in Group D, Bristol Bridge met Preston Youth.
Preston Youth were virtually through on goal difference
unless they lost by 4 goals which would let Bede
FC in. Bristol Bridge had to win to go through.
Bede FC were watching with interest and hoping
the result would go their way. Only two of the
three could go through to the Plate, the other
would play in the Wooden Spoon.
the game got underway it proved a tight nervy
affair and at half-time there was just one goal
in it – that goal came from Peter Phillips of
Bristol Bridge. Bede FC were hoping that Preston
Youth could hit back. In the second half Bristol
Bridge took the opportunity to extend their lead
as Alex Bryant, Lee Roberts and Peter Phillips
again all scored. As it became increasingly apparent
Bristol Bridge were going to this one, Bede FC
must have jumped on the other horse and hoped
Bristol Bridge would win by 4 or more. Ian Parry
scored a consolation though that was much more
important than he could have thought – it was
the goal that sent them into the Plate on goals
scored. Both teams left the pitch happy, Bede
FC watching must have been disappointed.