Southside Star Cubs U8 v Lakeside U8
A very close encounter in this hard-fought local derby!
The excitement was tangible as we lined-up for this keenly anticipated fixture versus our old foes Lakeside. The game was played on the Astroturf, with the field at Bournside deemed too waterlogged to play on.
Lakeside brought 3 teams on the day, and with an eye towards how the teams will be split next season, we split our Cubs into 4; Lions, Tigers, Wildcats and Pumas.
The Lions were under the control of new management paring Colin Durrant and Jamie Rudd. In their team was Jamie’s son Josh, plus Noah H, Joseph F, Sam, Leo, Finley and Ethan. Teddy Finch from our U7 Cubs stepped-up as a late replacement for Colin’s son Ollie, who sprained his ankle playing football the previous day! They went down 2-0 to Lakeside Whites in the first game, with the Whites turning out to be the best of the 3 Lakeside teams. The 2nd game was a 1-1 draw with the Blues, which included a ‘worldie’ from Ethan; at least that’s what he told me! The 3rd game, versus the Reds, also ended 1-1; Ethan scored another, less spectacular goal, but with the very last kick of the game, the Reds equalised in time added on for an injury to Josh. In truth, the referee (me!) added on too much time and was probably being ‘too fair’, if such a thing exists! Leo was man of the match for his skilful and hard-working efforts.
The Tigers new management team is Darren Varley and Ian Hepworth. In their team was sons Noah and Lukas, plus Joseph W, Austin, Seb, Jake, Alfie and Terrence. They fought out 2 battling 0-0 draws with the Blues and Reds, before also going down 2-0 to the Whites. This was a great team effort with lots of good performances; Seb took man of the match honours for a determined effort in midfield in games 1 and 2, and a great performance in goal in game 3. Joseph and Austin were both solid in defence and Terrence did well with his persistent running.
The new Wildcats management team is Andy Cook and Roy Crocker, but with Andy unavailable on the day, James (Carpy) Carpenter stood in for him. In their team was Roy’s son Josh, Jamie, Jonas, Zaya, Preston, Jacob, Archie and Max W. They started with an excellent 1-1 draw with the Lakeside star team Whites, with Archie netting with a nice finish. They then earned a 0-0 draw with the Blues, a late penalty save from Josh earning a share of the spoils, after a scything tackle from Jacob gave the referee no option but to point to the spot! A 1-0 defeat to the Reds in their final game was harsh on the Wildcats, as they conceded a late goal from a corner. Jonas once more was star of the day and added to his collection of medals, but special mention to Zaya and Jamie for their good showing.
Last by no means least we had the Pumas. Their new management team is James Jackson and Ian Goodall, but with James ill, duties were left to Ian for the day. In the Pumas team was Ian’s son Tate, James’ son Will, plus Jack S, Lucas, Leonidas. Lorenzo and Tobi, with Lennie Middlecote again stepping-up from our U7 Cubs to play in goal. The Pumas started with 2 draws, a 0-0 draw against the Blues, followed by a 1-1 versus the Reds, with Will on the mark with a deft chip over the keeper. The final game ended in a 2-1 defeat to the Whites, despite Tobi slotting home a penalty. Again, good performances all round, with Lucas claiming the medal for some great defending and some lovely through balls to the strikers.
In total, we played 12 games, drew 8 and lost 4, 3 of which were against the Lakeside Whites. We should have won at least one of them (sorry!), but every single game was very competitive and the Cubs performed admirably. Being back on a larger pitch and playing 7-a-side again after all the 5-a-side tournaments definitely was a big change for them; we will be looking to do something similar next week when we play Tewkesbury Colts, to get them back into the 7-a-side groove!
Men of the Match: Leo Hancock, Seb Bodley, Jonas Selby, Lucas Cliffe