Match Day 3 brought the Elks up against Manorcroft United U9’s away.
With the full team available and a very good warm up completed, the Elks were thrown a curveball by Cyril B not having his registration card to hand. So 2 mins before kick off we were our keeper down and down to 1 sub. George Rayner was the closest person to Cyril and so became the next great to don the green jersey of the Elks. A shift of positions at the start of the match gave Zach the opportunity to continue his good form on the right with Max becoming the engine in the centre of the park and a new defensive due of Sam and Dom at the back. Fletcher reprised his role as striker extraordinaire with the trickster Tom McMonagle on the left looking to supply the goods. So far so good. Then the game began and it became obvious that Manorcroft wanted to pass the ball around. The boys did well to disrupt the passing and try to instigate their own attacking intent, and as we tried to get to terms with the new positions and the improved passing ability from the opposition they managed to pepper our goal with shots until finally the overload on the right saw one of their players have enough time and space to finish a chance that their possession deserved. The whistle went and the boys trotted over…this was not going to be a match of two halves, due to the the game being played in quarters.
The next three quarters followed this pattern: Elks creating really good chances, their keeper performs Manuel-Neuer-in-a-7-a-side-goal-in-Egham saves, then they have 1 shot, on the break a quarter, which would hit the frame. Neuer made an especially world class save from our danger man Tom McMonagle, pushing a would be goal into the top bins wide for a corner. In the final quarter of the match we switched to the unorthodox 2-2-2 formation pushing Sam and Dom further upfield and this paid dividends when some slick passing saw Sam waltz into the box and calmly side foot a shot past superman in gloves. On reflection we can be happy with a draw, knowing we created a multitude of chances and on another day with another keeper in between their sticks we would have been celebrating a win.
Man of the match goes to Sam for his composed passing and great finish under pressure. Skill of the game goes to Thomas for sending players the wrong way all game.
Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.