Under 13 White Match Stories 2017/18

Seasiders 0 v 2 Ipswich Athletic 

Saturday 16th September 2017 @ Langley Ave

Second home game of the 2017/18 campaign at our new home Langley Avenue with the squad pushed to the limits; Calum Robinson out with a knee injury, Josh Novak not available due to illness, Oliver Wade not available for selection, Joshua Crisp with a sore ankle, Zac King with a knee issue & Tyler Stevenson not 100 percent fit, recovering from illness. 

The Seasider’s started with, Jacob in goal, Charlie, Josh C, Kyle & Reece in defence, Evan (c), Owen, Filip and Alfie in midfield, Zac in the No. 10 role with Byren up front.

Both teams were looking to pass the ball in a battle of possession, evenly matched with both defences being worked hard within the first 10 minutes in a very fast paced start. Josh C Carrying a bit of a knock seemed to be struggling, but was adamant he was ok to continue as “T” pulls his tracksuit back on. It wasn’t long till he was called in to action though as on 12 minutes Alfie pulled up with an old pre-season ankle issue ending his morning early. The coaches shuffled the team around with Filip moving to right midfield, Tyler taking up a CDM role. The game continued with good play from both teams with last ditch tackles & some great goalkeeping from both keepers having the making of Saturday morning classic.  Ipswich continued to press, forcing a wayward pass from the edge of the box which was finished well by their captain.

0-1 down at half time, but not out.

The boys refreshed; took their positions ready for second half to start, they looked up for the challenge with the second half starting in the same way as the first with both teams cancelling each out, both playing 4-4-1-1.  A few chances fell our way, but some good goalkeeping kept the score line unchanged.

The teams were very evenly matched, but the Seasiders were missing the option to bring on fresh leg, something the Ipswich side could do to inject some energy to their play.

Evan & Tyler trying to raise the boys for one last push, with 13 minutes to go, we released Josh C from defence to midfield & the ever willing Owen slotted back into defence, Byren moved to left midfield, with the coaches trying to release Evan’s pace up front .

The boys gave it everything with a couple of dangerous attacks, we were looking good.  The next 5 minutes saw various attempts from Zac, Evan & Filip, but the Ipswich defence held strong despite valiant efforts from the boys.

The visitors doubled their lead when they introduced more fresh legs, a long ball over the top to one of the subs, who finished well giving Jacob no chance. 0-2

The home team kept going till the end and forced a corner, Zac delivered a great ball in which was met by the head of Josh C, but he couldn’t keep the difficult chance down.

The whistle went for full time…… A 0-2 loss.

A disappointing result for the boys, who didn’t seem to get the run of the green, saying that the team spirit was good and they defended well at times and created a few chances themselves. The character they showed this morning will see the boys in good stead over a long season in our quest for promotion.

As Always we thank our team / kit sponsors.

 

 

 

Seasiders 7 v 4 Trimley Red Devils

Saturday 9th September 2017 @ Langley Ave

Our opening league game of the 2017/18 season was a local derby at home against a good TRD side, with a great pre-season behind us, & the boys still in buoyant mood from the very successful Dutch exchange we were looking to avenge the 11 – 1 loss from this fixture last year.

11 a side and 35 minutes each way on a full size pitch is the format. A full squad of 15 players were present, resplendent in their new Adidas kit.

Jacob in goal, Charlie, Calum, Owen & Reece in defence, Evan, T, Josh C and Filip in midfield, Zac in the No. 10 role with Byren up front to begin the first half.

Both teams were looking nervous at the start, evenly matched until one of Filip trade mark runs with the perfect delivery to find Byren to head home past the onrushing keeper to break the dead lock.

The goal raised the spirits of the team and F&W took the game to TRD, Some excellent passing and off the ball running saw F&W go from their own penalty area, deep into the opposition half forcing successive corners.

The second of those corners resulted in F&W’s second goal. With the initial out swinging corner partially cleared by the defenders, the ball was picked up by Josh C who managed to win a free kick outside the right-hand corner of the penalty area. Zac stepped up and delivered a pin pint cross onto the head of Tyler who crashed his header onto the bar from 5 yards out, the ball rattled off the bar to Tyler feet and he knocked it past the defenders on the line for 2-0. 10 mins left till half time.

That goal had 2 effects on the game, 1, F&W took their foot of the pedal and 2, TRD stepped up their game.

A speculative shot by TRD lead to their pacey forward nicking the ball past Jacob before he had chance to fully gather the ball.  It was a close call as to whether the keeper had both hands on the ball but the ref gave the goal. 2-1

TRD again came at the back 4 and made it 2-2 when long ball into the channel was collected and crossed for a tap in.

Half time comes at 2 – 2 with a well-earned break for the boys.

The coaches made changes at half time to give the subs chance to impress, with Oli, Alfie, Kyle and Josh N all coming on.

The Seasiders were fired up for the second half, starting at a fast pace, opening up the TRD defence and quickly regaining the lead through Zac, 3-2.  Soon after the celebrations, TRD drew level again with a long ball splitting our defence 3-3.  The next 10 minutes saw the boys pegged back with a couple of near misses & a good saves from Jacob.  Evan was re-introduced off the bench.  Tyler slotted Zac through and with Zac’s pace getting the better of the defenders, allowing him a clear sight on goal….4-3. 

Again, F&W were caught out by a long ball and against the run of play saw TRD draw level 4-4.  Credit to the boys, their heads did not drop as they knew they were entering the last 15 minutes of the match, which in recent games has been our strong point, all down to the gruelling pre-season fitness regime the coaches had introduced.

Zac who was playing with new found confidence, a spring in his step & his shooting boots on; grabbed another great finish to make it 5-4 to the home team. Evan quickly joined the scoring party with an excellent run with the finish to match 6-4.

The boys continued pressing and were rewarded with an indirect free kick inside the box, much to the dismay of the home support who were baying for a penalty, obstruction was the call from the Ref, so no penalty. Josh C took control of the situation instructing Zac to be ready for the layoff. The ball was tapped to the right and Zac fired a cracking shot right into the top corner of the goal, leaving the keeper with no chance……… 7-4.

Great start to the season and a great game to watch.

We take this opportunity to thank our team / kit sponsors.