Vikings U9’s kicked off their new season together on Saturday at home on what is left remaining of the nice autumn morning starts. As a new streamed mix of players from both our upper and lower teams from last season, it was always going to be interesting to see how they worked together and approach this first competitive games. With this being a derby game, they are always found to be hard fought matches and battled to the very end. This was to be no different. Any early set back in the form of an early OG, did not alter the teams mind set and after the legs and mind had warmed up, there were two quick replies in very well taken shots into the net by Michael. The second was an exceptional powerful shot into the roof of the net. Assists from Guy and Noah proving that all 3 of our wing and attack minded players can work together successfully. A defensive mix up from a corner, led to another conceded goal despite the determined scrambles to clear the danger areas. With a rotation up front, Michael helpfully repaid the favor of an earlier assist to Noah, who calmly placed his shot. With no substitutions available in the game the work rate across the now larger pitch was commendable. Defensive closing and blocking was at times on a par with the best defenders in the Premiership, with boys standing big and strong or throwing their bodies at the feet of the attacker. Noah again showed the fundamentals I have been coaching in tracking back and helping close down any attacks and either diverting the offense away or forcing them into a mistake to lose possession. With Harry dependable at the back , George keen to battle & get involved in all he can, Wills with a silent but steely chasing and wing work and Jamie remaining strong on ball possession the balance of the team looks bright. With a 1 on 1 break towards our goal, Guy run out and bravely made a determined save at the feet of the attacking player, on what was a very good chance to level the game. Work continues to improve on team communications, pass through’ s on the break and seeking to get the ball played into advancing space as an option, rather than direct to the players feet.