|Game|| : Under 12 Boys Tournament|
|Result|| : See below|
|Date|| : Oct 16, 2016|
|Venue|| : Away - Bishops Stortford and Maldon|
|Status|| : Tournament|
Before I (Toby Wheadon) continue, just to let you know that Malachi has had the cut above his left eye “glued back together”. The brave, young man got a stick to his left eye within about 30 seconds of the first game starting.
I am sure all the Boys will join me in wishing you a speedy recovery and hope you feel better soon, Malachi.
At Bishops Stortford: – Weather – Rain to begin with but cleared up after a while – so I was inaccurate about the need to bring a deck chair.
We played 5 games (not 4 as I anticipated, another inaccuracy); Drew 0-0; then lost 0-1; 0-4; 0-2 and 0-2.
However, this does not tell the full story.
After losing Malachi early on, we defended really well and - each game - we were close to scoring more than a few times.
John Bailey – grazed elbow diving for a shot at goal, excellent passing inter-play.
Malachi Knowles – hors de combat !
Jamie Marland – excellent in goal, great saves, closed down attacks where he could.
Sami Marouane – solid in defence – several block tackles that I really didn’t think he would make, he made.
Jamie Mathews – learned a huge amount in his first run out for Chelmsford, well done.
Jamie Morley – played a solid role in defence, well done. I was not confused by a three Jamie defensive grouping !
Toby Mountford – played in the forward positions and looked to take the ball forward, good passing.
Tom Steingold – great midfield action, tremendously effective dribbling with a lay off pass to finish many times.
Liam Walsh – really solid in defence, good passing and great running when supporting attacks. Did not give up chasing.
Ben Wheadon – top skills as a forward, good lay off passes and tackling back. He is rather too happy that he nutmegged OL’s Toby !
Thank you to Andy for running the squad.
At Maldon (report from Dan Ebdon): “ … a very successful morning for the boys we had come along. I think all the boys really enjoyed the games and the tournament and stayed really well engaged and listened throughout.
Maldon 1-0 Chelmsford - Home advantage and a Chelmsford team still waking up in what was a very close encounter. Maldon did look much better in later games so maybe we kept them at bay!
Chelmsford 0-0 Bish Stort - A really keenly fought and tight game between two really well balanced sides
Chelmsford 0-0 Blue Hornets (B) - We were unable to close out the game and get what would have been a winning goal despite a series of short corners and long periods camped in opposition territory
Extra bonus fixture Blue Hornets (A) 4-0 Chelmsford - One too many. A fixture too far for us against a much better team with tired legs
We had a different goalkeeper for each game (Jack Wright, Jake Rickett, Matthew Howard and Joshua Ebdon).
Tom Beales - played most of his game time up front/midfield.
Austin Bird - played upfront and came so close to scoring.
Joshua Ebdon - Played mostly in defence and midfield.
William Francis - mostly attacking with a good touch and some lovely passing.
James Galpin - lovely strong passing
Matthew Howard - played mostly defensively
Jake Rickett - mostly attacking with good positioning and looking to make passes and be available
Nathan Simms - Solid in defence
James Statham - new to the group and will benefit from more game time
Jack Wright - As always plenty of energy and attacking the ball.”
I should like to put on record how very grateful I am that Dan, Kelly and Adam have been taking the Boys to Maldon
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