What World Cup? Nothing has quite matched some of the moments created in Chester le Street U9 Whites first ever 7 a-side league game. We started with just 6 players against a full squad of 9, short of players for the first time in 2 year. The plan: Jacob Lisle in goal for the whole match, with Joel Mewes Reed and James Carr sitting very deep in front of goal. Nick Twinn to try and protect defence with Finley Benek and Thomas Walton right and left of midfield on the halfway line. Despite going a goal down very quickly our plan was flawed because we were the attacking team for most of the match. Good football and pressing the ball led to Thomas smashing the ball into the net levelling the score while Jacob made a good save at the other end. The game became stretched as players like Nick who could dominate 5 a-side pitches now, struggled to cover ground on such a huge pitch leaving our defence sometimes exposed. Joel made a shakey start fouling several times, often sliding in, perhaps feeling a little exposed when harried by several attackers at once but he grew into the game producing a Man of the Match performance and was incredibly unlucky when hitting the post late on so ferociously you could hear it back at Moor Park. Finley chased and hassled the opposition in their own half and James sat back trying to safeguard our goal but when the final whistle blew on a 1-3 loss we knew the opposition were mightly relieved. Nick stands in as vice captain in Will Jackson’s absence and Ollie Loan will be joining us next match so already looking to our next game. Great performance in tough conditions.