U8s v AFC Lightning Sunday 16th January 2011

20/01/2011 at 3:32 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 8s | Leave a comment

Despite heavy pitches and quite a severe slope across the pitch, our boys played really well against an opponent that they had never played before in the league.

Match 1
Luke and Alex had a half each in goal. Both were very secure in goal in what proved to be a very tight game. Lucas and Joe shared the defensive duties and kept a very tight ship. Robert really grew into the game and was tough in the tackle. Charlie enjoyed his first start as a lone striker. He made some good runs and held his position well. It really makes a difference if you can keep at least one player up field. Alex and Luke (when not in goal) showed great energy, matching the surging runs from Aaron. In a tight match, Luke finished a good move to plant the ball in the top corner of the net.

Match 3
Joe and Aaron were the respective keepers (or at least that was the coaches plan!). Half way through the first half, our opponents unleashed a cracking shot, which was destined for the top corner, only to see Joe stake a claim for save of the season!!! Unfortunately, Joe got injured on the next attack and Aaron saw out the remainder of the first half. Kaushal was keen to have a turn between the sticks, so he took over the gloves for the second half. The second half continued where we left off in the first half. The time we
have spent in training working on passing routines came to fruition. We really put on a display. Luke got himself a hat trick, with some fantastic finishing, but the goal of the game came from Aaron. His shot from outside the box flew past their goalie. Just one lapse at the back, shortly after one of our goals gave Kaushal no chance. In terms of energy (and skill), Alex was superb. He drives forward from midfield (and defence!) and has an amazing turn of pace.

Overall, it was really pleasing to see the boys play so well after a couple of months without a competitve match. They held position well and responded to instructions without a fuss. Several players tried out positions which you could say were quite alien to them (outside their comfort zone), particularly Lucas, Charlie and Kaushal.

Squad: Aaron, Luke, Alex Walker, Joe Henderson, Lucas, Robert Orr, Charlie
and Kaushal

Well done boys. Keep it up!

Nick & Wayne

Match 2
Charles went in goal first with Gabriel and Jacob in defence Robert, Matthew and Christopher midfield and Rishi forward. Two players went down and we were unlucky to have a penalty awarded against us right at the start. The boys regrouped and did well to keep going forward for a while. Gabriel worked really hard winning the ball in defence, and clearing to his midfielders. Unluckily two goals went past us. Even so Gabriel and Jacob were having their best match with some great tackles. The second half Sam came on and Charles joined him in midfield. The game was much tighter and the boys upped their game using both wings with some lovely runs. Charles made a little run through the middle and passed to Robert who sidefooted a great goal.

The second game got off to a great start, with players releasing the ball a bit earlier as they’d been told. The passing was much better with Sam, Robert and Charles holding the ball in the opponent’s half. Charles made a great run down the left wing and almost got his cross in where Sam and Robert were waiting in space and unmarked. The goal kick was to the half way line, Sam made his tackle, played the ball up with a pass to Robert who placed the ball nicely for his second goal of the day. Gabriel was still tackling, winning the ball and feeding the forwards. The smile on his face said it all. Christopher’s defending was solid as usual. They all listened about not holding the ball too long and there was much more passing. A great game against good quality opposition.

Squad: Sam, Robert Worthington, Rishi, Lucas, Gabriel, Jacob, Charles, Christopher

Well done boys

Martin & Paul

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