Burton Bradstock Canaries
Bridport 5 A-Side League Season 2004/05
Match reports

by Dave Dixon

(more about The Canaries)



Sunday 31 October 2004 Match Seven

Planet Egg 4-3 Burton Bradstock Canaries

The eagerly anticipated encounter with top-of-the-table and unbeaten 'Planet Egg' certainly lived up to its billing. Facing their sternest test to date, the Canaries rocked the Planet boys right from the off with a superbly worked goal from Chris 'Kebab' Lamble. Showing the league leaders scant respect the Burton boys put in a superb display against the unbeaten Egg men. Stout defending from John Wright and a solid performance by Will Pettit between the sticks frustrated the Planet attack. Goals from striker Adam Smith and the irrepressible Kebab man again did not flatter the Canaries. At 3-3 the Planet boys were losing their composure at the prospect of their 100% record coming to an end at the hands of the Burton boys. Agonisingly, a speculative attack resulted in the league leaders snatching a 4-3 lead in the dying moments but the BBC pushed hard for the equaliser. A thunderous strike from John 'History' Noonan that crashed down off the crossbar - with the keeper clutching air - almost grabbed a point for the Canaries which was the least they deserved for their performance.

Team: Will Pettit (goalkeeper), John Wright, Chris Lamble [2], John Noonan, Adam Smith [1]. No substitutes.
Man of the match: Chris Lamble

Sunday 17th October - Match Six v Joy Destroyers

Canaries slow to take flight

A shockingly slack first half performance by the Canaries handed 4 man "Destroyers" a first half lead of 3 goals to nil. Manager, Chris Lamble had experimented with the starting line up but made a double substitution at half time to rescue the game. With increased bite and the "Destroyers" running out of gas three quick goals from Lamble, supported by goals from Dixon and Smith turned the game around. Destroyers managed only one goal in the second half despite their ability to run with the ball and a second goal from Dixon sealed the victory 6-4 victors.

Team: Will Pettit (goal), Nigel Spencer (subbed), John Wright, John Noonan (subbed), Dave Dixon.
Subs used: Chris Lamble, Adam Smith

Sunday 10th October - Match Five v Booked

Canaries rustle feathers

A robust encounter with 'Booked' resulted in a third league win out of five for the Canaries. Both Will Pettit (goalkeeper) and Adam Smith (striker) justified their places on their full debuts with Will making some fine stops between the sticks and Adam opening his scoring account with one goal. The Canaries' defence was solid under Wright's command throughout a fast and sometimes furious encounter under the watchful eye of the dogmatic referee. After John Noonan opened the scoring with the first goal of his subsequent hat trick, the Canaries never looked back and eventually ran out 7-3 winners. Nigel Spencer - playing on the right - added to his season's tally by banging in two goals and substitute Chris 'kebab' Lamble added the other goal after coming on during the second half.

Team: Will Pettit (goal), Nigel Spencer, John Wright, John Noonan, Adam Smith
Subs used: Chris Lamble

Sunday 3rd October - Match Four v Time Wasters

Canaries stood up

A no show by the opposition gifts the Canaries a 2 - 0 victory. A measure of the growing appetite of the team being the level of disappointment at not playing a competitive match. All dressed up and nowhere to go!

Team: John Noonan (goal), Chris Lamble, Dave Dixon, John Wright, Adam Smith
Subs not used: Nigel Spencer, Will Pettit

Sunday 26th September - Cup Game v This is Football

Canaries flying high

First round of the cup saw the Canaries up against first division opposition. A fast and furious pace didn't unsettle the boys in yellow and black, indeed the openness of play seemed to suit the BBC. Clinical finishing by Dixon (4) and Chidmeister (2) demonstrated the Canaries growing confidence. At the back John Wright put in a solid performance, constantly harrying and frustrating the younger opposition. Comfortable at 6 - 1 the manager was able to bring on Adam and Will for a taste of higher league football. Canaries running out 6-4 victors.

Team: John Noonan (goal), Chris Lamble, Dave Dixon, John Wright (sub Will), Nigel Spencer (sub Adam)
Subs used: Adam Smith, Will Pettit

Sunday 19th September -Match Three v Craggy Island

Canaries kicked off their perch

A bruising encounter with the youthful Craggies ran out a 2-2 draw to keep the Canaries points tally rolling. A confident start by the yellow and blacks saw Chidmeister slot home a penalty and Mr Spencer connect to a long through ball. A cynical foul denied the Canaries a clear chance to go three up but excellent defending and solid keeping kept a clean sheet to half time. More stout defending as the youthfulness of the Craggies cranked up the pressure on the Canaries. It was always going to need a third goal to secure a victory but despite a good effort it wasn't to be.

Team: John Noonan (goal), Chris Lamble, Dave Dixon, John Wright, Nigel Spencer
Subs not used: Adam Smith, Will Pettit


Sunday 12th September -Match Two v Real Mandarins

Canaries off and flying

Resplendent in their new kit, based on the original 1907 outfit, the Canaries played a disciplined and tight game to take their first victory. Despite conceding a soft, early goal good organisation, tight marking and neat passing saw the Canaries take a 3-1 lead. Despite being pegged back to 3-3 at half time the 'good old boys' dug deep and 'Chidmeister' ran on to an inch perfect ball from defence to stab home a fourth in a tight second half. Solid defending and an opportunist finish from Dixon won the day with the Canaries running out 5-3 victors.

Team: John Noonan (goal), Chris Lamble, Dave Dixon, John Wright, Nigel Spencer
Subs not used: Adam Smith, Will Pettit

Sunday 5th September - Match One v SHFB

Canaries struggle for air!

Canaries get off to a bad start in their first competitive outings for 27 years! Canaries were off the pace, unable to hold the ball and dis-organised at the back and soon found themselves 0-3 down. A rally before half-time inspired by a charging hat trick from the 'History Man' saw the Canaries change ends 3-6 down. Substitutions failed to stem the tide of goals and the match ended with the Canaries gasping at a 4-11defeat…

Team: Ben (goal), John Noonan, Chris Lamble, Dave Dixon, John Wright.
Subs used: Adam Smith, Will Pettit