For me, Saturday was our poorest performance this entire season. Not in the simple one sided score line, but the methods we tried to play the game and the lack of reaction in the expected manner, that we have tried to instill into the team and in which they have shown before in tough circumstances. Our section record since Christmas is played 3, lost 3, goals for 6, goals against 14. Yes you can go on poor run and they hopefully stop soon as they began, but a 14 goal conceded stat is not a good stat, especially when the difference is -8, against the goals we have scored. Our last opposition were no NPL, even though having successfully elevated themselves up from Sec E after Christmas. My observations were that they just wanted to win it more. Their capability was not any better than ours and their passage of play was equal. What they held strongly was in their procession of the ball, their thinking of passing / movement of the ball out of defence and they took their opportunity to score. What is also becoming evident, is that the U9s leagues are competitive at all levels (as I hear this from the other coaches), but it is only at the time of losing that we seem to voice the complaints of playing ‘foulers’ or ‘hackers’. Some of the tackles were strong & late on Saturday, but so were ours at times. Wills body check showed some inner commitment that just came out wrong. Yes Noah / Michael are a targeted in such challenges, but that's part of their role, just like the Central Midfielder or Defenders is to put their body in the way of a shot. But on the whole, I thought their tackles were just stronger and better than ours. Yes Refs are young and the one Saturday was also poor, but we can't rely on the refs to protect us, we know that. One thing the boys have to do is get stronger physically and mentally. Yes they will get studs marks up their leg, but is that not part of the joy of playing football? Some positives from the game, were in Charlie’s goalkeeping, especially the punched clearance, that he took extremely well. Jamie’s headers; continue to give Noah a run for his money; Wills connection to the ball saw his boot with less ‘air time’ on its own and Harry bravely putting his body on the line in the 2nd half to block a shot. We go back to the basics on Wednesday with a plan to go over the importance of procession, positioning discipline, danger areas, soft clearances and too many touches. I (we)are lucky to have a likeminded coach in Matt who agrees in our approach / thoughts towards the best for the team. We believe that eagerness to improve, learn to adapt to what is being coached, commitment & focus to do your best and finally discipline, are the only elements that can sometimes be the gap between us and anyone else. Discipline is never good to hear if you’re on the receiving end, but I hope that this form of motivation at times, will make them stop and reflect on what all can do better next game. I realise that some may not be comfortable with this latter approach, so if not, please do let Matt or myself know your views. Next game is again against a newly promoted team, so this is the mark to turn the tide on both win count and goals conceded.