U10’s Westwood Park v Marlow Youth (away match, red group)

26/09/2012 at 7:35 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 10s | Leave a comment

U10’s Westwood Park v Marlow Youth (away match, red group)

Squad A; Alex Walker, Aaron, Chris Parsey, Charles, Charlie, Robert Worthington, Guy and Gabriel.

First game of the new season for our squad and having checked the hugely reliable BBC Weather website, we expected to get our first rain drop about kick off time (11am). To our dismay, it rained on the journey from Little Chalfont and kept raining!!!

Match 1

Both teams were keen to get started on time. It was 7-a-side and the ball was extremely greasy. The first of the two matches was a real up and down performance as you would probably expect in your first game of the season. Our boys started brightly and before we knew it Charles had scored two very well taken goals. In between, we had let in a bit of a soft goal from a free kick. Leading 2-1 at half time and all was well (so we thought).

Our opponents seemed about a foot taller than our players and whilst we dominated the passing side of things, we fell apart on the set pieces. Marlow scored from 3 pretty much identical corners within a matter of minutes. In between, our midfield just crumbled, inviting wave after wave of attackers to come at them. Alex made a couple of trade mark saves and Robert was a rock, but it wasn’t long before 1-2 became 5-2. To their credit, the boys put together the move of the game. Just about every boy touched the ball and finally Guy went on a jinking run before beating his man and passing to Aaron. Aaron is such a cool finisher and a goal was never in doubt. The game finished 5-3 to Marlow. There then followed a team talk to get the boys back up again.

Match 2

Well if the first game was up and down, the second was up and up! Within 43 seconds we were ahead and the smiles had returned. The boys kept a fantastic shape with Chris producing a master class in central midfield. He made his tackles, passed expertly and scored a lovely shot over the top of their keeper. Alex in the first half and Robert in the second were very confident keepers and distributed well. Guy was assured at the back.

A contender for top scorer of the season goes to Charles, who netted another 4 goals. All passed into the net, showing you don’t have to leather it to score! His fourth resulted from a skilful run from Aaron who took on three opposing players. Gabriel was great on the flanks and managed to get on the score sheet with a tap in at the back post from a Charles cross. Charlie got involved and made some good passes and telling interceptions.

Our opponents scored a couple of super goals from long shots that Robert nearly saved, but overall the game finished 6-2 to Westwood Park. A great win.

It’s always tough starting the season, the boys showed today what they can do and performed really well. They kept their shape and started to feel confident enough to get some passes going. This all bodes well for a good season.

Thanks to Wayne for being a ref, Paul for his motivation from the touchline in trying to get the boys to keep their heads up during that first game (second half) and for the parents for providing an umbrella gazebo for a fairly dry team talk!!!

Nick, Wayne and Paul

Squad B: Sam, Joe, Luke, Milan, Kian, Akash, Akshay and Archie.

A real wet soggy start to the season but the boys got straight on with their football and really enjoyed being back in a league game.

Match 1

All the play was held up front against Marlow and early chances were just missed from some great crosses from Luke on the left wing, Sam only needed a touch on the ball but went just wide followed by another cross from Luke
and a great header from Archie that just cleared the bar. All boys held their positions really well and were quick to get back when needed. Millan Joe and Archie were solid at the back and every time Marlow pushed forward Millan especially positioned himself perfectly for good tackling and early release of the ball. His clearances down the wings always started a good push forward. Joe was in good form too and together with Millan never seemed troubled.

It wasn’t long before we got our first goal, a lovely clean shot from Luke. Spirits were really high and a lovely move by Akash down the left wing played to Archie in the centre passing to Sam on the right and back across the left to

Luke for a second goal, it was great to see them playing the whole pitch with accurate passing. Not forgetting Kian in goal at the other end, he was having a great game using his hands every time and getting his body behind him, never

afraid to dive for the ball with boots all around him. Using Joe and Millan to the sides, the ball was again driven upfield to Archie and Akash and to Luke down the left wing, with Archie and Sam positioning for the cross it was whipped

in and Sam scored. With a good lead I think they relaxed a bit and unfortunately conceded our first goal only to come straight back with an excellent move once again from Akash down the left to Luke for a good win in our first game.

Match 2

The second match started with Sam in goal and Luke as sub. Akshay teamed up with Akash in defence. The pressure was on straight away with a strong push into our half and a shot on goal with Sam pushing over the bar with both hands. The

corner was taken high across the goal which took forever to clear but passed to Kian on the right wing with a lovely little dribble round a forward and continued a really good run all the way down the wing with a good cross to Joe

running through the centre but tackled and stopped by the keeper. From the goal kick it was another strong challenge from Marlow and cutting through our defence to score their first goal. We were starting to look tired and holes started to

appear where positions weren’t held. Sam kicked out from goal down the centre and immediately a Marlow player got the ball and came straight through to score again. Archie went in goal for the second half with Luke and Sam up front.

Akshay and Kian did a great job of getting the ball up field and were rewarded with a great goal from Luke driven in from the left wing after a lovely dribble round the defence. Marlow came back really strong and caught us out with at

least two players unmarked at the back post for another goal. From the kick off we managed to keep it in their half with some nice passing and Millan really pushing hard he saw Sam in space and passed the ball down the right wing for him

to shoot and score.Under pressure from the kick off we were really exposed at the back again, frustratingly no one was looking behind them and marking up and we were punished with another goal.The game was running away from us and we were so exposed we were giving the ball away. The goal kick was taken which Marlow claimed straight away and scored to end the game.

We cannot fault the first game it was great to see them playing so well and enjoying their football. They were two very different games, Marlow obviously had a much stronger team for the second match but we were sloppy to give away so

many goals just from the goal kick and letting so many holes open up towards the end. Millan was superb and I think we missed him in defence for the second game.Hopefully a good lesson learnt for future games.

Great spirit boys well done

Martin / Adam

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