Match Report

Escomb Saxons U8's

02 Jul 2016   10.30AM   Under 8's summer league

Hetton Lyons U10's 2-1 Escomb Saxons U8's

Due to a break from the league last week following a rescheduled game, this was only our second opportunity to test ourselves at this level.  Despite a shortage of players available this weekend due to injuiries and other absences, we were confident our strength in team depth would still give us enough to test any opposition.  Fingers crossed we dont get any injuries.

The game seemed to start a little nervously with the boys not looking as solid as they have done in recent weeks and matches.  It is possible that perhaps the strength of the wind, which seemed to be blowing directly down the field towards our goal, caused some uncertainty as the travel of the ball was unable to be predicted as confidently.  However this did not deter the boys from playing with the same level of commitment and unity by covering for each other and making some good team play pressure.  It would be untrue to suggest Escomb didn't have any attacking possession, however we coped with it very well.  Ethan was solid again in goal first half punching away crosses and collecting anything in his box.  Oscars passing was the best I've seen from him which set us up on some instant attacks from short goal kicks.  His heading was also brilliant as he won 100% of his header attempts and cleared to safety each time, while his goal keeper saves were also offering us confidence at the back In the 2nd half.  However, it was our own relentless pressure from the front line which allowed us our first goal of the day.  Storms battling forced the opposition into a rushed pass which was picked up by Kian and brilliantly played through to Storm who finished with his reliable accuracy.

it was great to see evidence of some recent training sessions being put into practice particularly in relation to attacking down the wings.  Attributes of pace, confidence and vision were all considered and evident in individual moments for those in positions to do so.  Kian was noted to look up and ask for movement from our front line in to positions where he could find a pass to them.  Ethan picked the ball up, accelerated past the opposition and fired a shot from just inside their half which didn't touch the ground until in the back of the net.  Fenton made some great runs down the left with one particular run encouraging a perfect pass from Kian between two defenders.  Fenton ran on the outside and round the back of the defenders to go through clear on goal.  Unfortunately his shot hit into the side netting and the chance for our third goal slipped away.  Ethan and Storm had also made two great supporting runs to the middle of the goal and back post, who although they were not passed to, I'm more worried when we stop making those runs than I am by making them and not being spotted.  We defend as a team, and we attack as a team.  Great stuff to watch.

We always looked capable of grabbing a third and the chance came when a penalty was awarded for a hand ball off a shot by Storm.  We employ the rule of "if you earn it, you take it" in this Team so Storm was given the opportunity for his 2nd of the match.  Unfortunately it rattled off the cross bar and the keeper picked it up comfortably as it dropped back to the field.  That almost came back to haunt us when Escomb scored moments later Making it 2-1. The shot almost seemed to defy physics as it moved in various directions through the air which caught Oscar off-guard and it slipped just off his stretching hand and in the net, despite his best scrambling efforts to stop it on the line.  We were able to see the game out without any further goal instances to speak of and once again came away with all 3 points.  Although Escomb battled well and had some individually talented kids, it was another game where I felt the final scoreline didn't do our domination of the game any justice.  That said... 2 wins out of 2.. Not much more we could ask for and it's the same points for 9-0 as it is for 2-1, so happy days.

Well done lads, your doing everyone proud.  Keep up the good work.

MOM: Kian