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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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