Our first home game back at Wavendon Rec, with new opponents in Heelands!
We kicked off the match and couldn’t have started much better! A 7 or 8 pass move, and Jacks well placed pass found Isaac unmarked to score the opener. Straightforward for the rest of the game then? No chance of that…
Heelands quickly found some confidence and were dangerous in attack. Our defence were equal to most, but we had Liam to thank on 3 occasions for his presence in goal.
The game was more like a basketball match than football with each team taking turns to attack. One chance that stood out, again from one of Jacks crosses, found Joseph in front of goal, but his first time volley was high and wide, and the first half ended.
HALF TIME TEAMTALK
The team were calm, but mentioned the speed of the opposition as a threat. We talked about getting control in defence rather than looking for clearances. ‘How and where to attack?’
‘Play ’til the END’
The second half began like the first, only this time we were defending some clever passing and movement. A good move which just lacked the finish, but a scare. We then began to dominate possession, without finding a penetrating pass, and struggled to create clear chances.
Heelands changed their style and played more direct as they searched for an equaliser. Eventually, a shot from range caught out Riley, who’d been mainly untroubled since the break. The next 10 minutes were theirs, as the direct style stretched our midfield and defensive unit, who struggled to deal with the pressure and we conceded 3 more times.
The game seemed done, our opponents eased off and looked to protect their advantage. But, the Hurricanes had other ideas. They were upset but kept their cool, and began to pass with more conviction and urgency, chase more lost causes and looked dangerous in attack once again. A long cross was picked up by Joseph on the edge of the area, who shifted the ball to his right before finding the top corner. Then, a first goal for Marco from a corner! With a bullet of a header. We had a real contest. Both teams had chances to add to the score, but probably the save of the game must go to the Heelands keeper, who leaped to the top corner to push Isaacs shot out for a corner.
TRAINER OF THE WEEK – MARCO
STAR PLAYER – ISAAC
COACHING NOTE – True SKILL is recognising what to do in different situations. No matter how much we tell or ask a player to TRY different tasks? Their experiences will help them to understand more what THEY should TRY in any situation.