First of all a big thank you to all the parents and players who changed their plans for Saturday to accommodate the later KO off than originally planned. The commitment of all, as ever is very much appreciated and the reward for all was worth it. A new venue and a slightly drizzly morning, did nothing to dampen down the team’s enthusiasm to get going. The words of advice were if we control the ball we in turn control the match. Work together and work hard for me. This they did with some very good ball movement through the opposition lines and across the pitch to their danger areas. On the back of one such move forward, Michael capitilised on a pass through from Jamie to calmly put the Vikings ahead. Recent requests to lead a match on goals, again like last week delivered by the team and the subsequent positive feelings of individuals comes to the surface. Another positive that I know has not been missed by parents, is the very low number of foul throws given against us. I know many go missed, unspotted or just not given by the referee in many of our games, but this is to our opposition. Our success rate at throwing according to the games rules, is extremely good and any call against us is purely a one off in most games. Qtr 2 brought another improvement in our play, as Noah measuring his recent corners with fine kicking put the ball into the middle for it to be pushed out to James, who from the goal line turned and shot from and very tight angle for the ball to be deflected in. Opportunities to score like this are welcome, as you never know what will happen to the ball and the need to react in such positions is key. Numerous chances in this match, we failed to react quickly to rebounds or a loose ball spilled by the keeper, which could ensure wrapping up the result a lot sooner. However, this is getting better via the individuals understanding of the striker’s role by several of our players. The 2nd half brought us chance after chance that were taken very well, only to be stopped by some exceptional goalkeeping saves or instinctive blocks to the ball. The 3rd qtr brought the intensity of our control of the ball with a double hit in a few minutes to reward the previous efforts to extend our lead. The first scored by Guy from a ball forward from Jamie at the back in defence and the hard work by Guy to dribble forward and direct to goal awarding him a goal. The 2nd of the qtr was scored by Wills who as striker has the ability to thunder a shot in, if taken clinically. A nice ball in from James, was latched on to by Wills who did just this with his shot. His vocal celebration as he wheeled away, is always a pressure to see from one of our quieter contributors. Despite our lead, the opposition were not reluctant to give in and managed to squeeze a low shot from the left past in, to spoil our clean sheet. Lessons from the game to take away were on the continued understanding of positioning and the discipline of where the player should be on the pitch during the fluidity of the match. This fluid movement of positioning when attacking and transitioning to defending is key in all positions and ensures that we move as a collated force up and down, covering gaps. Into the half term for a well-deserved break for all, on what to date has been a very good team performance for the 2 month period so far.