The Villa Rockets Powerchair Football club are in the midst of the 2015/16 WFA National Premiership season and as part of our ongoing partnership with the club, we're hosting their match reports as soon as we get them. The reports come courtesy of Andy Bode, and I'll let him take it from here!
This weekend saw the 2nd round of fixtures of the 2015/16 WFA National Premiership with Villa Rockets involved in 5 games. The team were given a tough test when they had to play the top three sides of the past few years.
Villa Rockets 0 - 8 Northern Thunder
Villa opened the weekend fixtures against current reigning champions Northern Thunder. Thunder have started the season in formidable style with a 100% record and no goals conceded. Villa started well and kept Thunder at bay however the inevitable happened and Thunder scored three goals before half time.
The second half saw constant pressure from Thunder and five more goals were despatched. Despite the score line, the Villa worked hard and the highlight was the debut of Bradley making his first national league appearance.
Villa 0 - 3 Aspire
Villa were caught cold in the first two minutes when Aspire smashed two early goals in. Villa didn't let heads drop and competed gamely to restrict Aspire to half chances.
The second half continued in the same vein with Aspire grabbing a third goal to maintain their 100% record for the season. However resolute defending from Rockets prevented Aspire from adding to their tally.
Villa Rockets 1 - 2 Brighton
Despite an early lead, Villa ended the day with defeat against a young well organised Brighton team. Harry put Rockets ahead after a well worked team move. However Brighton stunned Villa with two good strikes to lead at half time.
Villa huffed and puffed in the second half disappointingly without threatening the Brighton goal and the Seagulls comfortably saw the game out to end a miserable day for the Rockets.
Villa 6 - 0 Muscle Warriors
Villa opened the second day with an emphatic thrashing of Muscle Warriors, the perfect response after a disappointing previous day’s games.
Bubba's two goals gave Villa a half time lead. The second was a splendid solo effort after picking the ball up in his own half.
Villa continued where they left off with relented attacking and were rewarded with four further goals. Bubba completed his hat trick before Max got amongst the goals with two sweet strikes and completed his hat trick from the penalty spot after Harry was fouled.
Villa 0 – 7 Sporting Albion
Villa’s final fixture of the weekend was a local derby against rivals Sporting Club Albion, one of the league’s top sides boasting a 100% record. Unfortunately for Villa, Albion overpowered Villa from the very start and tore the Rockets apart with a magnificent display of passing and clinical finishing. Villa battled well but they were simply no match for an in-form Albion, who were fielding four international players.
Squad for the Weekend Fixtures:
Nicky Baker, Amir Ali (Bubba), Max Bode, Jon Morley, Harry Shenton and Bradley Addison.
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