent weeks the 2nd team had to start using another changed line-up, with unavailability and injury rearing its ugly head for the management.  Matt Bennett had to drop back into central defence to partner Nick White, Lyndon White played in goal from the start and Carl Dyke was let loose on the outside pitch, an interesting formation to say the least.  As both teams struggled with the cross pitch breeze they still managed to play reasonable football and chances were made at each end.  The home side scored the opening goal with a clinical finish against the run of play.  Bere responded well and was soon level as Nick White converted a Matt Bennett corner with a bullet header.  Within minutes joy turned to despair as Piddlehinton regained the lead with a glorious strike from a free kick on the edge of the box, 2-1 down but still in the match.  Lots more open play before the interval with missed half chances at both ends but no more goals.

The second 45 minutes started with a lot of urgency, both teams wanting to take control of the game and get the three points at stake.  The weather conditions only seemed to get worse as the game went on but the players still tried to pass the ball around with many flowing moves that only lacked a finish in the final third.  The forth goal of the match was always going to be make or break for Bere and sadly it was the home side that found the back of the net with good pace and a finish to match.  At 3-1 down Bere had to push forward leaving only three at the back and an extra man in attack, this saw the game open up with end to end action but the hosts held firm and the final twenty minutes produced no goals.  Another disappointing end to a game, on another day perhaps a draw would have been well deserved but sadly not today.

L White, C Dyke, N White, M Bennett, K Portt, K Cox, M Mahoney, Bartek, J Walter, S Cope, C White & W Spurdle.

Result:        Lost 3-1 (N White)            Star Men:    N White, M Bennett & C Dyke

Thought of the Day:    Sometimes games are lost because the better team on the day scores more goals.


Bere Regis Reserves  6     Cranborne Reserves  0


Saturday 28 January 2012

Fresh from a series of five straight defeats a home match against Cranborne Reserves, the league’s bottom club, was today’s game, and the 2nd team hopeful that the tide would turn.

The first half started in a strange manner, even though with two substitutes, the hosts only fielded 10 players as they awaited the arrival of Kev Portt, in transit from work.  However, after ten minutes the polarity was restored with Will Spurdle coming into action, still no sign of the trusty defender.  With a mixture of youth and established players, Bere took early control of the match and should have scored a number of goals, four or five at least, but for twenty minutes it stayed 0-0, no reflection on the total domination and ball retention.  Eventually Will Spurdle took his chance and slotted home from close range after another good passing move, a feature of the first half.  With continued pressure it was only a matter of time before another goal arrived, this time from the unlikely source of Carl Dyke, not in goal today but an attacking midfielder, his screaming mishit cross smashed onto the inside of the post and left the keeper with no chance, 2-0 up as half time approached.

The second period continued in the same fashion as the first, Bere full of running, long periods of procession whilst passing the ball about with ease and authority, but the only thing missing again, goals.  Eventually young Callum White steered home a third with Will Spurdle adding his second and Bere’s forth within a few minutes.  As the game went on more chances were missed but Shaun Cope ended his goal drought by scoring a brace, one from distance and another from close range, this pushed it to 6-0, a more realistic score line.  The away side never stopped trying but caused very few problems during the match and Bere held firm at the back to keep a well deserved clean sheet.  For once the result reflected the game, something to carry forward to next week along with the teams’ solid performance, no doubt this will cause selection headaches for the management.

N Ball, N White, M Bennett, A Moss, S Hall, P Macklin, Bartek, C Dyke, S Cope, C White, W Spurdle & A Kearns.

Result:        Won 6-0 (W Spurdle 2, S Cope 2, C White, C Dyke)        Star Men:    P Macklin & S Hall

Thought of the Day:    You can only beat the team you are playing on the day, adding style and enjoyment is extra.
As for those who played and watched a happy day all round.

11/12/2011 Bere Regis 0 Dorchester Town Dynamos 1

In a hard fought encounter Bere Regis managed to restrict the high flying visiting team to a very narrow victory.  It was very much a ‘backs to the wall’ display in what appeared at times as though the managers had set the home team up in a one five one formation.
All members of the team put in tremendous effort and almost snatched an equaliser right at the death when a long free kick was launched into the opposition’s penalty area which was flicked agonisingly wide.  Man of the match went to Nat ‘the cat’ Hobbs for a Daniel Agger like commanding performance in the heart of the defence.

08/01/2012 Poole Town FC Wessex 1 Bere Regis 0

After the teams ‘mid winter break’ the boys went into this game on the back of some serious fitness work to get back in shape after all the mince pies consumed over Christmas.  This was a very hard fought and physical game in which both teams created numerous chances.
The home team took the lead however through a goal from a corner which appeared to rebound off one of the home teams rear end and in off the post!  Bere Regis pushed for an equaliser which we thought we had when a fantastic strike from Alex ‘thunder shot’ Knox Jones hit the roof of the net, just under the crossbar, which the referee somehow decided was not a goal!  Another great effort by the lads which was sadly not reflected in the final score line and man of the match went to Harry ‘Bonecrusher’ Green for his all action display in the centre of midfield with yet another notable display from Nathan ‘Rooney’ Fellows in goal.

15/01/2012 Bere Regis 7 Portland United 1

What a win played out in front of a capacity crowd at the Bere Regis ‘Theatre of Dreams’ who turned out in their numbers for the first of three junior games taking place on the day!  After the two recent narrow defeats the boys turned in a fantastic display straight off the training ground with a fine range passing moves, individual skills and some fantastic strikes.
There were goals for Alex ‘Thunder Shot’ Knox Jones (4), Declan ‘Hammer’ Horwood (2) and 1 for Harry ‘Bonecrusher’ Green who was also celebrating his 9th birthday.  Man of the match went to Alex ‘Thunder Shot’ Knox Jones for his Steven Gerrard like display in the centre of midfield capped by his 4 superbly taken goals.

Cranborne Reserves  0     Bere Regis Reserves  2 Saturday 03 December 2011


The second of five away games on the spin, and although lowly in the league not an easy place to visit, another battling performance needed from the young and old.

The game started in a non-eventful manner, both sides not giving much away, only free kicks and money to FA funds, the Refs little book being seen more times than good chances in front of goal.  Most of the play seemed to be in the midfield, but once it was pushed wide the game opened up and Bere started to dominate, coming close on a couple of occasions.  Eventually there was a breakthrough, an inter-passing move down the right hand side saw Kev Cox slot home to make it 1-0, he doesn’t get many but this was thoroughly deserved, not just for him but the whole team.  The remainder of the half was played out with the 2nd Team holding firm in a match full of spoiling and little creativity.

More urgency was shown after the break but if making it difficult for the away side to get a passing game going on the good surface was home tactics, they were spot on, not for the purist though.  After a lot of persistence and a fine finish from Callum White, Bere found themselves 2-0 to the good, never looking in too much danger and always in control.  The introduction of two young guns for Bere gave them some useful minutes on the pitch, both showing some good touches with Sam Hall failing to head home from close range.  Another three good points on our travels, not a game of glorious football, but a difficult and physical encounter with the best side winning on the day.

C Dyke, K Cox, J Cleall, R White, K Portt, Bartek, M Bennett, N White, M Mahoney, C White, S Cope, J Muscato,
L White, S Hall & A Kearns.

Result:    Won 2-0 (K Cox, C White).

Star Men:    R White, M Mahoney & K Portt.

Thought of the day:    Do home supporters watch a different match to everyone else, sometimes they are for and sometimes against their own team, but they are never wrong, just ask them.


Donhead Utd  3     Bere Regis Reserves  0 Saturday 10 December 2011


Yet another away match for the reserves, this time Donhead Utd and hopeful revenge for the Junior Cup mauling.

The game started with great pace, both sides up for a battle, most of which seemed to be in the middle of the park, but Bere showed good heart and took the game to them, not allowing the hosts to settle.  A couple of early chances needed to go in, another day they would, but after 25 minutes it was still 0-0.  A third good chance once again didn’t find the back of the net, this inspired Donhead for really the first time in the match and their spell of pressure eventually paid dividends as a defensive mistake allowed a clinical finish and Bere were 1-0 down.  Half time soon approached with no more trouble for either keeper.

After the break Donhead seemed to move up a gear, confidence of being one up when they should have been at least two down definitely helped.  It wasn’t long before chances came and went at both ends, then poor marking from a corner saw the ball being thump into the back of the net from close range and Bere were 2-0 down.  Not a match for boys or the weak hearted saw many a challenge that on another day would have been yellow or even red, but the official saw nothing wrong, not even for a blatant penalty that got the home team up in arms.  However, it wasn’t long before they scored their third, a neat looking move and another clinical finish that meant a hat-trick for the opposing centre forward.  Bere didn’t mull around though and forced a couple of good saves from the keeper, but at full time the result was all that mattered and the end of a pleasing unbeaten run.

C Dyke, K Cox, N White, R White, K Portt, Bartek, M Bennett, R Ayley, M Mahoney, C White, J Walter, J Muscato &
L White.

Result:    Lost 0-3.

Star Men:    K Cox, Bartek & K Portt.

Thought of the day:    Being the better side on the day doesn’t always win matches but clinical finishing often does.


AFC Cobham  5     Bere Regis Reserves  1  Saturday 17 December 2011


Wanting to forget the week before, AFC Cobham seemed a good challenge, especially when they topped the league.

The game started with both teams showing too much respect for each other, but gradually flowing football started to show on an awkward pitch with a distinct slope.  The early chances seemed to fall to the home side, and Bere were lucky not to concede from every set piece, the over amount of six-foot players on one side made easy aerial domination.  A lapse in concentration saw the league leaders go one up but a fine response saw Jake Muscato float the ball into the top corner to make it even.  Due to injury Bere’s formation had to have a slight shuffle, but the change disrupted more than helped the situation, and within minutes Bere went behind to another set piece.  With only another couple of chances for both teams the half time whistle was a welcome sound.

After a positive team talk and with spirits still high, the second 45 minutes started with great expectations.  Once again lapses in concentration didn’t help the cause and a little bit of misfortune saw the home side increase their lead to 3-1.  It wasn’t long before they made it four.  Bere kept battling and on another day would have scored one if not two more, the woodwork saving the day for the hosts.  When attack seems the only option late in the game many gaps are left at the back and before the end of a ordinary performance Cobham made it 5-1.  The home side well deserved their win but the margin was a little flattering, but good luck to them for the rest of the campaign.

C Dyke, J Muscato, N White, R White, K Portt, Bartek, M Bennett, R Ayley, M Mahoney, J Parsons C White, J Walter,
AJ Gale & L White.

Result:    Lost 1-5 (J Muscato).

Star Men:    C White, Bartek & K Portt.

Thought of the day:    To contain a height advantage in open play is a lot easier than at set piece situations.


Junior Cup Round 2  -  Donhead Utd  11     Bere Regis Reserves  0

Saturday 5 November 2011

Today a trip to Donhead Utd in the second round of the Junior Cup laid ahead for the 2nd Team, a scratch side once more but hopefully not a league fine this week.  The team took the field with a mixture of players that had a bit of everything, the young, the old and the even older, you might say packed with experience but not necessarily in football.

The game started with both teams trying to acclimatise themselves to the sunshine and early kick-off.  Bere probably had the best of the early exchanges, a couple of half chances went begging, but no one could imagine what was in-store.
Even after going 3-0 down and a disallowed goal by the ‘out of retirement for the day’ Andy Curtis, there was still fight in the team and they were a little unlucky to be 5 down at half time.

The second half continued in the same vain as the first 45 minutes, a lot of one-way traffic, many shots and opportunities for the home side, most of which hit the back of the net in some shape or form.  The final score of 11-0 was a bit flattering, 9-1 would have been a fair result on the day.

Good luck to Donhead in the next round but don’t expect the league matches to be so easy.

Strangely enough from the ashes of defeat the performances by the emerging players Adam White, Callum White and Sam Hall showed lots of promise for the future, and with Lyndon’s cameo performance for the last 20 minutes showed that the goalkeeping art from yesteryear is never lost, even at the age of 48 years young.

M Stranack, K Cox, A White, J Muscato, L White, Bartek, C White, N Spicer, S Hall, W Spurdle, A Curtis, M Bosworth,
S Moss & Lyndon White.

Result:    Lost 11-0.

Star Men:    All the players who filled in at short notice.

Thought of the day:    Sometimes in defeat there is still enough potential shown to continue and fight another day.

Bere Regis Reserves  7     Okeford Utd Reserves  2


Saturday 12 November 2011

After a disappointing cup match last weekend it was back to league action for the 2nd Team and the visit of Okeford Utd Reserves.  With both clubs, and their respective 1st Teams, having an indifferent start to the season, this was poised to be a very close match on paper and critical for each to kick start their seasons.

Bere, with a very changed side from their last match, started in an almost nervous fashion, letting Okeford dominate the opening exchanges.  Gradually the game settled down and both sides had some half chances, but none were taken.  On 20 minutes that all changed, a flowing move down the left and Bartek got on the end of a dangerous cross and buried it into the back of the net, 1-0 up and thoroughly deserved.  The home side continued to insert more pressure but the visitors held firm and almost grabbed an equaliser just before the interval.

The second half started with more pace, changed tactics and both sides wanting the win.  Lots of open space on the pitch began to unfold and more and more good football was played on the glorious surface, all very welcome for the masses of home supporters.  Shaun Cope latched onto a through ball and slotted home to make it 2-0, this was followed by chances at both ends, with the visitors finally scoring to bring it to 2-1.  The next goal was critical for both teams and a blinding drive by Nick White, off the underside of the crossbar, made it 3-1, this was shortly followed by a sublime free kick from Jordan Parsons from just outside the box into the top left hand corner, 4-1, now to hold shape and continue the pressure.  It was soon 5-1 when Shaun Cope once again pounced on a defensive error and smashed a low drive into the net.  Even at this stage the visitors didn’t lie down and they got their due rewards from a penalty, 5-2, but Bere were not finished yet.  Another well executed passing move saw Jordan Parsons get his second which was shortly followed by his third, the first hat-trick of the season for a 2nd Team player, well deserved, not just for him but the whole team.  One or two additional minutes were added by the Ref but no more goals and Bere ran out 7-2 winners.  This was a great response to a miserable cup exit the week before.

C Dyke, K Cox, A White, R White, A Gale, Bartek, M Bennett, N White, J Parsons, S Cope, C White, Lyndon White,
J Muscato & A Kearns.

Result:    Won 7-2 (Bartek, S Cope (2), N White, J Parsons (3)).

Star Man:    R White.

Thought of the day:    A team can be accessed by the way they respond to a heavy defeat, a 7-2 win says it all.

Bere Regis Reserves  2     Piddlehinton  2


Saturday 19 November 2011

The visit of high-flying Piddlehinton would be another great test for the 2nd Team, not only to carry on from last weeks promising performance but having to overcome yet another changed starting line up.

The game started in a frantic fashion with the visitors unlucky not to take an early lead as uncertainty on how to handle a tall and quick attacking side had Bere going all ways.  However, on five minutes, the home supporters saw yet another sweetly struck free kick from the left boot of Jordan Parsons hit the back of the net and the 2nd Team were one up, probably against the run of play.  Lots of attacking football followed from both teams, end to end stuff, with half chances flying in all directions but not the back of the net.  Lyndon White, starting a match for the first time in many a year, produced one of the best saves of the season to frustrate a well organised Piddlehinton side.  Finally, after another period of pressure, the away side got their dues and hit an equaliser, so 1-1 as the game approached half time.

The second half again started with both sides looking to take control but the defences held firm and just a couple of half chances was all to show for a lot of endeavour.  Piddlehinton then struck to take the lead and were unlucky not to add to this only minutes later, however, the home side showed a lot of determination and fought back to equalise with Bartek finishing in style to end a great move of quick passing football.  With Bere in the mood to take all three points, endless pressure was put on the opposition’s goal, the woodwork saved them twice, but the game ended all square.  Yet another promising performance to carry forward to the next match.

L White, J Muscato, A White, R White, J White, Bartek, A Kearns, R Sawyer, J Cleall, J Parsons, C White, M Bennett, S Cope & K Cox.

Result:    Drew 2-2 (J Parsons, Bartek).

Star Man:    L White.

Thought of the day:    Form may be temporary but class is permanent, a timeless goalkeeping display.


Stickland Utd  1     Bere Regis Reserves  3


Saturday 26 November 2011

A local derby match faced the 2nd team today, away to Stickland Utd, a difficult place to visit but spirits and confidence were high after the previous two results.

An injury to Rich Sawyer during the warm-up saw a change of formation without a ball being kicked, so the start was always about holding firm and settling into the game.  The opening exchanges were not for the faint hearted with a couple of late challenges worthy of yellow cards but the Ref decided on leniency, perhaps not beneficial as the game continued in a sometimes wayward manner.  Midway through the first half saw new recruit Mick Mahoney latch on to a poor clearance to slot home the opening goal for Bere.  Continuing to pressure the Stickland goal, and with Jordan not playing, young Callum White stepped forward for a free kick from just outside the box, without the keeper moving he blasted the ball into the roof of the net with pin point accuracy and Bere were 2-0 up.  The half came to an end with no more real action but that only leaves to mention that the Ref blocked more shots than Carl in goal and his dive from an infringement was up there with Tom Daly, it must be asked, can a Ref be booked for simulation?

The second half continued in the same manner as the first, hard tackling, limited chances and the pitch not helping either team to play good passing football.  As the game flowed from end to end, with no great purpose, the signs were there that concentration was needed to keep the 2-0 lead.  Then a goal for Stickland but luckily for Bere it was offside, but an easy tap in soon followed this by the home teams leading goal scorer, 2-1, and a completely different game.  For the next ten minutes Stickland applied pressure on the Bere goal but to no avail as the defence held firm and started to reapply pressure themselves.  With 15 minutes to go an in-swinging corner, a couple of blocks, a bit of pinball and Kev Portt there to nudge the ball over the line and Bere made it 3-1, back to a two goal margin and game over.  A double substitution and a bit of keep ball saw the game end and the 2nd team unbeaten in the league during November.

C Dyke, K Cox, A White, R White, K Portt, Bartek, M Bennett, J Cleall, M Mahoney, C White, S Cope, R Sawyer, S Hall & A Kearns.

Result:    Won 3-1 (M Mahoney, C White, K Portt).

Star Man:    K Portt.

Thought of the day:    An ugly win … not a spectacle to watch but a hard fought encounter and another three points.

01 Oct 2011     Bere Regis Reserves  2    AFC Cobham  4

The first game in October and the 2nd Team faced another promoted team, once the mighty  Flight Refuelling but now AFC Cobham.  A difficult match against a well organised side, and in the burning sun of a hot summer’s day, who could ask for more, just watching the players warm up was sweaty stuff.

A frantic start to the game saw both sides deciding that the best form of defence was to attack, no clean sheets today.  It didn’t take long, just 8 minutes on the clock when another flowing move from Cobham saw the ball in the back of the net and Bere were 1-0 down.  Showing great character, Bere bounced back within minutes when Shaun Cope gambled on a through ball, rounded the keeper and calmly side footed into the empty goal, all square at 1-1.  Not to be outdone, the visitors were soon back in front from a penalty, no hesitation from the Ref, two hands in the back and the forward dropped like a stone.  Once again Bere responded well, Will Spurdle latching on to a fine cross and headed home to make it 2-2.  The lead was short-lived however, a simple tap in and 3-2 to Cobham.  All this and not 30 minutes played, the rest of the half was uneventful with just a couple of half chances to keep the crowd interested.

A team talk under the shade of trees and copious amounts of water seemed to stir the home side only to see a cautious start to the second half, with both teams playing a lot tighter in defence.  In an even state of play Cobham extended their lead to 4-2 with another flowing counter attack that split the midfield and defence.  The response was good and from an unbiased home crowd a certain penalty shout was turned down, this was followed by a save from Carl Dyke in goal that would have graced the TV screen, luckily no cameras at the Townsend ground.  A double substitution didn’t have the desired effect, the change in formation didn’t mean a change in fortune, the home side lost a bit shape trying to push for a goal and the match ended in a 4-2 win for the visitors.  Even though it was a second defeat in a row, there were a lot more positives than negatives, and at least the sun was out to please the ever-increasing home crowd.

C Dyke, K Cox, A White, J Cleall, R Ayley, Bartek, M Bennett, J Parsons, N White, S Cope, W Spurdle, R Sawyer, A Curtis.

Result:     Lost 4-2 (S Cope, W Spurdle).

Star Men:     Carl Dyke & Johnny Cleall.

Thought of the day:     Playing in extreme heat is not as easy as it looks, but the same for both sides.

08 Oct 2011     Portesham Utd   vrs   Bere Regis Reserves  –  Match Postponed

The game against Portesham Utd was called off due to the 2nd Team not able to field a side.  With some 45 players signed on this season less than 20 were available for selection, this was mainly due to work commitments, illness and injury.  The 1st team fixture was fulfilled.

Thought of the day:     How many players are required to field two teams on the same day, obviously 45 is not always enough, management is not always a bed of roses.

15 Oct 2011     Bere Regis Reserves  2     Maiden Newton and Cattistock  3

With no game last week this was an important match for the 2nd Team as they needed to stay in touch with the league leaders.  Once more the sun shone on the beautiful playing surface of the Recreation Ground as the opposition of Maiden Newton and Cattistock, fresh from their first win of the season, arrived in a buoyant mood and full of newly found confidence.

The stage was set and everyone was ready, the game actually kicked off five minutes before the scheduled start.  Bere had the best of the early exchanges playing some delightful football and within five minutes Dale Wright headed home from a corner.  More pressure was to follow with many half chances coming but none taken, a disappointing end to some great moves, especially down the right with Kev Cox.  Eventually Shaun Cope showed a piece of class when finishing with an unstoppable drive into the top corner of the goal, 2-0 up with only 30 minutes gone.  That old adage “ The next goal will be crucial” reared its ugly head, 3-0 game over, 2-1 game on, unfortunately for the home supporters Bere conceded a soft goal from a set piece, lack of concentration a major factor.  The remainder of the half was played out in an uneventful manner but Bere went in 2-1 to the good.

The second half started with more tempo, both sides playing their part in trying to produce another goal, a couple of half chances but no real threats for either keeper.  Another lapse was costly and from nothing Bere conceded a second goal to square the match 2-2, this temporarily spurred the opposition on but to no avail as the midfield dual of Bennett and Moss held firm.  Looking for three home points, a substitution and a change of formation opened the game up, more half chances came but neither side seemed to have a final finish in them, the game was heading for draw, how wrong can you be.  Once again from nowhere, a good move, a towering jump, a header worthy of winning any match and the away side were in front for the first time during the game.  Lots of huffing and puffing followed but no equaliser came and Bere suffered their third defeat on the trot, the players’ glum faces said it all.

C Dyke, A Gale, J Cleall, J Burkmar, K Cox, M Bennett, A Moss, Bartek, D Wright, W Spurdle, S Cope, R Sawyer, A White.

Result:     Lost 3-2 (S Cope, D Wright).

Star Men:     Matt Bennett & Adam Moss.

Thought of the day:     If poor decisions by a referee infuriates players and if in-discipline from players infuriates referees, just think, both poor decisions and in-discipline infuriates the manager.

22 Oct 2011     No Game

Originally this week the 2nd Team were away against Poole Link, however, Poole have now withdrawn from the league.

Thought of the day:     All teams have good intentions at the start of the season but like many New Year resolutions not always lived up to, whatever the reason.

29 Oct 2011     Donhead Utd  vrs  Bere Regis Reserves  -  Match Postponed

A disappointing end to the month with yet another postponed match.  Once again our injury list at the club is as long as I’ve ever known it, together with work commitments and illness accounting for nearly 20 players being unavailable.

With the 1st Team match taking priority in the eyes of the DFA, the 2nd Team had no choice but to cancel and assist with players in the fulfilment of the League 1  match.  This made the victory even more pleasing.

Thought of the day:     It is said in football that all things will even itself out over the season.  Decisions for, decisions against, even players availability and form.  Hopefully soon some will come our way.

Saturday 10 September 2011 - Galaxy FC (Away)

The 2nd team travelled to an almost sunny but blustery Royal Manor of Portland to face the newly promoted Galaxy FC, a tricky fixture with the hosts defending a 17 month unbeaten home run.  With a mixture of new players and a huge squad of 12 (average age of just over 21), the team left home soil in high spirits.

The game started in a slow assured way but Bere soon found themselves matching the home side and started to create their own chances against the 11 men and a strong breeze.  Considering the team had many changes and different formations throughout pre-season, the players gelled together well, looked to play a good passing game and on many occasions outclassed the opposition.  It was only a matter of time, Shaun Cope latched onto a Will Spurdle through ball to calmly net for the opener.  A couple more half chances were to follow, and with some solid defending at times, saw half time come and the 2nd team went in 1-0 to the good.

The second half started with greater passion with the home side playing a more positive role by changing their tactics and flooding the midfield whilst pushing players forward at every chance.  Bere’s midfield held firm and with solid performances at the back started to frustrate the opposition, a Jake Muscato clearance off the line could well have been the turning point.  Shortly afterwards Bartek hit a wicked free kick that the keeper fumbled, and then could only stand in disbelief as the ball somehow crossed the line.  Two home side substitutions gave Galaxy the needed spark but they could not get them back into the match and in the final minutes Shaun Cope slotted away another pass from the ever improving Will Spurdle to make it 3-0.  The game continued in a competitive manner right to the end, with Galaxy never giving up, but the 2nd team held firm and finished on a high, a great start to the new season.

C Dyke, J Muscato, J Burkmar, J Cleall, A White, A Gale, M Bennett, Bartek, J Parsons, S Cope, W Spurdle, C White.

Result::     Won 3-0 (S Cope 2, Bartek).

Star Men:     Joe Burkmar & Will Spurdle.

Thought of the day:     “You’ll never win anything with kids!”

Saturday 17 September 2011 – Stickland Utd (Home)

For their first home game of the season the 2nd team faced Stickland Utd, not just local rivals but a tough side with potential to do well in the league.

Starting the game with great confidence from winning at Galaxy FC the week before, Bere passed it about nicely on the glorious playing surface and created a couple of early chances.  However, with their first real chance Stickland slotted home a well-executed counter attack and the hosts found themselves one down with only four minutes on the clock.  Showing good character from the early set back Bere took the game to the opposition and continued to press for an equaliser.  Eventually it happened, the only surprise was it took 30 minutes, a shot, a deflection, an own goal, who could say more, but 1-1 and well deserved.  The rest of the half saw chances at both ends but the score remained all square as the Ref called time on the first 45 minutes.

The second half started at great pace as both sides came out with renewed vigour, a bit of cat and mouse followed for the first 15 minutes, but nothing to divide the two teams.  A piece of class from Shaun Cope, producing a clinical finish, put Bere 2-1 up, then ten minutes later, following another good move, Will Spurdle rose above the defence and headed home to make it 3-1.  Not letting up on Stickland the home side continued to pressure, yet another flowing move saw Jordon Parsons side foot in from close range and then in the final few minutes Jordon scored his second of the match, a powerful shot from a sweet left foot.  Another good all round team performance and a 5-1 victory.

C Dyke, J Muscato, J Cleall, A White, K Cox, J Parsons, M Bennett, J Burkmar, Bartek, S Cope, W Spurdle, A Curtis, A Moss, J Lines, C White, R White.

Result:     Won 5-1 (S Cope, W Spurdle, J Parsons 2, OG).

Star Man:     Jordon Parsons.

Thought of the day:     A glorious playing surface, the best around.

Saturday 24 September 2011 – Soccer FC (Away)

This week saw the 2nd team up against Soccer FC, another side promoted from Division 4 who have started the season well and play at Upton Recreation Ground.

The game started in a hectic manner with both teams going backwards and forwards with no one really managing to get their foot on the ball and dictating play.  The home side, coping better with the hard bumpy pitch, had the best of the early exchanges, this should have been a warning to the Bere defence.  It was no surprise when the hosts took the lead after 12 minutes with a stunning 25-yard half volley, this hit the underside of the crossbar and into the net, no chance for Carl Dyke in goal.  Things settled down for a while but a missed foul by the Ref, a stranded defence and a well-taken header saw the home side go 2-0 up after less than half an hour.  Bere started to play for the first time in the game, creating a couple of half chances from a good spell of pressure, and from a resulting corner the home defence rose above the attack only to see a perfect header go past their keeper and a nice own goal.  It stayed 2-1 to Soccer FC until half time.

The start of the second half gathered pace with both teams trying to play football on a not so helpful surface, no real chances though as Bere tried to get back in the match.  A clear penalty shout was only given as a free kick outside the box as Bere pressured the home defence, the only one who didn’t seem to think it was in the area being the Ref.  This caused a strong reaction from all around, the smiles on the faces of the home side summed it up as the chance went begging.  It wasn’t long before another corner from constant Soccer FC pressure saw a partial clearance and a well-struck volley into the top corner of the goal, Bere found themselves 3-1 down with only 15 minutes to play.  The game moved towards the final few minutes when a hard but fair challenge occurred on the edge of Bere’s penalty area, this left Jake Muscato lying on the ground in great pain.  With advice from a senior player and management, an ambulance was called and after a short time the game was conceded as medical staff were on their way.  The 3-1 defeat and only an average performance was overshadowed by the injury.  Many thanks to the quick and efficient ambulance crew and of course our thoughts are with Jake and we hope the knee damage is not as bad as it looked.

C Dyke, A White, A Moss, J Cleall, K Cox, J Parsons, Bartek, J Burkmar, J Muscato, S Cope, A Curtis, R Sawyer, J Lines, R White.

Result:     Lost 3-1 (OG).

Star Man:     Bartek.

Thought of the day:     Football injuries, though part of the game, a reality check for those involved.

Saturday 01 October 2011 – AFC Cobham (Home)

The first game in October and the 2nd Team faced another promoted team, once the mighty  Flight Refuelling but now AFC Cobham.  A difficult match against a well organised side, and in the burning sun of a hot summer’s day, who could ask for more, just watching the players warm up was sweaty stuff.

A frantic start to the game saw both sides deciding that the best form of defence was to attack, no clean sheets today.  It didn’t take long, just 8 minutes on the clock when another flowing move from Cobham saw the ball in the back of the net and Bere were 1-0 down.  Showing great character, Bere bounced back within minutes when Shaun Cope gambled on a through ball, rounded the keeper and calmly side footed into the empty goal, all square at 1-1.  Not to be outdone, the visitors were soon back in front from a penalty, no hesitation from the Ref, two hands in the back and the forward dropped like a stone.  Once again Bere responded well, Will Spurdle latching on to a fine cross and headed home to make it 2-2.  The lead was short-lived however, a simple tap in and 3-2 to Cobham.  All this and not 30 minutes played, the rest of the half was uneventful with just a couple of half chances to keep the crowd interested.

A team talk under the shade of trees and copious amounts of water seemed to stir the home side only to see a cautious start to the second half, with both teams playing a lot tighter in defence.  In an even state of play Cobham extended their lead to 4-2 with another flowing counter attack that split the midfield and defence.  The response was good and from an unbiased home crowd a certain penalty shout was turned down, this was followed by a save from Carl Dyke in goal that would have graced the TV screen, luckily no cameras at the Townsend ground.  A double substitution didn’t have the desired effect, the change in formation didn’t mean a change in fortune, the home side lost a bit shape trying to push for a goal and the match ended in a 4-2 win for the visitors.  Even though it was a second defeat in a row, there were a lot more positives than negatives, and at least the sun was out to please the ever-increasing home crowd.

C Dyke, K Cox, A White, J Cleall, R Ayley, Bartek, M Bennett, J Parsons, N White, S Cope, W Spurdle, R Sawyer, A Curtis.

Result:     Lost 4-2 (S Cope, W Spurdle).

Star Men:     Carl Dyke & Johnny Cleall.

Thought of the day:     Playing in extreme heat is not as easy as it looks, but the same for both sides.

Saturday 08 October 2011 – Portesham Utd (Away)

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