u15 Results update November

Nov 13. (League Cup) v Stafford Soccer School (A) Lost 1-5

Nov 20 (League Div 1) v Stafford Soccer School (H) Won 2-1

Dec 4 (Staffs County Cup) v Stone Dominos (H) Won 6-1

 

Nov 13. (League Cup) v Stafford Soccer School (A) Lost 1-5

A bad day at the office and one to forget from a manager, player and parent point of view.

All of the recent good performances suggested we might put in a good performance against a team we hold in high regard. Stafford won Div 2 last year comfortably and we know they will start to put some points on the board soon. However, this was a cup match and a place in the quarter final was up for grabs. Our guys started really well, causing quite a lot of problems, and pressing SSS into their own half. Penkridge got the breakthrough after 10 minutes  and went 1-0 up but were then caught napping when pressing for a second from a corner… making it far to easy for Stafford to break away a score an equaliser. Although this was the first notable attack from the home team… our guys seemed to drop their heads and lose their shape. This made it far to easy for Stafford to play through us and score a couple more before half time. The second half was an improvement on the first, but as the lads pushed on to try and get something out of the game (switching to 3 at the back) they were again caught out. Eventually losing 5-1. In a game where far too many lads were played well below their previous levels Keeper Jack Philpott came out with the most credit, pulling off numerous fine saves.
Nov 20 (League Div 1) v Stafford Soccer School (H) Won 2-1

After our humiliation the previous week, Nigel and I were convinced we could not play as badly again, however we were struck with a series of late calls from parents as the dreaded flue bug hit hard. As it turned out we were left with just a bare starting XI… Stafford must have been even more confident of a repeat from the previous week.

Luckily every single player remaining positive and they started the game really well. The shape was back to normal – even with Ethan (CM) playing out of position on the right wing and Reece (CB) dropping in at Right back. Throughout the first half Penkridge looked solid and were rarely troubled. They had the lion’s share of possession and frustrated their opponents danger men so much so, that they lost their discipline and started to agrue among themselves as well as with the referee.

At half time the instructions were simple. Keep it up. The desire and effort was there for all to see, but we just needed to get at them a little more to force the goal the first half performance deserved. The break though came from a corner. Ry Land was running into the box to meet the cross but was blocked and wrestled to the ground – making it easy for the referee to give a penalty. Ethan stepped up and slammed home the penalty. Moments later Stafford were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area – the shot went straight towards our keeper, who took his eye off the ball as two blue shirts ran toward him, although the ball hit the back of the net, the flag had already been raised, for offside agianst the two on rushing players. This decision caused even more of the Stafford lads to have a moan at the ref, which would prove to be their down fall. The ref eventually sending of one of their players who had arguably been their best player the previous week.

Stafford continued to press, and were now flying into challenges all over the pitch. Penkridge stood up to everything but were caught out late in the second half allowing a ball to be slid in from the left – which was finished clinically from 18 yards.

Matt Smith put the ball in from close range after a corner, but was deemed offside. The Penkridge lads were equally miffed with the descision as SSS had been with their disallowed goal. Mat ran from deep in the area, maybe the linesman saw a different player offside in the build up?

As the game went into the last couple of minutes, the 11 were getting tired and a draw looked most likely –  the least Penkridge deserved. With no subs attacks became less frequent and resilient defending was the order of the day. However, Mozza collected the ball deep in his own half and hit a first time diagonal ball over the right back – Matt Smith sensed an opportunity and found a last drop of energy… with plenty to do he muscled his way past his marker, shrugged off another challenge in the penalty box and finished well clipping the keeper from close range.

As we walked off the pitch, most of the talk was about the ref, which was a shame because Penkridge deserved great credit for their performance. We know full well not to upset the ref (from previous seasons), and certainly not to abuse him. I certainly wish more refs were strong enough to deal with poor behaviour and was surprised that Stafford allowed it to develop. The return match will no doubt be another tasty affair!

MOTM – Reece Jecketts (closely followed by Ethan, Mozza and Mat + 7 others).

 

Dec 4 (Staffs County Cup) v Stone Dominos (H) Won 6-1

After missing the previous week with even more guys off ill or away, we were hoping the guys could carry on from the performance against Stafford.

Not knowing too much about our opponents, we knew the game was all about our own attitude and approach. The only changes to the starting line up saw Ethan drop back into centre mid and Jack James take up his familiar right mid position. Also Jord Wilcox was handed a start with Zack Porter on Climbing competition duty. At the team talk we discussed playing with a high tempo and the need to see Jamo and Mozza in the final third, hurting the full backs and getting the crosses in. From the off the lads were at it. Within a the first 5 minutes we’d created a couple of good opportunities and several corners. Mat and Ethan were totally dominant in centre mid, and Jack James was giving the left back and left winger all sorts of problems – so much so they switched the right back and left back. I did feel for the lad who went to right back because he now faced Mozza who gave him an equally tough time.

The tactic played out well. The defenders looked solid, but were supporting the wide men well, meaning they could play even higher up the pitch and it was only a matter of time before Stone conceded. Jack swung in corner after corner to only see great chances go begging but eventually, Ethan finished after a half clearance.

Greg produced a fine header from a Mat smith cross, bravely getting between tow markers and thundering a header high into the top right.

Jord and Ethan both scored from close range after fine passing moves.

(Found these reviews in my draft files – so thought I should share them – I’ll up load the season review soon. R)

 

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