This week Edgware Town Reds played a 6v6 match at home against the London Lions Whites. Like previous encounters with the Lions, we knew this would be an afternoon filled with aggression, tension and animosity (and that’s just between our oppositions management and coaching staff).
Today was the beginning of a major transition for a few of our players, with Louis Rosenberg sharing goal keeping responsibilities which allowed Brayden Fifer to play outfield as a defender for this first time.
In the first half we quickly took the lead with goals by Jack Skinner (2), with one courtesy of a blinding assist by George Wainright. A lesson to learn when playing a team like Lions; and a lesson the boys should have learned by now, a cushion of two goals is never enough to win a match when you’re playing against a team with a desire and the hunger to beat you.
The Lions got a lucky break on one occasion when our goalie caught, but failed to secure the ball leaving an opportunist striker to claw a goal back.
Elliot/George/Yash and Tom played and passed the ball around the midfield pretty well on occasions, but again something we need to work on is knowing the right time to release the ball as getting dispossessed by a sharp striker in your half with pace an determination will lead us to conceding goals, and it did today.
The second half saw us score another two goals by George Wainright (1), and Tom Howarth (1), but unfortunately this wasn’t enough as the Lions scored a further 4 in the second half beating us 5-4.
It’s worth mentioning how well Brayden adapted to playing outfield with some very good defending/passing, and the link up play between our forwards (Jack/George/Tom/Elliot and Yash) was wonderful to watch. Dylan Berger commanded the left back position and is rock solid and dependable week after week.
Man of the match this week goes to George Wainright for making continuous runs through midfield, helping out in defence when required, his outstanding link up play with Jack and scoring the goal of the match.