U10 Reds held to a draw at Woodhouse

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

8th : Jack 


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