Rain holds Flyers back again

MARTI Pellow and Wet Wet Wet may have left the building but with no let up in the rain, Travis have now taken centre stage in the minds of Downend Flyers footballers.

Throughout the club, from our three women’s teams down to the U6s in the youngest of our 19 girls’ teams, we are all screaming: “Why does it always rain on me?”

Many readers will no doubt say “I played on worse pitches in my day” but, as we use Pomphrey Hill and Johnson Road fields, we have a duty of care to maintain the public spaces in a good condition, in consultation with our landlords, the Pomphrey Hill Community Association.

However, there have been enough breaks in the almost incessant wet weather to play a handful of games, home and away.

Our women’s senior side were delighted to progress to the semi-final of the Gloucestershire FA Women’s Trophy, for the second consecutive season, and a tie against local rivals AEK Boco for a place in the final.

Meanwhile our reserves and third team have managed just one game apiece since the last update, the former taking pride in a 3-0 loss at table-toppers Gloucester City and the latter enjoying a fine win over the Bristol University team, who occupy a higher spot in the table.

In our youth section, postponements and rearrangements have been the name of the game yet again, with many teams now facing evening games in April to catch up.

Surely I will be talking about a turn in the weather next month, and this will all be a distant memory when our tournament starts in late June!

We currently have over 100 teams signed up and we will be ramping up preparations over the spring.

For more details on that – or anything else related to the club – please email info@downendflyers.com.

Duncan Gardner