Cassiobury Rangers 1 v 6 Edgware u13s

A nice game of football, a good performance and the right result saw the u13s through to the 3rd round of the Challenge Cup with a 6  – 1 win at Cassiobury Rangers

As we well know, playing lower division sides does not always run to form, but today the boys did themselves proud, dominating the game from start to finish and ensuring a healthy scoreline to boot.

It is not often in a game like this that all six goals come from different scorers, but that was testament to how well all the boys linked up today and, by the end, it was truly a team win.

Whilst we dominated the game, it took us a while to actually register a score and we did then labor to add to that tally, but the goals that came, were all of a very good quality.

The first goal, courtesy of Archie, his 5th of the season came in the 16th minute when after a sustained attack he found himself one on one with the keeper. He calmly steadied himself to slot the ball past the keeper to make it 1 – 0.

It wasn’t until the 30th minute that we registered the second, but it was one well worth waiting for as Luke found himself in space and rifled the ball into the top corner from a good 20 yards out.

Just 5 minutes later, we scored out third. Luke was again involved and after his header didn’t quite hit the mark, Tami was alert and also cooly followed up to hit his second of the campaign.

Going into the break at 3 – 0, we looked comfortable, but given the slight slope the instruction for the boys was to keep it  tight for  a few minutes rather than getting carried away with the win. As ever, the boys did much the opposite and 3 minutes into the half, in the 38th minute they did not pick up runners from mid-field and allowed a Cassiobury attack to develop and found themselves at 3 – 1

We looked rocky for a couple of minutes after that, but soon regained composure and in the 43rd minute Alex Solomon ran onto a pass from Udo, easily beating the keeper, to make it 4 – 1.

From that point on, it really was a case of how many, the answer being six, as Dylan finished very nicely from a ball from Alex Solomon in the 48th minute and then Udo himself registered in the 53rd minute after good work and a good cross from Ben  down the left.

The reality was, that for every goal we scored, one went just a fraction wide or hit the woodwork, so to have carved out a dozen or so good opportunities was a good performance in itself.

We should not forget the boys at the back, or those doing the hard slog in midfield as whilst Cassiobury were far from the level we are used to meeting, they were no pushover and we had to focus throughout and, bar the one slip for the goal, all the boys put in really good shifts there too. The addition of a bit of pace in Toby made a big difference and it was good  to see him also pushing down the line and at time connecting very well with his brother. Barsa similarly played a very nice foil to Luke, a really solid partnership today.

Ultimately, all the boys played well again, with some great interchange play. James in particular, who did not register on the score sheet but played selflessly throughout and was at the center of a lot of the good we did, and to the man of the match which went to Luke for a really combative performance in the middle of the park, topped off with an assist and a great goal too.