White division: v Risborough Rangers (away) 10th Nov 2013

12/11/2013 at 12:28 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 11s | Leave a comment

Saturday, 9th November 2013 Risborough Rangers Colts v Westwood Park Colts

Westwood Park arrived in Princes Risborough nice and early and after a half an hour warm up, all the players including the coaches took to the pitch for a minute silence for Remembrance weekend.

The match started at 10:00am and we had a big squad of 11 players. The first subs were Elijah and Alex L.

We were soon into our stride and passed the ball well, with Gabriel and Charlie running the centre of midfield. Aaron, playing on the left of midfield, saw plenty of the ball in the first 15 minutes and was unlucky not to score with several shots, cutting in from the left side onto his right foot; their ‘keeper kept him out with a series of fine saves. Robert O was a constant threat down the right flank, beating the Risborough left back and delivering some dangerous crosses. From one of these, Matthew poked the ball home after a good save from their ‘keeper. Risborough had a very lively striker who, when they had spells of possession, was a constant threat and Antonio, Milan and Arjan had to be alert to the danger he posed. However, Kaushal had little to do in the first 30 minutes. HT: 1-0 to Westwood Park.

Risborough came out strongly in the second half and had a couple of chances. Elijah had replaced Kaushal in goal and soon had to be sharp off his line to prevent a shot on goal. We continued to build attacks however and Aaron, Matthew and Robert were linking together really well. From one attack, Robert crossed the ball along the 6 yard line and Aaron was more alert than the defenders and had a simple tap in at the far post. 2-0. This prompted Risborough into a couple of counter attacks and they pulled a goal back with a fine finish after a quick break. They were probably the better side for the next 5 minutes or so and had a couple of half chances to equalise before we made the game safe; Aaron scoring his second goal, 3-1.

This was a good performance by the team in cold wet conditions. At times we passed the ball really well and Aaron and Robert in particular were a constant threat down the flanks. Matthew showed some nice touches up front, bringing other players into the play really well, and Alex L worked hard as well as a lone striker in the second half. Gabriel, Charlie (and Kaushal in the second half) linked well in midfield and the defenders, Antonio, Arjan (and Elijah in the first half) were very well marshalled by Milan at centre back.

The main difference this season from last year is that we are scoring goals; last season we averaged only just over a goal a game whereas this season so far we have scored as many goals as the whole of last year, averaging 4 per match.

Well done boys on a good win.

Ian, Martin and Wayne

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