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U11 BOYS Football MATCH REPORT - 29/09/16

Newlands vs Freemantle

A new season was upon Newlands who were looking to put right the results of last season where they lost every game and conceded lots of goals. A few additions to the team this year and some hard work in training quickly created a positive outlook and determined team ethos to not suffer the results of last season and to not just avoid defeat but win games and play some positive football. Louie was made captain for his encouraging manner and team work for the game against Freemantle.  The game started with Freemantle heavily on the front foot. Applying pressure early and keeping Newlands pinned in their own half. Some resolute defending kept them out, some last ditch slide tackles and some physical battles over the pitch lead to a gritty and determined performance where each Newlands player gave 100%. We did not lose our heads, we didn’t want to resort to some 19th century football of hoofing the ball up the pitch in what would be reminiscent of a prime Sam Allardyce Bolton Wanderers team. Instead we stuck to the game plan and played out from the back with some excellent dribbling and quick combination passing. We hit them on the counter numerous times forging chance after chance. We forced their goalkeeper in to numerous good saves. One particularly great out swinging corner from Joe proved difficult to defend against. Dylan lost his man and moved gracefully between defenders before rising and meeting the ball with a thunderous header which crashed against the bar with equal ferocity before going over. Freemantle became cautious to our counter attacks so did not commit as many people forward. There was chances at both ends but towards the end of the match Freemantle started applying pressure and hit Newlands on the counter attack. Jack was left isolated in defence and was surrounded by four freemantle players waiting to pounce as soon as jack made his move like a lion waiting to pounce on its prey. Jack tried the best he could to stop the attack but as he went to block the ball it got passed on to a team mate to slot home from 5 yards out. There was still time to try and find an equaliser and Newlands pushed on with a great chance just before the end with a great through ball played in from Alfie but Joe couldn’t quite find enough time or space to pull the trigger. The whistle blew. 0-1 to freemantle. But a great improvement on last season where we possibly would have lost this by more when this time we can feel at least a draw would have been the correct result. Optimism for the season ahead was high. Man of the match was Dylan.

Written by Mr Adcock

Team: Brandon, Lewis, Callum, Louie, Dylan, Joe, Alfie, Jack

 

Newlands vs Bitterne Manor

The second game of the season came against Bitterne Manor. Boyed on by the performance against Freemantle Newlands felt they could get a result and came out at a high tempo. Early chances were limited but Newlands had the majority of the possession. Chances fell to Newlands but we couldn’t quite get the rhythm needed to put them away. We pushed forward probing basset and played with a high line to pen them in their defensive third. A long range strike from Joe was fumbled by the goalkeeper and Louie was switched on instinctively stealing the ball and round the keeper to slot in the empty net. Newlands started to test the goalkeeper at every opportunity. Our commitment to putting the game to bed meant our defensive players pushing higher up. This lead to Bitterne launching some excellent counters with through balls that carved up our defensive line but every time Lewis in goal was there. Channelling his inner Manuel Neuer, Lewis was outside his area. Like a hardworking cleaner he swept up everything. Comfortable in goal and with the ball at his feet he would take a touch here, a cryff turn there, to move the ball away from their striker before a pass to one of our midfield. It was a testament to the team effort that Lewis did not have an actual save to make. Alfie linked up well with Louie causing chaos in the box for Bitterne but the resulting shot went just wide. Callum surged forward from defence trying to get the team a second and hopefully decisive goal. Brandon moved the ball well providing a great link from defence to midfield. Dylan skipped around their players before getting fouled in a dangerous position out wide. Dylan whipped one in and the keeper could not quite hold the ball before dropping it. A half hit clearance in the box fell to Joe who drove it home.  The keeper made up for the error by pulling off some fine saves to deny us adding to the two before the whistle went. The result was 2-0 and by far the most comprehensive I have seen from Newlands. The next game can’t come quick enough as we look to build on the great performances from the opening matches. Man of the match: Louie

Written by Mr Adcock

Team: Brandon, Lewis, Callum, Louie, Dylan, Joe, Alfie, Jack

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