Penn & Tylers Green Tournament, Sunday 1st May

09/05/2011 at 9:13 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 8s | Leave a comment

We entered 2 teams to this tournament; after several drop outs of players who had originally been available we were only able to muster 13 players so recruited a friend of Luke’s to make up 2 squads of 7.

This tournament last year was played in driving freezing cold rain so it was a delight to be able to leave the rain jackets (and Paul’s gazebo) at home for once and play in warm but still windy weather. Our teams were on adjacent pitches but unfortunately had the same kick off times so we were unable to watch each other’s performances.

Pitch 5:

Squad: Luke, Tyler (Luke’s friend), Christopher M, Joss, Aaron, George, Kian

Joss made his Westwood Park debut in this tournament and proved what a determined and effective footballer he can be. Despite playing more often in defence than he prefers he knuckled down and in the last game made 2 or 3 excellent last minute tackles which certainly helped to prevent goals.

Our first match was against Widmer End and proved to be the easiest of the 5 matches. Luke (2) Aaron and Tyler all scored goals and generally the team played good passing football. Holmer Green were next up and Luke scored 2 more goals but the game was more competitive than the first one.

The third game, against Haddenham, was even closer and after 8 minutes (matches were 10 minutes long) it was still 0-0. Haddenham then scored a good goal before Aaron stepped up and hit a fine equaliser. Penn & Tylers Green next and they were strong physical opponents as usual; normally we are not as effective against bigger and physically stronger sides but this time we kept our composure and two more goals from Luke proved decisive.

Our final game was against old friends and rivals Flackwell Heath. Several new players from Beaconsfield Sycob have recently joined them which makes them arguably the strongest team in South Bucks so they were going to be really tough opponents. We matched them throughout although they had 2 or 3 excellent chances denied only by fine saves from Kian in goal. Finally their pressure told and in the last minute Luke tried to clear a cross shot but couldn’t quite keep it out; 1-0 down with seconds left when we won a corner on the left and Luke scored direct into the top far corner. Well done lads; terrific performances from one and all and in two games we had an object lesson in not giving up. Twice we conceded late goals but got back up and scored ourselves before the end.

Special thanks to Tyler, who stepped in when, rather surprisingly, we couldn’t raise enough players from our own squad.

Ian & Wayne

Pitch 6
Squad: Charles, Joe Day, Christopher Parsey, Alex Walker, Robert Worthington, Alfie & Milan

We usually write up these blogs and find that we started slowly in the first match, then got going and finally cracked it towards the end! This time we reversed the trend and never really took the foot of the gas. We were lucky in our 4 matches that every team was prepared to play 7-a-side, other than the first game, so no one got to be sub (other than Christopher). Goalkeeping duties were shared throughout the squad with Charles, Alex, Alfie and Milan all enjoying a turn. In fact, we went through the first four games without conceding. In return we had 3 goals from Charles and 1 from Robert.

Unfortunately, despite another excellent performance in the last match we conceded 3 goals without reply. Our squad looked a bit dejected after that, but we soon reminded them that they had done really well to have 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat.

Every game produced great attacking football, a fair degree of passing and tremendous work rate. Players (with a little encouragement!) agreed to try out new positions and only a couple of times did the shape get lost. If I had to pick out one player than that would be Joe. I’m sure he could have man marked Messi and taken him out of the game!

Well done to all the boys. You really made all the parents and us coaches really proud today.

Nick & Paul

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