Chester le Street Town FC Under 10 Whites started their new season with a hard-fought and well deserved win today. It was the lads first game at their new venue, their first competitive one on grass and played in the 30 degree heat all which makes the win that little bit more impressive.
The Whites started off well, some great passing and moving and we soon settled down to take control of the game. It wasn’t long before the first goal arrived courtesy of Logan Newton. Playing his first game for the whites his initial shot was partially saved by the keeper but the ball spun back nicely to cross the line for his first goal for the club!
Joshua Ruggles made it 2 nil shortly after with a well placed finished that whistled past the goalkeeper to put the whites deservedly 2 goals ahead.
The game then settled down and had a bit more of an even feel about it until moments before half-time when their opponents pulled one back to make it 2 – 1. Yes a lack of concentration, yes avoidable but no fingers pointed given how well the lads had played first half.
The 2nd half followed much of a similar pattern, a close end-to-end affair, Joshua Ruggles had a great effort saved near post after some good work down the right by Ben Cummings. Dan Watkin was here, there and everywhere – attacking, defending doing everything needed from a midfielder. Alex White, Max Carr and Charlies Soulsby we’re solid at the back, Charlie in particular making somewhere in the range of 1000 clearances, or so it seamed!
Mid way through the second half Josh Wright scored the goal of the game – an absolute screamer of a volley from outside the box that not even David de Gea would have saved. 3 – 1 and it looked comfortable.
That triggered a bit of a change in tactics from the opposition with the keeper kicking long (very long) which caused the defense some issues with some tricky bounces. Never fear though, Jayden Kelly was on hand whenever needed to clear up, including one great tip round the post. Great concentration shown there Jayden!
A last second (literally) goal brought the game back to 3 – 2 but upon the restart the game was promptly ended with the first win of the U10 season duly accomplished.
The lads we’re rightly exhausted, boiling, and sweaty (!), but never fear, whenever there’s the need to soak someone with water the treasurer is never too far away and so it proved to be, Senor Ruggles duly soaking the lads mid team talk. They say if you can’t have a good treasurer, have a crazy one. We got both 🙂