Westwood Park Wolves U7s v Holy Trinity Hotspur, 06th Oct 2012

09/10/2012 at 12:49 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 7s | Leave a comment

Match 1
Squad: Stuart, Daniel, Leo, Aidan, Patrick, Ollie, Callum
Subs: Dante, Adam
Result: 0-0

This was our second match in the Chiltern Church league at home to Holy Trinity Hotspur. It was another pleasing performance from the boys with lots of hard work and energy from everyone. Their enthusiasm was again great to see and I was really pleased with how well we defended especially in the second half with the slope against us. Stuart in goal did really well and used his area, with Daniel, Leo (Dante in the second half) providing a solid defence to the Hotspurs slightly larger and more physical attack. There was some great performances from our midfield, notably Patrick who showed determination, energy and skill repeatedly. Aidan and Ollie (Adam in the second half) all showed some great touch from boys this young and certainly held their own in a game which did become a bit of a midfield battle at times. Although there were few real scoring opportunities (particularly in the second half) it was still a really satisfying result. Well done boys!

Match 2
Squad: Leo, Dante, Sebastian, Hargun, Bari, Charlie, Adam
Subs: Ollie, Daniel
Result: 0-3

In the second match we had a complete change in line-up with Leo in goal, Dante and Sebastian in defence with Hargun, Bari, Charlie and Adam filling the midfield and attacking roles. Although we were on the losing side the boys worked really hard for the whole match and never stopped trying even when going behind. The three goals really came from our mistakes more than Holy Trinity’s attacking play, with a penalty conceded being the only goal in the first half. Again with the slope against us in the second half the boys were up against it from the Holy Trinity’s more physical presence. The defence worked hard again with Bari showing great determination, supported by Daniel coming back on. Our attacking play was a little scarce but Adam’s was the stand out performance. Showing skill and great running with the ball down the right hand flank, he was our main threat which led to our best chance to pull a goal back through a penalty which sadly we couldn’t convert. Despite the result this was a really good performance from our boys who kept their heads up and never gave up.

Westwood Park Wolves U7s v Holy Trinity Gunners, 22nd Sept 2012

22/09/2012 at 5:12 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 7s | Leave a comment

Squad: Stuart, Daniel, Leo, Aidan, Patrick, Ollie, Callum
Subs: Hargun, Bari, Matthew, Charlie, James

This was our first game as Westwood Park Wolves in the Chiltern Church league, against the Holy Trinity Gunners. We drew the match 2-2 after leading for much of the game. It was a really fantastic first effort from the kids, who were all really eager and enthusiastic to get on the pitch and play. There were some great performances and the kids worked really well together as a team. We kept our shape pretty much throughout (apart from the end when we conceded the two late goals) and only the skills of a talented No.7 from Holy Trinity denied us our win!

I thought our defence were excellent for most of the game, rarely letting the opposition near our goal (aside from the aforementioned No.7). Daniel stood up to everything that came at him and proved to be a little rock in the heart of our defence. Our whole midfield ran their socks off, and in particular when helping the defenders. They worked really hard and all seemed to grasp the concept of helping their team mates both in attack and defence. And speaking of attack, I think a little mention should go to Callum, who scored both our goals and who didn’t stop running all the time he was on the pitch (and off it!). But all in all I was really pleased with the performance of all the kids. Their enthusiasm was fantastic to watch.

I think we can take a lot of pride (as well as a lot of knowledge!) from our first performance.

Aston Clinton Tournament 4th July

05/07/2010 at 3:29 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 7s | Leave a comment

This was our final tournament of the season and we entered 2 teams for the first time. There were 4 other teams in each group, giving us matches against Aston Clinton, Wendover, Thame and Downley.

Pitch 1
Squad; Alex Walker, Arjan, Charles, Charlie, Sam, Jacob and Alfie

Four very good matches in this group, against strong teams. All bar Sam and Charles had a turn in goal. Jacob played in his first tournament and was outstanding in defence. He hardly missed a tackle and when he did Arjan was there at hand to assist. A great double act. Charlie showed some great touches in midfield and was always looking for a pass to a player in space. Sam was full of running and showed great energy at times to cover back when needed.

Charles was outstanding (again). He beats players with ease and also covers tremendous amounts of ground in a 12 minute match. To this he added a couple of clinical finishes as well. Alfie’s close control and drive was key in keeping us pushing back the opposition in most games.

Alex continues to perform well in goal and despite his defensive preferences, nearly scored a hatrick in one game!

All the players were fantastic in playing in positions that they were asked to stay in (unlike some England players!). Throughout the matches passing almost became the norm (with a little bit of encouragement from the coaches). Overall, a great team effort. Everyone was excellent.

Martin & Nick

Pitch 2
Our first match was against Aston Clinton. Everyone played well and goals were scored by Christian, Charles and Luke (2). Adam made his debut, playing the first half in goal and the second half in midfield, settling in straight away. Joe and Alex Willox were very solid in defence when required, Aaron made plenty of good runs and was unlucky not to score.

Next up were Wendover Juniors (who will be our league next year) and were stiffer opposition. They took the lead with an unstoppable shot before Luke hit back with 2 second half goals. Joe was excellent in defensive midfield, making tackles and moving forward effectively when we attacked. Luke and Christian defended well when required, although Christian was left to do most of the defending as Luke went forward in search of an equaliser. We borrowed Alex Walker from the other squad to allow us to play 7-a-side. He is becoming a fine goalkeeper, was excellent throughout the match and made an absolutely stunning save, diving and holding the ball from a hard shot, right at the end.

We played Thame in our third game; our game coincided with our other team playing so we had to play 6-a-side this time. Another good game, which was much closer than the scoreline would suggest, Christian scored another fine goal, just rewards for his strong running with the ball, to add to Luke’s 3 goals. Thame responded with probably the goal of the match, a rising drive into the top corner leaving Alex Willox in goal with no chance.

Our final game reverted to 7-a-side, with Alex Walker coming in again, this time in defence. Our opposition, Downley Dynamoes will also be in our division next year, and proved to be strong opponents. Luke was in goal first half, playing more like a sweeper as he snuffed out 2 or 3 long balls forward. Joe went in for the second half, making a couple of brave stops and had no chance with the Downley goal. Luke scored again, taking his tally to 8. This was probably our best goal as a fine run by Christian ended with a slipped pass to Aaron, who took the ball on before passing forward to Luke to slide the ball past their goalkeeper. Aaron scored our second, just reward for his unselfish running and passing, and Adam marked his debut with a well-deserved goal from close range just before the end of the match.

Overall, the performances were excellent. The boys have developed really well this year and have improved with every match through the tournament season. We now have 6 or 7 good goalkeepers to share duties; most of the boys now understand about holding their defensive positions when required and taking it in turns to join our attacks. Our passing was effective through midfield and we scored plenty of good goals.

Squad: Luke, Alex Willox, Joe, Adam, Christian, Aaron (unfortunately Archie was ill and couldn’t make it) plus “guest” appearances to allow us to play 7-a-side from Charles and Alex Walker.

Ian & Wayne

St Josephs Tournament

05/07/2010 at 12:10 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 7s | Leave a comment

Our penultimate tournament of the season was at St Josephs 88 FC in Kenton near Harrow. All our games were against north and west London sides and as expected were all strong opponents.

The first game was against LNER. It was a close match decided by a rather fortunate but well taken penalty for the opposition. We had our chances and were unlucky not to score; Kian and Charles were busy in midfield, Charles in particular making a number of incisive runs towards the opposition goal but we couldn’t quite turn the chances into goals. Alex, Christian and Sam shared defensive duties and, along with Luke and Kaushal in goal, made sure that LNER were not going to score in open play.

Match two against one of the two home club teams in our group was decided by a well taken goal from Luke, slotting in with his left foot from just inside the box. We conceded another penalty in this game but Sam made a stunning save from the spot kick when the score was 0-0.

Our third game against Heathrow was another close game. This was the only game when our defenders forgot to defend, so we conceded three breakaway goals. Alex and Christian in goal had no chance with any of the shots. Charles scored a very good goal in reply while Kaushal had a couple of shots and was unlucky not to score.

The last game against the other St Josephs side was our best performance. Kian and Aaron had very little to do in goal, Christian and Sam were excellent in defence, taking in turns to attack when we went forward and tackling back when the opposition attacked. Alex and Luke ran the midfield with Kaushal and Charles sharing attacking duties. The only goal of a close game came when Luke nipped in between their goalkeeper and defender to round the keeper and score. We defended several good corners as St Josephs pressed for an equaliser.

Overall, we played very well and probably deserved slightly better results. Everyone contributed to all the games and the boys can be very proud of themselves. Indeed, the referee was very impressed with us (he was still heard complimenting us the next day) for our general play and the attitude of the players, coaches and parents. Well done to all.

Squad: Alex Walker, Luke, Sam, Charles, Christian, Kaushal, Kian and Aaron

Penn & Tylers Green Tournament, 2nd May

12/05/2010 at 11:57 am | Posted in Match Reports, Under 7s | Leave a comment

Penn & Tylers Green Tournament, Sunday 2nd May 2010

This was our first tournament as an Under 7 team and after 3 weeks of dry weather we had a good dose of rain and cold wind! The P&TG tournament is usually a strong one and there was no surprise that we were grouped with 5 other strong teams, Holmer Green and Marlow Youth from our division of the South Bucks league, Hughenden Valley and Risborough Rangers and an academy club based at Bisham Abbey.

We played four of the five scheduled matches. Our game with Marlow Youth was postponed after they left early due to the weather. Overall we scored 9 goals in our 4 matches, conceding only 2. There were stand out performances throughout the squad. Arjan is continuing to develop into a fine defender, complementing Alex Walker’s defensive abilities. Christopher and Alex Willox were determined in midfield, both passing the ball nicely going forward. Aaron came close to scoring twice and Charles and Sam were everywhere all over the pitch; Sam especially attacking and defending with amazing energy. He was rewarded for his efforts with a couple of goals and made numerous defending tackles. Charles added a goal to his all round performance and Luke also scored including a couple of one on one finishes.

In very poor conditions, the boys were fantastic, producing 4 really good performances. Well done to all.

Squad: Luke, Sam, Charles, Christopher, Alex Willox, Alex Walker, Aaron and Arjan

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