1. Cameron (GK), 2. Sam.D. 3. Billy 4. Oakley 5. Jack D 6. Jack C 7. Sam.A. 8. Jack M 9. Ajiri 10. Mitchel – Capt 11. Joe, 12. Oliver , 14. Jake
This weekend to mark the Remembrance Sunday and the 100th anniversary of the start of the first world war, over 300 WWFC players supported the Poppies4KIts appeal with the proceeds going the Royal British Legion. U11 Whirlwinds were part of this, with each player and coach buying and wearing an adhesive poppy. Thank you to all for your support, and most importantly thank you to all the team for immaculately observing the one minutes silence prior to kick off, very proud of each and everyone of you.
The game started in bright but fresh conditions, full squad today, and the starting line up knew they had pressure on their places and responded really well. Whirlwinds were at it from the start controlling possession and moving the opposition around the pitch with ease. Tattenhoe were playing a really high line, so timing of the pass was crucial, quite frustrating for the forward line who kept getting caught offside (only just). When a midfield player did break the lines, the assistant referee was wrongly waving the offside flag, this happened on numerous occasions, when the player receiving the through ball was not in an offside position but a team mate was. It is a difficult job, but it did feel like it was a bit of a ‘tactic’, with the opposition assistant raising his flag as soon as any player strayed offside, and not allowing the play to continue to see if the ‘offside player’ actually interfered with play. Certainly denied the Whirlwinds several clear scoring opportunities. Whirlwinds were finding it really frustrating, but continued to press and probe, the opposition resorted to long balls, which were being easily dealt with by the Whirlwinds defence, who all looked in control and strong with Cameron sweeping up behind them, they never looked troubled. Finally the deadlock was broken, great hold up play and release by Jack M, saw Ajiri drift from left to right floating past 2 or 3 static defenders before tucking home in the bottom left hand corner 0-1. Whirlwinds then relaxed and started to really dominate, with Tattenhoe pressed in their own half, great work by Ajiri found Jack M who coolly slotted home, but again the flag was raised for a player on the right hand side who was 20 metres away from the ball, and the goal was wrongly chalked off. Tattenhoe finally broke out and forced a corner, the corner was well cleared up towards the half way line, where the waiting opposition defender, smashed a hopeful defensive punt back, which sailed over Cameron and in to the net 1-1. The opposition celebrated wildly, which only seemed to annoy the Whirlwinds, the game restarted and shortly afterwards the referee blew the whistle for half time.
In all the years of coaching this team I have never seen them so angry at Half Time ! They knew they had dominated, and should have been 5 0r 6 clear and yet somehow it was 1-1, the oppositions over zealous celebrations had riled them. We spoke about channeling that, and the best way to respond was to put our chances away in the second half.
Straight from the kick off, great link up between Ajiri & Jack M, saw the latter thread a superb ball through to Joe who broke free of the defence, but his 1st touch let him down and the chance was gone. A few minutes later great work between Jack M, Billy & Joe on the right saw Jack M deliver a right footed cross, Ajiri caught the opposition defender napping and stole in and coolly slotted home, 1-2. Whirlwinds with their new found steely resolve smelt blood, and pressed forward, a great corner from Sam A, was well met by Jack C and he saw his downward header flash a fraction wide. The next corner was half cleared a shot came in and was going in the top corner to blocked by the hand of a defender, the referee delayed to see if the rebound went in, but blew when the chance went, penalty. A host of Whirlwinds players wanted to take it, but Oakley brimming with confidence from last weeks goal, stepped up and calmly slotted home to the keepers right 1-3. Whilrwinds made several substitutions top freshen things up, and Tattenhoe tried to get themselves back in, by sticking to the long ball tactic, again the defence held well with Cameron sweeping up anything that went over their heads all pretty comfortably, although Cameron did pull off one fine save, from a flick header after a free kick. On the counter Whirlwinds looked dangerous and really should have added to their tally, but they controlled the game well and didn’t have to get out of 2nd gear to see the game through.
Summary : Defensively today we were much more arganised and disciplined. Well done to Oliver making his debut, eased your way in well. Really happy with the half time reaction, some real passion and fight from the whole team. Better finishing should would have seen us win more comfortably, the scoreline didn’t really reflect the dominance we had in the game.
M.O.M : Billy – Dominated midfield, protecting the defence and allowing the forward players space to play, a real powerhouse midfield performance.