Flackwell Heath Tournament, Monday 30th May 2011

11/06/2011 at 1:31 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 8s | Leave a comment

This was our first visit to a tournament at Flackwell Heath; they are good friends of ours, playing in the same league division, a very strong club and our “buddies” next year when we will field a third team each fixture weekend along with one of their teams.

Squad:
Aaron, Charles, Daniel, Jude, Lucas, Luke, Robert, Toby

We were in a strong 6 team league, including the hosts. Unfortunately the weather was poor; the first matches started in a steady drizzle and that continued for the duration of the afternoon. However, despite this, the squad were focussed and determined and played good football throughout. We were rewarded with some good goals and some good results.

First up were Marlow United and a game which we dominated territorially ended all square; Charles scoring with a strong shot to equalise their equally fine opener. Despite having the majority of the posession, Marlow almost won it with a cross shot just flying wide of the far post.

Widmer End were next; we’d played them at previous tournaments and won relatively easily. However, today was different and needed Luke’s good finish to take the spoils.

Bourne End play in a league below us so we weren’t familiar with them but they proved to be strong opponents. Playing a more direct game with 2-3 players left up front ready for the long ball out of defence, they attacked dangerously as several time we found their players in behind our defence and only a great save by Aaron saved the draw; Daniel scoring our only goal.

Our fourth match was against Flackwell Heath who have recently added players to make them the strongest side in South Bucks. They had won their first 4 matches by a minimum of 3-0 and so presented the strongest opposition. We asked the players to defend strongly and attack in numbers when we won the ball and that is exactly what we did backed up by good goalkeeping by Daniel. Flackwell’s play was, as usual, neat passing with attacking intent but we defended well; Jude was very disciplined as a sole defender with Toby and Charles helping him out with timely tackles and holding their positions very well. Luke and Aaron (then Lucas) tried to move the ball forward quickly when we won possession and Robert, despite a lack of opportunity, stuck to his task really well, learning that sometimes as a striker your effort and good movement
doesn’t always result in many chances. The game was decided by an excellent corner which Daniel almost saved but couldn’t quite prevent the ball crossing the line; a very creditable result against very strong opposition.

Finally, we played Downley Dynamoes against whom we had struggled in the league. However, despite using rolling subs throughout the game, we kept our shape and scored 3 good goals, holding out under late pressure to win. Jude scored twice, both excellent finishes, with Luke adding the third.. This was just reward for his sterling defensive work earlier in the day.

Summary:
Aaron worked as hard as I’ve seen him this season, constantly tracking up and back when in midfield and holding his position very well in his game in defence. Added to this, was his exceptional save onto the cross bar against Bourne End.

Charles was as busy as ever; tricky twists and turns in tight spots are his speciality, often coming away with the ball just when I think he’s about to lose posession. He added a fine strike for the goal in the first match and tackled strongly when asked to play in defence.

Daniel played 2 games in goal, having no chance with the goals scored by Marlow and Flackwell Heath. When in defence he was our most disciplined player.

Lucas played in three different positions and was determined in all three. Defensively solid in the tackle and plucky in midfield, he also had a spell up front and was very unlucky when a snap shot from a poor defensive clearance was ruled not to have crossed the line.

Luke had games in defence and midfield and as usual got past players with ease when attacking in wide positions. One or two crosses just eluded his colleagues and two goals completed a fine day.

Robert also played all over the pitch. Up front against Flackwell Heath must have been a little frustrating as we had few attacking opportunities but he stuck to his task well and his sense of when to come out of goal stood him in good stead in the final game against Downley as he successfully closed out their only chances. In between, he was effective in the tackle in midfield.

Toby is so strong in midfield, winning most of his tackles and was unlucky not to score with several last ditch challenges preventing a clear goal scoring opportunity.

Jude played a game in goal, keeping a clean sheet and two games in defence. The game against Flackwell Heath being his best as he followed his instructions to the letter maintaining his defensive watch throughout. The final game saw him playing up front and his two goals proved what a versatile player he is.

Goals: Luke (2); Jude (2); Charles and Daniel

Ian

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