U8 v Marlow United (away) 17th October 2010

19/10/2010 at 3:44 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 8s | Leave a comment

We travelled to Marlow for the second time this season for our third fixture of the season. We kicked off over 20 minutes late, which gave the coaches a little extra time to practise thrown ins with the boys and they picked this up really well. Goal kicks will be the next session!

Pitch 1:
The first match was definitely a game of 2 halves; Marlow attacked almost incessantly for the first half and scored a couple of goals from set pieces. For the first goal, our defensive shape for their corner was good, but one of our players ignored the coaches pleas to mark a player on the edge of our box, who duly had a free shot at goal from which they scored. Just before half time Marlow’s constant attacks were rewarded when a free kick deflected a couple of times before reaching the net. In the second half we were a different team. Luke, Archie and Toby, making his debut, ran the game from midfield; Toby in particular tackling hard and passing the ball

well, while Luke scored 2 good goals. Sam made several excellent runs but couldn’t find an end product. Lucas held his defensive position well and made tackles when required while Rishi, his defensive partner, was excellent throughout.

The second game was also a close affair. Luke scored a great goal, hitting the top corner from near half way, although there was some confusion as the half time whistle blew from the adjacent pitch and some of the players thought it was half time. Second half, Marlow put us under considerable pressure, forcing many corners, but our defensive organisation was better than the first game and Archie made a couple of fine stops. Alfie was much improved in the second game, making tackles and driving forward effectively while Kian got better as the game went on, pressing their players and trying to relieve the pressure on our goal.

Squad: Alfie, Archie, Kian, Lucas, Luke, Rishi, Sam, Toby

Pitch 2:
This match was very evenly contested. Aaron and Matthew took turns in goal. Unfortunately, the only goal of the game came from a goal kick that barely got out of our box. The attacker scored from a tight angle. Westwood responded really well and were soon given a penalty. Charles hit a lovely shot that somehow rebounded off the keeper’s legs. Lots of chances after that for both sides with Aaron and Charles going close. Alex was steadfast in defence and pushed up on one attack to deliver a beautiful volley, only to see the goal keeper pull off another great save. Joe held his position well on the left side of midfield, which gave us great balance and Daniel (on his debut) gave a tremendous display in central midfield. His cross country running has given him a great engine and he held his central midfield position throughout the match. Matthew continues to be one of our natural strikers. On numerous occasions he managed to work himself into space but we just couldn’t find the killer pass.

For the second match Alex and Charles shared the goal keeping duties. Both were excellent in goal. Alex made one outstanding save, which the ref was keen to remind him of after the game! As a team we struggled a bit in this match with key players either in goal or on the bench (Daniel). Two goals in each half gave an unfair scoreline, as Charles, Aaron and Alex all had chances to score. The opposition goal keeper was probably the best player in their team! Arjan and Christopher were solid defenders, always looking to release our midfielders with a well timed pass. Aaron loves to take on players and beat them with his drop of the shoulder. This game was no exception; he also covered well for our defenders when they were dragged out of position. Overall the boys played well as a team and deserved slightly better results than they got.

Squad; Aaron, Alex Walker, Arjan, Charles, Matthew, Joe Day, Daniel and Christopher

Nick & Wayne

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