U10 – WW Sharks vs Panshanger Lions

posted Sep 10, 2011, 9:31 AM by Robin King   [ updated Sep 10, 2012, 9:03 AM by Wheathampstead Wanderers ]

Sharks squad: Rukh, Owen (C), Harry, Max, Ollie, Will, Ben, Noah, James

The U10 Sharks got their season off to a good start, despite the scare of going a goal down in the first half. The first 25 minutes were a tight affair with Panshanger having the better of the midfield but Sharks defensive partnership of Max and Harry stood firm and were well organised to ensure Rukh stayed well protected in goal, although he couldn’t do much to stop the goal as we failed to clear our lines letting their striker in to tap home. Captain Owen was making some energetic runs down the left while Ben was trying to get the attack going from central midfield with his trademark passing, but more often than not found himself outnumbered.

The second half saw the return of Noah on the right and Will moving into a new defensive midfield role, alongside Ollie as the midfield playmaker. The impact was fairly immediate with the Sharks now starting to win the midfield battle thanks to Will’s tackling and Noah, tenacious in the tackle himself, went on some pacy runs down the right, taking the fight to Panshanger. It was from a Noah corner that striker James bagged his first goal with a header, and soon after added another with a firm shot inside the area, again after a good delivery by Noah from the wing. James was showing his good positional awareness and nearly got his hatrick with an audacious flick from a clever ball in from Ben, only to see it come back off the post. The turnaround was complete when Noah bagged a third, showing a good touch to push the ball aside in the area before thumping home his shot. A string of injuries saw the Sharks juggle positions around, but it was a sign of the boys growing awareness of the game that they could slot into different positions and know their roles. In particular, a special mention should go to captain Owen for taking over in goal towards the end! Harry, busy organising the team from the back, and Max stood firm to see the game out and get the Sharks off to a good start in what will be a long and tough campaign.

Thanks to Jamie Parr for a good refereeing display and to all the parents for your help and support on the day. See you at Butterfield next Saturday when we take on World Soccer Solutions.

Parents Man of the Match went to Noah.