U13 Sharks County Cup R1


Despite the rugby like score line, the most pleasing aspect today is the way in which we won - everything we had worked so hard on in training was evident to see today; the one-touch passing, the movement off the ball, the space you had created...I could go on! You had made life very difficult for the oppo today by your slick on the ground passing which we have been drilling into you over the last 6/7 weeks and this is testament to you all and we are through to the next round of the County Cup! :-)

Today, you have done yourselves proud, you parents proud, us coaches proud and the club proud - you've all played a key part today, so well done to each every one of you!

H/T:  4-0

F/T:  13-0

Goals:  Baron, Gibson, Wall (5 - FIVE), Batstone, Timlin (2), McCullough (3)
Assists:  Palmer-Jagels (2), Barron (2), Gibson, Timlin (2), Wall

1st Half

We started strong and put our foot on the game early doors - it seemed that the oppo couldn't get any where near us with our quick, precise passing game. Within a minute or 2 of kick off, we were soon 1 up and deservedly so; Ryan picking up the ball just inside the opposition's half, dribbled passed a couple of players before unleashing a strike into the bottom corner of the net with the 'keeper helpless - 1-0. From that point, more slick passing was starting to open up the opposition and it looked as if they really didn't know how to deal with us. On the left side of the pitch saw great link up play between Kieran Bellamy and Cameron Nutt; one touch passing allowing to create the space down the left flank. Then soon after, Ryan and Louis linked up well with the latter striking the ball narrowly over the cross bar. As the first half went by, there was a small period of play where we got a bit sloppy with our passing and decision making, then after 20mins, Colts had their first real chance but were denied with some quick thinking by our no.1 in goal, Sean Lovell.

A minute or so after that scare, we had won a corner; it was delivered well by Callum Palmer-Jagels and despatched emphatically by Sean Barron's over head volley after the opposition's defence had failed to clear their lines - 2-0.

Once the second goal had gone in, we were once again in full control of the game; more sublime 1-touch passing on the right flank between James Stapleton, Callum Palmer-Jagels and Sean barron, the ball was then played into Kieran Wall who was harshly judged offside.

More exciting attacking play from the Sharks soon followed; captain fantastic Harry Smith picking up the ball deep in his own half played a perfectly weighted ball down the left flank to Ben King who did exceptionally well to flash the ball across the box which evaded everyone. Callum was alert on the right flank to put the ball back in which found Kieran Wall in the centre who's header was somehow cleared off the line.

As the end of the half approached, more good work and vision from Ryan found Louis on the edge of the 16 yard box; his quick feet and trickery got him passed 2 defenders to fire passed the helpless 'keeper - 3-0. 3 very quickly became 4 - Sean Barron played another exquisite ball to Callum, who's pin-point cross fell to the feet of Kieran Wall, who showed good composure to fire the ball passed the 'keeper - 4-0.

2nd Half

Despite being 4-0 down, Colts started the 2nd period much brighter and enjoyed a decent spell themselves, without testing Sean Lovell. The 4 boys that had come on in the second half quickly stamped their authority on the match (Ekom Gill, Noah Timlin, Ben Hobden and Max McCullough); Ben Hobden and Sean Barron linking up well in the centre of Midfield, before the former played a delightful pass into the feet of lightening quick Noah who's attempt on goal was well held by the 'keeper.

It was soon 5-0; Sean B played the ball into Kieran W who cooly slotted past the 'keeper for his second of the match. By this point, the flood gates had well truly opened; Noah showed great strength and determination down the right wing; his initial cross was well blocked by the defender, but Noah showed good instinct to head the ball across the goal that found Kieran wall to notch his first hatrick for Wheathampstead Wanderers - 6-0. It was then 7-0 after Max's strike was spilled by the 'keeper and trickled over the line. Max then made it 8-0 with a fine strike from the edge of the penalty box. Kieran Wall soon after notched is 4th goal of the game to make it 9-0. Max then grabbed a quick-fire hatrick himself to make it 10-0. More good work from Noah down the right flank who's excellent cross found our predator Kieran Wall lurking at the back post to score his fifth and our 11th - 11-0. Good work once again from Sean Barron found Noah to score - 12-0. Noah also scored a second goal, which the linesman from the opposing team judged offside only for the referee to over-rule his decision - 13-0.

Areas for focus:
Based on the way we played today, it's very difficult to come up with any more than the areas I have stated below

Set pieces:  we were a bit too static when attacking a corner

Heading:  only one or 2 boys seemed to be competing for headers

- Loose balls:  we need to be more hungrier to picking up loose balls


Sean Lovell (GK)
James Stapleton (CB)
Harry Smith (CB)
Kieran Bellamy (CB)
Callum Palmer-Jagels (RWB)
Sean Barron (CM)
Ben King (CM)
Ryan Gibson (CM)
Cameron Nutt (LWB)
Kieran Wall (CF)
Louis Batsone (ST)


Noah Timlin (RWB)

Ekom Gill (LWB)

Ben Hobden (CM)

Max McCullough (ST)