After a long break the U9 Whites were back in action today at Newbottle facing a well matched team. We created several good chances but perhaps lacking match practice and unused to playing on grass we trailed by 2 goals despite proving to be the more entertaining team. A wonderful inividual goal from a trademark Finley Benek run brought us back into the game and a brilliant high save from Jacob Lisle kept us within touching distance at half-time. Joel Mews traded places in goal and produce a goal saving dive low to his right but couldn’t do anything to stop the oppositions striker grabbing a thunderous goal up into the roof of the net giving him an outstanding hat-trick. In a game that could have easily got away from us due to the oppositions finishing when Jacob smashed home our second goal I really thought we would go on to win this game. Lots of high points in a game the boys thoroughly enjoyed. Nick Twinn made a great run from defence carrying the ball with thought and awareness, constantly looking at his options showing a growing maturity. Oliver Loan makes powerful runs in both direction giving the team an energy and drive that’s needed on these bigger pitches. Ben and Ashton have settled quickly into the team this season and give us options we didn’t have and James Carr and Will Jackson put a lot of effort in at both ends of the pitch, both refusing to panic and kick, rather choosing to keep the ball and play in the Chester Town way. Man of the Match today narrowly goes to Thomas Walton, forcing the opposition keeper into save of the match then moments later demonstrating power, pace and tenacity, chasing down a lost cause when the opposition was about to score and making the tackle of the match. The opposition coaches could do nothing but shake their heads and applaud.