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17/18 Under 11s - Match centre

Mayford Athletic
(Tigers) Bedfont and Feltham Youth Yellows
Sun 18 Dec 10:00 - League Full time

Great way to finish 2016, another away win at Bedfont

A better result than last time!

Mayford Tigers 6 – Bedfont and Feltham Yellows 3
By Jarrad Hubble, 18th December 2016
On a tiny pitch with more mud than grass, the boys showed real steel and determination to run out comfortable 6-3 winners against a side dangerous on their home ground. As supporters we have become used to watching the boys pass and move their way to victory. Knowing that wasnt possible, we showed there is more to our game than flair, fighting for every loose ball and defending deep as a team. It was at times inspiring as desperate defending turned quickly to breaks moving forward - our transition from diving into tackles to long through balls into attack was excellent an showcased our ability to adapt. Our goals cam from Aiden and Kelvin (2 each), James and an own goal. We could have had many more but for a huge opposition keeper, smaller than normal goals and some unlucky shooting.
Although in trouble with his parents for losing his glasses today, on the pitch Chris was courageous and again finished the game without any errors. In horrible keeping conditions he performed under pressure without panicking, not once mishandling and giving the opposition a chance. A little guy with a big heart. His two fellow defenders were both at their very best today. Mikey showed there s much more to his game than Usain Bolt pace, tackling over and over again to either save us on the last line or turnover the ball setting up our attack. . Along side him Jamie dominated the play out of defence. For a boy whose tackling was once a weakness, the opposition must have felt like he was a brick wall today. It felt like every time they came forward Jamie stepped up and stopped them in their tracks, not once taking a backward step. My 3 defenders were the real heroes today!
Going forward and despite the muddy conditions, our goals were all rather classy. Aiden continued his great form, linking the attacks together and finishing himself - though he was angry he missed a few he would normally score, the fact that he is getting in these positions is a good sign. His pressing and closing down was first rate again. Kelvin once more was excellent - what a season he is having. Again, discipline early with passing and tackling, then as the game gets stretched we get those long legs moving and give him permission to run with the ball. As Aiden and James agreed in the car on the way home - we are so glad he’s on our team and we don’t have to play against him!
In conditions where many of the boys hacked the ball long on most occasions, James was the one person on the pitch whose skill allowed him the keep the ball close to his feet and play like the conditions were dry. He constantly won the ball in tight spaces, feeding the ball to his wingers and then joining in the attacks. Box to box the whole game without rest, James ran the show today.
However, the surprise packet for today was Isaac. Playing on the wing the whole game, Isaac was outstanding going forward, running into space to receive the ball and crossing in a discipline fashion every time. He showed pace with the ball, skill in close and intelligence with his passing - looking like a natural winger throughout. Without doubt a natural in this position and I feel we will seem out there often going forward. Still a bit of work to do in defending midfield, but that will come and its rather exciting seeing him tearing down the wing as he did today. Well done mate.

The only down side today was the injury to Louis, who came off in the first half with what could be a knee injury - unbelievably the opposite knee that he hurt at training. Louis is the heartbeat of our team and I just hope it isnt too serious and we seem him after Christmas. I really felt for him today as his body couldn't do what his heart wanted! Hang in there Lou and let me know how you are.

Louis' injury aside, a great day for the Tigers and one that showed us just what the boys are made of!

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