Sunday 9th December Yellow division v Pitstone & Ivinghoe

11/12/2012 at 12:18 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 10s | Leave a comment

The buddy team had to wait patiently until 11:30 to play their matches against Pitstone & Ivinghoe as the Red division teams also had home matches this weekend.

Squad:

Charlie, Antonio, Alex L, Robert O, Fionn, Matthew, Adam, Arjan, Elijah

Unfortunately Charlie was injured in the warm up and had to drop out before a ball had been kicked and thanks to Kian (still recovering from illness and the earlier matches) and Alex W for stepping in at short notice.

Match 1:
We started with a new keeper as Elijah took the gloves with Kaushal unavailable, and he proved to be an excellent replacement, who I’m sure in time will push Kaushal hard for a place in the team. At this age group it is wonderful to see competition for goalkeeping places. Antonio and Arjan were our first game defenders, Alex L was asked to drive the centre midfield with Robert O and Adam providing the midfield width and Fionn up front. Pitstone were a player short in this game and so Matthew helped them out for the first half with Adam doing so in the second half (well done to both boys). Pitstone started well and Elijah had to make two really good saves in the first half, twice tipping the ball over the bar at full stretch. Robert had an excellent game, passing the ball, beating players and driving the ball into the box where we were unlucky several times not to score. This was a really close end to end game; Fionn showed some nice touches in attack, and with a bit more confidence in his own abilities can only improve further. Adam drove forward purposefully while Antonio is developing into a strong defender who is now showing the confidence to help other players positionally and also making well timed tackles. Arjan is often an unsung hero in defence, marshalling his fellow defender and nipping dangerous attacks in the bud with his trade mark tackles. Alex L worked hard though the midfield, particularly when going forward, in only his second match for the club.

The game was decided with an excellent strike from their right midfielder but only after we had chance after chance to score; we seemed to hit post, bar, defender, goalkeeper but still the ball wouldn’t go into the net. Well played everyone and I hope there is a change of luck for this group of players as their performances have yet to be rewarded with the results their general play deserves.

Match 2:
Elijah was really enjoying himself and so stayed in goal for the second game. Once again we passed the ball reasonably well and created a few chances but Pitstone had a bit more quality and scored two fine goals before we had really settled. Half time came at 2-0 and we were soon 4-0 down before Matthew’s hard work and strong running was rewarded with a goal with 10 minutes left. We laid siege to their goal and their keeper had to be very alert to deny Matthew, Alex L, Alex W, Robert and Adam. Honestly, 4-4 wouldn’t have been an unfair result.

The boys can once again be proud of their performances and I’m sure with a little more luck would have had at least a couple of draws from the 2 matches. A special mention to Robert Orr, who was excellent throughout today’s matches, playing in all the midfield positions and in defence without complaint and never giving less than 100%.

A big thank you to Martin for referreeing both matches and Nick for helping out on the touchline.

Ian

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