Wednesday 1st February 2017 – U11’s Football v WGJS
Score: WGJS 2 – DCPS 0
The Under 11s travelled to Wolverhampton on a dull, overcast afternoon with more than a hint of rain in the air. As it turned out, the deluge did not materialise, but there had been enough rain to make the pitch very sticky and this certainly affected the game.
For the first quarter of the game DCPS were the stronger side, making most of the running, with Archie, Evan and Charlie making threatening runs from midfield, Max threatening in front of goal and George and Will looking secure at the back. Will made one particularly impressive interception. Oliver had very little to do in goal, but did pull off a stunning save from a long range shot that was destined for the top corner.
The sticky pitch certainly didn’t suit the team’s desire to play quick, one touch football and passes were frequently under-hit. They also need to work more on movement off the ball to get into space to receive a pass or to drag defenders out of position to create space for teammates.
Charlie looked particularly dangerous when in possession, but had particular difficulty in keeping his feet on the slippery surface.
Somewhat against the run of play, WGJS broke down a Denstone attack and surged up field to take the lead with a well-taken goal. DCPS nearly hit back immediately with Charlie making a great break and shooting just wide on the stroke of half time.
Shortly after the break WGJS doubled their lead when a somewhat speculative miskick ballooned into the air from about 15 meters out and looped over Oliver’s head into the net.
This should have killed the game off, but the U11s fought back and a good cross from Evan saw Max hit the post and Archie just unable to get the rebound into the net. They were also awarded a free kick just outside the area which they didn’t make the most of and right at the end, Evan displayed superb skill and extraordinary balance with a wonderful break that so nearly resulted in a goal.
WGJS had one particularly good player and he gradually took control of the game, giving his side confidence which the goals only helped to increase. Overall, the result was probably a fair one. The U11s never gave up and certainly deserved a goal. It was a very entertaining match to watch and had we scored first the result could easily have gone the other way.
Man of the match: Will Brister for his excellent interceptions and solid defending.