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The first game of the season where all of the Spartans current teams played at home on the same day had been billed as Super Sunday, but the weather decided to change it to wet and horrble sunday!

The U10 Black team were up first against a team with a 100% winning record, Shaw Lane Aquaforce, so at least one team would loose their 100% start.

The game kicked off at 10.30 in drizzly, murky conditions. 

From teh very first move of the game it was clear that Shaw Lane were better than any of the Spartans opponents so far as they immedietely passed the ball back through their defenders and out to the left wing. But, as soon as the Spartans got the ball, it was also clear that they meant business as they got straight into their own passing game. 

The initial stages consisted of the Spartans passing well up to the final third, but bein thwarted by a packed Shaw Lane defence that as soon as they had the ball, counter attacked in numbers and caused problems for the Spartans defenders. Unlike recent weeks, James had plenty to do early on with goalkicks and a couple of corners.

Shaw Lane's first real attempt at goal however resulted in the first goal conceded by the Spartans this season. The ball was crossed from the left after a corner and it fell to an unmarked player on the far post who aimed goalwards from close range. The ball hit the Spartans defender in the face and canoned into the goal for 1-0.

The boys immediately rallied and pressed forward, with some slick passing at times that the Shaw Lane midfield had no answer to, only to be stopped by either good tackles or some miss controls. Everything Dan had asked them to do in the attacking side of the ball they were trying, Alfie, Kieren and Sam on the wings working really hard with Bettsy having a good game in the middle with Rmarye up front causing problems for the Shaw Lane defence. 

However, it seemed that because of the standard of teams they had played before, the midfield and forwards were leaving the defending to the the two defenders and not tracking back. Shaw Lane are a different prospect and attack and defend as a team and therefore were outnumbering the Spartans back line again and again with good tackles from Josh, Pav and Cameron keeping the game close. 

It was Shaw Lane who scored again though as a shot came in from the left hit a Shaw Lane player, then Blade and then the far post before ending up in the net - nothing James could do. How would the Spartans deal with being 2-0 behind?

The answer was to play through the Shaw Lane defence and score their own goal! The ball broke down the Spartans left and was passed neatly through a number of players before Rmarye got some space and crossed for Blade to hustle it home to the goalies right. 2-1 and the Spartans were back in the game.

Half time 1-2.

The second half had the Spartans playing down the slope and continuing to play the same way, slick attacking and sometimes slack defending.  Shaw Lane had plenty of attacking ball, but when needed the defenders did their jobs and sorted things out with James clearing up at the back.

Dan switched Rmarye to the left wing at the start of the second half to try and get some more crosses in and it was he who nearly levelled after some good work across the back from Pav to Josh who released Rmarye to unleash a powerful shot that smashed off the bar!

More good attacking work from the Spartans produced a number of corners and Alfie put in some great balls that on another day would result in goals. 

The equaliser eventually came after some good hustling in the middle from Kieren and Alfie who fed Betsy who then laid the ball on Rmarye who blasted home from just inside the box. 2-2.

The rest of teh game was cat and mouse with the Spartans pushing for a winner and Shaw Lane always dangerous on the counter attack - the closest they came was a corner after they again broke in numbers. The ball was swung in from the right and James rose above all to punch to safety - with a chance for the Spartans on the break.

Final score 2-2 and overall probably a fair result between two very good footballing teams, the Spartans can learn alot about defending as a team however from this.

Scorers and Assists:
Rmarye 1 + 1
Blade 1+0
Bettsy 0 + 1

League Stats:
Scorers
1st: Kieren - 11
3rd: Blade  - 8
10th: Alfie - 5

Assists 
1st: Rmarye - 7
4th: Sam  - 3
5th: Pav - 3

Goalies
1st: James - 4 clean sheets
2nd : Blade - 1 clean sheet

 


U9's fall just short against Maltby Juniors

Posted by admin on October 13, 2013

After a decent showing against Chapeltown Juniors the previous week we were in high spirits for this game, although perhaps a little more difficult opposition in Maltby Juniors.

We started well, in what was particulalry bad weather, wind and rain, horrid conditions!!!

We had some early pressure, but when they scored the first goal our heads dropped and I think this was the main reason we lost. Our confidence wasn’t anywhere near the previous game, maybe the weather was a factor... infact the first 3 goals could have quite easily been avoided, the team didn’t defend like it has done previously and we paid the price, although I have to say Kian ran his socks off he was allover the field and very unfortunate not to score at least a couple of goals.

In the first half I think we had the same amount of chances as them, some very good ones but went in at half time 3-0 down, so after a little team talk and some needed words of encouragement the boys came out in the second half with some passion. I dont know how we didnt score, Billy had a couple of efforts from long range and was unfortunate not to score Jake G, Ellis & Harrison put in a great shift. Owen is getting better game by game and has a great corner in his locker, finally again Kian kept going and going and was a derserved winner Man of the Match. 

All in all not a bad second half performance, against what turned out to be there stronger team, lets hope we start like we did in the second half in future..! 

Well done Boys!

So onto the second game, trailing  the match by 5-0 we knew we had to try and claw the game back somehow, again I think the weather affected us, but this time for the better!!! The conditions were a complete contrast to the first game, hardly a drop of rain.

We came out of the blocks really quick, the defence was as solid as previous weeks, and we started knocking on the door, Matthew having a couple of chances along with Jake T, a couple of efforts later the ref blew for a free kick, without hesitaton Flynn grabbed the ball and fired it into the top corner, 1-0!!!, we’re on our way.

William put in a great performance, he’s making the midfield position his own tracking back & going forward as and when, this culminating in our second goal. He kept going and from a rebound, lifted the ball over the keeper into the net, 2-0!!! Now we’re talking. We were putting them under great pressure now, myself and Rich thought we may have a chance in pulling this one back, another goal from Flynn made it 3-0, and you could see this lifted the whole team. I thought it was only a matter of time before we scored again but unfortunately it wasnt to be, Maltby scored with a last minute freekick and the game ended 3-1, superb effort from the boys! The defence was solid with Lewis & Luke building a great relationship, meaning Josh & Alex had hardly anything to do!

So to lose 6-3 overall is nothing to be ashamed of, on another day and a bit of luck, the score could have ended in our favour..

KEEP IT UP! WELL DONE!

 


The Spartan took a first ever trip to vist Sheffield Sixes on a very warm October morning for a 10.30am kick-off.

Betsy was missing from the line-up for the game. Sheffield Sixes had the unusual sight of two girls in the same team, a defender and goalkeeper.

Within a few minutes of kick-off it was clear that the Spartans were just a little bit off their usual game. Passes were not quite connecting, where in previous weeks they had. The boys seemed to be suffering from the unusually warm weather. However, it was the Spartans that had all the early pressure, pinning the Sixes back in their own half and giving the defence plenty to do. The Sixes dealt well with most things, being pretty organised at the back and the goalkeeper stopping a couple of early shots by being in the right place.

Eventually, the Spartans got on the score sheet as Kieren scored unassisted after some neat footwork around a couple of players and slotting home calmly inside the post. A second soon followed as a measure of fluency returned to the team and Rmarye found Kieren (great partnership appearing here) to fire home for his second of the game.

The Sixes didn't give up and managed to break out of defence a couple of times, but the defenders - Pav, Josh and Cam - dealt with everything in a calm fashion and either cleared for throw-ins or tried to start fresh attacks.

Rmarye almost scored a third as he crashed a header against the bar before Sam slotted home for 3-0 from Blade (who seems to be trying to win the most assists award). 

Alfie was struggling getting corners across in his usual excellent way - the boys had lots of corners in the first half - but he never gave up and ran his legs off as usual!

James at the other end spent the half keeping out of the sun.

3-0 at half time.

A ball change at half-time as the first one was very hard - was this the cause of the corner issue?

The second half was alot closer as Sheffield Sixes regrouped and came out fighting, putting some pressure on the Spartans defence - almost getting through on two occasions as the Spartans defenders pressed a little too much, Pav and Cameron clearing the danger. Josh was his usual self - solid and dependable under pressure and holding the ball up for others to recover.

James had his first taste of action from a Sixes corner which evaded his gloves and he made the save with his nose. Treatment was needed for lots of blood!

Soon after, the Spartans extended their lead as Blade smashed home a cross from Pav at the end of a Spartans counter attack.

The Sixes then changed their goalie - she had done a sterling job to this point. The replacement goalie though found himself soon picking the ball out of his net as teh Spartans took over at the end of the game, piling on pressure and shooting whenever they got the opportunity. Kieren had two or three close shaves before Rmarye got one after some hustling on the edge of the box.

Kieren got his hat-trick and the Spartans 6th just before the end as the boys broke up a Sixes attack and pushed forward. Kieren got into the left of the box and slotted home calmly.

FInal score 6-0.

The Spartans will meet tougher opposition than this, but the Sixes will win games, so a good game all-round. Some concentration in training on Tuesday and then home on Sunday as all the Spartans teams play at home on the same-day for the first time.

 

Scorers and assists:
Kieren 3 + 0
Rmarye 1 + 1
Blade 1 + 1
Sam 1+ 0
Pav 0 + 1

League Stats:
Scorers
1st: Kieren - 11
3rd: Blade  - 7
8th: Alfie - 5

Assists 
1st: Rmarye - 6
3rd: Sam  - 3
8th: Pav - 3

Goalies
1st: James - 3 clean sheets
2nd : Blade - 1 clean sheet

 


Another glorious Sunday morning another 10.00 kick off saw us face Chapeltown Juniors in the first round of the cup away (although it felt like a home game having spent most of the summer  training there)

We didn't know what to expect really, having played them in the Tournament at Thorncliffe in pre-season as Chapeltown Athletic and beating them in one game, but then losing 2 strong defenders (Thomas Hudson and William Lajarige ) and our two keepers since last playing them the Spartans could have been up against it ...

How wrong we were!!!

We have decided to stick with two balanced teams, made easier now we are down to a squad of 16 and we're not having to accommodate 5 subs, this is really starting to take effect as the boys get used to playing along side their regular team mates. That alongside the 3v3 mini tournaments we have started to play in training is definitely helping the boys "gel".

Team 1 were excellent on Sunday. Solid defending from Jake and Ellis, Harrison as usual ran his socks off pushing into midfield and dropping back to help defend when required. Billy is proving to be a carbon copy of his brother not only in looks but with his trickery on the ball, Sam is showing the sort of form that impressed in training and he is proving to be a real handful, I thought he was excellent, the goals will come! As always Matt covered every blade of grass and was rewarded with 2 well taken goals and Man of the Match. Josh did a brilliant job in goal making some excellent saves and brilliant kicking, Owen came on as sub and did a sterling job, he's starting to settle in now and has great pace and can really strike a ball, I fully expect a screamer from him soon! 

Team 2 took to the pitch for the second game and dominated for most of the game, they did everything apart from score!!! Kian was his usual self, a real handful, he came close to scoring on numerous occasions, Flynn showed some real class and never stopped, he was also unlucky not to score, (don't worry Flynn they will come!). Jake ran with the ball and showed some excellent skill and battled like a Trojan. William is doing a brilliant job pushing forward and dropping back to help out in defence, that combined with excellent corners and free kicks is making him a real asset.

Henry like Josh has stepped up to the mark and is doing a brilliant job in goal, making some great saves and some superb kicks, almost a clean sheet!!! Man of the match went to Luke "the Rock" Gecci a man mountain excellent tackles, great composure and almost came near to getting a goal, Brilliant!!! Lewis was also solid (I don't recall anyone getting past him) he had the Chapeltown no. 14 in his pocket!!! Which I was pleased with as it's my cousins son and family pride was at stake!

So all in all another excellent performance both myself and Ash and Martyn know quite a few of the parents of the Chapeltown lads and they all came up and commented on how well both teams had done, most conceded that they were lucky to hang on under such pressure, and that from the assistant manager of Alfreton Town!!!

Praise indeed. Well done lads, Rich.


U10 Red record first win away at Renishaw

Posted by admin on October 8, 2013

A bright sunny morning greeted the Spartans away to Renishaw Rangers. With a bigger pitch than the boys were used to playing on and a surface that sloped to one side, the Spartans kicked-off to get the first half underway on wet and greasy grass.

The Spartans started with some high intensity pressure as instructed by Ali and John. The early pressure paid off seeing Logan H score the opening goal from a Logan P assist, working well down the right hand side of midfield. 0-1 to the Spartans. The Spartans continued with the pressure working well in the final third of the field to get some shots away as the boys had been asked to do. Morgan was putting in a great shift in the centre of midfield, joining in the attacks and standing solid in defence when needed. Jack B in the net made a brilliant save springing to his right like a pouncing cat, on a rare occasion that saw Renishaw manage to get a shot away.
What came next was a brilliant solo goal, sheer determination and effort from Logan H saw him work the ball through the Renishaw defence and score for his second of the game, 0-2 to the Spartans.

Rio replaced Logan P down the right hand side of midfield and worked well to get himself into space before firing a good cross into the danger area, there waiting to pounce was Matt who had got himself into a good position to stab the ball home for his maiden goal with the Spartans, 0-3 with the foot never coming off the pedal of the Spartans pressure machine...
 
Matt soon applied some more pressure on the Renishaw defence, which resulted in Dale getting onto the score sheet, 0-4 to the Spartans.
 
The half time whistle saw the boys coming in 0-4 up with Logan H having scored the first two, Matt scoring the third and Dale scoring the fourth.
 
Renishaw kicked-off to get the second half underway. Early pressure from the Spartans made sure all the action took place in the Renishaw Rangers half with JB having little to do in goal. Rio replaced William in defence to give him a rest and he played really well in defence, getting in some great tackles with the Renishaw players unable to get past him.

A corner to the Spartans saw an attempted clearance by Renishaw fall to the feet of JD who unleashes a rifled shot into the Renishaw goal making it 0-5 with the defenders now wanting some of the action!

JD came off for a rest to be replaced by William. Shortly after Renishaw managed to break but William and Rio in defence stayed solid and were equal to it, quashing the threat. The Spartans reply by stepping up the pressure again and getting 2 corners in a row, some good pressure from the second  corner sees William get free with the ball finding space in the box to fire in a good cross towards the back post. Morgan had positioned himself well near the back post and stabbed the ball into the Renishaw net to make it 0-6 to the Spartans.

Logan P who had worked really well down the right hand side of midfield put in a great ball from the right to Morgan who is on the near post and stabs in his second goal of the game and the Spartans 7th, 0-7 to the Spartans.

The final whistle sees the Spartans come in for their first win of the season and the boys did it in some style winning 0-7 but more important than the score line is the work ethic the boys showed, with some good passing building up from the back and getting it out to the wings from where some good crosses were put in.

The job of deciding the team player of the match was a really hard one this week with each and every one of the boys in contention for it, it was whittled down to four candidates from which two were decided upon -  Logan H and Logan P, there was nothing between these two apart from the fact that Logan H had scored two great goals. It was decided that Logan P would be awarded the trophy for his tireless efforts down the right hand side of midfield.

A good result and a morale boosting first win for the boys, spectators and management that had been too long in coming! For once the tide was with the boys instead of against them and they were on the right side of the 7-0 score line and deservedly so, UTS!!!!

 

League Stats:
Scorers 
12th: Logan H  - 3 Goals
15th: Morgan - 3 Goals
17th: Dale - 3 Goals

Assists
20th: Rio - 4
21st: Logan H - 1 

Goalies
1st : Jack 



A bright, sunny but windy day welcomed Wickersley Youth to the Spartans home ground for their first meeting. Having previously won 14-2 and 5-0 in their first two games of the season Wickersly Youth arrived in good form, would the Spartans be up to the challenge.
 
The Spartans lined up with JB in the goal, William and JD in defence, Logan P on the right wing, Morgan slotting into the central midfield position in the absence of Jacob, Morgan also took on the role of captain for this game. Logan H on the left wing, with Dale starting up front. 12.30 arrived and saw the Spartans kick off, deciding to kick up the slope for the first half. 
 
The game started pretty even with nothing to separate the two teams, JB kept the Spartans in the game pulling off some good saves and distributing the ball well from his goal kicks.
 
William was caught out of position on one occasion but managed to recover and make a good tackle to keep Wickersley at bay.
 
Logan H and Dale combined well with some good work down the left side as well as Logan P putting in a good shift down the right and putting the ball into the danger area on a few occasions, but this is where the Spartans have been lacking so far, and they continued to lack that final touch into the net. Working themselves into good positions on numerous occasions the Spartans lacked the killer finish.
 
Five minutes before half time saw Matt come on for his Spartans debut, coming on to replace Logan H on the left side of midfield.
 
Some good football from both teams saw the game on an even keel and the score remained 0-0 as the half time whistle was blown.
 
The half time team talk saw Ali encourage the boys to continue in the same vein and if they found themselves in some space to not be afraid to have a shot.
 
The second half kicked off in pretty much the same way as the first, very even with not a lot between the two teams. There was more good football played by both teams with them both still deadlocked at 0-0.  The ball came free in the Wickersley area and Logan H saw the ball roll agonisingly wide from his shot.
 
Morgan was having a good game in the centre of midfield defending well and joining in the Spartan attacks. Rio as always worked tirelessly up and down the right touch line, getting back to defend when needed and creating openings down the right.
 
The game appeared to be heading for a 0-0 draw with neither team having created an opening for a goal. Then with one minute left on the referees watch (we had just asked him),  up stepped the Wickersley number 6 who had a huge kick on him to fire in a goal from all of 30 yards that was unstoppable. 
 
In what would appear another cruel twist of fate the Spartans came off on the wrong side of a 0-1 score line at the final whistle. Morgan took the Team Player of the Match Trophy for a good performance in the centre of midfield. And once again our spectators win the award for the best 8th man with some Stirling support and encouragement for the boys.
 
The boys are working hard and have the makings of a really good team, we have not been far away losing by one goal on two occasions and 3 on another then a 3-3 draw.
It is certainly nail biting at times watching the boys, we just lack that finishing touch at the moment, but with some hard work on the training field I am sure that the goals will come and the results will follow. UTS!!! :-)

 

League Stats:
Scorers 
18th: Dale - 2 Goals
28th: Logan H  - 1 Goal
32nd: Logan P - 1 Goal

Assists 
19th: Logan H - 4 Assists

Goalies
8th : Jack 



U9's get on the board with a draw at Dronfield.

Posted by admin on October 1, 2013

With an early start to the day I was worried it may catch us out, I know from past matches it takes a while for us to get warmed up, but this week was different, straight from the kick off Sam found himself through on goal and smashed it into the net after what sempt like seconds.. WHAT A START!

I thought we controlled large parts of the game with some great passing & at times we were unplayable, it didn’t go all our way though, but when the defence was called upon Jake G 
& Ellis were there to clear things, those 2 at the back played really well with Ellis just shading man of the match with some outstanding interceptions, this for me was one the best performances I’ve seen so far in a Spartans shirt. Matthew & Billy supported at both ends when called upon & both could have scored along with Sam, Harrison helped both defence & midfield did a great job, Owen was introduced and was really unlucky not to get on the score sheet, he was just about to pull the trigger & got tackled, Josh did really well in goal ‘his first time’ & was unfortunate not to stop the equalizer that took 
a slight deflection and trickled over the line.  We now had a base for the 2nd match for us to push on. GREAT PERFORMANCE...

Onto the 2nd game, this was end to end, great for the fans to watch but hearts in the mouths time for us on the sidelines, Henry started in goal & was solid again with some great kicking & a couple of good saves, the 2 goals he conceded were almost impossible to stop, the first  a freekick in the top corner & the second a dubious penalty... Kian kept us in the first half, a great pass by Flynn sent him through and he beat the keeper at the near post.

Luke & Lewis at the back both had great games, Jake T was again a tricky customer & almost scored. The second half saw Henry replaced by Alex in goal, we took the game to them, and a couple of corners later we were level again this time a great cross by William, Flynn attacked the front post beat his man with a header that flew into the top corner!!  Now it was game on, both teams could have scored but with 5 mins left Dronfield got there noses infront again, nothing Alex could do, infact I think that’s all he had to do in the second half, we defended as a team superbly.

So into the last couple of minutes 3-2 down, we threw caution to the wind and went for the equalizer this time our luck was in, a ball into the box, cries of penalty ref! and YES the ref pointed to the spot, up stepped William, with the confidence from his performance he smacked the ball into the roof of the net, a well deserved draw! 

Today you were a pleasure to watch, a proper ‘TEAM’ performance from every single one of you & just shows what can be achieved if we pass, focus & work hard together... really, really proud of you all! Looking forward to our next game now! WELL DONE BOYS!!! UTS!!!


U10 Black score 6 to beat Brampton at home

Posted by admin on September 24, 2013

After two very comfortable wins of 10-0 and 8-0 the Spartans needed a test an it was duly provided by a very spirited Brampton team.

The game was played in very warm sunshine which seemed to subdue not only the Spartans players, but also parents and friends watching who were very quiet for the majority of the game.

The first half kicked off and immediately it was clear that Brampton were better than the two team the Spartans had played previously, with a number of strong, skillful players all over the field. The Spartans usual passing game took a few minutes to click in as the boys came to terms with the Brampton game plan of pressing the ball and trying to break from there.

After the initial stages the game settled into a pattern of the Spartans contolling and trying to get through the tough Brampton defence, and when they did, the goalkeeper did what he had to to keep the ball out.

The first goal came after about ten minutes when some good work led to Alfie scoring from a cross from Rmarye. This lead to the Spartans applying more pressure and pinning Brampton back. 

The second came from a corner to the Spartans. The ball broke in the box and shot after shot was blocked by Brampton until Sam got his goal he has been after - he made sure in the most emphatic way, blasting home with great concentration!

Brampton did pose more of an attacking threat, almost scoring themselves after the Spartans lost concentration and all chased into the corner after the same ball, leaving a Brampton player alone in the box. Thankfully the cross was too strong and nothing came of it.

The next goal was an ultimate team goal as Brampton were cut apart by the Spartans passing and movement.

James collected a through ball from Brampton, released Pav down the right wing who then drove forward and switched the ball to Kieren on the left wing. Kieren took a few steps forward and crossed for Blade to smash the ball home for 3-0! 

3-0 at half time.

The second half saw the Spartans start as they had finished, applying pressure but being frustrated by the Brampton strength and willingness to get infront of shots.

Goal four was again good work from the boys, passing and moving until Pav released Blade to slot home passed the Brampton keeper. Following this the Spartans could have had a few more, but managed to hit the goalie a couple of time rather than score and Betsy ran half teh length of teh pitch, was clean through and missed his kick :)

Then came a scare for the Spartans as they began to lose concentration and get away from there game plan. Five players were caught up field as Brampton broke 3 on one - Josh doing his best to hold them up, before James came and cleared the danger. Brampton then had another chance and got a shot in that came back off the bar with no defenders in sight.

This seemed to wake the boys up and two quick goals finished the game as Bramptons heads dropped. Blade stole the ball from a Brampton player and slotetd home for 5-0 and then he finished the game with another as the Spartans were left with three players against their goalie as the ball broke, Betsy nearly score but Blade put it away as the Spartans made hard work of it!

Final score 6-0.

If Brampton gain a bit more organisation to go with their individual skills, they will pose a threat in this league. As it is the Spartans have played three games, scored 24 goals and conceded none.

The key now will be to ensure that the boys don't get complacent and that parents don't get too expectant - hard work and encoragement!

Scorers and assists:
Blade 4 + 0
Sam 1+ 0
Alfie 1+ 0
Kieren 0 + 1
Rmarye 0 + 1
Pav 0 + 1

League Stats:
Scorers
1st: Kieren - 8 Goals
3rd: Blade  - 6 Goals
5th: Alfie - 5 goals

Goalies
1st: James - 2 clean sheets
2nd : Blade - 1 clean sheet


U10 Reds held to a draw at Woodhouse

Posted by admin on September 24, 2013

A warm, sunny afternoon on 22nd September sees a one o'clock kick off for Ecclesfield Spartans Red away to Woodhouse Juniors, Would today see the Spartans Red pick up their first points of the season?

 Woodhouse take the kick off and the teams are pretty even to start... Jack Bailey makes a good save that sees him stop the ball on the goal line.

The Spartans start to take control of the game, Logan H breaks free of the defenders in a good move and is unlucky not to score hitting the post with a low drive that goes out for a goal kick. Another slick move down the left from a throw in sees Logan H in the central strikers position shoot agonisingly wide.

The Spartans keep producing some good play that is seeing them in control of the game...they win a corner, up step Logan H to put in a good corner straight to the feet of Logan P, who shoots on the turn to bang in the first goal of the game high into the Woodhouse goal. 0-1 to the Spartans.

Some stout defending from the Spartans sees the ball sent up field, Logan H takes a brilliant touch to knock it past the Woodhouse defender and set himself free for a one on one with the Woodhouse keeper that Logan H calmly takes in his stride and slots home for the second goal of the game - 0-2 to the Spartans.

Rio is brought on from the substitutes bench and is unlucky not to score with his first touch of the game.
A good break down the left from the Spartans see's Rio play an unselfish ball into Dale who passes the ball into an empty net - 0-3 to the Spartans and the Spartans easily in control of the game. The half time whistle blows and the Spartans come in 0-3 up.

Half time involved John and Ali making clear to the lads that it was very important to continue at the same intensity and to try and win the second half, because it's no good being complacent.
 
The start of the second half sees the Spartans kicking off with Logan P at left back to give William a rest, and Logan H dropping into the central midfield role to give the hard working Jacob a rest.

The Spartans escape conceding when Woodhouse win the ball from the Spartan kick off and burst through only to put the ball into the side netting. Rio has a good run down the right that sees him put a good cross into the box for Dale to take a shot but the keeper is equal to it and makes a good save.

A great turn from the Woodhouse striker in the box sees him turn inside the Spartan defence and score a goal bringing the scores to 1-3. This seems to re-motivate Woodhouse and affect the Spartans concentration as they start to lose control of the game with Woodhouse seeing the majority of the possession and applying some pressure. The pressure continues from Woodhouse and this leads to Dale unluckily turning the ball into his own net in an attempted clearance from a tight angle, 2-3 and Woodhouse are starting to get back into this game with the Spartans lacking the concentration, passing and good football that they played in the first half, a spot of complacency kicking in perhaps?

We've all seen some very questionable decisions in recent games but what happened next caused quite some controversy -  a penalty is awarded to Woodhouse with around one minute remaining for what seemed to be a good tackle. But a penalty is given none the less, heads up boys these things happen in football...up steps the penalty taker, the penalty sees a brilliant save from JB in-between the sticks, from the following rebound William clears but is adjudged to have handled the ball in what would seem a harsh decision. So penalty number two is awarded....JB makes another brilliant save from the second spot kick but this time the rebound is put into the net, 3-3 and now all to play for from a comfortable 0-3 lead.

The Spartans kick off and the whistle is blown, 3-3 the final score.

We can blame bad decision making but perhaps the boys could have done better holding on to their 0-3 lead? A win looked to be on the cards today but at least we now have our first points of the season on the board with what was all in all a good effort by the boys, we just need to keep that concentration for 25 minutes in both halves... but the team did play really well in that first half and a lot of positives can be taken from that. Onwards, upwards and forwards now for the boys... UTS!!!   

Jack Bailey won the team man of the match for his work between the sticks!

League Stats:
Scorers 
15th: Dale - 2 Goals
22nd: Logan H  - 1 Goals
28th: Logan P - 1 goals

Goalies
8th : Jack 

 


U10 Black in second comfortable win

Posted by admin on September 16, 2013

A blustery Graves Park welcomed the Spartans for this lunchtime kick-off.

James returned in goal to bring the Spartans up to full strength and Blade returned to the midfield after guesting in goal for the previous game.

The first half started well as the Spartans passing game started from the off - lots of hard work over ther summer seems to be sinking in. After what seemed like only a minute or two a fine passing move wash finished by Alfie for 1-0. Alfie then proceeded to cut the Pumas defence apart a few times and the Sam could have had two or three goals before the Spartans eventually scored again. Sam passed into Blade who finished neatly for 2-0. Kieren then quickly scored his first of the game after yet another lovely pass from Alfie to make it 3-0.

At the other end, the Pumas were struggling to make any meaningful headway over the halfway line and when they did, the defence cleaned up easily.

4-0 came from some good interchange between Rmarye and Kieren who finished from close range on the goalline and the fifth followed on the stroke of half-time as Betsy fired goalwards from the edge of the box, taking a small deflection on the way after bing played in by Pav.

Half time 5-0. The Spartans were completely dominating play - James had not even seen sight of the ball so far.

The second half saw the Pumas gain some confidence and start to come into the game, keeping the Spartans at bay and playing some decent football themselves. The Pumas forced a couple of corners and the Spartans had to be awake to ensure the Pumas did not have a scoring chance. James eventually got to touch the ball, cleaning up after a small break from the Pumas. When the Spartans got through on goal, the Puma's goalie pulled off a number of decent saves before Kieren finshed off from shot from Sam (who claimed it was a pass). Then Kieren scored a solo goal after a goalkick went wrong and left him with an open net - 7-0.

The scoring was completed just before the end of the game as more Spartans pressure saw Rmarye send Blade in for his second of the game and the Spartans 8th.

Final score 8-0.

Kieren now heads the league scoring with 8 goals from 2 games.

Goals + Assists
Kieren 4 + 0
Blade 2 + 0
Alfie 1 + 1
Betsy 1 + 0 
Rmarye 0 + 2
Sam 0 + 1 
Pav 0 + 1




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