U9 Red Sunday 29th January v Marlow Youth (away)

04/02/2012 at 4:56 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 9s | Leave a comment

Squad: Archie, Charlie, Chris M, Luke S, Milan, Rishi, Robert W, Sam

Match 1
We started very well against a side we have never played well against over the years. Robert W was carrying an injury so played the whole game in goal which gave Chris M a rare chance to show what a good defender he can be. The first half was very close although we had the best of the chances but it took an exceptional save from Robert, diving low and stretching to his left to keep out a close range shot, to make sure that we didn’t fall behind. Eventually we were rewarded for our efforts going forward with a smartly taken goal from Archie. The game was still very close though, with their number 10 showing some delightful touches on the ball, but two very quick goals from Luke S secured a win. Rishi, Chris M and Milan were assured at the back; Luke S, playing deeper than usual, was able to prompt and then join attacks while Sam, Archie and Charlie were a handful for the Marlow defenders.

Match 2
This was the stronger of the two Marlow sides and this proved to be a fantastic game of football. It was end to end with Marlow scoring what proved to be the deciding goal midway through the first half; a low shot finding the far corner. We certainly weren’t playing with the same fluency as in the first game and the goal reminded the players as much. The second half was a totally different game; Marlow were now under pressure and it took a great save from their keeper to deny Luke S from 15 yards, as he tipped the dipping shot over the bar. At the other end, Chris M was equal to two fine Marlow strikes. Back we came in search of an equaliser, and twice, Luke S delivered near post corners for Robert W to head narrowly wide.

Overall, this was a good performance from our boys against a strong Marlow outfit. Over the two games the boys matched Marlow for skill and effort and with a bit more luck could have come away with two wins.

Well done

Ian and Martin

Squad; Charles, Kian, Alex Walker, Chris Parsey, Joe, Akshay & Aakash

We originally had a squad of 9 for these two matches, but unfortunately we lost
Sachin and Luke Brown through sickness. That made it easy from a ‘everyone
gets to play’ point of view, but I was conscious that it was quite muddy and
potentially draining for the boys to play 2 full matches. We therefore rotated
the goalies to give some of the guys a rest.

At the prematch huddle the orders were issued for fast football. The plan was
to keep the game moving with quick passes, corners, throw ins etc. This was
something that they totally took to heart.

Kian took the goalie jersey for the first game. The formation was two
defenders, three midfielders and one forward. The first half saw us play some
really good football. Lots of passing and they kept everything at pace. Half
way through the half we scored a well deserved goal through Aakash. A really
happy team met up at half time. Lots of smiles! Unfortunately, we then switched
off for the start of the second half and conceded an early equaliser. To their
credit, the boys then pushed for a winner and at one stage had about 5 attempts
at goal in one attack. They hit everything except the back of the net! In
their attempt to score a winner we lost goals to two counter attacks. One of
the goals was nearly an awesome save by Akshay, as he leapt to his left full
length.

Alex went in goal for the second match and produced one trademark dive to his
left that had the spectators clapping. This was Westwood back to their fast,
but controlled football. I lost count of how many times we passed the ball.
Aakash was a revelation upfront, for a little guy he knows how to shape his body
in order to turn bigger defenders. Chris had his best game for Westwood, not
just passing (because he has a lovely left foot). He defended superbly. One
header went half way up the pitch!

Charles was running the game with lovely dribbling and great energy. He scored
quite early into the second half to give us a well deserved lead. We then
followed up with a great goal from Kian. Kian is someone who can play anywhere
on the pitch and excels in most positions.

Joe elected to spend the most of the game in defence and rarely missed a tackle.
He did venture forward at one point and unleashed a rifle of a shot that
narrowly missed the top corner.

Adam and I were really impressed with the football that we played in these two
matches. Fast football at its best. Just some corner routines to focus on now!

Thanks to Paul for helping with coaching in the last match as Adam was the
referee.

Nick & Adam

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