Saturday’s game, as with many of the other games we have played this season, was an even affair, and yet again we were unlucky not to get more in respect to the result. If it wasn’t for some fantastic goalkeeping by the Aspley team in the final quarter, it would have been a different story.
Both the team’s outfield set ups we played in each of the four quarters were very well balanced. In each of the quarters all the boys stuck to what was asked of them. We created many opportunities and it was good to see we used the width of the pitch a little more this week, managing to get crosses into the box early. There was some outstanding defending on display and some cracking goals were scored.
We are at home this coming Saturday to City Colts, kick off time to be confirmed but it is likely to be 11.30.
Another cracking game to watch, full of action and some fantastic goals from both teams. All boys yet again put in great performances, with some excellent interplay and great decision making on show. This was good to see as it’s something we have been working hard on over the past few weeks at training.
We don’t have a league game now until the 17th November – I’m looking to hold a training session this Saturday 9-10am at Bow Brickhill for those who are interested and waiting to see if we can get a friendly organised for the week after. The next Wednesday training back at Powerleague will be Wednesday 7th November.
Another cracking game to watch – with all boys putting in fantastic performances.
We deserved more from Saturday’s game than we took away – we created numerous chances that either went close, hit posts or were saved on the line with last ditch defending by Toddington. I was encouraged to see less ball following from the team as we managed to keep shape a little better.
Some excellent goalkeeping and defending were displayed, as well as some clever inter play when the team moved forward.
We are at home to Wing Raiders Ninjas this Saturday – time to be confirmed but it’s likely to be an 11.30 kick off.
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.
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.
A game of four quarters is probably the best summary for Saturday’s match against Wing Raiders who had some outstanding players. In spells we played very well, defending solidly and breaking on the counter attack with pace. The boys showed good movement off the ball and there were some excellent examples of players making the right decisions of when to pass and when to attack space.
As always, we learn from every game and I, and the rest of the coaching team will continue to instill the importance of keeping our heads up even when we’re not feeling the game is going our way. If we play to this ethos we will develop faster as a team and be stronger as result. I know you will continue to support us with this, thank you.
Training on Wednesday will be the usual time at the Rec and we are at home on Saturday against Winslow Pumas, 9.30 kick off.