The u12s today moved into 2nd spot in the Red division after a great 3 – 1 win at home to Borehamwood.
Since losing to Borehamwood on the opening game of the season, Borehamwood have had a tough time and will have seen today as an opportunity to move off of the bottom of the league table.
With 15 players to choose from it was going to be a real test of our weakened squad’s stamina, with only 10 players on show and no goalkeeper to boot.
The game was pretty even throughout, with neither side being able to dictate the pace but ultimately I came down to which side was able to create the most clear cut opportunities and finish the most clinically. Whilst Borehamwood did mount a number of threatening attacks in our half, they were only able to chalk up a few real stots on goal due to great defensive work throughout the team.
The first goal came early in the half when Luke, playing in a holding mid-field role, unleashed a great strike from distance which ricochet in off the underside of the cross-bar.
As ever that increased our focus and we went close a couple of more times before a very neat move led to a second goal as Alex laid the ball off to Adam, Adam played a searching pass through to TJ to took the ball and neatly passed the ball past the keeper and into the net. A really well worked team goal.
We should have gone into half-time at 2-0 up but a few minutes from the end we failed to cut off an attack in the mid-field which led to Borehamwood’s only goal of the game.
Borehamwood arguably started the second half the stronger, albeit were again unable to test Barsa in goal and whilst it was another end to end game we were solid at the back, continues to look for searching passes and eventually Alex got the break he was looking for the notch up our 3rd.
Alex did have another opportunity to put the game well out of sight, but as it was, we were more than solid enough to carry through to a 3 – 1victory and move us into 2nd place in the table.
Today we were tremendous at the back. That started with Barsa in goal who was assured and made every save he had to when called on, and was protected for the most part by Ollie, James and Ben who were all terrific, both in possession and when breaking up Borehamwood attacks.
In midfield, Luke again played the holding role to a tee, and Adam, Buddy, Alex and TJ were all lively throughout creating more than enough opportunities to win the game for us. Last, but not least, Dillan played a really solid game up front, especially in the second half when there wasn’t a ball he didn’t chase down and showed what a difference it makes when you do defend from the front.
There were several potential votes for man of the match today, the back ‘4’ (Barsa, Ben, James and Ollie) all deserving mention, but Adam won through, turning in one of his best performances, getting forwards when required but really digging in and doing some of the ‘uglier’ stuff when required.
Well done to everyone