U11 Red v Wendover; Sunday 29th September

01/10/2013 at 11:34 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 11s | Leave a comment

Sunday 29th September 2013 Westwood Park vs. Wendover

Squad: Alex W, Aakash, Akshay, Kian, Robert, Sam, Charles, Luke, Christopher P, Milan, Archie and Guy

Coaches: Adam and Nick

Westwood Park team all arrived nice and early for a quick warm up. They were looking to keep their 100% record they had so far this season. A quick team talk given to the boys by Adam and they took their positions to start their 2nd game of the season with Milan, Archie and Guy as subs. From the start, Wendover looked very strong in the attacking front, however our boys’ defence kept them away from the goal. As Wendover kept on challenging our defence, they eventually got through, with a wonderful strike from their lead striker but Alex Walker made a great save to keep the sides still at 0-0. Throughout the first half we had some amazing tackling from Kian and great saves from Alex. The game was fairly even with both sides attacking but still they couldn’t find the other team’s net.

Wendover had another chance to score but good defending from Akshay and Robert prevented a goal. We were now under pressure and only more great saves from Alex kept the score at 0-0. Charles, Chris and Kian were replaced by Archie, Milan and Guy. Wendover were still on top but our boys defended well. In a rare attack, we got a free kick; Luke whipped in a cross and Akshay nearly scored but just missed by millimetres! Luke was replaced by Chris and even though our defence were doing a great job, Wendover scored a deflected goal which left Alex with no chance; 0-1. There was 30 seconds left of the first half and our boys were on the attack when their keeper kicked the ball down the field to find his striker, who was clear on goal. The striker chipped the ball over Alex; 0-2 and half time.

Adam and Nick gave our boys a half time talk and the encouragement that they needed. They made a few changes with Sam, Guy and Robert as subs for the first part of the second half. The second half started and our boys received plenty of opportunities to score but unfortunately they weren’t at the top of their game and couldn’t score. Wendover then took a chance and scored another great goal with an overhead kick. The score was now 3-0 and our boys were feeling a bit disheartened but this only made them fight harder for a win. Unfortunately, Luke had an injury and was taken off alongside Aakash and Chris with Sam, Rob and Guy taking their places. Our boys worked hard to find an opening but Wendover now defended well. With Chris and Luke back on, we continued to press. Soon after, Westwood Park got a free kick and Charles stepped up to take it. He crossed into the box for Archie to head home; 1-3. The goal gave our boys a bit of hope and they carried on playing really well. Shortly after, there was a hand ball from the Wendover left back and a penalty was given to Westwood Park. Luke stepped up to take it and scored low to the keeper’s left; 2-3 and one minute to play. The boys were still playing really well but there wasn’t enough time to score another goal. The game ended with a score of Wendover 3-2 Westwood Park.

The boys played well at times and were stronger as the game went on but overall it was probably a fair result. Even though we didn’t win, the boys can be proud of their second half performance.

Regards,
Ian

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