Chester le Street Under 10 Whites started after the mid-season break where they left off with a 4 – 1 win to keep their unbeaten start to the season going.
The Whites were without newly appointed captain Charlie Soulsby and Max Carr was jetting off to Dubai so that meant new signing Ali Thomas was making his Whites debut.
The lads started OK, passing the ball about nicely with reasonable possession but that just simply didn’t materialise into any meaningful chances leading to the opposition taking a 1 nil lead after about 15 minutes. After that the game got scrappy with Jayden Kelly making a few decent saves to keep it at 1 – 0.
It looked like that would be how the half would finish but a marauding run down the right-wing from Ben Cummings who had the presence of mind to look up and pick Logan Newton out in the middle changed that. Logan made no mistake with the finish meaning the lads went in at half time at 1 – 1. Frankly it was the most they deserved.
If the first half was lack-lustre the second half was much better. The Whites took their first chance of the half, Joshua Ruggles finishing neatly in the bottom corner from 15 yards – something which has been worked on a lot the past few training sessions which is always very satisfying for the coaches 🙂
3 – 1 shortly followed from a corner – a bit of scramble to be fair, Ben had a close range effort cleared off the line but thankfully Wrighty was on hand and alert to bundle the ball over the line.
4 – 1 a few minutes later with a sweeping move down the left. Josh Wright showed good awareness to pick out the run of Joshua Ruggles who was clinical with the finish once more. A [harsh] decision for handball prevented Rugs getting his hattrick.
That’s how the game finished, but special mentions needed for captain Dan Watkin who worked tirelessly all day – up and down and passed neatly. Dan Burlison for some neat passing and a couple of fabulous switches and Ali Thomas and Alex White both of whom defended resolutely, making to great blocks and last-ditch tackles for the cause.
Well done lads – not the best performance – but if we can win 4 – 1 when we’re not at our best then it’s a good sign of things to come – determination, effort and teamwork three things we always want and expect on day when perhaps the skill and flair was still on holiday…