U8s v Flackwell Heath, Sunday 3rd October 2010

10/10/2010 at 7:55 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 8s | Leave a comment

Pitch 1:

Two 7-a-side matches for our squad of 11 players; probably too many to give meaningful game time for the players and any continuity on the pitch. However, we acquitted ourselves very well; we are in the top division of the league and as the Sky commentators never tire of telling us “there are no easy games at this level”.

The first game was a tight affair and could have gone either way. However, we couldn’t take our chances and we gave the opposition 2 or 3 good opportunities simply through a slight lack of defensive organisation; something to work on over the coming season.

The second game followed very much the same pattern but the many chances created on both sides resulted in goals galore. Jude scored the first goal (hopefully of many judging by his excellent all round performance) on his Westwood Park debut. Luke weighed in with 3 goals, including a fantastic strike on the volley (and managed to help the opposition out with an own goal!).

Rishi, Charles, Aaron and Joe H played in goal and all did their job very effectively. The pleasing thing is that they are showing they can retain their concentration even when they are not kept too busy. Jude settled in very quickly and looked very effective despite this being his first game. Christopher continued to show that he can be a very good passer of the ball on his day, Matthew once again proved that he can get all over the pitch but also that he might be most effective in a more forward role and Gabriel and Andreas tackled gamely. Joe H and Rishi were most effective in defensive positions while Luke, Charles and Aaron love to run at, and beat, defenders; their enthusiasm in this area produced 4 very good goals. Joe Day continues to settle into the team and I’m sure will continue to improve in the forthcoming fixtures.

Squad: Luke, Charles, Aaron, Joe Day, Joe Henderson, Gabriel, Jude, Christopher, Andreas, Rishi and Matthew

Pitch 2

Squad – Alex Walker, Arjan, Robert Worthington, Robert Orr, Sam, Adam, Lucas, Alfie, Nick and Archie

We had a large squad to contend with for these two matches of 7-a-side. The subs were told to stay under the umbrellas and keep warm!

Game 1 was against a very strong Flackwell Heath team. They had a couple of very clever players. Despite this we managed to take an early lead, with Nick marking his debut with a great solo goal, cooling reversing the ball past the diving keeper from a tight angle. The goal sparked both teams into life and chances went at both ends. Arjan and Robert O were terrific in the tackle and Sam never stopped driving forward from his central midfield role. However, Flackwell Heath were soon back in the game with a long range free kick which gave Alex W no chance to save. A further goal was scored before half time. Robert W replaced Alex W in goal and to their credit the boys kept going forward, but a couple of super late goals gave a rather unfair look to the final score.

Game 2 saw Nick and Adam have a half each in goal. Both kept well. Adam made one fantastic stop from their striker to prevent a certain goal. Alfie and Lucas were constantly looking for a pass to release Robert W, who came close to scoring on a couple of occasions. The match turned on two somewhat identical goals from Archie. Both were shots from Alex W that the keeper could only parry out, Archie making no mistake with the rebounds.

The boys played off the back of the two goals and became more confident as the match went on. Nick and Archie were outstanding in both matches.

Overall, a very satisfactory fixture. We don’t focus on results at U8 level; rather we try and look past pure results and analyse the quality of the performances – what went well and areas we need to work on, both defensively and when we are attacking.

Well done boys!

Ian, Nick, Martin, Wayne and Paul

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