What a nice way to end the U9’s league season; a sunny lunchtime game at Queens Drive against Crofton. Maybe because it was last game, maybe because it was a warm lunchtime and one or two peckish boys had early lunches of bacon sandwiches, the quality of the team performance was mixed. However, whatever the standard of play, Thornes still managed to win 6-1 against a determined Crofton team who displayed plenty of individual skills.
Midfielder Hayden Train was the first to score with a strike to the Crofton keeper’s right following a low cross from Jake Gallimore. Two minutes later the roles were reversed; Hayden crossed, Jake scored. But even with two quick goals early in the game this did not look like a rout as Crofton got forward to put pressure on the Thornes goal. And it was not until the nineteenth minute that Jake scored his second goal after a close quarters contest with Crofton defenders and keeper.
Five minutes into the second half Crofton broke forward in numbers and overwhelmed the Thornes area. But Thornes soon composed themselves to limit the chances for a second Crofton goal. The home team were increasingly crisper in their passing but scoring chances were limited by Crofton’s defence and it took a touch in the nineteenth minutes by Sammy Amaefule from an incoming ball to take it past the keeping for Thornes’ fourth.
Jake and Sammy were to get one more goal apiece in the closing minutes of the game. Harrison Shepherd, Henry Corbett, Leon Pearson and Gebril Kebbeh all played their part in the midfield; Leon and Gebril putting in tackles; Harrison and Henry getting forward. James Lockwood and Robin Stanley were mostly secure in defence and ably assisted by Hayden when necessary.
Bianco Hairdressing man of the match: Hayden Train; chosen by Crofton coaches because of his energetic input and covering so much of the pitch.
Updated 06:56 - 13 May 2019 by Mark Parsons