Saturday’s game saw less than ideal playing conditions, with driving rain and strong winds for the boys to contend with. We also met another tough side in Newton Longville, they were well organised and showed very good movement off the ball.
Despite the visitors controlling long periods of the game we continued to defend well as a team, with some excellent emergency defending and goalkeeping on display. When we did have good periods in the match we pressed and passed well. Of the two sides we ended the match the stronger.
We will look to work on out of possession drills and working the ball out from defense on Wednesday night. We are due to play Toddington Rovers U8 this coming Saturday, details to follow when I have them.
Saturday’s score line didn’t really do us justice – in the cold and wet conditions I felt that every one of the boys conducted themselves very well. The opposition were physically bigger and stronger than us, which at this age group will always have a bigger impact on the result. Saying that we had a good go and again played some lovely football, scoring decent goals and also showing some coolness when passing out from the back.
Each week the team is improving and growing and last Saturday was no exception. The boys continue to bring the things they are learning at training with them to match day. It’s also good to see the boys starting to pass to each other more freely.
We are at home to Newton Longville this weekend – a 9.30 kick off.
Another two evenly matched teams led to another closely contested match, with an unstoppable shot the only thing separating the two sides by full time.
Like last week, all boys put in good performances – with some strong passages of play where we dominated possession. Defensively, we dealt with threats from the opposing team well. There was some good inter-play between the boys, however I felt there were some occasions where we could have made better decisions when attacking. We will be looking at this in training this week.
We are due to play away to Newport Pagnell Tigers this weekend – COYH.
Two very evenly matched teams meant for a fantastic game to watch – it was also great to get some really positive feedback from one of the other teams Dads – saying we were good side and he was impressed on how we went about our football.
Every one of the boys turned in a good performance on Saturday. There was some un-selfish passing, our MOM keeper made some outstanding saves, when defending we cleared our lines well and we counter attacked at pace.
I felt we also controlled long periods of the game and were unlucky not to have scored more than we did – it was really positive stuff.
We will continue to work on all these elements in training, including talking about how we conduct ourselves as a team when not playing.
Our first league game as U8 Hurricanes was a good solid performance.
A special well done to our new team members who grew as the game went on and looked more comfortable and at ease on the pitch. We defended well as a unit and players got in good positions, especially on corners. There were some cracking goals so well done to those who scored, but even more so to those who assisted with nice through passes.
We need to work on keeping shape at certain points in the game rather than ball following and we will work on this in training. We will also focus on finding space, after all more is done off the ball than on it.
For me, what was most pleasing than anything was the support for those on the pitch from the players on the bench during parts of the game. It gave an indication of an emerging team spirit which I am really keen to build on. Thanks to everyone for your support.
Kick Off – 9.30 a.m.
Meet – 8.45 a.m.
Venue: Lace Hill Academy, Catchpin Street, Buckingham MK18 7RR
A warm morning and a trip to Barton, despite the previous week’s result, there was a positive mood in the Whirlwinds camp.
Game got underway with both teams feeling each other out, Whirlwinds the better on the ball, the home side trying to hit long balls in to the channels to test the away defence. 10 minutes in Sam hit a free kick from 25 yards against the bar, directly from the re-start a long ball was misjudged by the Whirwinds defence and the Barton Striker raced clear to neatly finish 1-0. It was harsh on the visitors, who immediatley went forward and spurned a very good chance to draw level, it was a theme of the next 20 minutes with 4 or 5 clean cut chances going begging. Barton doubled their lead, a quick throw, with the away side still argiung about the decision, caught the whole defence out of position and the Barton player given a free run, to smash past the exposed Dominic in goal, 2-0, it was a terrible goal to concede and just lifted the home side, who just weren’t in the game at that point. Whirlwinds then went on to miss a couple more chances, before Barton trebled their lead, a lack of communication on the away side’s left defence, the ball broke loose and was rifled in from 25 yards, a great strike but should have been stopped 3-0.
Half time team talk wasn’t for the timid, we hadn’t been good enough in the key areas, too many chances wasted, and defending was no where good enough, the second goal in particular was not acceptable.
Whirlwinds went out with a flee in their ear, much higher intensity, soon got it’s rewards, a low cross from Oliver, parried by the ‘Keeper to Ellis who calmly slotted home, 3-1. The wind in their sails, the away side were in complete control, and soon pulled another one back, lovely through ball by Sam, Oliver got in behind the defence and in to box, he was scythed down and the Referee pointed to the spot. Billy stepped up and smashed the ball to the left corner, giving the ‘keeper no chance 3-2. To their credit Barton pulled themselves together, set up to spoil the game, giving away fouls slowing the game down, buying fouls in tight areas, they just broke the game up, the away side became frustrated with the tactics, Jake had a good chance to draw level, but he just couldn’t make contact, sliding in at the back post, Callum charged forward and pulled a shot just wide, depsite a much a improved second half performance, somehow the away side ended up on the losing side. Credit to Barton they punished the mistakes and then hung on for the win.
Scorers – Ellis, Billy (P)
P.O.T.M – Callum, show real intensity in the second half and drove the team forward dominating the midfield.