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Under 17's Boys - JPL - Match centre

QPR (Midlands)
Stourbridge FC
Sat 18 Mar 10:30 - League Full time

Sweet revenge for Glassboys


A much improved performance on last week

A much improved performance on last week. The boys were a credit to themselves and the shirt today as they showed just how far we have come since our opener against QPR in September which ended in a 4-0 home defeat. Today we played with purpose, discipline and an attitude that has seen us take points from all the teams above us and shown on our day we are as good as anyone.
we started on the front foot dictating play and dealing well with the pace and power of our opponents (something we struggled with at the start of the season). The back four knew they would have to be focused and Hayden Reeves dominated in the air including almost giving us the lead within 10 minutes when a good spell of pressure resulted in an excellent Corey Sheaf corner that was headed by the big CB, past the keeper but cleared brilliantly on the line by QPR. Will Bishop and Oli Hartland were linking up well on the right and Dan Harvey and James Welch had control of central areas continually winning back possession and feeding the wide areas where Oli Hartland had a volley straight at the keeper. 0-0 after 20 minutes and a really pleasing start. We spoke about not letting their runners face us up (keep them going the wrong way).
We started off well with Kyle Peters providing support for Corey down the left and James Fletcher more than matched the two big central defenders and gave us a great out ball allowing Callum Swain to pick up loose knock downs. On 30 minutes Swainy looked certain to give us the lead as a quick interchange saw him clean through and 1 v1 (the keeper made a smart save with his legs). We continued to push on and Corey was really close with a 25 yard free kick that whistled past the post. At the other end Liam Hurley and Hayden Reeves dealt with balls in the channel and over the top with Joe Collingridge well positioned to sweep up. Will Bishop was also having his best game of the season, commanding in the air and on the floor.
0-0 half time - we could see them becoming frustrated at a lack of possession and no chances being created. We needed to stay focused, disciplined and press together at the right times. We made a couple of changes to give their excellent RB something else to think about.
We got a deserved goal on 52 minutes after Fletch chased down a through ball and caused hesitation between CB and GK. he knicked the ball and was fouled (although he was so honest trying to stay up) the ref correctly called it back. Skipper James Welch emphatically struck the ball past the keeper. We had a great spell with Lewis Allen's pace causing major problems as we continued to counter attack. Fletch doubled the lead only for it to be ruled offside. Joe Collingridge made an incredible save with his feet (only real save he made all game - showing excellent concentration, sign of a very good GK). On the hour mark we got the 2nd after an excellent counter saw the ball with Amari Richards on the left who was fouled just outside the box. James Welch delivery was excellent all game fired in a low free kick this time. Dan Harvey and Liam Hurley caused havoc with their runs leading to an own goal.
2-0 at the final interval - we spoke about purposely sitting deeper for the final quarter to deny space over the top and allow us to continue to counter. We needed to manage the game (sometimes we have struggled to do this). The boys executed perfectly playing with real game intelligence. We were tested with high balls which the back four and Joe dealt with. Kyle and Charlie doubled up to stop their strong right side. Jimmy and Dan blocked and any shots on the edge of the box. Will Bishop made a number of important headers at the back post. Fletch run tirelessly and in the end like Kyle had a breather as Cal and Corey went back on to freshen us up. The boys saw the game out comfortably hitting good areas of the pitch when attacking allowing Callum Swain to show his ability to hold up play with willing runners in Lewis, Amari and Corey.
A fantastic, well deserved victory. Great to see you all bounce back after last week. We trained like beasts on Wednesday and played like it today. If we carry on with the same attitude for our remaining games we will pick up lots of points and finish in a very healthy league position. It was so difficult picking MOM this week and it could literally have gone to anyone. We decided Liam Hurley and Will Bishop both get it as we cannot remember them making one mistake.

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Liam Hurle

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Liam Hurle
Will Bishop

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Will Bishop

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