U10s win 2016 Chorleywood Tournament

16/05/2016 at 12:02 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 10s | Leave a comment

We returned to the Chorleywood tournament as defending champions. In the group stage we faced Bessingby, winning 2-0 (a bright start which was unlike us!!). Sarrat Rebels Yellow came next and a disappointing 0-1 loss. The lads seem to think their work was done and pretty much fell asleep. Last in our group we faced Chorleywood Jaguars needing a result to stand a chance of going through to the cup competition. We came out comfortable winners 3-0, which saw us top the group with 6 points – the boys thankfully woke up!!!

In the quarter finals we faced Sarrat Rebels Black winning 2-1. A hard fought game but a deserved win. Next came TFA Bushey (a football academy from Bushey), the conquerors of Chorleywood in their quarter final. We won this comfortably with a dominant performance, 2-0, which saw us into the final for a second year running. In the final we faced Bushey & Oxhey. We went 1-0 after 5mins and were looking comfortable. Maybe a little too comfortable, with 3mins left a lapse in concentration allowed their equaliser and much like last year, meant the final was to be decided on penalties. Best of 5 which we ended up winning 4-2 with all of our penalties converted and converted competently giving the keeper no chance. Seb our keeper kept his nerve and made 2 fantastic penalty saves to ensure we retained the title for another year.

It was great to see the boys play some genuinely good football (in parts!). Their passing game was unmatched and our attacking play was fluid with some lovely finishing, scoring 10 goals over 6 matches (exc. the 4 penalties). Our defence was pretty resolute conceding only 3 goals throughout the tournament.

All in all it was a very good day for Westwood Park FC as our Colts side made it through to the semi-final of the plate competition before losing on penalties to our Saturday group the ‘Wolves’ run by Graham Warner. The Wolves then went onto to become runners up in the plate, unfortunately losing in the final on penalties to Bessingby. Well done to all the boys from WPFC U10s and what a great advert for the club.

Yellow division v Widmer End; Sunday 3rd March

12/03/2013 at 7:38 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 10s | Leave a comment

Yellow division v Widmer End

Team. Adam, Antonio, Arjan, Alex J, Charlie, Elijah, Fionn, Gabriel, Kaushal,

1st game.
Kaushal; Charlie and Arjan; Elijah Adam Alex J; Matthew

It was an early start for the boys but they looked like they really wanted to play. It was really good to see them start with such confidence and in no time at all they were commanding the game. Elijah was comfortable between Charlie and Arjan in defence and together they created a solid back wall for the forwards to push up. Alex pushed hard and wide on the left and forced our first corner. Matthew quickly played it short and managed a scramble in their goal mouth with Adam trying to get a shot in. Widmer’s clearances weren’t good and we managed to keep the pressure up in their half. Even when they did reach our half the defence was so solid they couldn’t advance and we picked the ball out nicely with Charlie and Arjan in control, dribbling and passing up field pushing the game forward. Charlie made one really long pass through the Widmer forwards up to Mathew who turned and ran with the ball but just went past the post. Time and again the boys moved the ball wide on the wings bringing the opposition out and creating space in the middle to pass to Matthew. It was a pleasure to watch how well they played.

Second half
Charlie Matthew Adam were substituted; Fionn Antonio and Gabriel coming on

This half lost its tempo a bit but they still played well with Fionn trying really hard. We had a couple of runs on goal but as the game went on we started
to play really deep and Kaushal had a lot to do to keep the ball out. Then from our goal area the ball was thrown to our player on the edge of the box, it was
held at his feet for an eternity in a dangerous position, the opposition seized their chance as two players came in and managed to win the ball and score a
goal. It was so deflating after playing so well but hopefully a hard lesson learnt.

2nd game.
Antonio; Fionn Gabriel Adam; Charlie Matthew; Kaushal

Antonio was so good in goal at training on Saturday he put on the gloves for us again today. This was a harder game and the boys started to play deep straight
away. Gabriel was strong on the left and did well with his fast runs. We couldn’t keep the ball up front though and suddenly found ourselves too
stretched at the back and on the retreat to be hit with a goal. We were losing focus on the pitch and it was all play in our half for another goal against us.
We had a couple of breaks and one enormous shot from Charlie at the half way line that went wide.

We had to pick ourselves up for the second half and with Charlie and Arjan in defence again and Gabriel centre the team looked in better shape. With Alex back
on the right midfield and Mathew up front we seemed to be more comfortable and we started to push again. Alex brought his long runs into play again and I asked
Gabriel to run the centre hard and push forward and he did just that with Matthew in support. We kept the pressure on and with everyone pushing up and a good pass
to Gabriel in the goal area he managed to go past a defender and score. We started taking the game to them again and looked really strong with another goal
in our sights and with all the play in their half but time was against us and the whistle was blown for full time.

If the boys played like they did in the first half of the first game I’m sure the results would be very different. That said it was so encouraging to see them play like a team, focused and working hard, it just shows what they can really do when they try.

Great effort well done.

Martin and Ian

U10 Red; v Flackwell Heath; Sunday 3rd March

05/03/2013 at 12:07 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 10s | Leave a comment

On a fine almost spring-like morning we lined up against Flackwell Heath for our first matches for 3 weeks.

Red A:

Squad; Aaron, Alex Walker, Robert Worthington, Rishi, Joe, Chris Parsey, Wil and Charles

Flackwell Heath were always going to be the toughest opposition that we were probably going to play all season. They have a very skillful team, with very little weaknesses. We knew we would be in for two tough matches. Unfortunately, we lost Sachin and Guy to injury a few days before the match, but Joe kindly agreed to move across from the other Red team to give us 8 players.

Match 1

This was the most even of the two games. We matched Flackwell for the whole game. We didn’t create an awful lot of chances, but we made our tackles and kept our shape really well. Our defending at corners was the best it has ever been. Charles guarded the front post and Robert/Rishi headed every cross away. If they weren’t involved Alex took control with some excellent punching, getting the ball well out of the area. The remaining players marked their opposing numbers tightly. In fact, our marking throughout the game was very good. Unfortunately, just before half time, we conceded the only goal of the game. A well struck shot leaving Alex no chance.

The second half was very much counter attacking football from our boys. We created a few chances and right at the end, Rishi met Wil’s corner on the volley and smashed it straight at the keeper’s chin. Amazingly, the keeper kept it out and the ref blew the final whistle.

We kept battling throughout this match, but to be fair, we could have lost by 2 or 3 goals, had Alex not had his best performance ever between the sticks. He saved shot after shot, including a few really top saves.

Match 2

We thought this might be the tougher of the two games. We must have conceded the first goal within a minute. An unfortunate deflection off Wil. The next 14 minutes were a nightmare. 3 more goals and half the team falling out with each other. The main reason for the fallout was the frustration that their opponents were just so good. It was total defence. At half time, our lone forward asked to be moved as he was bored!

To their credit, the boys calmed down and matched their opponents in the second half. Although we went 5-0 down, we produced a lovely counter in which Rishi released Wil who coolly beat their keeper. With the smiles and celebrations that followed you would have thought we were 5-1 up. Shortly after that Aaron delivered a diagonal ball to Wil who crossed with Charles just out of reach. It was a classic counter attack and warranted a goal.

The final whistle went shortly afterwards.

For 45 minutes of the 60 minutes today, the boys were excellent. They were really up against it and battled hard, but played as a team. A tremendous defensive showing and great team work. I think they will probably learn quite a bit about themselves on the other 15 minutes.

Thanks to Joe for helping out. He played his part in making several important interceptions. Well done to Wayne for being the ref in the first game. Here’s to the next match!

Nick & Wayne

Red B:

We were missing Chris, our keeper, out through illness, and as the A squad were short of players, we moved Joe over to their squad, leaving us with 8 players.

Squad: Aakash, Akshay, Archie, Joss, Kian, Luke, Milan, Sam,

Match 1: Bottom Pitch.

Joss took the gloves, with Akshay and Milan at the back, and a midfield of Sam, Aakash and Luke with Archie up front. Kian started as sub.

We started playing down the slope and the first few minutes were competitive with Flackwell’s neat passing style working quite well without really opening us up at the back. We worked hard to contain them, pressing them well and limiting them to a few chances, mainly shots from distance. Joss was neat and tidy in goal, well protected by Milan, Akshay and Sam. We were a bit more direct, using long passes out of defence to avoid their pressing midfielders and we opened the scoring with a truly brilliant goal, involving all the players. From Milan and Akshay at the back, the ball was moved to Luke on the left, his first time long diagonal ball allowed Sam to move the ball quickly on to Aakash; his first time ball into the box from the right side found Archie, who took a touch before sliding the ball in to the corner of the net. This was quickly followed by a second goal, a well crafted move with a scruffy finish from Luke after a goalmouth scramble; two Flackwell defenders had the chance to clear Luke’s first effort but got in each other’s way a bit and in the confusion Luke poked the ball home. Half time 2-0.

Matches on the bottom pitch tend to be games of two halves and this was no different. We knew that we would have to defend well to contain Flackwell. Their main danger came from crosses from the right and several corners from both sides. Several of these were expertly delivered but either found Sam and Archie in commanding form or were slightly overhit. Kian had replaced Luke for the second half and was playing very tight on their midfield players, limiting their space. Milan, Sam and Akshay continued to play well under pressure at the back but we couldn’t prevent Flackwell from creating several good shooting chances. However, Joss was in top form in goal and made 2 or 3 genuinely great saves, diving full length to frustrate the opposition. Archie made way for Luke halfway through the half and we created one or two chances ourselves, mainly from long clearances to clear our lines but we couldn’t add to our tally. Final score: 2-0.

Match 2: Top Pitch.

We started the game well against a Flackwell side with some very skillful players and they had more of the early play. Joss was called into action a couple of times and Flackwell hit the post at least once. However, we were putting together attacks of our own and from one break Sam finished well. As in the first game, we soon followed up with a second goal. This time Archie put the finishing touch to a good move. Flackwell moved up a gear and their tricky left winger was causing all sorts of problems, beating our first defender almost at will and we had to defend in numbers to protect our lead until half time. Even then we had a run of corners as Flackwell struggled to clear their lines but we couldn’t force another goal. Half time 2-0.

The second half was equally well contested. Archie added another soon after the restart; Sam putting in a great low cross from the right and Archie twisted his body to turn the ball in from close range. 3-0 but still Flackwell Heath kept coming at us and a fine strike from their centre midfielder put them back in the game; he’d had several shots already which Joss and Akshay had saved or flew just wide and he deserved his goal. Soon it was 4-1 though; Sam scoring his second goal of the match when his cross from the right flew direct into the far corner of the net. 4-1 almost straight away became 4-2 with a slightly soft goal from a scuffed shot but by this time Akshay, who had taken over from Joss in goal, had made three or four excellent saves, including one catch from a corner which a regular keeper would have been proud of. We were now into the final minute but another Flackwell Heath attack brought a third goal for them. There was just time for Flackwell to mount another couple of attacks but we held out for well-deserved win. Final score: 4-3.

This was probably this squad’s best performance of the season against the team I consider to be the best in our league and they were rewarded with two wins. Everybody played their part. Joss, for three halves, and Akshay for one, were excellent in goal with both boys making save after save both proving to be quality understudies to Chris who was absent ill. Akshay was his usual cool self in defence while Milan was outstanding in defence throughout both games, drawing huge compliments from the opposition managers. Kian played in defence and midfield and was a real terrier harrassing their players into mistakes while Luke, Archie, Sam and Aakash passed the ball well creating chances for each other in the process.

Well done everyone

Ian, Adam & Martin

Yellow division v Sarratt & Prestwood; Sunday 10th February 2013

19/02/2013 at 2:46 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 10s | Leave a comment

Squad; Kaushal, Alex Jennings, Sam, Charlie, Elijah, Alex Walker, Gabriel & Matthew

After a good warm up and a quick team talk we organised our team for the first match v Prestwood

Kaushal in goal; Gabriel right back Alex W centre Elijah left back; Sam and Alex J midfield and Matthew upfront with Charlie as Sub

We kicked off with Sam running down the right wing with Alex J. in support and getting a good cross in but nobody could get a touch on the ball. After the throw in, the opposition made good progress down the left wing now to put Alex Walker and Elijah under pressure but they did well and managed to get the ball back. Alex J had a good hard run on the left wing but he took on just one too many players and lost the ball to some good defending. The play was straight back in our half with a high shot on goal but Kaushal stood tall and with both hands managed to put it over the top for a corner. The opposition had a really strong player that could whip the ball in from corners, but our defence was solid (although too many of our players still turn their back to the ball). Gabriel and Alex W did a great job to clear many loose balls to clear the considerable pressure we were under, while with some good manoeuvring out to the midfielders we were able to get a few breaks down the wings.

Second half Charlie came on for Elijah in defence. The team seemed tired and were not focussing on the game and were soon dealt a blow with a goal against them. The runs were good but the passing wasn’t really there. A few occasions Mathew did really well with good control on the ball and made a few good runs with Alex J always in support and did well to keep the play up front but Prestwood were too strong in this game and came back with another goal. The boys did well but we generally we need a better first touch, allowing better passing and more early releasing of the ball to succeed at this level.

Second game: v Sarratt

Team Kaushal Goalie; Elijah left back Gabriel right back Alex Walker centre back; Sam and Alex J midfield; Charlie striker and Matthew sub.

We changed pitch and after a good team talk from Nick the second game got off to a much better start. With the back three holding their positions properly it gave a solid ground for the midfielders to push up with confidence. Kaushal made a couple of early saves and with a long throw out got the ball to Gabriel who set Sam free on the right wing with a nice little pass. He ran half the length of the pitch with Alex J running in sync all the way; Alex got into a great position in front of goal unmarked to receive the pass and score our first goal. The centre kick was taken quickly and pushed up the right wing, a strong, high pass was made into our area but Elijah was there in defence to clear with an amazing brave header. The ball was out for a throw and once taken Elijah was there again tackling hard helped by Alex W. Alex took control and did a lovely dribble forcing the game back in their half for Charlie and Alex J to receive the ball only for it to be forced out by some good defending from the opposition. The goal kick was passed to a defender who hesitated and Sam spotting this got in front of the defender, won the ball and scored our second goal. A great first half. 2-0.

Second half: we got off to a great start again with Sam taking some long goal kicks up to Matthew and Kaushal. A slight change of team with Elijah in goal Kaushal up front and Charlie in a more comfortable role in defence. Gabriel had lots of work to do on the right and Alex W really put the effort in and did a great job tackling hard. But the pressure was really on and the ball just would not leave the area. After an eternity of half clearances and with so many players in the area the opposition scored their first goal.

All the play now seemed to be going against us down the right and we started playing really deep with Alex J in an almost defensive role. Sam took the goal kicks to get the ball upfront but it kept coming back down the right. Alex J showed some lovely skills right on the line playing the ball with a little back heel and a fast turn running towards goal for a nice little pass to Matthew and Kaushal in centre; Matthew shot just wide. Sarratt came back at us and we were soon on the defence again with Charlie and Alex W under pressure. They played well and Charlie this time made a good clearance. The ball kept coming back at us and we were playing really deep again. Elijah made a couple of stops but finally Sarratt scored with the last kick of the game for a 2-2 draw.

The boys really enjoyed this game and they did well to listen to their coaches from the side line.

Nick / Martin / Ian (ref)

Westwood Park v Cookham Dean (away); Saturday 9th February 2013

11/02/2013 at 9:41 am | Posted in Match Reports, Under 10s | Leave a comment

Red B – Match 1

Squad: Chris M, Aakash, Akshay, Kian, Sam, Luke, Joe and Joss

After Martin claimed he had a severe case of amnesia and our roving reporter Melanie King was unavailable – it was left to the Gaffa’s wife to take the reins!

It was a cold Saturday morning and upon arrival to Cookham Dean, we were met by rain and sleet. Adam and Martin put the squad through their pre match warm up and made sure they were ready for the task in hand.

We started slowly and took a while to get into our stride. It was a fairly even game when midway through the first half Sam scored the first goal and Cookham Dean were quick to reply when their number 9 (Jack) made his way through our defence to score the equaliser. Our keeper and defence stood solid and we took the lead again when there was a goal mouth melee and Luke coolly back heeled the ball into the net. After some fantastic passing, we were quickly on the attack again and a superb pass from Sam found Luke and he quickly placed it into the back of the net making it 3-1 at half time.

With Martin refeering, Adam gave a half time team talk to the players and made some changes for the second half with Luke and Sam playing together in defence moving Akshay and Kian up field. We were still under a tremendous amount of pressure from the Cookham Dean attack but Sam certainly had the measure of their key player and when they did manage to get past Sam, Chris made crucial saves. We were nearing the end of the game when Luke took the ball out of defence and as he was running the length of the pitch, all we could hear from the other side was Adam shouting “pass Luke” (about 10 times) but Luke decided to shoot from outside the box and the ball hit the top right hand corner of the net making it 4-1. The game finished with another goal from Luke when he kicked the ball from just inside the half way line and it ended up going over the keeper’s head into the back of the net – a goal worthy of ‘goal of the season’.

A fantastic team effort by all – we showed what lovely passing we can achieve when we play as a team and not as individuals.

Red B – Match 2

Our team line up for the start of this game was Kian and Akshay in defence, Sam and Joe in midfield with Luke and Aakash as strikers. We started where we left off in the first game – some lovely passing. Our first goal came from a great pass from Sam to Luke who toe poked it to Aakash who coolly put the ball in the back of the net. This was then followed by a fantastic save by Chris up the other end with Cookham Dean scoring from the rebound.

We did not let our heads go down and kept focused on our passing game. The second goal, scored by Luke came from an unfortunate kick out by their keeper. Again Cookham Dean went on the counter attack and scored their second from a messy goal mouth scramble which ended up in the back of the net. Again our third goal came from their kick out and Luke passed to Sam who scored making it 3-2 at half time.

Again, Adam mixed the team up and Kian started the second half as striker and it wasn’t long before he scored his first goal of the season from another misplaced kick out. His second followed a great passing move from defence which finished with Luke who tapped it sideways for Kian to find the back of the net.

Towards the end of the match, we started to look a bit tired when Cookham Dean got through our defence to score their third goal. They kept up the pressure with Chris making a fantastic save in the dying seconds of the game.

Although the score line ended 5-3, there was some really good football played by both teams, with some lovely passing; the only difference between the teams in this match was that we were more effective moving the ball out of defence on the day.

Again a fantastic team effort by all and a “good day at the office”!!

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