Sunday 10th November; Red division v Flackwell Heath (A)

12/11/2013 at 12:10 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 11s | Leave a comment

Sunday, 10th November 2013 Westwood Park vs Flackwell Heath

Westwood Park arrived at Flackwell Heath nice and early with the sun shining brightly. After a half an hour warm up, all the players including the coaches took to the pitch for a minute silence for Remembrance Day.

The match started at 10:00am and we had a big squad of 13 players; our first subs were Rishi, Sachin, Kian and Joe. The match started off quite even and Westwood Park tried to pass the ball but keeping possession was difficult against a good Flackwell Heath side. Just minutes into the match, Flackwell Heath had the first of many attempts on goal but it was cleared by our goalie, Alex W. Although our boys were strong in defence, Flackwell Heath continued to make chances and opened the scoring on 8 minutes, 1-0. After this setback, our boys stepped up their game but Flackwell continued to put us under pressure. Luke and Guy were replaced midway through the half, Kian and Sachin, playing his first game of the season after a long injury lay off, taking their places. Akshay was holding our defence together, making incisive tackles and covering well. Westwood Park had a rare attack; Sam’s shot well saved by their goalkeeper. Half way through the first half, Flackwell Heath scored with a great shot from outside the box dipping just under the bar, 2-0. Our boys’ confidence dropped a bit but they carried on defending strongly and gradually worked their way back into the match. By now possession was more 50:50 and Charles very nearly scored, missing by millimetres! Archie was replaced by Rishi, another of our team playing his first match of the season, and one good run behind their defence put him through on goal but he was flagged just offside. Half time soon came soon after and the score was 2-0 to Flackwell Heath.

The second half started well for Westwood Park and our boys were finally at the top of their game. Our subs for the start of the second half were Luke, Chris, Guy and Archie. A couple of minutes into the half Rishi came off with Luke taking his place. We were now making chances and this was our best spell of the game. Charles, Sam and Kian were starting to get a bit more possession in midfield and when Archie rejoined the game we had our best attacking moments. Despite having the best of the possession at , we conceded another goal against the run of play despite Alex W’s amazing effort to save it. We were obviously a little disheartened but we continued to attack and had several shots on goal without getting the breakthrough but after another quick break Flackwell Heath scored again, 4-0 to Flackwell Heath. We refused to give up and built more attacks and from one of those attacks, Luke’s shot from outside the box brought a fantastic save from their ‘keeper. From the resulting corner, we kept pressing and a cross from the right found Luke who slotted home into the far corner, 4-1. This gave us a bit more confidence and we had chances to score, before another lightning break brought Flackwell Heath their 5th goal. Charles, Chris, Luke and Sam soon came off the pitch with Sachin, Joe, Robert and Sam taking their places. The whistle blew for full time and the score ended up as 5-1 to Flackwell Heath.

The boys played well at times but too often we were short of players in midfield, allowing Flackwell plenty of possession. However, even when we were 4-0 down we continued to battle and had a good 15 minute spell which produced a goal and we could have had 2 or 3 more but for good saves from their ‘keeper. The key area the boys need to work on is still their first touch and passing; too often an easy short pass is overlooked for a longer and less accurate option. More application is required in this area at training.

Report by: Meera Patel

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