Sunday 20th October 2019 Vs Highcliffe Hawks
This was always going to be a difficult game away to a side that have been established for 3 seasons.
Much of focus lately in training has been about the boys getting in triangles and keeping the ball and we discussed the importance of this before the game.
We started with Caleb, Harry and Charles (Captain), Brook, Frankie and Jack and Harvey up front.
We started fairly well and the energy from the boys looked good, Brook capitalised on a defensive error and finished smartly in the top right hand corner from a difficult angle. From this moment we seemed to slow down and the boys were unable to get their passing going. A few too many of the boys started taking the ball on and getting caught in possession.
Highcliffe started putting us under lots of pressure and some last ditch defending from Harry and Charles, saved us from conceding within the first 10minutes.
Then on 12 minutes they got their first goal. A long shot from their Captain was nearly saved by Caleb but unfortunately the ball nestled in the top left hand corner.
We made some changes and took Harry, Harvey and Jack off being replaced by Joe, Finnley and Ronnie.
The game went backwards and forward until half time with us unable to put any passing moves together.
The referee must’ve stopped the game about 20 times to make sure the boys were throwing the ball in properly then started to reverse the decision if any of the boys continued to keep their foot off the ground when given a second chance. The boys must remember, in their eagerness to throw the ball as far as they can that both feet must remain planted to the floor.
This led to the referee playing extra time and on 25:55 Highcliffe scored a crucial 2nd. It was a long shot distance that stayed low, Caleb went down to collect the ball, but unfortunately it went threw his legs. Remember that scoop save buddy to get your body behind the ball.
We then made further changes at half time bringing Harry, Jack and Harvey on for Charles, Brook and Frankie.
Highcliffe continued to dominate the play and seemed to be quicker than us to the ball. I thought Joe battled really well in that central position and gave the ball easy trying to start play.
Highcliffe then scored on 31 minutes to make it 3-1. We then made it 3-2 on 38minutes when Harry cleared the ball, Finnley won it back in the tackle after putting their players under pressure and then gave the ball to Joe who ran at their defence and shot from about 15 yards. This nestled in the bottom corner and game on!!
At this point I think we all felt we had a chance of getting a 3rd if we played some quick attacking football. We went close with a 3rd after finally playing some nice 1-2’s started by Joe and Jack however we couldn’t find that goal.
We then made changes again as we have been 3/4’s of the way through, and Frankie, Brook and Charles came on for Ronnie, Harvey and Jack.
They got us on the break and scored a 4th on 40 mins. I pushed Harry forward to try and support Frankie in moving forward and then we were caught on the break again with them scoring a 5th.
The boys only started playing the football they are capable of with 10/15mins to go but it was a difficult game against a good Highcliffe side.
Man of the Match was Joe for his work rate and consistently trying to pass the ball out of midfield!
Trainer of the week was Charles (for the second time) for his excellent attitude at Training and the game and I can tell he really has made an effort to work hard ??
A couple of the boys have made comment recently about being coached by parents on the side and this seems to be confusing them. Whilst what Mums and Dads are saying might be right, please leave the coaching / tactical advice and positional awareness tips etc up to me and Mark as it’s causing some confusion, having instructions coming from different angles. Especially as the boys all take on verbal information differently. Please just stick to the positive praise which we are blessed with ??
Lots for us to work on with the boys, including short Tiki-taka football and learning how to throw in properly ??
No game next week, but possible training on the 29th and Saturday 2nd Nov before our game against Milford on Sea on the 3rd ??
We only do positive!
Up the Gore!