Match Reports

Under 12 Tigers -vs- Welwyn Pegasus

posted Oct 27, 2014, 11:54 AM by Wheathampstead Wanderers

U12 Tigers V Welwyn Pegasus Skys 

The boys acquitted themselves exceptionally well today against a very skilful and organised Welwyn side who had been playing in the division above for the first quarter of the season. 
After a slow start and being caught cold by two quick fire goals from Welwyn in the first 10 mins, the boys recovered well and worked tirelessly to get back into the game and matched 
their opponents man for man for the remainder of the match. On another day, one of Josh’s or Harrison’s efforts towards the end could have easily restored parity in a game which ebbed and flowed 
throughout and the Tigers should certainly be proud of another fine performance.

First Half

The opening exchanges were fairly even as both sides settled into the game and sought to gain control of the midfield. Freddie dealt well with an early effort and all seemed pretty calm. It was therefore a surprise that Welwyn, (perhaps benefitting by playing downhill on a steeply sloping pitch),
raced into a 2 goal lead with goals after 7 and 10 mins. The first seemed to come out of nowhere with the ball finding its way to their forward who, unmarked just outside the six yard box, gave Freddie no chance with a well placed shot.
The second came from a well worked short corner routine which seemed to disrupt our shape and allow the Welwyn winger to fire in a cross where one of the two waiting Welwyn players turned it home. A third effort from Welwyn then clipped the bar and for a moment it appeared that our hosts, with their tails up, 
might take complete control. However, our boys are made of sterner stuff and they gradually clawed their way back into the game with Anton, Ollie and Alex shoring things up through the middle and providing  a solid spine to the team whilst Fraser & Josh and Calum & Patrick linked up well on the wings whilst Harrison
harried their central defender tirelessly forcing him into several mistakes. Having repelled one or two attacks we started causing Welwyn a few more problems and then, taking advantage of a good corner from Josh, Anton nipped in to force the ball over the line and half the deficit after 20 minutes. Freddie then made an excellent point blank save and commanded his area well to ensure we restricted Welwyn to a one goal advantage at the break. 

Second Half

After the half-time team talk the boys carried a far greater attacking threat in the second half. Alex pushed ever deeper into the Welwyn half whilst Patrick’s continued marauding runs and Harrison’s ability to be first to the loose ball ensured we played large periods of the second half on the offensive. Also, with Anton sure footed and strong in the centre of defence and Fraser and Calum quick to intercept and snuff out danger coming down the flanks, we found ourselves with a lot more possession than in the first half. Freddie coped comfortably with what, in the main, were long range efforts and even when Welwyn did break through our defences both Freddie and the defence were able to keep them at bay. 
At this point, we were really taking advantage of the slope and getting the ball through to Patrick, Josh and Harrison in ever more threatening positions and were very unfortunate not to score. First, a shot from Josh was well saved by their keeper and then another effort from our mercurial left winger hit the side netting. Alas, just as it looked like the equaliser must come, Welwyn broke through again to restore their 2 goal advantage. A strong shot from outside the area was well saved by Freddie but their forward was quickest to the rebound and swept the ball home. Again, the Tigers showed great spirit to fight their way back into the game with Josh beating the Welwyn offside trip to race through onto a ball from Alex and, with the keeper charging out his goal, clipped it nonchalantly over him into the top left corner of the net. They boys were now fired up and after some good interplay from Patrick and Alex had sent Josh clear once again, the latter squared the ball perfectly to Harrison who tried an audacious left foot chip first time which was just inches the wrong side of the post. Alas, time then defeated us as despite several further attempts to prise open the Welwyn defence, we just couldn’t quite find a way through before the ref blew for full time. 


The man of the match was Alex for a fantastic display where he not only won every 50/50 ball in midfield but also supported the defence in clearing their lines as well as continually posing problems for the Welwyn defence with strong runs and probing passes through to Patrick, Harrison and Josh. 

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Under 12 Sharks Vs St Margaretsbury

posted Oct 19, 2014, 7:56 AM by

 Today we welcomed the unbeaten St Margaretsbury to Butterfield Road. A treat in store surely?
  Would we witness a Brazil type of style from 1970? Or a Dutch total football team from the same
  decade? . Perhaps a Messi inspired Barca outfit or a modern day Bayern team gracing the park?
  Alas it was none of these as Wimbledon circa 1988 rocked up. The defensive skills were non existant
  and the match was littered with cynical fouls from the Crazy Gang Wannabes. They definitely didnt seem
  to want to get dragged into a football match. Win at all cost is still around it seems.
  Kai equalized with a great free kick after a double assault on Oli even Ben Flower would have thought
  Next game Harpenden Colts in the County Cup and a proper game of football beckons.

Under 12 Sharks Vs Letchworth Eagles Orange

posted Sep 28, 2014, 10:13 AM by

 Another first saw the Sharks matched against Letchworth Orange of the Royston Crow League in the County Cup. With Ben and Dylan injured and George away we had to call up Pat from the Tigers plus give a debut to Callum. Four goals from the other Calum plus a single from Kai saw the Sharks ease through although Letchworth
never gave up and tried hard 'til the end. The highlight was Calum's 4th after some intricate play from Dan, Charlie
and Calum which an onlooker may marvel at but to us its is  the norm and just another day at the office.
 Josh and Oli both showed what complete footballers they are by playing both in defence and attack. Cian was a constant menace bombing on from full back and showed maturity when asked to play in a back 3 later on. Callum had a good debut. Pat was full of energy as usual. Whilst Charlie'Ya Ya Toure' did what he does best. Little Dan was great. Calum bagged four and Alfie mopped up at the back as sweeper keeper. However MOM went to Kai who was too hot to handle today and is starting to show his undoubted talent.
 Final Score  5-0

Welwyn Pegasus Vs Under 12 Sharks

posted Sep 21, 2014, 8:05 AM by   [ updated Sep 21, 2014, 8:09 AM ]

 A trip to Monks Walk school today to play against Welwyn Sapphires was the order of the day.
 With Dylan and Dan away we were again down to bare bones however the boys were in good
 spirits and confident that they could build on last weeks improved showing. The Sapphires are
 new to us and we learnt that the had a narrow reverse the week before against Stevenage so
 clearly they are a decent team. Kicking uphill but with the wind and after a period of jousting the
 Sharks settled down and started to dominate the match with much pressure and plenty of attempts
 on goal. However events were not going our way and a disallowed goal from a good finish from Oli
 was soon followed by a penalty not being given for a blatant push and then a pass back being picked up
 by the GK also going unpunished. And then the coup de gras a rare break and a goal from a fine finish from
 Welwyns best player. H-T 1-0
 The half time team talk simply consisted of keep trying and your reward will come. And so it did but not
 after a missed sitter from Josh who made amends soon after with a good finish following good work from
Calum. A second for Josh followed plus another brace for Calum. Cian , Kai, Charlie and Ben all came close
 however the Sapphires broke out from time to time and Oli and George along with Alf were kept on their toes.
 Final Score 4-1 which could have been a lot more but a good game played in the right spirit.

WWFC U12 Vs Austen Arrowheads

posted Sep 14, 2014, 10:57 AM by

 Today we faced a new challenge in the Austen Arrowheads a new team in the MHRML. Prior to the game we were told that they had beaten Bengeo the previous week so clearly Austen are a decent outfit. After last weekends disappointing performance the boys were told quite clearly that a repeat would be unacceptable especially against a quality opposition. They didnt disappoint!. From the off we pushed Austen back with Dylan at CF causing mayhem with his industrious hard work and Little Messi (Dan) back to his best. Ben and Oli at the back had to be on their toes against a good counter attacking team who played football and did not just hoof the ball forward and Alf , back in goal, was his usual sweeper keeper self. Chances came and went with Dylan Calum and Dan going close and Charlie having one chalked off for offside. The Arrowheads were a good challenge and were causing problems of their own.
 H-T 0-0
 The second half started much like the first with much Shark pressure with Dan being a constant menace to the Arrowheads defence. Eventually a deserved Shark goal from Calum came however a lapse in concentration soon after let in Austen to level the score. Back came the boys and we regained the lead with a great strike from Calum for his second!. The last 10 minute saw Austen show us that they are a good team and applied much pressure without really creating any chances it must be said.
 Final score 2-1 to the Sharks and a much improved performance against a quality team.
 Austen Arrowheads....excellent team, nice coaches, nice parents and a good lineswoman!!

St Margaretsbury U12 V U12 Sharks

posted Sep 14, 2014, 10:36 AM by

 The first match of the season saw the Sharks matched away to St Margaretsbury at the John Warner Sports Centre. With Alf,our GK , and George our CB away we were down to bare bones with Josh and Oli filling in at
the back as opposed to terrorising defences. Kicking uphill on a pitch that really could have done witha cut the boys started brightly and took a deserved lead when Dan finished with a good lob inside the St Mags area. Unfortunately
bad habits of laziness and ball watching enabled the opposition to get back into the match and a hoof over the top
allowed their player to run through and equalize. Although St Mags were marginally the better team during the first half, chances were at a premium, and we went into break at 1-1 confident that with the slope in our favour we could get an opening day victory. This was not the case as our laziness continued and we allowed St Mags to push us back which allowed them to take the lead . This stung the boys into action and eventually the gulf in class was apparent as we laid seige the St Mags goal and a foray into our half was a rare sight. We could not quite get that equalizer and to be fair we did not deserve it because of our bad attitude. Well played St Mags and good luck for the remainder of the season but we will be back starting from next week!.

U11 Sharks Vs St Albans City Youth

posted Nov 16, 2013, 2:01 PM by

On a grey and dank November morning the Sharks entertained St Albans City Youth a team
 that we have had many enjoyable yet unsucessful battles with in the past. Today,however, was different.
 From the start the boys were not content with losing by the odd goal and raced into a three goal lead
 with goals from Calum Oli and Cian as St Albans were stunned by the early onslaught from the Sharks 
 which they appeared to have no answer to and the tally should have been added to. However this excellence
  was hard to keep up and a more end to end game evolved which resulted in a goal from our opponents 
  albeit with much help from ourselves. This stung the Sharks into action and much pressure resulted in many
  chances although none were taken however surely a free kick anywhere else than in the penalty area would 
  have been awarded on a trip on Kai at the end of the half.
  With the injustice of a non penalty spurring the boys on , the Sharks added a further three in the second half 
  with Kai Josh and Jack adding to the tally. St Albans threatened once or twice and Cian made a great goal line clearance however on chances created the Sharks really should have reached doubled figures today and taking
  into account the quality of the opposition this was one of our best performances to date.
  St Albans are our friends and we look to another battle soon and we know that they will be looking to set the 
  record straight.

Barnet Azurri

posted Oct 20, 2013, 10:36 AM by

  The Sharks ,today, travelled to The Hive, the home of Barnet FC to play Barnet Azzurri.
  After a delayed start the game eventually started and after a period of sparring it was 
  evident that the Sharks were a far better side both individually and as a team than the
  Typhoons. Yes, Barnet had a couple of players whose technique was very good but 
  they rarely troubled Alfie in our goal. Oli , playing up front as opposed to central defence
  was a thorn in many a Barnet defenders side whilst Kai's obvious quality was evident.
  Sometimes his outrageous skill defies comment and it was no surprise when he opened
  the scoring. Cian , at right back, charged forward at will, scored one , had another disallowed
  and blazed over when through on goal. Jack,Josh,Oli and Charlie all should have done a lot
  better when presented with chances. Occaisionaly a punt from Barnet got through and
  Alfie had to make a couple of saves but generally Ben and Matt plus sweeper keeper Alfie
 were in control.
  H-T 2-0 to the Sharks who had bossed the game however the 2cnd half was a one sided affair.
  Only one more goal was added , with a clinical finish from Josh, but it was very rare indeed when
  the ball entered our half. Oli, was now employed as a centre half, Ben went to left back and this 
  was , without being disrespectful to Barnet, a mismatch as Josh ,Calum,Kai ,Charlie and Ben all
  had good chances to add to the tally. I am sure this was just a bad day at the office for Barnet ,this
  said, our boys , showed how good they can be when in the mood. Well done boys !!

Wheathampstead U11 Sharks Vs Welwyn Pegasus Royals

posted Sep 10, 2013, 1:33 AM by

  The first round of the County cup saw us paired with Welwyn Royals and who play in the division
  above us , so it was a good chance to judge ourselves against a Premier team. With Kai ill and Jamie
  away we started with Alfie in goal , Cian Olli Matty and Ben in defence Charlie Jack and Calum in midfield
  with Josh up front and Dan waiting eagerly to come on.
  As the game kicked off it was evident that the Royals are a very good passing team with good technical
  players who were easy on the eye. Our players however were having an "off day" . Whether it was too many
  late nights or not enough junk food , who knows ? .We just could not pass the ball without giving it away and
  we had to deal with a lot of Pegasus pressure which led to a goal from a good shot that Joe Hart let alone Alfie
  would not have stopped and then another from a shot that had a wicked bounce and spin which crept into the
  net. It was very frustrating standing on the touchline seeing our team not doing theirselves justice however
  the introduction of Dan saw the momentum start to swing in our favour. Slowly some of our passes found the
  feet of our players and we came into the game which resulted in some pressure and several corners for us.
   However this didn't last as Calum limped off and other players had their heads down which was very disappointing.
  H-T  0-2
  I do not know what was put in the boys orange juice at half time but the team that came out was a different
  team that started the first half.. From the off they forced Pegasus back, our passing and counter attacking was
  excellent and the Royals had no answer to the overload being created by Olli and Cian coming forward from
 full back.
  From being the controlled passing team we were now forcing errors from Pegasus and we had many shots on
  at goal. Unfortunately most went wide or over , where have we heard this before!?.  Also I am not entirely sure
  of the reasons why a penalty was not awarded, as from where I stood, it looked like a clean catch  from the
  Pegasus defender!!. . Eventually we pulled a goal back from Calum and we knew if we could equalize then the
  game was ours for the taking. Unfortunately a rare break away and shot saw the ball nestle in the back of our net.
  Final score 1-3
  However as poor as we were in the first half we were excellent in the 2cnd half and the boys did theirselves justice in the end. Just like yesterday a Jekyll and Hyde performance and if we could just be good in both halves then we
 will have nothing to fear from anyone.
  Good luck to Pegasus in the County Cup and like Bury Rangers another good set of parents.
  Well done to the referee and to all the players for a good game of football.

Bury Rangers Reds Vs U 11 Sharks

posted Sep 7, 2013, 4:59 AM by

 On a fine day in Hertford the 2013/14 season got under way with the new and improved
 Sharks which now included Matty, Alfie, Calum and Dan.
 Todays opposition were Bury Rangers Reds and our first thoughts were how big the
 pitch was.  To our "untrained" eyes it appeared to be a full size pitch with a couple of
 9 a side goals at either end!.
 This said , it was a very fine game of football played by both teams. Bury started the
 brighter and Alfie ,in goal , had to be alert to a quick break and forced a Bury player
 wide when through on goal. The Sharks came into the game more as the half progressed
 and were creating some good chances of their own and were rewarded when a persistant
 Kai won the ball off a Bury defender and crossed for Josh to calmly slot the ball home.
 The Sharks continued to play some good football and nearly went further ahead when Kai,
 clean through, sent a ball just wide of the post. Bury were playing their part, always neat and
  tidy, although not troubling Alfie a great deal.
  H-T  0-1
 The second half started much of the same and Dan found himself with the goal at his mercy
 however his shot went just wide. However , like last week at the Flitwick Tournament, the boys
 passing game fell away letting Bury back into the game and only a combination of good goalkeeping,
 last gasp defending and erratic finishing kept the score at 0-1 until Bury equalized and it must be
 said it wasn't against the run of the play. With 5 minutes to play could the Sharks hang on for a draw
 or even plunder a win on the break ?. The answer was the former , although Bury nearly snatched a
 winner at the death but all in all a very good game of football, definitely a game of 2 halves and a fair
 result and I would expect both teams to be dominant in this division.
 Well played both teams and to the referee, the linesman and both sets of parents.

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