We christened our new home at Greatfield Park with a U7 friendly versus Brockworth, and while it’s fair to say we didn’t receive the same fanfare that Spurs did when they played for the first time at their new stadium last week, I’m pretty sure we more than matched them for excitement!
Brockworth brought 2 teams on the day, with our Cubs split into Tigers, Wildcats and Lions, who therefore got to play 2 games each.
The Tigers coach for the day was Joe, and in his team was Leo, Oli, the terrible twins Luke and Ed, Alex, Josh and Ben. They were very dominant in their first game, with Alex scoring an excellent hat-trick, with another goal from Leo and 2 from Josh.
Game 2 was tighter, but Alex scored an excellent solo goal to give the Tigers the lead, before Ben rounded it off near the end with a goal from his weak (left) foot … his words not mine! The opposition goalkeeper for team A was superb and really kept the score down in this game, as we had chance after chance and but for him, would have scored several more.
Ed and Luke were solid throughout, as you would expect, and took no prisoners! Of course neither does Josh, all 3 of them playing-up a year, not that you would know it! Oli did very well in goal and on the pitch, and Leo was brave in defence, although maybe doesn’t need to slide-tackle every time! ? Man of the Match for the Lions was Alex, for his goals and for an energetic display throughout.
For the Wildcats we had John leading the team, which consisted of Ashton, Jack, Riado, Riley, Viktor, Enrico, Rupert and Harrison.
The Wildcats fell behind early on, but came back to equalise via a confident penalty from Rupert. The game ebbed and flowed, but was characterised somewhat by our inability to kick the ball clear, and we paid with 2 late goals conceded.
Game 2 was not so dissimilar, where we again struggled to clear our lines on several occasions, but were saved by desperate last-minute tackles from Riley, Ashton and Viktor, plus some brave goalkeeping from Riado. We got the win we just about deserved with an excellent solo effort from Enrico, who in truth could have had 3 or 4 goals himself, but for another excellent display by the Brockworth keeper, who also made tremendous saves from Jack, Rupert and Harrison. Player of the day for the Wildcats went to Harrison, for his strong running aligned to some good skilful play.
For the Lions, we had Ben (Niffy) in charge, thanks to him for the report below:
Southside Lions consisted of Sam, Joseph, Alfie, Ollie, Jesse, Ruben and Marco.
Our first match against Brockworth A started with Joseph in goal, Alfie and Marco in defence, Jesse and Ollie in midfield and Sam up front, with Ruben as a sub. The Lions started well with Sam, Jesse and Ollie confusing the opposition by constantly swapping position, whilst Marco, Alfie and Ruben, when he came on, were organised in defence.
After both Jesse and Sam had both gone close, Jesse would finally open the scoring after breaking through to slot home. It wasn’t long before Sam added another in similar fashion to Jesse’s opener, then hit a screamer from well outside the penalty area to score his second and Southside’s third.
At this point both Alfie and Jesse were asked to sit out of the game to give the opposition a chance as the Lions played with a player less, but that did not prevent Marco bursting past the defence and finishing to round off a 4-0 victory in which goalkeeper Joseph hardly touched the ball!
The Lions then lined-up against Brockworth B, with this time Sam starting in goal, Joseph and Jesse in defence, Ruben and Alfie in midfield with Marco up front and Ollie on the bench. The game started fairly evenly with both keepers being tested but Marco was to open the scoring to give the Lions the lead. Alfie won the ball in a good tackle which saw him injured, but the Lions were able to take advantage and Marco finished the move well.
Alfie came off and Ollie went in goal as Sam moved into midfield, and it wasn’t long before Marco slotted home another, then missed a glorious opportunity for a hat-trick after fantastic wing play from Ruben, who burst into the box and laid it on a plate for Marco, who could only hit wide! Yet he wasn’t to be deterred and did get two more goals, at this point taking his tally for the day to five!
At 4-0 up, again the Lions took off an extra player, but continued to play well throughout the match, with Ollie making great saves when called upon, Joseph and Jesse making excellent interceptions and through balls in defence for Ruben, Marco and Sam to chase, whilst a recovered Alfie was winning every tackle playing a defensive role in midfield. Sam would tap in his first of the match to make it 5-0, then belted a goal in from the half way line to make it six! Brockworth managed to get a goal back late on, but Jesse rounded off the scoring at the end of the match to finish with a 7-1 victory.
Every single one of the Lions were superb in their two outstanding victories. Special mentions go to Marco for his five goals, Jesse for his desire to chase every ball and Alfie for his best performance in a Southside shirt yet! However, the man of the match award was won by Sam for playing well in every position on the pitch, and scoring four goals including two screamers.
All in all, an excellent day again for our U7 Cubs, who showed some excellent skills and at times even passed the ball! Some things to work on, as you would expect, top of the list being clearing your lines when in trouble, but many more positives to take from this display, as I am sure everyone watching would agree.
Men of the Match: Alex Raven, Harrison Attwood & Sam Belbeck