U8s v Marlow Youth, 19th September

22/09/2010 at 11:23 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 8s | Leave a comment

Pitch 1
For the first match we had a very enthusiastic team with Kian and Matthew sharing goalkeeping duties, Alex J and Joe in defence, Aaron and Charlie in midfield and Charles up front. There were some great runs down the wings from Charles and some skilful passing around from Charlie and Aaron keeping the ball in the opponent’s half for most of the match. Our defence was solid and Joe made some great tackles, Alex J was always there to feed the ball up front. After the game Matthew said he had nothing to do in goal.

The second match we had Kian again in goal for one half and swapped team positions. Matthew was really strong and got himself into great positions with Charles and Aaron still bringing the ball down both touchlines. We scored a goal in the first half from a throw in and then were really unlucky to concede a goal from a penalty. Aaron had a great chance when he struck for goal and rebounded straight back to him to have another go. Charlie had a lovely shot which just went over the bar. Joe went in goal and immediately made a great save; Charles made yet another run and got the ball to Matthew in the in the six yard box where he completed three circles in controlling the ball and finally shot just wide. We were unlucky to concede a goal at the end especially as we had 70 percent of the play over the match.

Well done boys
Martin and Wayne

Pitch 2
Squad: Luke, Alex Walker, Joe Day, Robert Orr, Robert Worthington, Arjan, Adam

Debuts: Joe Day and Robert Orr

The first game was close, but we created more chances. Adam started in goal with Arjan and Alex W in defence; Joe Day, Luke and Robert Orr were the midfield, supporting Robert Worthington in attack. A fine cross shot finish from Luke opened the scoring in the first half after both teams had created half chances. Luke replaced Adam in goal, confidently using the whole area to block Marlow attacks before launching a long clearance to Alex W, now playing in a more advanced role, who calmly stroked the ball home for a second goal. Just before the goal, Marlow had missed a penalty.

The second game saw Robert W and Alex W share goalkeeping duties with debutants Joe D and Robert O in defence. Marlow scored a good goal in the first half after a couple of fine saves by Robert W. We had our chances but went into the second half a goal down. Increasingly frantic efforts to equalise meant our play became a little fragmented and only an excellent diving save from Alex W prevented a further home side score.

Overall, a very good first fixture of the season with plenty of good signs for the season ahead. Robert Orr was a revelation on his debut, showing strength and determination in the tackle and passing the ball well in midfield. There was some fine goalkeeping from Adam, Luke, Alex W and Robert W; all of them keeping their concentration during periods when we had good possession. Excellent goals from Luke and Alex W rewarded the midfield efforts of Joe, Robert W and Adam while Robert O and Arjan held firm at the back.

Ian and Nick

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