University Bristol v University Exeter

British Universities & Colleges Sports

Western 1A

Wednesday 31st January 2018

Kick Off 20.00 Actual 20.13

University Bristol 3 University Exeter 0,  attendance 60

23’ 1-0

45’ 2-0

82’ 3-0

@ Coombe Dingle Sports Complex, 3G Pitch

Coombe Lane

Coombe Dingle



No Admission or Programme.

It took around thirteen minutes to drive here from the match at University West England. I had done a match here at Coombe Dingle  back on 31st October 2009, when I saw Rockleaze Avonside lose 3-6 to Chipping Sodbury Town, in a Gloucestershire County League match. That match was played on a grass pitch, which is to the right of the reception building when entering the complex. With no 3G pitch showing on Google Maps that was marked for football, it was a case of turn up and see where the game tonight was taking place, hoping that the pitch I had previously seen a game on was not now a new synthetic pitch.

Entering the driveway, it was pleasing to see the area to the right of the reception was in darkness, but that there were floodlights on, to the left of the complex. The 3G pitch is sandwiched between the cricket pitch and a synthetic hockey pitch and as well as now being marked for football, it also has Rugby and American Football markings.

It soon became apparent that it would be a late kick off, due to the University Bristol Women’s football running late, finally finishing at 20.06. I needn’t have worried about being tight for time anyway, as the Referee for our game turned out to be the same one who had just done the game I watched at U.W.E. !

Exeter had won all 7 of their matches so far this season, but second placed Bristol were well up for this, backed by a noisy bunch of supporters, which is rare for a University match, although being an evening match would have contributed to this. Two goals from outside the 18 yard box put Bristol in command, in a superb first half.   Exeter rarely threatened in the second half, but the third Bristol goal made the score line look more comfortable than it actually was.

So, the ‘treble’ all fell nicely in to place. The first two matches kicked off pretty much on schedule and the traffic in between behaved itself. Just a pity it was so cold at the last two matches.

University West England v Bournemouth University

British Universities & Colleges Sports

Western 1A

Wednesday 31st January 2018

Kick Off 17.30 Actual 17.32

University West England 0 Bournemouth University 2,  attendance 11

67’ 0-1

80’ 0-2

@ Lockleaze Sports Complex, 3G Pitch

Bonnington Walk

Stoke Gifford



No Admission or Programme.

The 60 mile journey from Worcester saw me arrive here around 25 minutes before kick off. This is a brand new complex that is being built on the site of an old playing field. The only part constructed so far, is the building that houses the reception/changing rooms/bar, the latter of which is upstairs, but is still not fully kitted out. Either side of this building are 3G pitches, one each for rugby and football, with good views of both from a shared balcony area.

Despite plenty of chances, this looked to be heading for a certain nil-nil , but Bournemouth finally broke the deadlock and should have added a couple more after they scored their second goal.

This was done and dusted by 19.22, which gave me ample time to head just over 4 miles west, for what I hoped would be my third new ground of the day at 20.00.

University Worcester v University Nottingham 2nds

British Universities & Colleges Sports

Midlands 2A

Wednesday 31st January 2018

Kick Off 14.00 Actual 13.59

University Worcester 3 University Nottingham 2nds 1,  attendance 16

29’ 0-1

38’ 1-1

56’ 2-1

89’ 3-1

@ University Worcester St. John’s Campus, 3G Pitch

Henwick Grove

St. Johns



No Admission or Programme.

This was hopefully going to be the first of three matches today, all on previously unvisited grounds. With the pitch being easily accessible from the main road it meant being able to park in the road outside the campus, which was limited to 2 hours to non permit holders, with a walk of a couple of hundred yards to the pitch, saving on the pay & display cost of the car park on the campus.

The match was in the balance right to the end, when Worcester sealed it with a goal on the break. Even with added time for stoppages, I was back in the car at 15.44, so ample time to head south down the M5 for my next match.