Unlucky Dynamos lose out to Burnham
By Iain Willcocks
Great team effort in the wind...
Dynamos 1-3 Burnham Red
Team: Edward, Jay; Dorian, Luca, Ellis, Aiden, George, Conor; Jake, Kai, Charlie, Max, Owen; Harry, Callum
On a very blustery late morning at Bedgrove Park, Dynamos lined up against one of the top 3 teams in the Division. Having already lost 8-0 in the cup and 4-2 in the League earlier in the season, we knew this would be a tough match.
Burnham on the other hand were expected a breeze of a match and another 3 easy points....how wrong they were.
With the loss of Alfie, Mike moved Callum up top with Harry and deployed Dorian at the back alongside Luca. Both teams started with some nice passing and Dynamos were first to test the opposition keeper when Kai and Owen combined to set up Max and his shot was saved.
At the other end Edward was also called into action saving at the feet of the striker early on.
The wind was causing a few issues with high balls but both teams soon worked out that ball to feet was the best option.
Owen was busy in the middle, not letting them settle and Max was winning the ball as well in the middle and playing the ball forward to Harry and Callum.
4ft Callum was against 7ft defender all match and gave him his toughest match so far. Tackling hard and not giving him any time on the ball.
Next up Harry was presented a half chance but his shot was blocked and then cleared.
Quarter of an hour gone and it was an even match. Luca and Dorian were holding their own at the back against a tricky front two. Max and Owen were still producing some good passing in the middle and Max set Kai free on the right wing and his cross found Harry in the middle but the strong defence just nicked it and cleared.
Both sides then had a couple of offsides against them in what was a tight match. Harry had just drifted offside as he knocked a through ball to Callum and then Callum was also just offside in another attack, this time set up by Ellis.
26 minutes and a cruel blow as Burnham broke through as the ball bobbled around the box and they hit a shot which beat Edward. 1-0 Burnham.
Then as Dynamos were asked to settle, less than 60 seconds after the goal...they were 2-0 up. A long punt was missed by all in the middle and bounced over the defence and their striker happily ran through and scored. Would Dynamos heads drop....?
The quick answer was no! Luca won a ball and played to Aiden on the left, he played a great ball to Callum and his shot was saved.
29 minutes and a free kick was awarded in Dynamos half. Edward hit a fantastic ball through to Max who beat his defender and hit a sweet shot in the far corner. 2-1 Burnham.
Edward was on hand to stop Burnham increasing their lead before half time with another save at the feet of their player.
Half time 2-1 Burnham.
The second half saw Dynamos still playing some nice football and passing well. The first chance of the half was for Callum when Kai managed to squeeze the ball through to him. His shot went wide of the mark, but a positive start.
Next up Max crossed the ball and Harry was on the end but the ball beat the keeper but cleared off the line. So unlucky not to get the equaliser.
A few minutes later and Jake and Aiden combined on the left and the ball found Callum, yet again managing to beat his marker and sprint off down the wing. His cross found Owen but he couldn't get space for his shot.
The wind was causing a few issues and it was with Burnham in the second half. Luca, Aiden and Conor were on hand to clear a few through balls as Burnham looked to increase their advantage.
Some of Max's goal kicks were also superb against the wind and still made the halfway line. Charlie and Max then sent Kai on a run but a challenge saw Kai injured and taken off. Harry moved wide and Charlie came into the middle.
50 minutes on the clock and Burnham were pushing, they moved the ball around well and created a great opportunity which all thought they would score....everyone except Edward who pulled off an amazing point blank save...only to get up and make another save from the rebound. The ball still spun towards the goal and between Luca and then Aiden, they managed to clear their lines. Superb defending by all.
55 minutes and probably the killer blow. A free kick on the Burnham left was swung in and their defender got a deft touch which beat Edward. A good goal...nothing can be done about that. 3-1 Burnham.
There was still 15 minutes left and Dynamos were playing well. Harry and Owen worked the ball out to Aiden who was supporting the attack and his cross eluded all and went through the middle.
The last minutes saw Dynamos continue to search for a goal. A corner, won by Callum was to be swung in by Charlie. Luca and Aiden went up for it and were close to getting a header on. The ball went out and Conor got a vital touch and cleared for a throw when it was 2 on 1.
Burnham then had a half chance but Jay was on hand to stop the shot well.
One last attack for Dynamos as Jake and Aiden tried to get a cross in but the final whistle went. Final score 3-1 Burnham.
A much better performance against a quality team and Dynamos certainly had them worried at 0-0 and 2-1. Edward had a great game and looked back on form between the sticks. Luca was his solid self again and battled hard all match. Jake worked hard on the left side and Ellis was also strong at the back. Aiden is turning into a top defender and used his strength well all match. Max scored a great goal and was passing well all game. Final mention from me to Callum who looked sharp and was a constant thorn in their side and unlucky not to score.
Great team performance..onto Thame next week...!