U10 Red v Cookham Dean, Sunday 14th October

22/10/2012 at 12:34 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 10s | Leave a comment

A fine sunny, if a little cold, morning greeted us at Westwood Park as we prepared to host our postponed fixture against Cookham Dean. Once again they couldn’t manage two 7-a-side teams due to local rugby tournaments so we agreed to lend them 3 players to allow the fixture to go ahead and give the boys some football.

Red A:

Squad: Will, Charles, Alex W, Aaron, Rishi, Robert W, Chris P, Guy & Gabriel

Match 1

In the first match Cookham Dean could only raise 6 players so to ensure we played a seven a side game Will played for Cookham Dean. This was to prove costly for us. The game started brightly with some good passing football by both teams. We soon scored after a delightful move from Charles to set Aaron up with a cracking drive into the Cookham net. This prompted Cookham to step up the pace with some good attacking football. Alex W made some good saves but could not keep out the equaliser. Rishi and Robert worked really well together at the back keeping Cookham at bay. Then came a couple of thunderbolts from Will who unfortunately for us was playing for Cookham Dean. This was a match we definitely did not deserve to lose but just got caught out of position a couple of times.

Match 2

If I thought we were a bit sluggish in the first game then it was going to get worse at the start of this one. We were 2 down in as many minutes. I thought we were going to get a good hammering luckily the boys didn’t as they lifted their heads as well as their game. Two great goals from Will (thankfully back with us) and one from Rishi put us in front at the break. Aaron and Gabriel were playing for Cookham in this game as this team only had 5 players. They both had fantastic games for Cookham. A real credit to them both and to the Cookham boys who treated Will, Aaron and Gabriel as ones of their own. Back to the game and goals were flying in from us left, right and center. Chris P, Alex W and another from Will put the game well out of reach. Cookham did get another just before the end which was well deserved as I thought they played well.

Well done lads a great second game but we still really do need to work on our positioning as we got caught out a couple of times. I thought the referee had a good game but was a little harsh on his son with some decisions!

Paul, Nick & Wayne

Red B:

Squad: Luke, Archie, Aakash, Akshay, Chris M, Milan, Kian, Sam and Sachin (borrowed from the A squad)

Match 1

We started with a strong line up; Chris in goal with Milan and Kian at full back, Sam in defensive central midfield, Aakash and Archie playing wide and Luke up front. The Cookham Dean side we were playing first only had 5 players so Sachin and Akshay played the first half for them, and did very well. In fact, they could both have scored in the first half. The first half was evenly matched but, playing uphill, we shaded the half with a goal from Luke. Up against a big forward for the second week running, Kian was immense, covering and tackling and once again easing a much bigger opponent off the ball when it looked as though the forward was about to get a shot away. Alongside him, Milan was equally impressive as his positional awareness improves week by week. Sam was strong in defence when required and made several trade mark surges forward. Luke was playing in several dangerous corners and from one, Archie’s flying diving header only just beat the far post.

For the second half, Milan and Sam were replaced by Sachin and Akshay and they took their red bibs to play for Cookham Dean. Once again, our loan players could have scored, with Milan in particular unlucky with a shot from outside the box just drifting wide of the far post. We were now playing really good football, prompted by Aakash and Akshay, showing a good first touch and confidently passing the ball. Aakash was rewarded midway through the half when after a purposeful run down the right he cut in and drove an unstoppable shot across the goal and into the far top corner of the net. We were now on top and Chris had little to do in our goal but tidied up nicely after a couple of rare Cookham Dean attacks. Towards the end, Luke drove in his second, and our third, goal to complete a good 3-0 win. Full credit to the Cookham Dean players who welcomed their guest players into their team and to the four players who played for the opposition, giving 100% to their cause.

Match 2

We changed things around a bit for the second game. Chris M came out of goal after sustaining a minor finger injury . Luke took the gloves for the first half and Sam the second. The Cookham side has 6 players, so we only had to loan them one player for each half; Kian in the first half and Aakash in the second. They were probably less influential in this game than the loan players in the previous one as they didn’t seem to be used as effectively by their new teammates.

On our side, Akshay, Milan and Chris M made up the back line with Archie and Sam in midfield with Sachin up front. Early in the game, Archie started to struggle and, obviously not well, was replaced by Aakash. Sachin led the line very well, holding the ball confidently and making several quick runs at the Cookham defence. A couple of times, played in by Sam, Aakash and Milan, he beat the last defender and finished well to score two early goals. He could have had a hat trick when their keeper made a great block as Sachin burst through their defence again. Half time came at 2-0; Aakash took the Cookham bib from Kian, who had his chance playing out of defence and in midfield for us. Luke came out of goal to play left midfield and Chris went up front.

We started the second half in the same manner as we had finished the first and soon went 3-0 up when Luke, cutting in from the left onto his right foot, crashed a cross shot in off the cross bar. Chris was unlucky not to score twice; firstly when, after a clever through pass from Luke, he tried to sidefoot past the keeper but the keeper made a fine block with his legs, and later when another tempting corner from Luke found Chris but his header went wide. Kian produced a fantastic cross from the goal line on the right after a mazy run but we couldn’t get on the end of it. Towards the end, Luke hit a 20 yard screamer into the top corner to finish the scoring.

Great credit to Cookham Dean for allowing the fixture to go ahead with only 11 players and equal credit to all the Westwood Park boys who were asked to guest for the opposition and put in fine performances against their teammates.

Over the two games, some of our passing was excellent. Luke and Sam, not always known for releasing the ball at the right time are particularly worthy of mention. Milan and Kian had great games in defence while Aakash and Akhay proved that at least two of the players had listened to my training rant about the importance of the first touch and relaxing in possession. Sachin proved how dangerous he can be running at defenders and thoroughly deserved his two goals and could probably have had more with a bit of luck.

Well done on a fine preformance.

Ian, Adam and Martin

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