The game started well with Chester le Street  Town U9 Whites looking strong. The ball was effortlessly passed up and down the pitch but in the early minutes a few great opportunities to score were missed. An accidental foul on the opposition led to free kick in the danger area of our half, which hit off the cross bar and back into play. The ball was cleared and before we knew it the ball was at the opposite end of the pitch with Ollies’ foot on end, firing the the ball into the back of the of the net. The goal seemed to settle the boys and they looked strong. A second goal, from Finley, soon followed and the boys and gained confidence. The opposition struggled to break through our defence, but did put pressure on Chester Town on a couple of occasions, with one leading to a brilliant save by James. A fortuitous ball down the middle found Finley in space, choosing the option to quickly pass instead of run he put the ball in the box for Thomas. Using great judgement and team spirit Thomas let the ball run past to a waiting Benjamin and it was struck superbly into the inside netting. A superb example of how the boys are really gelling as a team. 19 minutes down and the opposition looked like they had given up already. Another goal 2 minutes later, from Thomas, saw the lead extend further and it looked like the game was was going to be a goal fest! An injury to one of the opposition, 2 minutes before the end of the first half, led to a break in play to allow the coach to tend to the player. However……the game never restarted!. The opposition forfeited the game after 23 minutes.

A win for the boys, but disappointing that they didn’t get to play a full game after braving the cold on an early winter morning.

The highlight for the coach was the defending, with at least 2 great runs back from Will and Joel. Some of the boys also displayed much better discipline when timing runs too.

Another display of amazing team work showing just how far the boys have come this season. I think I speak for every parent / grandparent when I say that the supporters of Chester town U9 whites are so proud of the team. The boys have a chance to win the league, which is brilliant, however whatever happens next week, they have done themselves proud.
The outcome of the match has proven just how committed our boys are. Week after week, no matter if there are 9 of them, 7 of them (or at times last season, only 6 of them) , the boys give their all and never give up!

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