U10 Red; v Flackwell Heath (A); Sun 7th October 2012

13/10/2012 at 4:46 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 10s | Leave a comment

Squad A; Charles, Alex Walker, Sachin, Robert Worthington, Guy, Rishi, Will, Aaron

and Chris Parsey

This was always going to be our toughest game of the season. Unfortunately, this game came in only our second match!
A lot of time was spent by the coaches prior to the game giving strict instructions to the boys to follow.
These instructions are what we teach them week in week out. Unfortunately, none of them applied them in either match.

Match 1

This was quite a close run affair in the first half, with both sides looking good on the ball. Flackwell were far bigger than our boys and as the game

progressed this took its toll. Just before half time, Flackwell had a corner and the ball managed to squeeze into the goal on the near post. The second half

started brightly enough with the boys playing some nice passes, prompted largely by Charles down the right side of midfield. Sachin showed quick feet upfront,

but we couldn’t get our shots away. We then kind of fell apart. Four goals in as many minutes went in. Two of which were own goals. Unfortunately, the defence

wasn’t there and the game finished 5-0 to Flackwell.

Match 2

Our opponents this time were less physical, but more agile. Several neat interchanges were thwarted only by Alex, who made several good saves. Again the

half ended with Flackwell taking the lead. Aaron went in goal for the second half and made a couple of good saves and catches. It was backs to the wall for

most of the half, but again our defending was shocking. Three goals were conceded. The boys finally produced in the last few minutes with Robert

unleashing a trade mark drive and then Will marking his Red team debut with a cool finish after good work from Chris. If only they had started this way, the

result would have been so different. Final score was 4-1 to Flackwell.

Guy was really determined in the second match and showed great drive both in defence and attack.

A lot to work on next Saturday at training, but I’m sure the boys will respond positively in their next match! After all, this was a very good side they played


Paul, Nick and Wayne

Squad B: Luke, Chris M, Milan, Kian, Aakash, Akshay, Archie, Sam

Match 1

Against probably the stronger Flackwell side we started very well, moving the ball well and keeping possession well. Against the run of play however, Flackwell scored with a good dipping shot beating Christopher’s best efforts to make the save. In the second half Flackwell stepped up the pace and Chris in goal had to make two fantastic saves to keep us in the game. We were still enjoying a fair share of possession though and finally worked an opening for Luke to strike a great shot in off the underside of the bar; 1-1 and game on. The last few minutes saw real end to end football with chances at both ends; Chris made the save of the match, leaping to his right at full stretch to tip a power shot round the post. Even he couldn’t do anything about the Flackwell winner though, another fine shot flew across the goal and into the far corner.

Despite the defeat, we were delighted with the team’s performance. I believe either side could have won an excellent game and minimum of a draw would have been fair.

Chris was excellent in goal and any combination of Akshay,Kian and Milan, an increasingly effective set of defensive partnerships, was very solid in front of him. In midfield, Archie, Sam and Aakash passed and probed as well as covering back constantly as the game flowed from end to end. Luke was strong up front against two excellent defenders and took his goal well. Probably the only difference between the sides was the composure in possession of the Flackwell players, particularly their two defenders who were always available for the ball from their goalkeeper and both were very comfortable in receiving the ball and moving it forward.

Match 2

Up next were a very different Flackwell side whose main tactic appeared to be good old 70s rugby league style up and unders to a player stationed on our goalkeeper’s toes (you could almost hear the ghost of Eddie Waring commentating as the bombs rained down on our goalmouth *). We kept the same formation and most of the players stayed in their positions for the second match. In the first half, we started a bit slowly as we tend to do against physically bigger sides. It seems to take a while for us to realise that we can beat big teams by playing football. Accordingly we were 2-0 down fairly quickly. However, our attitude was very good and soon got the ball down and tried to pass the ball around the opposition. In the second half, Chris took a well-earned break from his goalkeeping duties and went up front with Luke dropping into midfield and Sam going in goal. With the long ball bombs still dropping on our goal we picked Sam to go in goal as he never shies away from the physical side of the game and how right we were as he caught everything coming into the box and kept his own clean sheet for the whole half. We got back into the game with another goal from Luke but couldn’t quite find the equaliser. On another day we would have had a little more luck during the game and easily drawn or won the game. Once again Aakash, Archie and Luke prompted our best efforts from midfield; Kian, after another really good defensive performance, took his turn in midfield and worked the right flank energetically as usual. Chris held the ball well up front while Akshay and Milan worked hard in defence.

The best moment of the match was Kian easing their giant forward off the ball and onto the ground; proof that by using your body effectively you can compete against even the biggest players!!

Overall the team can be proud of two narrow 2-1 defeats against very strong opponents. A little more confidence in our own ability and composure on the ball is all we needed to draw or win both games. Well done to everyone!

Ian & Adam

* anyone requiring an explanation of this is probably under 40; ask Ian for more details!!

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