Under 11 Sharks vs Hoddesdon

posted Apr 23, 2012, 12:04 PM by Dave Boynton   [ updated Aug 31, 2019, 3:23 AM by Wheathampstead Wanderers ]

Our final Saturday League game saw us take on bottom of the table Hoddesdon, but from previous experience I knew this would not be a walkover and that we would have to work for the result.


The Sharks started brightly and in the 2nd minute took the lead, Lee released the ball to Callum on the left, he moved forward, cut in and curled a shot into the top corner, top goal and a great start. We continued to dominate and to be honest should have had more goals, Callan and Thomas went just wide, Lee and Callum had good efforts saved by their keeper and we also should have done better when in good positions. Our defence marshalled by Harry repelled any attack the opposition had and the boys in the middle won their headers and controlled the pitch. Late in the first half Callum broke on the left, he squared the ball to Callan who moved the ball on for Thomas to easily slot home for our second – good team move.


We started the second half a little sharper with Max posing a good physical threat up front. I felt our intensity increased and I was more relaxed, with our reward coming mid way through the half as James stabbed a ball home after the keeper saved his initial effort. Arthur was a mere spectator as the Sharks got into their stride, we continued to get into good positions, but failed to deliver either a testing cross or a decent and telling pass. Our 4th came shortly before the end, Callum had a shot well saved by the oppositions very good keeper and Max was on hand to tap the rebound home – a  4 - 0 home victory was very satisfying.


We had a good chat at the end and the boys  were excellent and very open in expressing their views on how they felt that their first half performance was not as good as it could have been, but felt they did step things up in the second half – which I did agree with. In training we play such wonderful ‘pass and move football’.....but the challenge remains transferring that into a match situation, but it will come I am sure.


Man of the match – No real outstanding contribution, but a few mentions. Harry continued his consistency and was a rock at the back, Thomas showed much more aggression which we have been working on. Max was lively in the second half and Oli played well in both defence and midfield. But just shading it this week was someone who was involved in all 4 goals, scored the first and was generally our most lively threat up front, so this week’s MOM goes to Callum....well done keep it up.