U10 Black record another win despite below par performance

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U10 Black record another win despite below par performance

Posted by admin on October 8, 2013

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

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

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


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