The day after Bonfire night started with the first frost of the year but bright sunshine soon burnt it away leaving a glistening pitch. The new metal goals were up and once in place set the field of play out nicely.
The Colts had spent the last few weeks on pace and speed and the warm up followed that theme.
Despite that the Colts made a slow start and were lucky not to go behind early on as the Hawkes forced Zen into some early saves. The Colts had to battle hard in the ensuing goalmouth scramble.
George showed early promise on the left wing and with his usual bag of tricks sent an early shot into the hands of the keeper.
In similar fashion his next run ended in another strong shot which was saved but the rebound fell to Matty who played it to Matthew, playing in a more advance position who slid it back to George to hammer home from close range 1-0.
Finn has started in similar pacey fashion on the right wing and having seen George cut in and shoot did well to follow up his shot. Zen had cleared it up field to George who ran up the line. His shot was saved and together with Matthew, Finn bundled it home. 2-0.
Jacob had to stay strong in defence and on more than occasion found himself one on one. He took the ball every time.
The one time he did get caught out leaving Zen isolated he was grateful to see Zen pull off great save one on one.
Up the other end, Ryan clipped in a lovely corner. Either to get out the way (as suggested by his Dad) or with great skill the ball came off the back of Freddies head into the top corner. It mattered not to him. He smiled and took the applause 3-0.
Ryan then smashed one in from distance. Right in the Top Bins, in off the new post, a ping sound echoing around the ground. 4-0. A strong start from the Colts.
The Colts then conceded to a fine individual goal. 4-1.
Will was now on and with a great piece of skill he made a lovely pass to set up Ryan who cut inside feeding George to bang home 5-1. A lovely goal.
Cole had to keep his wits about him as the Hawkes kept pushing forward.
Up the other end and Finn had what looked like a goal disallowed. Scrambling with the keeper the ball did cross the line but the ref decided it had been kicked out the hands of the keeper.
Will and Freddie took up positions in defence and between them played the ball out in style. Not forgetting the importance of defending though, Will did well to bicycle kick a clearance off the line.
Zen kept the Colts in it before George ran the length of the pitch to make it 6-1.
Finn scrambled in his second of the game 7-1.
Colts then lost two late goals to end the game 7-3.
Despite the score the Colts had dominated this game. Another great team performance.
Zen - more smart saves and played out for the last 7 minutes
Jacob - never missed a thing
Cole - Played further forward and influenced the game and then volunteered to replace a freezing Zen
Will - Classy passing and a great bicycle kick off the line
Jack - Did not play
Matthew- battling in centre midfield and unlucky not to score
Matty - Worked hard up front and made some good runs
Freddie - Great header and wanted the ball all the time
Finn - Another couple of goals. Taking up good positions on the back past as George went down the opposing wing
Ryan - Top Bins. Simple
George - great skills and tricks up the left wing. Dominated that side of the field