OH WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN
Almost The Dream Return
Oh what a game it was here for the Valley Knights u12's against Langold Juniors. With the return of Harston at the helm the Knights started the better of the 2 teams and where soon playing the kind of football that we all love to see, with some slick passing and running off the ball it wasn't too long before they turn the screw and took the lead with just 5 minutes on the clock. Playing as a lone striker Venables raced through from the left flank on to his own hit and run, and found himself with a 1-on-1 and made the most of it pushing the ball into the back of the net low past the advancing keeper. The Knights looked hungry for more and more they got with Venables again getting the better of the Langold defence just 2 minutes later. Some great eye catch football between R.Atkinson and Conlon end with Conlon putting in a pin point cross for Venables to enjoy his second with a tap in from 5 yards. The Knights continued to dominate the play and had chance after chance but just couldn't find the right pass in the last third till on 17 mins Conlon again crossed from the left this time too deep for the players in the box but fortunately it was retrieved by Early and his cross fell to the feet of fellow wing back Critchley to fire into the top corner to give the Knights a dream lead. And a 3-1 half-time score as Longold pulled 1 back just before the break on 27 minutes.
Whatever was said at half-time seemed to have gone straight through the Knights players ears as all there good work and football vanished. The knights started slow and continuously gave the ball way too easy but against the run the play and a bit fortunate they found themselves 4-1 up after 33 minutes. A long range effort from Man of the Match Venables bounded up just in front of the Longold keeper who could do nothing but help the ball over the line to give the Knights striker his 1st hat-trick. This should have given the Knights a kick but again they gave the ball too often and they were made to pay as the Langold number 9 started to run at a defence that now looked at 6's and 7's with no cover. Run after run he found himself in the right place and it was no surprise that he turned the game in the favour of Langold. Almost a copy of his 1st to make it 4-2 he ran down the Knights right and beat the defence for pace before rounding Harston and firing into an empty net to make it 4-3. With the Knights now rocking Longold looked for blood and again they found space in behind the backline of the Knights. Again rounding the on rushing Harston what should have been a simple tap in to make it 4-4 was almost cleared by the chasing back Critchley who unfortunately could only push the ball into the empty net for his 2nd OG in 2 games. Harston called for the Knights to get back to football and get their heads up and that’s just what they did as they almost won it in the last few minutes. A deep corner was again turned back into the box by the impressive Early and a spinning turn by Venables was block on the line to leave the full-time score 4-4 after a thrilling 60 minutes of football from 2 good teams.
After the game we here at VK News got to chat with manager Harston who had this to say “Well it’s that daft old quote isn't it? It was a game of 2 half’s. We dominated right up till we scored the 4th then we took our foot of the gas and allow Longold to dictate the play and flow of the game. But all in all I think if you look back at the game we have very bright future and there's a lot more to come. We know where we need to and we know we have to work hard but at least all the players went home happy."
Making there league debut's today were:-
Rogers, Khan-Schofield & Day
Scorers: - Venables (3), Critchley
Man of the Match : - Venables
Fair Play Award: - Rogers
Chief VK News Football Reporter