U8 v Gerrards Cross & Fulmer, Sunday 7th November 2010

19/11/2010 at 10:22 am | Posted in Match Reports | Leave a comment

Four evenly contested matches against GX & Fulmer, who we played four times last year. Our plans for the fixture were disrupted before the games due to 9 cry-offs from the originally selected squad. Thanks to all those who stepped up at short notice to ensure that we had the minimum 14 players to ensure the matches could go ahead.

Match 1
Just before kick off our plans for the two matches were thrown into disarray as Arjan injured his leg in the warm up and could hardly walk. He bravely decided that he could still play in goal. This meant a big reshuffle of the team just before kick off!

Despite the reshuffle Westwood managed to take an early lead with a well placed shot from Charles. The lead lasted until just before half time, when we failed to clear the ball in the box and their forward pouched and made no mistake from a few yards out.

At half time, Kian dropped into midfield and Alex Walker went upfront. This change totally changed the game. Alex Walker jumped on a blocked shot and coolly passed the ball into the back of the net. He then followed it up with a wonderful shot that nestled in the top right corner of the net.

Westwood continued to dominate after this, but could not find another goal. Their domination was really down to some great tackling from Lucas and Kian who were quick to feed Charles and Alex Walker. Lucas in particular is a really tough defender to beat.

Match 3
The second game was against a slightly stronger team. This meant Westwood’s defence was tested a lot more. Arjan was superb in goal, despite being reduced to limping at best. Alex Jennings had his best game of the season. He was committed in the tackle and constantly drove forward with the ball. Christopher enjoyed his midfield role and put in his fair share of tackles including one goal bound interception.

Despite scoring an early goal from Charles, Westwood did start to tire (we didn’t have any subs to bring on) a little towards the end, which allowed our opponents to score some goals.

Overall two very good performances from the boys. They held their positions really well and the communication is really starting to happen. The passing was good, especially in the first game.

Squad: Charles, Alex Walker, Christopher, Lucas, Alex Jennings, Arjan and Kian

Match 2
Our first game got off to a good start with some nice passing and some early runs down both wings. Charlie fed the ball to Aaron with a quick run to Nicholas who crossed to Matthew waiting in the centre to score a great goal. Milan worked really hard in goal after a sudden surge for the opponents who subsequently scored a couple of good goals.

After half time we played a much tighter game with our defence and midfield working well together, Sam got a great pass from Matthew’s run and dribbled the ball through to score a goal.
Match 4

Jacob and Nicholas were solid in defence which meant Sam had a quiet game as goalie. Jacob made a great tackle and passed to Nicholas who then made a clearance to Charlie in midfield, holding the ball he passed to Matthew for another little run on goal. It was great to see them use the whole pitch in one move. Matthew went in goal for the second half and released Sam as striker. Milan was finding his feet and got the ball to Nicholas who brought the ball up from defence. Sam too it on and dribbled round to score with a solid strike. We were pressed again but Jacob was brilliant and stood his ground every time, tackling and clearing the ball. Overall the boys played really well.

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