U7 v Bourne End, away 22/11/09

23/11/2009 at 11:12 am | Posted in Match Reports, Under 7s | Leave a comment

The overnight rain had made the pitch very soft and muddy with all the boys carrying half their body weight in mud on their boots by half time of the first games and driving rain and hail made conditions even more unpleasant for the second matches.

Pitch 1

Match 1
This was a well matched game, with both sides creating chances. Max played well up front, and scored on his debut, from a pass by Luke. Ryan also had his first game for the club, coming on at half time. He settled in well, especially as he’s only had one training session with the club. Bourne End equalised in the second half with a well taken goal after a strong run and shot. Both teams created lots of chances; Luke hit the post and Aaron and Charles, playing half a game each in goal, both had to make some excellent saves. Kaushal and Jacob were very good in defence, both quick to spot danger and make well-timed tackles and Andreas covered a lot of ground in midfield.

Match 2
Between the two matches the heavens opened and the second game was played in cold, driving rain. To their great credit the kids coped very well and produced a fine performance. We scored early goals from Luke and Charles. Max and Jacob took their turns in goal; Jacob was kept busier as Bourne End came back from 2-0 down at half time to draw level in the first 5 minutes of the second half as we left some gaps in our defence. Charles, Aaron and Luke all linked up well in the second half to create 2 more goals. Kaushal continued his excellent form into the second game, winning tackles and passing well right to the end.

By the end, all the boys were soaked and very cold and it was a bit of a relief when the final whistle went and we could all dash for the cars (it’s much better to be the away team in that sort of weather!).

Luke, Aaron, Charles, Ryan, Max, Jacob, Kaushal, Andreas

Pitch 2

Match 1
Saw the best of the conditions with Westwood Park dominating from the start. To be honest the midfield was where the match went in our favour. Bourne End just couldn’t get past our midfield of Sam and Alex. Each attempt at a breakout was snuffed out, with the help of the ever industrious Kian and Arjan.

On the very rare occasion that a breakout was possible, the ball was quickly won back by Charlie and Robert in defence. Rhys, on his Westwood Park debut, never looked like letting anything past him in goal.

2 lovely goals from Sam, including one where the last defender a vain tackle but he kept his balance, and a first ever goal from Alex were just rewards for a really good performance. More goals should and could have come with a little bit more luck.

Unfortunately, due to the conditions there were a couple of injuries to Alex, Archie and Charlie.

Match 2
This was a keenly fought game, but both teams tired (understandably so under the conditions). Archie though was a beacon of light. He never stopped running and his dribbling caused Bourne End no end of problems. Bourne End who scored in the first half but both teams had chances. It was really tough for the players on both sides to remain warm and focussed. To their credit, both teams battled on till the final whistle. Westwood Park suffered more injuries with Robert having to go in goal near the end as he could hardly walk.

Upon the final whistle, a quick handshake was followed by a dash to seek the shelter of the parents cars!

Well done to both teams. It was really tough out there!!!

Team; Sam, Alex, Charlie, Arjan, Archie, Kian, Robert & Rhys

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