Oakley 280418

8.45am arrival.

Referee to be arranged and confirmed by Andrew.

Deanshanger Colts

The weather was perfect for a game of football and hopes were high. Unfortunately the pitch wasn’t great with a slope, long grass and molehills to contend with. We started slowly against a quick and strong Deanshanger side who attacked from the start. The dependable Oli worked hard to win the ball back and was assisted by Caden. We got better as the game progressed and created more chances. Fin delivered some great corners and Caden hit a stunning free-kick that shook the post. We must try to use the wings more often as the middle of the pitch is crowded. I was really pleased with the work rate of every player. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you make mistakes and encourage your team mates.

Well done to Caden who was our ‘Player of the match’. He was superb in all areas and his work rate was tremendous. When he is not on the pitch we aren’t quite the same team. Well done, Caden.

Stoke Hammond Knights

‘Proud’ is the best way to describe how I felt about our performance. We played some really clever stuff and the progress we have made this season is amazing. We started extremely well and were enjoying every minute. Players were taking up good positions and we weren’t leaving ourselves open at the back. A little less dribbling and a bit more passing would help, but this will develop with experience.

There were goals from Caden, Joseph, Oscar and Tom. That’s amazing.
Our ‘Player of the match’ was Oli who hassled, tackled, hassled and tackled. 100% effort personified. Well done Oli.

A huge ‘Thank You’ to all of the players and parents who have made the season such a pleasure. I hope you have enjoyed yourselves and feel proud of your progress and achievements.

Newton Leys Panthers

A much better start on a much better pitch saw us create several chances but not get past the keeper. Unfortunately this was the story of the game – but at least we are creating more. Well done. There was a really good team spirit and some great work in all areas. Clever passing and good closing down limited the opportunities for Newton Leys who had one player who did all the damage.

Fin made some amazing passes and is becoming one of our cleverest players. Caden was everywhere and scored some quality goals. Oli did an extended session in goal, made some fine stops and hassled them on the pitch. Tom made a few superb runs with the ball and deserved to score more. Luke took up some good positions and worked hard for the team – shame about the footwear malfunction!

You should all be really proud of what you achieved today.

Our ‘Player of the match’ was Joseph who tackled like he’s never tackled before and rounded his performance off with a lovely strike. Well done, Joseph.


8.45am arrival

Ref: TBC by Andrew

1. Please remind me to take a team photo once all players have arrived

2. A minute’s applause (see below for more)


WWFC Hurricanes vs Winslow United Pumas

A lot closer than the result would suggest – I feel there were periods in the game where the boys dominated play, especially in the first two quarters. However, in periods where we didn’t we were punished heavily by the Winslow team.

There are plenty of learnings to take into training and work on – these include, revisiting the goalkeeping rules, looking at what to do when out of possession – in particular goal protection and emergency defending. As I mentioned, I have asked the club to help us recruit a goalkeeper so please let me know if you know anyone who is interested. In the meantime,  I would like to continue with all the boys taking a session in goal so we will work on this more in training.

We did well to keep our heads up throughout the game, which was a real improvement on last week’s match. There was some excellent interplay between the boys and some well taken goals.

Training on Wednesday is at usual time and our final rescheduled game against City Colts is now a home match on Saturday – kick off 9.30.

Well done to this week’s MOTM Ethan.