Today saw the u10 Red’s play an away fixture to Borehamwood Youth Crusaders. Playing away with no subs and a heavy pitch to contend with, on paper the odds were stacked against us. Our pre-match training drills instilled a lot of confidence in the team, and the boys were up for the challenge.
Possession and passing from the back through midfield allowed us to dominate the majority of the first half, Jack Skinner (1) fired off a long range shot which beat a slightly nervous keeper. Moments later a cross from Jack, quickly layed off by Elliot on to Oli Bloom (1) resulted in the second for the team.
Crusaders clawed a couple of goals back, one from a free kick. In the last minutes of the first half Oli Bloom (2) capitalised from a well struck Elliot Scott corner, giving us a one goal cushion into half time.
The second half started, a win was ours for the taking providing we didn’t lose focus and carried on passing. George Wainright won many battles in midfield, but his goal scoring opportunities failed to reach the back of the net.
Brayden Fifer in goal made one tremendous save, Yash Patel and Dylan Berger in defence tightened up the back line and continued to feed the midfield with some on point passing. Jack Skinners work rate was impressive resulting in a hatrick with a 2 further goals in quick succession. First into the top right of the goal, the second followed minutes later when he collected the ball after Elliot Scott’s tackle which was belted it into the back of the net. With 5 goals scored and 10 minutes remaining, confidence was sky high. All boys wanted to get on the score sheet, most of all George Wainright.
Oli Bloom (3) secured his hatrick, when a cross from a corner resulted in Oli punting a low ball passed the keeper.
In the dying minutes we were awarded the last corner of the match; Jack Skinner thrust the ball into the box, where George Wainright (1) headed his first goal for the team. To say he was ecstatic was an understatement, the boys cheered like they had won the league title, which was a pleasure to watch.
At the final whistle we won 7-2 ! Our team performance is improving week after week; something has finally clicked, and boys now realise that possession and passing leads to many more goals. Man of the match this week goes to Oli Bloom whose passing and link up play with strike partner Jack play is improving week after week.