Team(4-4-2) Charlie Tomassi, Sebastian Wright, Edward Ford, Lawrence Idouzee, Freddie Meaden, Joseph Wright, Luke Pilkington, Sebastian Toms, Ryan Levein, Owen Shaw, Haydn Wood
Subs Destiny Idouzee, Okasha Mumed, Lucas Ward
With several players unavailable, Daniel Levein was able to call on several members of the Under12s squad now their season is over. Opponents 3D Dynamos Trojans from Uppermill were also struggling player wise and arrived with only 10 players for this bottom of the table clash. Santos played the first half with a slight breeze against them. After the opening exchanges the visitors took the lead on 10 mins, a right wing corner being headed home. A couple of mins later Santos equalised, Sebastian Toms putting in Hayden Wood, who made no mistake. Ironically two of the lads who stepped up to help out and both sons of the Under12s coaches James Wood and Richard Toms. Santos almost took the lead immediately, Luke Pilkington forced his way down the wing, cut in and saw his shot parried away to safety, he also saw a shot strike the bar not long after. Several more chances were created, however the final product came to nothing. They were made to pay with a double whammy. On 23 mins a Trojans striker tried a long range shot which looped over Charlie Tomassi’s reach and the same striker chased a through ball a minute later and made no mistake with his finish. Just on half time striker Owen Shaw saw his shot, from a promising move, well saved.
With a half time ear bashing ringing in their ears, the team were hoping to start the second half on the front foot. This turned out to have the adverse effect as after 7 mins a left wing cross wasn’t cleared leaving the Trojans striker to tap home to register his hat trick. He was proving to be a potential menace and looked threatening every time he was in possession of the ball. Within a minute, Santos pulled a goal back, Lucas Ward tried a long range shot which the goalie allowed to trickle through his hands and just get over the line. It seemed to spur the team on and they started to get greater possession of the ball and looking more confident. After 15 mins Haydn Wood pulled another goal back when he hit an unstoppable shot from just inside the area. It took until the last few minutes to make the game interesting. After 30 mins Santos forced a corner on the right hand side, this was met by a bullet header at the back post from Freddie Meaden. Santos capped a good fight back a minute later. A poor kick out was picked up by Okasha Mumed and he composed himself before finding the back of the net. The referee seemed to add on an extraordinarily long time but to their credit Santos managed to keep the visitors at bay while creating another couple of good chances to extend their lead.
It was a hard earned win against 10 players. However the coaches will be concerned about the number of chances wasted throughout the match while on the positive side pleased with effort in the second half to stage the fightback.
On another note the performances by Sebastian Toms, Lucas Ward and Hayden Wood will be pleasing for next season when they step up to Under13s level playing on a full sized pitch every week as opposed to half a pitch in which Under12s play. I'm sure this will have been noted by James and Richard.