Flyers soar into New Year

DOWNEND Flyers’ senior teams are celebrating an upturn in form, either side of the festive season.

Our first team have only lost one game in their last five, including back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

The first of the two victories, before Christmas, saw the team dispatch fledgling local rivals Mangotsfield United 2-0.

The second came in the first week of January, as the Flyers travelled to Lockleaze sports centre to face the well-resourced Bristol Rovers Development side.

Ellie Brockton, Brooke Moore and Bethany Pitman all rustled the onion bag once apiece, and a Rovers own goal completed a quartet for the Flyers, in a fine 4-2 victory that ensured all three points left Purdown for BS16.

They say winning is contagious and that certainly seems to be the case, as the reserves have also been getting in on the act. They enjoyed an unbeaten December in the league: a pulsating 4-4 draw against Red Falcon was followed by consecutive away victories, without conceding, against Mangotsfield United reserves and Abbeymead Rovers.

Meanwhile our development team have been waiting a while to get back into league action and will look to build on their last game in the division, which was a fantastic 6-2 victory away at Ashton Keynes.

Like most football clubs across the region, the Flyers have had a frustrating time with the wet weather, for adult and youth teams alike, but fingers crossed our 19 girls’ teams and three senior teams can all get some action in the coming month, with the more clement weather we are now experiencing!

Behind the scenes the club is already preparing for our annual girls’ tournament at the end of June – more information on that very soon – and we are always on the lookout for enthusiastic individuals to join our coaching teams, so if you are interested please contact

Duncan Gardner