The first fixtures of the new football season saw two U11 teams travel to The Elms for an ‘A’ and ‘B’ game. The Elms always put out very competitive teams and the boys were slightly nervous as we had only had one coaching session. The captains for the day were Evan for the ‘A’ team and Dan for the ‘B’ team. Both boys led by example and they literally did cover every blade of grass.
The score line for the ‘A’ team was a very harsh 3-0 loss. We played very well and passed the ball confidently. During the second half The Elms pegged the boys back into our own half and the strong wind and heavy pitch made it difficult to advance. The third goal was an extremely unlucky deflection which resulted in an own goal. George’s barnstorming run from the back nearly resulted in a goal and he defended really well with Will. Oliver looked strong between the sticks and Charlie protected him well through the centre. Archie and Max both held the ball up well and on another day the team could have had a couple of goals.
The ‘B’ team had never played before as a side and it took a few minutes for the boys to settle into their positions. During the first few minutes Harry was under considerable pressure and made a couple of fine saves. Seb tackled brilliantly and Austin was throwing himself into every challenge and somehow managed to pick up a knock with every collision. Slowly and surely the boys found more confidence and James along with Jake in midfield started to get a grip of the game. John’s pace on the wing was a real outlet and we were starting to cause the home side to panic. Just as it looked like we were getting on top, The Elms scored a well-taken goal to snatch a win.