Bristol City v Scunthorpe United

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Football League Championship

Bristol City2 (2)Scunthorpe United1 (1)

Trundle 36, 45

Paterson 44

Bristol City :
Weale, Orr, Carey, Fontaine, McAllister, Brian Wilson (Betsy 75), Johnson, Elliott, McIndoe (Skuse 83), Trundle (Jevons 85), Murray
Subs not used:
Basso, Vasko

Scunthorpe United :
Murphy, Byrne, Crosby, Butler, Williams, Taylor (Forte 60), Sparrow, Goodwin, Hurst (Cork 83), Hayes (Youga 60), Paterson
Subs not used:
Lillis, Baraclough


by Andy Skeels at Ashton Gate

NUMBERS were, unsurprisingly, somewhat down on the 62 tickets we’d ordered for the season opener at Charlton two weeks earlier but nonetheless there was still a healthy turn-out from SULSESC gathering in the Fishmarket on Saturday afternoon.

Myself, Steve ‘Never Misses a Match’ Sumner and Matt Gray were all aboard the 10.30 from Paddington as planned and we were joined at Reading by Nick Whitworth.

A scorching hot day (really pleased I took a jacket!) meant the first pint in the Fishmarket at 12.30 was most welcome. Nick Haines and Mal Watson had beaten us there and were already on their second of the day, while subsequent arrivals included Messrs. Farrell and Kerr and their respective entourages.

Two pints duly quaffed and Thai scoff digested, it was round the corner to the White Lion (always follow Nick Whitworth in future, he knows the short cuts). Shame former chairman Mr. Dook wasn’t with us to partake in a pint of Bob.

The London branch’s No. 1 air miles compiler, however, wasn’t the only notable absentee. Relatively recent addition to the SULSESC ranks, Andy Dixey, was another.

This is the same Andy Dixey who was booked on the 10.30 out of Paddington with the rest of us that morning. So where was he? It transpired that an over-enthusiastic Friday night out on the ale in south east London had led to a bit of an oversleep. Well, a lot of an oversleep if truth be told. So, having stumped up £40+ earlier in the week to buy a train ticket for the 10.30, said ticket was rendered invalid by an officious inspector on a much later train out of Paddington, necessitating the removal of a further £60+ from Mr. Dixey’s wallet for the pleasure of a near two-hour-later-than-planned arrival into Bristol at 2.15 pm!

Not bad, over £100 for a total of just over four hours in Bristol and a 1-2 defeat at Ashton Gate.

And so to the match itself. All the goals came in the first-half and if Lee Bloody Trundle hadn’t kept curling the ball into the top corner of Murphy’s net, we’d have been all right.

As it was, Trundle’s couple of bits of magic swung the game in the home side’s favour and inflicted the Iron’s first defeat of the season in the league. At least we managed to stave off the first loss until match No. 3!

On this evidence, the BBC website’s pre-season prediction for United will be spot on. The gist of it was that we’d lack nothing in effort, but could be found wanting in terms of quality.

And that just about summed this game up. There was plenty of hard work and commitment but we just lacked that something extra to merit taking anything out of the game.

City were certainly no better than us but did have that something extra in the shape of Trundle whose goals, it has to be said, were real class.

Had we managed to get to half-time on level terms, rather than conceding for a second time straight after Paterson’s equaliser, then who knows what the outcome might have been? A first away win, seven points out of nine and top of the table perhaps!