Away Match 17/11/2019 VS West Moors On a cold Sunday morning in November the whole squad arrived before any of their players, and I was hopeful that this would mirror how organised we were for the game. I must say the boys are really listening now when doing the warm ups, and the comradery between them is really building. West Moors have had some good results, however I was confident in the boys that if we started well today we could’ve gone on and won it relatively comfortably. We only took 9 boys to the match for the day, and this was to allow the boys all similar playing time and try and add some consistency to their play. I have felt recently that when the boys play the 1st quarter, rest and 3rd quarter, it’s really hard for them to get in the rhythm of things. So where possible now this is how Me and Mark are going to try and organise the team with 9 players in total. It’s not going to be easy picking the squads and please be patient with me as once we have all the new fixtures out this will be much easier. We started the game with Caleb, Harry, Charles, Frankie, Jack, Brook (C) and Joe up front. I thought we started brilliantly and that effort the boys are putting in in the warm up definitely meant we were sharper to the ball on a cold morning. We played the ball around well, with Jack especially starting well on the right, and really getting up and down that flank to start those attacks. We had a couple of good chances but their keeper stood tall. However on 6 minutes we got our break through. Some good interplay between Charles, Jack and then Frankie ended up with the ball rebounding in the area. Both Joe and Brook raced to stick out a leg and Joe won the race and poked the ball in the net. We continued to dominate the game, but they did have a couple of players who were comfortable on the ball and they came into the game a bit more. I thought we defended excellently as a team today and supported each other. I genuinely don’t believe that there is a better side in the league at holding their positions and closing as a team when we do it well. We changed it up on 12 1/2minutes with Harvey coming on for Joe and Ronnie coming on for Frankie. I gave Harry an opportunity to play centrally and kept Ronnie and Charles at the back, with Harvey going up front. More chances followed and Harry, Frankie, Jack and Brook couldn’t quite get their shots away to challenge the keeper. At this point It’s worth mentioning I thought the pitch was tiny and I think It showed with how compact the game was and it allowed them to stick 6 boys in a bunch around the goal which made it hard for the boys to score. We have to find ways to break teams down when like this, and I’ll have a think about some sessions we could do to give the boys some options. They then had a great opportunity with a long kick from the goalkeeper which caught our boys out, their players raced through with Caleb making the decision to come out standing big (he’s definitely been watching De Gea with his shape) this put their forward off and he pulled his shot wide, I think worried that the Cat might crunch him. Half Time. We made some subs and took Harry off for Frankie and Joe came on for Brook. Ronnie and Charles made some great tackles, Frankie bossed the central position, Jack continued to dominate the wing and both Joe and Harvey were causing West Moors problems. You may hear me encouraging Harvey (or the front man) to hunt the ball down off goal kicks and I thought he was excellent at putting the pressure on and making the tackle without diving in. We constantly turned over the ball, which allowed us to break, but again we couldn’t quite get the second. They then came in with a couple of late challenges and caught Ronnie, Harvey, Frankie and Charles. I must say It was great to see the boys keep their composure, not lose their heads and then get themselves up with a little support from myself or Mark, but continue to want to fight for the team.
Caleb made a crunching tackle on one of their players which definitely stopped a clear chance. When Charles got caught late after going in bravely we made a slightly early sub and Harry replaced Charles at the back with Ronnie. Brook then came on for Jack 2 minutes later. Ronnie got caught in a bundle on 41 minutes and the Ref gave a free kick about 15 yards out. The boys in the wall organised well and were brave, with the ball hitting Harry, falling to Frankie who cleared and Brook ran through towards the goal showing us his pace. He managed to poke his toe out and beat the onrushing goalkeeper. Cue the celebrations, I really enjoyed seeing the boys celebrate with each other, and even hearing Harvey shout ‘don’t leave me hanging’ to Brook or Joe. Great to watch!! West Moors got back with a big ball over the top and their player ran through and slotted past Caleb on 46 minutes. We have to make sure we are always switched on at the back. Cue “Squeaky Bum Time” ?? We then finished the game off on 49 minutes with a great team goal and Joe finishing off in the box for his second goal of the game.
Jack getting picked for MOTM for his performance, but me and Mark could’ve also singled out any one of them for praise!
Harry got Trainer of the week for his constant work rate and positive attitude.
Proud of them all!
Thank you for all your support guys!! ??
Up the Gore!! Great Win!
We only do positive ????????