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U14 Colts - Match centre

Northowram Colts
Greetland Stars
Sun 10 Nov TBC - League Full time


Another tough game against Greetland which could have so easily ended with the points shared, but we hung on right to the last whistle

Remembrance Sunday honoured with a minutes silence before the game, which was impeccably observed by both teams.

Greetland won the toss and elected to play down hill for the first half on a lovely bright Sunday morning. We knew from our game away at Greetland that they would be up for it with the close previous contest in which both teams played well. This game was to prove to be no different. It felt like another "cup tie" game between some old friends!

We got off to a super start (as we seem to do now with familiar regularity), scoring from a superb football move that would not have looked out of place in the Premiership! Pierce got through the middle and passed the ball through to Jonas who layed it straight back across the 12yd box to Pierce for him to slot home - lovely "one two" that we had been practising. It was 1-0 with only a few minutes on the clock gone.

Greetland however pushed forward and used the slope to great advantage with some great defence splitting balls through, which had to be swiftly dealt with by our defence. Harry was solid in the middle with some great clearances and Bryn and George too ran their socks off to scurry back when balls went through.

In the middle of the park Nat, Sam and William had it all to do too with some solid midfield play and solid tackling from both teams.

After much persistance, Greetland managed to poke a ball through on goal, which Josh felt was going wide, but some how it crept into the inside of his right post to make it 1 - 1 with still 15mins of the first half to go. Greetland were on the upper foot now and we had to hang on till half time and hope for a break with the down hill advantage in the second half.

Subtitutions were requried after Greetlands goal to put some fresh legs in the middle of the park, so Joe and Dom came on for Nat and Sam and Liam was put up front to give Pierce a break. Pierce went back on with a few minutes of the half left to give George a rest too ready for the second half.

Half time came (and not soon enough) with not many real clear chances falling our way.

Second half and the boys refereshed and aware that we really needed a win today to keep the pressure on the teams around us in the league.

Some lovely football from both teams was played with some lovely passing and movement. Considering how competitive the game was, this was great to see. Both defences worked extremely hard and the next goal could have gone in either teams favour.

However, on one of the breaks down the hill, William latched onto a through ball from Pierce and cooly cracked the ball home - 2-1 and the pressure was off a little, with about 10 minutes left.

Fair play to Greetland, they did not let their heads drop and they used every last bit of their energy to get an equaliser with two or three good chances. We too had some good breaks through and could have also added to our tally with some good runs through and shots from Sam, Dom, William, Joe, Pierce and Jonas.

Greetland are the best team I have seen this season with their crosses and corners, which continually put us under pressure, with every one of their players willing and eager to get their heads on the ball (well drilled and practised and a credit to Greetland). It was such a chance that lead to a fantastic ball in to give Greetlands Nr 5 the chance of a superb diving header, which only just went wide past the top right hand corner of the goal. We were praying for the final whistle which came just after this wonderfully made opportunity. We had held on to 2-1 win, but only just (PHEW!!!)

Our defence today was kept extremely busy and had to be well disciplined to cope with Greetland today, and Harry put up a solid performance which has gained him the Man of the Match for the game. Josh came a close second with some of his last gasp saves.

Yet again a true team performance in a well played out game by both teams (even the ref commented it was one of the best games he had had the pleasure to ref in).


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