Yellows in Eight Goal Thriller
By Richard Curtis
The under 13's yellow played out a high score at Uffington Road.
An unbelievably sunny, spring like Sunday afternoon saw Yellows' penultimate game of the season turn out to be the cliched emotional roller-coaster and game of two halves in an enthralling and competitive encounter against a very good Pinchbeck outfit.
The game saw the hosts started so well, fell away then fought back not quite snatching victory from the jaws of defeat but as good as to salvage what seemed a lost cause to take a point. Could have taken all three but for a late penalty miss against quality opponents whose high intensity, quick, incisive inter-passing from back to front was admirable and, for the hosts, somewhat disconcerting until they finally got into their own stride in an all consuming and exciting second half.
Yellows' were confident and on the front foot from the off winning a first minute corner overwhelming their opponents in the first ten minutes and on course to complete the double over a very well organised side with very clever players whose sharpness of movement and inter-passing skills were admirable.
Unbelievably, Pinchbeck were allowed to pinch 2 quick goals against the run of play so Yellows had to chase yet another game and even more so when Pinchbeck nicked a third with the game seemingly gone after Yellows' brisk and fiery start. None of those goals could be attributed to keeper Jake Bohea who was let down by poor defensive awareness and Yellows' backing off syndrome.
However, they seem impervious to fear and thrive on setbacks, retrieving a goal to cut the deficit when the ever dangerous and predatory Byron Taylor hit home after some good inter-play between the industrious and talented Harry Wallace, Ben Doyle, Ally Jordan, Mathew Jones, Olly Grice and Luke McKevitt who literally grows with every game!
Ironic that individually the defenders played well with solid performances from the ever reliable Jacob Hewitt, Sam Harris and Captain Tom Hopkins who yet again led by example with good clearances, interceptions and positive play. Dylan Carrick, Mathew Jones and George Sansom competed well along with Harris getting stuck in often winning the ball and carrying it forward so, their defensive frailty is bewildering costing them games which they could and should have won. When on song, they are a match for any side in their league and their never say die attitude gave hope for the second half with only a 2 goal difference.
Unfortunately, Yellows' second half tempo was slowed temporarily when they went further behind with a Pinchbeck wonder strike from the far left, the player thumping a high cross shot over keeper Bohea and his defenders rustling into the net to extend their lead to 4-1 which could have devastated the hosts. The Daniels suddenly came to life and reach the heights when falling behind and proved this when Taylor sneaked in to hit his second before a perfect Olly Grice cross flew over defenders to Ally Jordan waiting to thump home a superb close in volley to make it 3-4 with Yellows' now galvanised.
An undeterred Pinchbeck came back at them rattling the crossbar then some instinctive defending and calm keeping from Bohea kept Yellows in with a chance. Inevitably it was speed merchant Taylor battering through the defence hitting a glorious equaliser for his hat trick with Yellows now going for the win in this topsy turvy game. The win was there for the taking when awarded a late penalty but Taylor missed the chance now the third consecutive penalty Yellows have missed using three different takers. Practice needed!
Ultimately, a draw was probably a fair result as Pinchbeck, on the overall balance of play, didn't deserve to lose and Yellows' again showed that their unflappable mindset in the face of adversity is the positive outcome this season and, with only one game remaining, bodes well for next season.