Back to back league victories for u16s
By Simon King
Clinical and composed display
Clinical and composed display from the boys against a good footballing side in Middleton. However the boys performance today was too strong for our opponents as we dominated long periods of the game with some slick passing and controlled possession. The first period wasn't without a couple of worries as the quick number 9 found space between the pairing of Tom Hunt and Hayden Reeves. Middleton threatened on the counter attack although much of the play was up the other end with Amari and Corey seeing plenty of ball and Kyle Tom and Dan getting in advanced positions but we just lacked the fina ball. End of first quarter was 0-0.
Second quarter saw our opponents put a high press on which the boys dealt with well. The defence and midfield continually showing for the ball from Joe and he had the confidence to give them the ball. We continued to play some excellent football but Middleton were proving tough to break down. 0-0 at half time.
Mitchell Heathcote and Aaron Bishop entered the game and had an immediate impact. Hayden and Tom really started to dominate at the back freeing up Will Bishop and Liam Hurley to support wide areas. The deserved breakthrough happened just after the interval. Some patient build up play saw Tom Trevis feed Dan Harvey
who shot left footed from 25 yards leaving the goalkeeper rooted. We continued to dominate and Aaron was thwarted by excellent goalkeeping and had a goal ruled out for offside.
The final break we spoke about staying patient and concentrated. Middleton continued to probe and threw bodies forward allowing us to now play on the counter attack. The boys stayed disciplined and kept good shape to stop any attacks and were rewarded just before the end when Callum Swain
put Aaron Bishop in who lobbed the goalkeeper.
A terrific game played in the right spirit by both teams.