See-saw game sums up Flyers’ season

THE topsy-turvy season for the Downend Flyers first team continued into April with a see-saw game at the Pomphrey Hill HQ.

Despite taking the lead through Bethany Pitman on 20 minutes, visitors SGS Olveston soon replied with a strike of their own.

Undeterred, the Flyers gained the advantage once more on 32 minutes following a Jade White volley, only to be pegged back just before the break after conceding a penalty.

Sadly the only goal in the second half was for the away side on the hour, with the match finishing 3-2.

Injuries and availability have hampered the Flyers’ progress this season as well as, of course, all the postponements due to wet weather and frozen pitches.

Club captain Alice Baker reflected on these points when she said: “It has been a long season, full of injuries and stop start fixtures.

“We have enjoyed many great spells and we have a strong team, full of great players, so we are looking forward to re-grouping in the summer and improving on our league position in the autumn.”

Meanwhile the youth section of the club continues to go from strength to strength, with over 20 girls’ teams set to feature in the Bristol Girls league next season across the age groups.

This season we have had some notable successes in league cup finals, and two teams had already secured promotion by mid-April – the Robins in the U14s and the Dragons in the U13s.

All teams are looking forward to finishing their seasons on a high and the pitches at Johnson Road are looking fabulous after their first cut of the spring.

Duncan Gardener