Edgware u13s 0 v 5 Harvesters North
The u13s came up against Harvesters North, the reigning league, league cup, challenge cup and county cup champions today in what was always going to be a very tough game, but also one from which the boys can and will learn plenty from.
In three years of playing this team, we have never been able to field anything like a full strength squad and today was no different with just 11 players available and even playing with just 10 men for the last 10 minutes.
Whilst the final scoreline of 5 – 0 implies a gulf in class, which it would be difficult to deny was not the case, it hides the fact that our grit and determination was a match for Harvesters guile for long period of the match.
We conceded early goals in the 6th, 8th and 10th minute, all of which were relatively soft and may well not have conceded on better days with less boys having to play out of position. We then went for the remaining 25 minutes of the first half without conceding again and at times even attacking their third of the pitch.
We encouraged the boys to keep their heads up in the second half, which they did, again conceding in the 2nd minuted of the half but then going toe-to-toe for 33 minutes, 10 of those with only 10 men after Alex Solomon limped off injured, before conceding a fifth goal in the final minute of the game.
At times we played some neat football, and it would be fair to say that when we did go one-on-one with Harvester players, we won out as often as they did, but ultimately the difference was in the enormous difference there was in the possession experienced by the two sides, with the Harvesters team yet again showing exactly how to keep the ball, build up play slowly and to keep calm at all times.
We will look forward to the re-match, in the hope that we may finally get to play them with a full squad and show them what Edgware Town u13s are really all about !