NO JOY FOR U8 WHITES

Two weeks ago we had a double match weekend and played great, winning both games comfortably. This weekend we had two games again, played great, controlled large parts of the game and came away with no points but upon reflection will probably gain more from these two games than the wins. Why? Jacob Lisle, MotM, can best answer that today with an improved performance in every area of his game. I asked him recently to take more touches of the ball, to want the ball and chase after it, to run, tackle and not let the opposition have time to make decisions. Today he did that, because we played a better team than two weeks ago and he was rewarded with his best goal in two years. This brought the game back to 2-2 after an error at each end ┬áproduced a goal apiece and watching parents were then thoroughly entertained by an exciting finish to the match. Thomas Walton stood out for his role holding a good defensive position in the first half and Finley Benek as ever was industrious throughout the match almost grabbing a goal from a well taken short corner. Will Jackson and Nick Twinn were tasked with pressing the ball and giving no space in the middle of the pitch and they both put a huge amount of effort into this before giving way to James Carr and Joel Mewes Reed from the bench. Joel made a great save after going in goal.┬áJames found some good positions up front during the match but wasn’t favoured by good fortune and Joel gave it everything despite carrying a knock. We didn’t get the win but as coach I left the pitch very happy with lots of things we tried out there. When Nick was given a free-kick within shooting range late in the game and sent the ball dipping and curling into the goal only to see it crash off the crossbar with the keeper beaten, it just looked like it might be one of those games. With a little bit more effort these matches will go our way in future. Plenty more exciting games to go Whites.

Final score 2-3

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