U7s v Marlow Youth (away); Saturday 17th April 2010

20/04/2010 at 10:14 am | Posted in Match Reports, Under 7s | Leave a comment

This was our penultimate fixture of the U7 season, rearranged from January 10th. We played Marlow Youth at home in December and had 4 very close matches so we were looking forward to another tough fixture.

Pitch 1

Match 1
After a delayed kick off due to late arrivals, both teams played good football despite the small bumpy pitch. Luke scored an early goal but the game was very even. Marlow’s best player scored 2 quick goals and when a third followed and with only a few minutes left we looked a beaten side. However the boys didn’t give up and kept battling before 2 late goals from Luke rewarded our efforts. Rishi was tidy in goal in the first half before Alex J took over for the second half. Robert was strong in the tackle and Sam made his usual mazy runs. Charlie and Jacob were solid in defence as usual.

Match 2
The second match was also a tough game. Marlow scored early on and added further goals throughout the game, while we struggled to convert our chances. We were not helped when Luke was taken off half way through the first half and we played the rest of the game with only 6 players, 2 of whom were already struggling. In the circumstances, the boys did very well to keep the score down. Robert gave a master class display in goal in the second half; a credit to his Dad’s Saturday morning training sessions! Sam, Rishi and Jake never stopped running forward and then back to defend.

Squad:
Luke, Sam, Charlie, Alex J, Robert, Rishi, Jake

Pitch 2

Match 1

Alex Walker was the goalkeeper in the first half. He produced a series of excellent saves, including one destined for the top corner. This doesn’t mean it was one-sided. We had a succession of chances to score as well, so it was a surprise that no goals were scored. Marlow dominated the second half as injuries to Aaron and Alfie affected our attacking options. Kian in goal made some good saves, but couldn’t stop a string of clinical finishes. We to their credit kept their heads held high and continued to try and get back into the game.

Match 2

Alfie’s injury meant that he spent the entire second game in goal. He performed well and has developed an enormous goal kick! I don’t think Lucas missed a tackle and Christian was everywhere. Charles showed some good touches and was unlucky not to score on a couple of occasions. Aaron worked hard in the midfield, but struggled with his injured ankle. We continued to try and pass the ball as much as possible. Alex and Charles combined well on the left wing (despite both being right footed!) with our best move of the game. Unfortunately, We could not get a goal and Marlow continued to be clinical in front of goal.

The two scorelines did not reflect the effort and energy Westwood put in. We were proud that they kept going until the end.

Squad: Alex (GK match 1 – first half), Kian (GK match 1 – second half), Charles, Christian, Aaron, Lucas and Alfie (GK match 2)

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