BHYFC Under 11s vs Wivenhoe Town
After all the recent rain, the pitch just about held up and we able to fulfil our final home fixture of the season. I abandoned my traditional conservative approach and changed formation today. The boys were requested to grasp the game by the scruff early on. Initial forays were promising. Nice passing allowed us to move upfield and keep possession. It was just that final ball missing that would not open the resolute Wivenhoe defence up.
A few chances came and went; Fred saw a good angle shot just go wide, Jonah had a nice chance but could not make good contact. Tyler’s firm shot was well blocked by the keeper who then spilled it. Unfortunately for us rather than roll over the line it stuck in the mud.
As time went on Town got back in the game and with us being short at the back they looked to capitalise. Ben and Dan were rocks at the back though and Harv pulled off a couple of good saves. Then a couple of strange decisions. An attempted cross by the Wivenhoe winger was blocked by Dan with the ball rolling safely to Harv who rightly picked it up. The ref saw different and gave a free kick for a back pass six yards out. Luckily we survived.
Lo and and behold 5 minutes later Dan made a tackle which again rolled back, picked up and yet another back pass was judged. How bizarre. Although the initial shot was cleared a well hit strike from the second ball found us go in one down at half time.
The second half was much the same with some good attacks, but as time went on it looked like we never going to be able to finish. A turning point came when after having some wayward shots, Richard hit a great one which thundered against the bar and away.
This gave the boys renewed vigour and it wasn’t long before Richard again was on the edge of the area but this time he fired it home GOOOAAALLL!!!
You could tell from the boys celebration that they were not finished yet and 5 minutes later Joe found a gap on the right hand of the goal to slot in GOOOAAALLL!!!
Urged on by their supporters Wivenhoe fought back but some last minute tackles by the guys saw us finish the match ahead.
Well done boys it was a pulsating battle with the 2-1 win consolidating our fight for fourth place. It was great to see such fantastic team unity and spirit, not just today but in practise yesterday as well. We are not going to win the silverware but we will sure have a lot of fun trying.
MOM went to Dan Thomson for a fantastic performance at the back.
Next weeks fixtures Sunday 26th January:
- Under 9 vs. Brooklands, KO 11am
- Lexden Saints vs. Under 11
- Stanway Rovers vs. Under 15