MHRML U13 Div 2 - Potters Bar Town Youth FC U13 Scholars 3 vs Hertford Town Youth FC U13 Harts 6
Physical presence of the Harts was the difference
Tough game for the Scholars vs one of the strongest sides in the league, with the away team making their physical presence count with a 6-3 win. To be honest the score line flattered the away team, as the game was very close with the Scholars matching the Harts every step of the way. The route one football by the Harts, through their powerful and quick striker was part of difference, along with their teams physical nature, however, the better football was played by the Scholars .
The Scholars took a well deserved lead with great interchange passing, being finished off clinically by Rahim. The Scholars were unlucky with a few chances, and also two goal mouth scrambles, with the Harts GK arguably being their man of the match in the first half by keeping them in the game. Then against the run of play, the Harts scored twice with one break away and another good finish from outside the box, to go 2-1 up at half time.
The Scholars came out of the blocks in the second half full of energy (thks Sandra for the hot choc), piling the pressure and Rahim was unlucky not to score by shrugging off two defenders and just going over the bar. Again, against the run of play, the Harts made it 3-1 with another break away goal. Jack clawed one back with coming off the left side to hit a smashing low drive into the bottom corner. Like the first half, the Scholars continued to make chances and Harts had their GK to thank, along with a resilient defence.
Then 2 further break aways by Harts made it 5-2. Jack was taken out twice in quick succession for a penalty to be awarded. All looked back at the illuminated smile and top of Sir Bradley Monks, who was already jogging up from his goal area, and did the biz again by slotting calmly home for his 3rd of the season - not bad for a GK! The Harts then had another break away to make it 6-3.
All worked so hard, and as highlighted earlier it was Harts physical nature, direct style and their powerful & quick striker which made the difference. It must be said, that we all should be very proud of the boys, their determination, work rate and great football. The Scholars deserved more, and no-way our man of the match Charlie Baker should have been on a losing side, as he never put a foot wrong, made numerous tackles and great distribution - well done Charlie B and all.