U12 Sharks - Away at Knebworth Youth

posted Sep 18, 2011, 1:50 PM by Andrew Harvey   [ updated Jul 30, 2012, 9:44 AM by Wheathampstead Wanderers ]
With the league giving us a 'Free week'!!! - We had a chance to arrange a Friendly against some opposition in a different League - Knebworth Youth- from the Royston Crow
It was a warm old morning and with only 11 available was going to test the 'early season fitness' against a big , strong team with a full 16 man squad
We started well and started putting together some great moves , using the width where we could - on a narrow pitch and looking for the pace upfront of George ..
We took the lead mid way through the first half with a great move finished very well by Jack B who opened his account for the season . We were looking dangerous each time we pressed forward and George got a brave header in on the edge of the box - heading goalwards- only to see it cleared off the line at the last minute
With about five to go of the first half Knebworth pressed forward and after a bit of pinball in the area we conceded an own goal , a tad unlucky
Score at break 1-1 but against a strong Knebworth team we were competing across the pitch
Second half was a great advert for Youth football - both teams going for a win and playing some really committed football .Both keepers made some great saves and on an other day Ollie P would have had a hattrick .
We kept putting them under pressure and eventually after some excellent play by the midfield pressing James slotted ball to George who unleashed one into the top of the net
We had chances to add more and again Jack T in goal pulled off a great save
Final whistle and a great team performance - no chance of any subs and everyone ran themselves into the ground - a very very good win against a strong team . 1-2
This was a great warm up for the Cup game next week and in only their second game together the Sharks are really showing both great footballing ability but also real desire .
MoM - Nicolai Holst - a rock at the back
Team Toy , Bates , Holst . Blount , Card , Pawlaczek, Harvey , Pei- Zhe , Moore , Devine , Boynton