Clifton U11 White 1-2 Stapleford Town
Lucky in some ways today the score stayed this low!
We had some great chances but the Stapleford keeper stayed strong and made numerous saves.
In our goal so did Alfie, owning the ball and his box he forced the opponents to rush some decisions through rushing out and ultimately keeping the goals against down! another great stop from a free kick!
We didn't start well at all and Stapleford really did! they came at us, closed the middle of the pitch and won their midfield battles time after time , we've consistently played with width and we just lost our way today not playing into areas and under hitting simple passes.
Our defenders DID play some great offsides - don't forget the age is still all about learning and whilst we were caught out for their winner time after time we did trap them.
As mentioned earlier we did have chances, we kept ourselves in the match at the end of the first half with a lovely piece of composure from Kai, he played Leo a lovely ball in and Leo ran onto it and sent it past the keeper.
We had to press high for the last ten minutes and try and get numbers in their area, more efforts on goal were made including a well won free kick right on the edge of the box we unfortunately went just over the bar from Kai.
MOM - Archie: Excellent work on the wing, great crosses, always watched his runners and worked box to box and was as consistently as ever trying to play our game.
Leo - 1