Match Report - Woking BU12s v Fleet & Ewshott U12s
Woking U12s v Fleet & Ewshott U12s – Won 8-0
Yesterday we played Fleet & Ewshott in the 11-a-side Hampshire league. There was some doubt as to whether the match would go ahead due to frozen pitches, but by 10.30am the sun had made conditions playable. As we warmed up, we were surprised to see coach Graham make a surprise appearance.
Period 1 - Woking started well and we were quickly on top. After a disappointing tournament last week, the boys were keen to make amends and it looked like some of Graham’s words were at last sinking in. After some good pressure in the D the ball fell to Dan Q to slot away the first goal. The period ended 1-0 despite plenty of Woking possession. Despite the good play there was plenty to say at the team talk as familiar themes such as movement off the ball and energy levels were discussed and the dreaded ‘marking’ theme.
Period 2 - Another good start and Woking claimed a short corner which was scored by Alec from the edge of the D. Not the strongest of hits but the goalie failed to save it. Joseph E then scored (which I managed to miss; he had another goal disallowed for being outside the D) and further goals from Jack T and another Alec short corner made the score line look comfortable. By now Jack McK, our goalkeeper, was taking up the Haiden like pose and sitting in his goal waiting for action. Score 5-0.
Period 3 – Another good period from Woking although Fleet did have their chances and Jack McK made some excellent saves. Goals from Dan Q , Ollie S and Dan Q again gave us a comfortable 8-0 win and helped us retain our second spot in the table behind Alton (our only loss in this league).
I’d class this as a hard fought 8-0 win with many positive things to say about much of the play as well as a number of areas for improvement. Things to work on would be tackling and the need for two hands on the stick wherever possible. Also marking the opposition’s forward players and correct positioning when we have the ball compared to when we don’t, especially when we lose the ball. The intensity from many of the boys was an improvement on last week and a number were actually asking to be subbed off. Keep it up, as Graham wants to see exhausted boys at the end of the match!
Thanks again to Gihan for umpiring and Graham for coming to support the team.