After a long trip to Bracknell, Somerset had to draw on some good defensive qualities against a strong Berks & Bucks side in the match in support of the Rainbow Laces campaign.
Both Byron, Paradise, Atherton and Bahadur had to be alert against a quick physical attack - plus Shay Allen made a superb save on the one guilt edged chance our hosts created in the first half. There were a number of half chances for both sides, but neither could break the deadlock. Somerset skipper Ham hit the side netting off a corner, McKenna flashed a chance wide and Chivers had a strike deflected for a corner.
In the second period each team created good moments going forward, but the clinical finish eluded both sides.
For Somerset, Chapman had a try from range, Ham almost broke through with a run from midfield and Yule Turner looked livelier. Powell was converted into a striker for a period, with his physicality giving Somerset some much needed presence against a couple of big athletic Berks & Bucks defenders. But for all the endeavour of both sides it was both rear guards that had the biggest influence on the game. A 0-0 scoreline wasn’t what Somerset wanted, but on reflection a good point away from home against a capable host team.
Both teams laced up in support of the Rainbow Laces campaign
We now look forward to playing Gloucestershire FA Sunday 15th December.