Sat 19
U14 Binfield Vikings
Sat 19
09:00
League
Ascot United Raiders
First and definitely not last

First and definitely not last

By Alan Clark
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First and definitely not last


Back to the league and trying to bring some of the Plate success into our league encounters. Preparation was again made with the team to steady them for a hard fought 48 minutes ahead.
Slightly down on numbers, meant all got 3 or 4 full quarters for a change and as long as fatigue played no part, confidence was high.
You may have noticed that the team format is trying to stay the same in changes and subs. This is due to lessons learnt on such things as player fatigue and ensuring that we balance the team positioning and strengths to our advantage. Those players who work hard in the ‘engine room of the team’ are being given the chance to quickly rest and recover, before reentering the match. The last few games in the league and Plate have shown that this seems to work to the benefit of individuals but as a whole the team.
Quarter 1 started very brightly as previous matches, and chances were had to ensure an early lead. At times the team plays some fantastic ball movement and the ease in which the ball goes forward is a joy to see, especially when it creates a good opportunity at the far end. The team is really starting to think and act as one at times, which can only improve as they progress further next season.
I regularly watch the current Premiership Champions and state to those around my seat, that the boys team is better to watch and often better played. It’s no lie, as you regular see these so called Professionals make a bad choice in passing back into the crowd, over committing in a position or open up their bodies or allowing space to let the opposition get a shot off at goal.
Control in this quarter was near total and pressure seemed to quickly grow on the opposition team from the side line.
Quarter 2 began strongly going forward but it was also our defence teams working hard and being focused that ensured that any threat was quickly dealt with. The mix of Harry, Wills and George P in our final 3rd is becoming a very solid option.
With the pursuit of a 1st goal, this was achieved towards the end of the quarter when James run the ball into the area outside the box and passed into Michael. The bouncing Michael got a shot off that was blocked by the keeper, but a fast lurking Noah pounced to hit the rebound on the half volley into the net.
Quarter 3 brought a heavy fight back and several corners were fired into our penalty area, to be dealt with effectively and cleared out. Again strength and agility were part of this game, where the opposition played strongly but fairly. There were some good individual duels happening on the wings and all those involved tested and rose to their own challenges.
As has happened to us before, the puff was taken out of their dragon, once we extended the lead towards the mid-way point in the 4th quarter. This time a corner won on the right, was crossed over by George T which feel into the right danger area in front of goal. This was lofted around for a while on the heads of James and Noah, for it to finally fall to Guy who struck it with his shin, for us all to relax a little further.
As said to Guy, any goal is a good goal no matter what it comes off. I usually go into the old story of Vialli scoring off his bum in 1997 in the Cup Winners Cup vs. Slovan Bratislava……
Again some mentions need to go to others who combined help this team succeed. Michael in goal for the 2nd half who had little to do, but when called upon, was awake and focused. Jamie with another brave body block in front of goal to eliminate waiting shot. George Thomas with some very good corner taking. Harry and Guy with some statement tackles, which I know always goes down well in our assistant’s book of eye spy to tick off.
Not just a win, but a clean sheet for a change. Another growing sign of what we are all achieving here together, is going in the right way. Have a great Easter all.
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Match details

Match date

Sat 19, Mar 2016

Kickoff

09:00