U9s v Penn & Tylers Green; Sunday 20th November

27/11/2011 at 2:49 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 9s | Leave a comment

Top Pitch

Squad: Alex Walker, Rishi, Chris Parsey, Arjan, Kian, Luke Sutcliffe, Gabriel and Luke Brown

The best laid plans were changed last minute when Joe Day was unavailable due to illness. Arjan was excellent in stepping into the squad less than an hour before kick-off. The set up for the 2 fixtures was 2-3-1. Our opponents were the biggest team we have played in a long time and dwarfed quite a few of our players. For large parts of the matches we matched our opponents, for energy and skill, but we run out of puff in the end!

Match 1

Alex started off in goal. Rishi and Chris were the defenders, Luke B had central midfield. Luke S, Kian and Gabriel were the attackers. A really strong first half performance, was duly rewarded with Luke S giving us the lead. Kian went in goal in the second half and we quickly doubled our lead, again through Luke S. We then seemed to back off and conceded a goal from a counter attack. At that stage, I think the job looked done, but we conceded 2 corners and our opponents scored from both of them. On both corners the ball squeezed into a gap between the man on the front post and the post! Clearly something to work on there at training. At the final whistle, I had 8 glum looking faces, which was a huge shame as apart from the corners, we matched our opponents.

Match 2

This was full of goals and was almost a mirror of the first match. Luke S scored two lovely goals. One from distance and we let in a well taken goal. The second half was up and down. 2-2, became 3-2 and 3-3. Alex W scored a well taken close finish, sandwiched by 2 goals from our opponents. The game at that stage could have gone either way, but we conceded a final goal late on to make it 3-4.

In summary, we didn’t pass the ball as well as last week and to some extent the sheer size of our opponents worried us a bit. Saying that, it was another good team performance and our positioning is getting better. We were hardly caught out. If anything, goals against us were through skill. To lose by a goal in each game was unlucky, especially, in the first game.

I think the boys learnt a lot from playing this game and should be proud of the way they performed.


Bottom pitch

Charles, Guy, Aaron, Robert W, Milan, Chris M, Akash, Akshay

Match 1

I knew that we were going to be at our best against Penn as previous games with them showed that there has been little between us.

The game started at a frenetic pace. The boys started well with Robert in charge at centre back holding the fort but also pushing up to put pressure on their midfield and defence. Charles was again controlling midfield with Akash making great runs down the wing supplying Aaron with some great passes. Unfortunately we were undone when a couple of our players were out of position and Chris in goal was left unprotected. However, it was not long before we replied with a fine goal by Charles. Akshay was playing some great football in defence along side Robert and Guy.

In the second half Milan came on and showed he is becoming a great player by making some surging runs. Penn caught us out yet again at the far post. We nearly levelled the game when Chris hit the bar just before the final whistle.

Match 2
This second game we started really well with some fantastic passing and some good off the ball movement with Guy and Aaron finding good positions making Penn struggle marking them. We were really unlucky to concede as the ball trickled over the line. Then came one of the best goals I have seen a Westwood Park player score. Robert made one of his surging runs up through the middle of the pitch and smacking the ball from just outside the area into the roof of the net. Penn again took the lead only for us to equalise from a tap in from Guy. We could of won the game but Robert was denied by the post.

The boys played really well doing what we asked of them. Really energetic and well focused.

Thanks boys

Paul & Wayne


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