U9 Match Reports
?⚽️Patience is still a Virtue!⚽️?
Very tough game away at Long Eaton, but no surprise given they are an excellent team who play a high standard of football.
Our boys did a great job.
It was a very tough and scrappy first half with both sides shutting down any creative play quickly. It was high paced football and well balanced, but to be honest in the control of our boys as soon as they kept their composure and continued to edge all of the little battles on the pitch.
We praised the boys at half time for their work rate, which as always was excellent. We asked them to continue what they were doing but to ensure they stayed in their positions and not drift.
The second half saw improved football from both teams. Our boys especially started working well together, talking to each other, encouraging each other and importantly holding position much more effectively allowing the team formation to work even better. It was great to just observe and watch the small improvements we’d asked for. It worked, as quite late into the second half the boys were rewarded with a brilliant goal, which proved to be the winning goal ⚽️. Fin on the half way line threaded a perfect pass to Kai, who turned his defender to play the ball through to Ewan. Ewan ran on to Kai’s pass perfectly and in his trade mark style calmly slotted the ball into the back of the Net! Brilliant understanding between the boys.
All boys played well individually and as a team.
Jude, Will and Sam continue to create a formidable wall of defence which again rewarded us with a clean sheet (the equivalent of a hat trick ⚽️??).
Will made some brilliant well timed tackles yet again, his distribution and positioning was excellent and he listened really well to us throughout the game to make little improvements, a boy with a great attitude – he earned our Training Star of the Week ?⚽️?
Jude put some great balls forward and improved his positional play in the second half which gave his team mates more space ??. Sam when needed was rock solid with intuitive distribution. He continues to communicate with the boys which is something I always love to hear ??.
Fin was very good indeed in the middle, showing ever improving link up play with Noah, Kai, Taylor and Ewan. We were very impressed with this and it helped us going forward in the second half.
Noah and Ewan started the match on opposite wings, we did this tactically and it worked very well. Both of them marked their respective opponents superbly well, especially Noah who we kept in position for all of his time on the pitch, his opponent not really getting into the game as he did such a good job. Ewan and latterly Kai did similar and showed improvement in doing so.
Ewan also played up front and on the other wing throughout this game and was excellent. Whilst he scored a lovely goal, it was yet again his great ability to listen and put into practice his learnings that earned him our Man of the match award, brilliant consistency and a player who understands the team and his team mates so well. ?⚽️?
Kai put in another improved performance. He played well up front and on the wing, but we were impressed with how he marked his opposite player and worked hard up and down for the team. His contribution to the goal was great.
Taylor also put in another improved performance. He physically goes from strength to strength and makes life very uncomfortable for his marker. His team contribution is also improving by better passing and importantly getting himself into good positions to receive the ball.
It was a lovely atmosphere at Long Eaton with nice parents and good coaches that we have always got on with so well ??
As always thanks to you parents for your support.
Third time luck had nothing to do with it.
Lowdham welcomed Sherwood at Caythorpe this morning. This was the third time we have met Sherwood for games this season and the other 2 friendlies didn’t exactly go our way. Sherwood are a very physical side with some very good players. So it was going to be another good test for the ever improving Black team.
The game started with Sherwood pressing hard and testing the Lowdham resolve. But Lowdham defended and from early in the game passed the ball well. The more Sherwood pressed the more dangerous Lowdham became on the counter. And from a counter attacking move JB played through an amazing ball to Cameron, who still with work to do, outpaced their defender and slotted home calmly. 1 nil. Sherwood were now getting frustrated which resulted in them trying wild long range shots and doing some very late (naughty) challenges. This didn’t faze Lowdham one little bit and they went into the break in a deserved 1 nil lead.
The second half started pretty much like the first half. Sherwood pressed and Lowdham countered. Lowdham created by far the better chances and were unlucky not to be 2 or 3 up in the early stages. But good things come to those who wait and mid way through the 2nd half lovely pass from James through to Dan saw him side step a defender and slot home. 2 nil. Sherwood then got a lucky break after a shot was well saved by Joe but parried onto the post and fell very nicely for Sherwood to score. Sherwood pressed hard for an equaliser, but Lowdham held strong and created some very good chances on the break (the Sherwood keeper had a very good game and kept them in it). After some sustained pressure on the Sherwood goal the ball again found its way to Dan who finished with aplomb. 3 -1. With 3 mins to go Sherwood got a free kick outside the box and cracked it home (very good and you can’t do anything about them). You would have thought it would have been a nervy last 2 mins but Lowdham, with great maturity for ones so young, didn’t panic and continued to play lovely football. Final Score 3 – 2 (which flattered Sherwood somewhat).
Joe was great in goal when called upon and distributed the ball well.
Ben was solid at the back and broke up play well.
Brody was all over and kept their attackers and midfield quiet.
James fought for every ball and passed superbly.
Owen/Eesa were fantastic down the left and had the maturity to tell the coaching staff when they had run out of puff so they could swap and keep the left fresh.
JB worked his socks off down the right and played some lovely through balls.
Dan (MOTM)/ Cam where extremely impressive upfront and terrorised their defenders.
Ethan came and supported the boys, which was much appreciated by everyone and the boy gave him a round of applause.
The Barmy Army were fantastic and supported the boys fully.
Tyler refed the game extremely well despite the moany Sherwood players.
To be honest when we got promoted I thought best case scenario would be the boys maybe winning a game and we’d have a bit of a breather and go again next season. But the effort and no little skill shown by these little heroes sees them top of the league (undefeated). They simply just don’t know when to give up. We go again next week.