The next game was against Holy Family. A team we knew a lot about having suffered a heavy defeat going in to double figures by them earlier in the season. They are a potent attacking team with lots of dangerous players. After learning from some of our mistakes in the last game where we broke down defensively we aimed to play a more cautious style of football. We decided to have 5 defenders and 1 attacker. That attacker, Alex, has pace to burn, so we hoped to stifle their attacks. We put Lewis in goal as one of his top goalkeeping attributes is his distribution. We were to play on the counter-attack. We let them pour forward, commit men. Going back to basics for us appeared to be working. Lewis did well to save a shot. From the resulting kick Lewis immediately took the majority of Holy family out of the game. Alex using his pace sped clear of the remaining defender. Just the goalkeeper to beat. His shot was well saved, however it ricocheted back off of Alex’s leg over the keeper. It looked certain to be 1-0 to Newlands. Then our old foe the woodwork reared its ugly head, knocking the ball out for a goal kick. We played the most efficiently and organised we ever have. We created numerous chances using Alex’s pace and great passes forward. However their goal keeper was on form like a prime Gianluigi Buffon. Newlands were playing well, this was when the problems started. They could sense a goal coming so started to commit our players forward. This left our strong defensive unit exposed and allowed Holy Family to play their quick passing game and turn the tables, hitting us on quick counter attacks, they scored 4, and their finishing was lethal as Lewis did not have too many saves to make. Although we lost 4-0 it is a great improvement on the 14-0 at the start of the season. We can take great pride on how we stuck to a game plan for large periods, producing our greatest team performance. We were efficient, organised and it worked for large chunks. If we carry this on then the season can only improve.
Team: Alfie, Bradley, Louie, Leo, Jack, Alex, Lewis, Harvey and Callum
By Mr Adcock