Sunday 3rd February, U10 v Marlow Youth (home) Red division

07/02/2013 at 5:27 pm | Posted in Match Reports | Leave a comment

This was our first league game since 9th December; the pitches were very wet the previous day but after a dry Saturday were perfect for our matches.

Red B:
We were missing Kian and Milan for this return fixture against Marlow Youth so the squad was

Aakash, Akshay, Archie, Chris M, Joe, Joss, Luke, Sam

Match 1:

Our starting line-up, in our normal 2-1-2-1 formation was Chris; Akshay, Joe/Joss;Sam; Aakash, Luke; Archie.

On the bottom pitch and kicking downhill we were soon into our stride and out Marlow under pressure from the first minute. We scored two goals, Luke and Archie finishing off fine moves and we could have easily had 5 or 6 more; Luke and Archie hitting the bar &post. They had a debutant keeper, a Wycombe Wanderers elite centre goalkeeper, well known to Luke and Charles, who made save after save, the pick of which was a tip onto the cross bar and over from a fantastic rising drive from Luke. He played an absolute blinder; his all round game was solid, quick off his line when Archie burst through the defence from a clever chip forward from Luke, his kicking from the floor and distribution from the hand always finding a player in space. However, our passing game was somewhere near it’s best, with Luke and Archie renewing their partnership going forward, prompted by Aakash’s high energy performance in right midfield. Sam was, once again, a driving force in midfield and Marlow struggled to keep us at bay. One ball from Aakash, cross field onto Luke’s run was sublime, and only the slope and wind prevented it being perfect for Luke to run onto and score. Chris in goal literally had nothing to do in the first half, well protected from the few Marlow attacks by Akshay, Joe and Joss. H-T 2-0.

The second half was always going to be more of a game, with Marlow playing some good football and enjoying the wind and slope. After a sustained period of pressure, Marlow won a series of corners and from one, their left midfielder delivered a great ball into the box, the ball eluding all our defenders before going in off the far post; 2-1. We managed to build a few attacks, and our midfield pressed their players to prevent more attacks but from another corner, an unlucky deflection from one of our defenders beat Chris; 2-2. Marlow were now on top having fought back from 2-0 down but we still attacked and foreced their keeper into a couple of smart saves. Sam was working hard in a deeper midfield role, supporting Akshay, Joe and Joss but with a couple of minutes left, their right midfielder unleashed an unstoppable shot towards the bottom right hand corner of Chris’s goal. Surely this was the winner but wait, Chris dived full length, stretched out his right hand and managed to palm the shot around the post for a corner, After all the heroics of the Marlow keeper in the first half, Chris had managed to exceed even his best saves with one of his own.

Full time: 2-2

Match 2:

We moved to the top pitch for our second match and found it difficult to match the quality of football we showed in the first game. This Marlow team were bigger and more robust and it took a while for us to relax and control and pass the ball. Indeed, Marlow opened the scoring with a well taken goal before Sam broke away after another Marlow attack and after a typical powerful and mazy run up the right wing, he delivered a hard low cross into the box and Aakash finished with a deft touch. 1-1. The game was still fairly even but a couple of positional changes for the second half allowed us to step up a gear; Akshay pushed up as striker with Luke dropping into the central midfield position. After 3 or 4 excellent saves from the Marlow keeper had prevented us taking the lead even he couldn’t keep us out for ever; Akshay latched onto a through ball from Luke, beat the last defender and shot low into the goal. 2-1. This seemed to dispirit Marlow and soon after, Archie scored our third, expertly volleying a low cross from Aakash in at the near post. Final score: 3-1.

An excellent performance from the boys who passed the ball with real confidence and but for two fine performances from the two Marlow goalkeepers we could have had a hatful of goals. A big thank you to Paul for helping out in Adam and Martin’s absence. Well done everyone!

Ian

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