Squad. Alex,Alfie,Bailey,Callum,Callan,Charlie,John,Korban,Malik,Morgan,Sam(c) & Owen.
Goals. Alex 2,Alfie & Sam
Today’s evening game was against our fellow Woburn & Wavendon FC team the Hurricanes.
We wanted the boys to start playing more comfortable in this formation because we really do now think we should be getting more accustomed to it now this being our 5th game at it.
We also wanted to try a relaxed warm up to see if the less approach helped the boys settle down quicker.
Game started and our boys looked to attack early on but hurricanes also wanted to show us they wanted to give us a game.
Cyclones were tying to play to our strengths passing the ball around and move the ball quicker but it lacked intensity to us it felt the boys again knew we were going to win before we started because we beat these easily last time but us as coaches know that game means nothing today.
We soon went a goal up Alex scoring after some good work from the boys.
Hopefully this would get us moving but very shortly we were all square again Hurricanes got a corner.
A great cross and it hit the defenders head,I’m not sure he wasn’t aware he had scored and thought it came of our player as he didn’t really celebrate it but it was defiantly his goal.
Hopefully that might wake us up now !
We soon went back in front Alex again finishing not bad for a defender upfront in Aaron’s absence although he could be a striker he has scored 18 now this season.
Sadly for us hurricanes went level again a long ball over top an we left a big gap between the defence and Korban neither managing to get to it quick enough a disappointing goal as we thought we had sorted theses out recently.
It almost got worse again boys were committed to far up and they broke thankfully the hurricanes players shot went over the bar only just would have been a great goal for them most of us on the side lines thought it was in.
That’s how it finished at half time,although the biggest highlight and possibly funniest was the ref (hurricanes manager) telling the linesman (Cyclones manager/club chairman) to stop coaching whilst doing the line it got a great laugh/cheer from both teams parents and a even bigger one from our boys.
Half time was a bit of home truths to the boys we don’t win games whoever it is if we don’t perform at our best it’s not just a simple turn up and score goals and win,when we play the better sides we always give them a game so that’s what teams are going to do against us.
So we started better and soon went a goal up again Sam getting the goal hopefully we could continue that without conceding.
The back looked a big more solid and a unit and the desire looked to have improved we were trying to get our game going,hurricanes were certainly doing there best to close us down quickly put us under pressure early everything we do to the good sides and it was working for them.
Thankfully we then got a fourth to give us some breathing space Alfie finally got a goal he deserved as he had several previous chances but the hurricanes keeper was on fire made some great saves today from him and some of the other boys.
That seemed to then helps us start playing football we relaxed and it possibly deflated the hurricanes or possibly they were getting tired but we then produced a great 5th goal.
Some good work from Charlie wining the ball feeding it to Alfie out on the right who then passed it into Bailey who slotted the ball amazingly with the outside of his boot through to Sam who finished it of really well.
A great passing goal if it had been Iniesta,Xavi,Messi & Neymar doing it sky would have shown it over and over lol.
That’s how it finished cyclones 5-2 hurricanes, and tough game and I’m sure hurricanes are not to disappointed because they did well today and gave a great account of themselves.
We showed some great play at times but unfortunately it’s the temperament and possibly over confidence that stopped us playing in the way I’m sure us coaches and parents all know we can play if we have the right performance.
Thank you hurricanes for the game that was played in a good spirit and positivity form all participating and once sorry for our linesmans coaching we will try and have a word with him but you know what he’s like ;-).
Squad. Aaron,Bailey,Callum,Callan(c),Charlie,John,Korban,Malik,Morgan,Sam,Billy & Owen.
Goals. Aaron 2,Billy.
Another 11 aside run out but Unfortunately not our full team (Alex & Alfie went to watch arsenal)so we managed to borrow Billy from tornadoes and Callum’s school friend Owen to help us out short notice.
This was our 4th 11v11 and we tried another formation hopefully this could be more suited to us.
Today’s opponents we know well it contained 3 ex cyclones and some of our boys friends,so it was a game of school bragging rights also(we all know what that’s like).
We just wanted to look more like a 11 aside team as we had struggled in the other games we had played against teams we had beaten easily in 9v9 games and to bed honest Newport have been tough games we hadn’t beaten them before losing 1 and drawing the other so hopefully today was the day.
So the game started and straight away Newport were on the front foot attacking us we were second to most balls and they were very quickly into their game and Newport were a goal up soon after some quick play down their right a good cross and Newport had several players back post to put the ball away.
Not a good start!
But we dug in for a bit moved a few players around and then seemed to find a little bit of rhythm going forward and had a few chances ourselves and finally finished one with Aaron scoring.
The game then was finally balanced both teams starting to play some good football trying to break down each other and it was cyclones who managed to score first,Aaron scoring again he certainly is trying to catch Sam in our goal scoring table for this year and he is getting closer.
That’s how it finished at half time 1–2 cyclones.
It’s was a good 1st half the boys done well with 2 boys who hadn’t played this year for us we was happy,we just wanted to calm down a little and try to continue with playing our game.
So the second half continued very much like the first.
Newport got a equaliser a long ball over the top and Morgan’s header wasn’t his usual massive clearance it hit the back of his head and went towards the goal and sadly over korban who wasn’t helped by the lowering evening sun and a Newport player chased the ball down to tap it in.Not the greatest goal to concede but it happens nobody to blame just sometimes those things happen.
So it was all even and both teams were trying to get that next goal and it was great to see both teams trying to win it and we were lucky enough to get it Billy putting the ball into the net finishing of his good performance for us(do think he prefers us to the tornadoes he told me there coach isn’t all that,although think that’s harsh on his old man;-).
The game still had chances for both teams,we started to panic a little started kicking the ball clear rather than playing football but I guess sometimes that’s all you need to do to get a result and that’s what we got.
In all a very good game from both teams played in a very good spirit which was nice.
Cyclones performance was ok probably our best 11 aside game so far but still need a few more games needed in preparation for next season.
Thanks to Billy and Owen for helping us out short notice very much appreciated and both contributed to this result.
But today we had some good performances and perhaps Malik and Bailey for us deserve extra praise.
Malik again was great in supporting the defence when needed but was more of a attacker today using lots of his ability to open up the Newport back line which he done many times today.
And finally Bailey who today just got on with his game never let anything bother him,wind him up just played football,which is great as this is when we get the best of Bailey hopefully he understands why we want him likes this all the time.
Thank you to Newport Pagnell Youth Spartans for today’s game I’m sure we will meet each other again next season.
Squad: Leanne, Alice, Micky, Millie, Molly, Carrie, Georgie
Goals from: Carrie x 3, Molly x 1, Georgie x 1
Lionesses v Sandon School Essex 2 – 1 win
Lionesses v Watford Ladies 1 – 1 draw
Sandon School Essex v Lionesses 0 – 1 win
Watford Ladies v Lionesses 0 – 1 win
Fantastic performance today with all 7 players working so hard as a team, to achieve 10 out of a possible 12 points.
Pat and Steve