Report: University of South Wales Men’s 3rds 5-2 Bristol University 5ths

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By Joe Mansfield

USW 3rds found some fine early season form as they opened the season with a dominant display to see off the newly promoted Bristol.

USW broke the deadlock in the 15th minute as Danny Chadwick bundled home the rebound from a persistent USW attack.

Earlier on only an excellent goal-line clearance denied USW’s Mickey Wicherek his opening goal of the campaign, with his chip over the keeper headed clear by Bristol captain Will Shaw.

Just a minute after opening their account USW goalkeeper Shaun Gardiner saved a penalty to preserve his side’s lead and they then added to Bristol’s pain b y increasing their lead in a frantic period.

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Forward Raeon Mignott did the damage, showing fine close control to drift through the Bristol defence and slot the ball neatly home.

More followed as Wicherek repeated his lofted effort from earlier in the half – only this time he found the back of the net to establish a 3-0 lead for his team.

Just before the close of the first half Dylan Ball pulled a goal back for Bristol as he took advantage of a failed clearance to keep the visitors’ hopes alive.

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As the second half began Wicherek was denied a brace when his effort was once again cleared off the goal-line.

But the missed opportunity didn’t dampen USW spirits as they continued to play good passing football. This culminated in a goal through left back Anthony Songole who profited from an exquisite flick by JJ Ogugua.

Despite the 4-1 deficit Bristol continued to fight and were able to score once more as they took advantage of some poor USW defence. Midfielder Nik Muller poked the ball into the bottom corner.

Substitute Omar Omar completed a solid opening performance for USW as he pounced upon a poorly placed pass from the Bristol defence and slotted the ball into the net to complete a comfortable win.