Today saw the ETFC Youth Red’s play a return fixture against the newly promoted Croxley Youth. Being held to a draw a couple of weeks ago, we wanted to cease this opportunity to demonstrate how dangerous we are on home soil. The pre-match training drills focused primarily on using pace down the flanks, and increasing the angles to create more chances in and around the box. Something clicked today, the boys took on-board what they had practiced and adapted their style of play to do exactly what was asked of them. In the first half we dominated possession, and a stronger than usual through ball from defender Dylan Berger (1) (to Jack Skinner) ended up in the back of the net. Confidence was high, and soon after a corner well struck by Elliot Scott (which was deflected back from their defenders) was then crossed back into the box where Dylan Berger (2) headed it it passed the keeper to give us a 2 goal lead. Croxley Youth took a long range shot which beat our keeper.
The second half started and our boys continued to dominate by playing from the back, through midfield, giving our forwards numerous chances to score.
Croxley Youth was awarded a free kick in which Brayden Fifer made a spectacular double save.
Oli Bloom and Josh Levenstein’s work rate in the midfield was outstanding today, delivering numerous crosses to Jack Skinner which resulted in Jack (2) adding to the score sheet. George Wainright and Tom Haworth helped out in defence and made some outstanding tackles. In the dying minutes Jack Skinner’s free kick was belted into the back of the net by Elliot Scott (1) to secure a 5-1 victory !
All boys played with such passion today; special mentions to Yash Patel who is such a talented left back, to our goalkeeper Brayden Fifer who strength and skill in goal gets better each week, and Elliot Scott in midfield for his assists and well deserved goal.
Man of the match was hard this week, but the consensus from parents and players alike was for Elliot Scott who was today’s ‘Mr play maker’