Back with a bang
Great result after no matches since November
With the last match on the 25th of November, the under 11's could have been forgiven if they'd turned in a bad performance in their first game back. A cup match against Hucknall Sports, who have just won division 5 red, we expected a tough match despite the two division gap.
The match started very evenly, with Hucknall looking very well organised and played some great football. Chances were few and far between until Ben Morley scored with a left footed shot from the edge of the area which somehow managed to squirm underneath the goalkeeper. Rich Frost blazed over to miss the chance to make it 2 - 0, but only minutes later neatly slotted in from the edge of the box following good link up play with Ben Morley and in doing so, scored the team's 100th goal since being formed in April. A quick breakaway from Hucknall caught the Kirk Hallam defence cold and they managed to make it 2 - 1 through a free kick after some sloppy defending to first give away the foul and then in defending the free kick. This kicked Kirk Hallam into life and with Ben Morley, Will Dudley and Harris Khan all hitting Hucknall with wave after wave of pressure, Rich Frost repaid the favour to send Ben Morley clear, who blew the defender away with his pace and chipped the onrushing goalkeeper to make it 3-1. Morley then quickly completed his hat trick again using his pace to get away from the defenders and finish into the top corner.
H/T 4 - 1
The second half was more of the same, with Hucknall remaining very organised and keeping their shape well, but could not cope with the raw pace of Kirk Hallam and the steadying influence and strength in midfield of Richard Frost, Emin Alcin, Lewis Smith and Joel Ogden. Hucknall managed to attack with a few breakaways, but the defence of Harley Rose, Owen Robinson, Liam Evans and Wil Turner between them at different stages in the match coped really well and kept the attackers at bay. With the last twenty minutes remaining and the scored still comfortably at 4 - 1, Ben Morley, Richard Frost and Liam Evans came off for a rest and a change of formation to 3-3-2 was made in order to allow the lads some time to try something a little different. Will Dudley and Harris Khan continued to torment the Hucknall defence, with Harris missing a glorious chance to make the score 5 - 1 after rounding the goalkeeper. After winning a free kick on the edge of the box, he struck the bar with the resulting set piece which finished with the ball bouncing between players in the box and Lewis Smith finally smashed it into the net for 5 - 1. Harris Khan then got his first of the season shortly afterwards. Hucknall scored a late consolation goal for the match to finish 6 - 2.
A good, solid performance for Kirk Hallam upon their return to action, despite letting in two soft goals. A lot of credit has to go to Hucknall for their approach to the match. They never gave up and conducted themselves very well. Their management team were fantastic as well. Great guys.
Man of the match was Richard Frost
F/T 6 - 2