Here are the weekends results for our Youth teams
U18-EJA LEAGUE MATCH
Buckhurst Hill 2 PBT 1
- A very good display in a close fought match against the league leaders who have won every game. Shows the team are starting to get to grips with the older teams.
U15-EJA LEAGUE MATCH
PBT 3- Bishops Stortford 0
A cracking win against a good team.
U14-EJA LEAGUE MATCH
PBT 1 Ware 1
A very good draw against one of the strongest teams at this age group.
U12-MHRML EMERALD Division MATCH
PBT Youth 2 BSCFC Athletic 4
4-1 down at half time but completely dominated the second half but could not get the goals they deserved.
U12-MHRML Purple Division match
Panshanger Lions vs PBT Scholars
It was another game that we had most of the play and ended without a win, however, we did show character to hold on to a 3-3 draw. We were so much the better footballing side throughout the game and in particular the first half, moving the ball freely through the thirds, creating many chances but unfortunately either pulling the trigger to early or simply just missing the target.
Going 3 nil up with sublime football was a joy to see and 2 of the 3 were examples of all in team play, moving the ball round quickly without the home team getting near us. Both started deep from our own half and ended with aplomb with two fantastic finishes by both Kyle and Jack. Our other also came from some great inter-change ending with Archie being brought down, and then getting up to slam the resulting penalty in the top corner. At this point, the kids did not continue to maintain the same momentum and method used, and even though still some good football it was no way near the level they reach for most of the first half. With the last minute of the half, the home team put in a speculative cross which sailed into our goal to make 3-1 going into the break.
All the right things were being said by the players at half time with honesty in what went well and what could be improved, and even though it was not rousing speech as what we heard from Panshanger, it was at the right tone to lay the foundations for the second half. Panshanger came out for the second half using the inspiration of scoring to give them the hope of pulling the game round. For the first 15mins of the second half, they fought for every ball and closed us down well, while we began to become tentative, not as committed and did not show the same appetite as the home side. This resulted in another speculative long range looping shot that went in and then their 3rd came from a penalty which we had opportunities to clear prior to us giving it away.
With 15mins to go, we stepped up again to get to near the level of the first half but the home side held firm, and you could see the delight in their faces in securing a well deserved draw whereas for our boys it felt like a defeat. We do need to learn to match the other teams desire for the whole 60mins, consider whether to play the long ball at times to mirror what the opposing teams do for most of the game, not to admire our great football, remain consistent in our play and try to maintain it for the whole game. Just hope we can put this right next week in the County Cup away to St.Albans Victoria Park who have just won 4 on the spin in their respective league.
U12-MHRML GREEN Division
PBT Whites vs Bury Rangers Blacks
On another sunny morning at their home ground at Dame Alice Owens, which the groundsmen are keeping in particularly good condition, the Whites faced Bury Rangers Blacks in their 5th match of the season.
Bearing in mind that this was only the 5th time this group of players were lining up together, it is fair to say that Gareth Southgate would have been very proud to see his England team gelling as well as these boys are. The rapport started to pay off immediately as the boys created chance after chance, narrowly missing two opportunities and hitting the wood work instead. Clearly rattled, Bury Rangers started to pick themselves up and evened the possession stats, particularly in midfield where their bigger players patrolled the field. The balance of play began to slip away from the Whites as the opposition began to get the upper hand with some very tough challenges leading to the referee having no option but to stop play to calm players down. A well worked goal by Bury saw the whites coming in for the first half a little bruised and frustrated.
The half time talk reminded the players that it was blinding start that had led to the opposition's reaction and the only way back was to start the 2nd half in exactly the same manner. Both sides were evenly matched and had benefited from their respective pep talks, with our man of the match and superhero keeper Yusef, keeping the score-line at 1-0, whilst our outfielders worked several chances and more near misses. The goal was inevitable and some excellent link play created magical and well deserved goal, calmly slotted in by Olli to draw them level. Going for the jugular now, the Whites settled down to their trademark passing triangles up the field and camped in the opposition's half as Bury soaked up the pressure well as they rotated their numerous subs to try to keep the Whites at bay.
The second half seemed to fly by as both teams treated the home crowd to a very enjoyable game of football, demonstrating their camaraderie and will to win. On balance, Bury were happier with the draw than the Whites who could so easily have scored more.
Next fixture – Hertford Town (away) - 10am kick off.
Well done to all the teams this week
Updated 10:27 - 6 Feb 2018 by Steve Ringrose