by wayneholt · 16/10/2020
First defeat of the season and a humbling one. Timperley looked dangerous from the off and were 2 nil up quite quickly but the boys worked hard and got us back into the game with a well-earned goal and some good attacking up the wings. We held our own for a while but their pressing, passing and shooting was all too good and eventually the floodgates opened. The 2nd half followed a similar pattern: with an extra man the boys limited their chances much more and our keeper kept it a tight game. But again a couple of goals made heads drop and for the last few minutes we were overran. Character forming for all of us: we go again…
Scorers: Riley, James E
PoM: Joel (kept working in defence 1st half, some great saves in 2nd)
One to learn from as Hawks lost their 12 month unbeaten run at Hardy Farm. We found the ref outside the Horse & Jockey twenty minutes before kick off and it went downhill from there. The boys did keep going and were unlucky not to score,especially when LG’s fierce drive cannoned back off the bar. The rain kept off.
Another close game for the Harriers but this time when we rolled the dice in the last 5 minutes the gamble didn’t pay off as the opposition scored the decisive goal. We were missing Luke and so had to make do with a makeshift defence but Ollie and Max P looked accomplished as they crowded out the opposition and cleared the lines. Kayne was a standout performer in defence as he willed the opposition off the ball and he nearly got on the score sheet when Lucas, who had already found the net, unselfishly tried to put it in a plate for him. Special mentions also for Tyler who came on after Vaughan had softened the defence up to score a brace and new boy Jacob who stretched the opposition by running the channels and nearly scored that rarest of things in the u10s – a headed goal.
Scorers – Lucas, Ollie, Tyler
PoM – Kayne
Another tight game for the Eagles who started on the front foot and scored in the first 10 minutes but the jaguars scored before half time. We took the lead again before conceding another one and Bailey scored the final goal which gave us the win before a scrappy last 10 minutes where we managed not to concede again.
Goal scorers: Jake, Alex, Bailey.
PoM: Nico for his ability to dribble, pass and slow the game down when required.
The match started in unusual circumstances with Sale unable to field a full 9 and looking at a 7 v 7. We told the boys about what was happening and asked if anyone fancied playing against their mates. Up shot 3 hands and we chose AH and FS to play with Sale.
We started brightly but fell behind to the brilliance of their star player who went on to score 5 in the match and pulled off incredible Gorge Weah style full length runs and biased the result in Sales favour.
LH and WM both replied for West before Sales 6th and to add insult to injury their West guest player AH slotted home Sales’ 7th.
Disappointing result but great sportsmanship, proud of our boys.
Scorers: LH, WM
An exciting start with good defensive formation led to 1-0 lead at half time. SV fought back to equalise, but Owls went ahead, and then again found the back of the net 3-1 up. A small dog stopped SV’s 2nd goal, but their swift winger pirouetted through the Owls and scored again, again and again to go 3-4 in the lead. A frantic final few minutes saw nail biting action and an equaliser and at final whistle it was 4-4. Thrilling football. Owls best team game yet.
Goals: Seth x 2 and Oliver x 2.
A lethargic and disjointed second half display from West saw them throw away a match-winning position to record 3-3 draw against Ashton.
Goals from George (2) and William had put West into a dominant position at half-time, but they were clinging on by the end as Ashton threatened to take all three points.
The omens weren’t good as sloppy passing in defence let Ashton take the lead in the opening minutes. The cry of “wake up” from the technical area had never been so apt, as West struggled to get their game going. They were limited to one long range effort from Isaac, while at the other end Ashton’s captain was causing problems driving one shot narrowly wide and then seeing another effort saved by Alfie.
But once George had put West back on level terms with a looping half volley there only looked like one winner.
William increased the lead as he calmly placed the ball in the bottom corner after Jacob’s cross had caused chaos in the Ashton defence.
George then latched onto a defensive mix-up as Ashton tried to play a goal kick out of their box to increase the lead.
West were dominant and looked like they were going to add to their tally every time they went forward. George’s fierce drive was well saved by the keeper while debutant Tom saw a lovely curling effort shave the bar.
But the half-time break came at the wrong time just as West were in total control.
The second half saw a rejuvenated Ashton hit the post in the opening minutes, before Alfie saved well with his feet as huge gaps began to appear in West’s defence.
The West defence and midfield suddenly looked disjointed and another Ashton breakaway down the right left Alfie facing three attackers and a simple pass allowed a tap in for 3-2.
Although George and William were working hard up front, West were struggling to hold onto their lead. Alfie made one goalline save (good job there was no goalline technology!) after a scramble and then Jacob put in a last ditch challenge to prevent an Ashton equaliser.
But they couldn’t hold on forever and Ashton drew level thanks to a soft penalty after West again failed to clear their lines.
Even then Ashton had more opportunities to score. With Phil urging his players to clear their lines a crazy goalmouth scramble was followed by Ashton hitting the woodwork in the final minute.
Not the best day at the office for the boys, but a point is better than nothing.
Goals: George (2), William
POTM – Alfie, who kept us in the game with a sting of saves.
Great solid performance and clinical finishing, which saw our lads keep their cool with a very aggressive opposition. Everyone played well, and had the steel on them today. This has taken us to joint top in the league.
Scorers: Isaak (2), Sam, Aaron (2)
WD&C U15 Magpies v Unicorn Lightning 0-6
The terms “friendly” and “social distancing” may have had a little artistic lisence applied to them today in Chorlton park. Despite a bright start from the Magpies that had the watching crowd rubbing their hands in expectation following some free flowing moves, the wheels wobbled when the Unicorns took an undeserved lead via a fortuitous penalty. More misfortune and inattentive moments cost us two more as the mythical beasts from the division below, stampeded into a 0-3 half time lead.
Magpie frustration was a continuing theme as our heads, shape and composure went AWOL with the southern flying geese.
Our goose was well and truly cooked at the end as we coughed up 3 more second half goals without reply.
Fleeting periods of decent play were alas swamped by careless moments that cost us dearly. Not one to remember fondly. Move along.
An immaculate first half saw us take a commanding 4-0 half time lead.
Good support play meant Urmston struggled and it showed with tackles and moaning.
Alas, an opposition determined to get back in the game and our struggle to match the first half effort meant the game ended 4-4.
Goals from the usual suspects Luke (1) and Abdul (2) were eclipsed by a screamer from our emerging Paulo Maldini Jake C.
Many outstanding performances make it hard to pick POM but from a coach’s perspective Isaac just about deserved the accolade.
Frustrating not to see out win but really pleased how the boys are developing as a team.
Alderley Wizards U16s vs WD&C U16s Phoenix 0 – 10
There was no sorcery ( sorry couldn’t resist!) from the wizards today as the U16s romped to a dominant victory. Superb squad effort as every player performed brilliantly. Our keeper Fred was rarely called into action & had a very quiet morning.
PoM – Paddy , great performance & 2 excellent finishes.
Goals – Paddy x 3, Zak x 1, Oli L x1, Charlie x 1, Harry x 2, Mani x 1 Tom x 1.
Having defeated the same opposition last week the u17s were sitting pretty on top of the table with a 100% record (P1,w1). Unfortunately the streak came to end in Sale in a scrappy game where we failed to get our game going and struggled to make many chances. After going ahead early with a lovely move, a cross from Kipp and a headed goal from Daniel we looked good but Brooklands came back strong and scored 2 in the first half. Some tactical changes at half time brought an equaliser from Ellis smashing in from a corner but the game drifted away from us. West keeper Mike saved 2 pens (Andy H- have you worked on pens at goalie training ? If not Mike can take next session!) To keep us in it but a 3rd Brooklands goal came after sustained pressure leaving the u17s bubble deflated. POM the crazy keeper who did his best to keep the game tight .