Under 10 Red v Wendover, Sunday 11th November

15/11/2012 at 11:09 am | Posted in Match Reports, Under 10s | Leave a comment

Squad: Aaron, Alex Walker, Charles, Wil, Robert Worthington, Joss, Guy and Charlie

Back to Nick for the blog today as my lovely assistant Mel King (who blogged the last match) decided to stay wrapped up warm!

We knew this was going to be a tough morning as Wendover narrowly knocked us out of the cup last year. The boys were set up in a 2-3-1 formation. The conditions were great with the early morning frost soon disappearing leaving a near perfect pitch (other than the slope of course!).

Match 1 Wendover 2 – 1 Westwood Park

The boys started well in this game and took the lead half way through the first half when Aaron expertly crossed the ball for Joss to coolly side foot home. The lead could have been more as Charles made several good runs and also nearly scored from a header at a corner. The second half fell apart after 6 seconds! Straight from the kick off, Wendover drove straight through our midfield and their striker buried the ball in the bottom corner. That woke us up and Wil and Guy soon combined with some excellent passing. We pressed hard and had several corners. Unfortunately, right at the end, a long range shot took a deflection and nestled in the back of our net. The game finished soon after. We really deserved a draw, but it wasn’t to be.

Match 2 Wendover 1 – 1 Westwood Park

This was an excellent game of attacking (not so good on defending). Early on we fell behind when a shot was well blocked by Guy, but the loose ball was tucked away. Wendover pushed on and had 5 corners in one attack. Charles and Aaron were excellent at defending these. The half time whistle went and the boys needed to lift their game. Charlie drove us forward with several good interceptions and good lay offs. Charles was constantly running at the defenders. Robert was immense in defence and later in midfield. One tackle probably saved a certain goal. As we pushed forward, Alex became more involved in goal. He made save after save, including one stunning save as the ball looked destined for the top corner. As time was running out we got a corner on the right side and Robert went to deliver it. He put in an inch perfect cross that Wil attacked and then stabbed into the top corner. A really well derserved equaliser. We had so many attacks where the final part of the move just didn’t quite work out for us.

Two good attacking performances by the boys. They need to remember their defensive duties as the coaches constantly reminded them. It’s no good marking fresh air!

Well done boys. Thanks for Paul for being the ref in the second game. No dubious decisions of note and you kept the game flowing well!

Wayne, Paul and Nick

Squad: Aakash, Akshay, Archie, Chris M, Joe, Luke, Milan, Sam

Match 1 – Wendover 3 Westwood Park 2

This match was end to end from the start with both teams looking to attack. Wendover had a very good centre forward who tried to beat players on several mazy runs. From one of these Wendover took an early lead although our defending was a bit sleepy. Milan and Akshay in defence worked hard but were occasionally left exposed as our midfield found it difficult to get back as Wendover counter attacked. We equalised when Sam stabbed the ball home, only for Wendover to take the lead almost immediately; once again our defending was poor with too many of our players allowing their opponent space and time on the ball or turning their backs on opponents. However, when attacking we were creating more chances than Wendover; Sam particularly drove forward pushing the Wendover defence back. In the first half Archie hit the bar with a great header from Luke’s powerful and accurate corner and in the second hit the post with a low shot after beating 2 or 3 defenders. Luke had 2 or 3 half chances, one hit the post and a couple went just wide and it was no surprise when Luke equalised having robbed their right back, cut inside and beat the keeper with a side foot finish inside the keeper’s left hand post. Chris M was tidy in goal and had little chance with Wendover’s goals, mainly as he was exposed to forwards with too much space to pick their spot with shots from inside the penalty box.

At this stage it looked like we were the only winners but we lost possession during another of our many attacks and conceded what proved to be the winner. A disappointing result bet generally a good performance. I was delighted with the way the players moved the ball; some of our passing showed real confidence and with a bit more mettle in our tackling and general defending (by all the players, not just those in defence) will help us to concede fewer goals.

Match 2 – Wendover 0 Westwood Park 0

Another really good game between two evenly matched teams. We changed things around in this game. Luke was sub for the whole game so Joe, in the first half, and Chris M, in the second, were our forwards. In the first half, Sam continued in the central midfield role, supporting Aakash and Archie as the wide players, with Milan and Akshay continuing in defence.We started the first half brightly but the half was one of few chances; Joe held the ball up well trying to bring the midfielders into play but Wendover defended well. Some of their tackling left a bit to be desired, not helped by an over lenient referee; Wendover’s number 10 in particular getting away with some, at the very best, over zealous tackles and some shirt pulling. Both keepers had a relatively quiet time but both had to make decent saves to keep the score 0-0 at half time.

Time for a complete change; Archie took over in goal, with Sam and Joe at the back, supporting Aakash in centre midfield. Akshay and Milan became our wide players and Chris M up front. The half was very similar to the first; the challenges still flew in but our boys were excellent and didn’t complain once. Joe was solid in defence, allowing sam the occasional run forward while Milan and Akshay took the chance to show they can contribute in midfield areas as well as be a solid and effective defensive partnership. Chris M again showed he can hold the ball up, protecting the ball well. Archie had little to do in goal but held his concentration when required to cover his defenders. Aakash, in central midfield for the first time this season, was a real terrier, winning tackles and moving the ball well and in the very last minute he broke clear of their last defender and hit a pile driver of a shot towards the top corner but their keeper tipped the ball round the post to safety. This proved to be the last kick of the game; a very rare 0-0 draw for us.

Well done on two good performances which on another day could easily have brought two wins. Thanks to Martin for refereeing the first game.

Ian & Martin

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