Another game against familiar opposition, having played a recent friendly in June. We ran out comfortably that day, and hoped for a similar conclusion.
On a smaller pitch that seemed more suited to the 5 a side game. We asked the team to make the pitch big and try to keep the ball moving. The players managed to keep possession in the opposition half well and it was only a matter of time before we grabbed an early lead, with Aimee and Joseph linking well, as he found space between defence and keeper, and fired home.
We soon added another, again finding that room in the box. Our game then lost shape, as the players got goal hungry and we needed Liam to be alert from counter attacks.
TEAMTALK – in a game we had dominated, we agreed that improvements were needed. If we weren’t focused in all positions, a counter attack may allow them a chance to gain confidence or even get a goal.
The second half was different, the players defended from the front, winning possession quickly in attacking areas and moving the ball well. They took advantage of some errors and anticipated the passes the opposition were making, good interceptions only made the task easier for us to keep the ball in their half and goals were soon added, with Ollie making some great runs and profiting from some great teamwork.
As we always try to point out, attack and defence are both as important to the game, and we were made to work to keep the clean sheet through 1 or 2 goal mouth scrambles. But the challenge was met well, and for the second match running we shut out the opponent.
A very enjoyable game, especially the attitude from the team in the second half. We challenged them to step up their game and all responded!
TEAM CAPTAIN – over the last few weeks I’ve noticed a change in one player in particular. Luca has always been focused on the position he’s playing, but now shows he’s comfortable to not only encourage, but also direct his teammates if needed. A good communicator and hopefully he’ll be happy to lead the team going forward.
TRAINER OF THE WEEK – JOSEPH
STAR PLAYER – JACK
HOMEWORK – make the most of set pieces, quick organisation and good communication are key, along with the quality of passes.