The weather again took it’s toll on this weekends fixtures with both away matches for the Under 11s and the Under 15s postponed. This only left the one home match for the Under 9’s on the Poors Field who took on Brooklands who they had lost heavily to earlier in the season:
BHYFC Under 9s vs Brooklands
This week’s match started on what was a sticky pitch following the week’s rain. This was further added to throughout the match as players, supporters and officials all were on the receiving end of a bucket or two more!
In their first meeting this year a few moments of madness cost Bergholt dear and Brooklands gave them their biggest defeat of the season. Keen for this not to be repeated the Bergholt manager stressed to the boys not to give Brooklands any time or space on the ball and to ensure their long range efforts were kept to a minimum.
Within five minutes Brooklands tried their luck from distance, but Daniel was more than equal to it and the whole team’s confidence were lifted by this. Both teams were passing the ball around well despite the heavy pitch, trying to get the opening goal. It was a very open game and there were attacks aplenty – Bergholt had more shots in this half than ever seen, with James, Theo and Freddie in particular all going close.
Brooklands too had their chances and Bergholt were grateful for Billy’s bum saving a certain goal. It looked like being goalless at half-time but then Brooklands got through the Bergholt defence. The initial effort was blocked but the ball fell kindly to another Brooklands striker who reacted first and slotted the ball past Daniel. HT 0-1.
Brooklands kicked off the second half and within a minute were kicking off again when full-back Thomas L got the ball on the half-way line burst down the wing, skipped past two challenges before hammering the ball past the keeper at the near post for his first ever Sunday league goal. This gave Bergholt a real shot in the arm and they continued to press to try to get the lead. They nearly succeeded twice but the post denied both Theo and Thomas L. The visitors however, were still determined themselves to get the victory and the Bergholt defence and midfield were all called to do some desperate defending and when beaten, Daniel pulled off a great save with his foot. FT 1-1.
This was the right result as Brooklands shaded the amount of possession whilst Bergholt had more scoring chances. The match itself was a fantastic game of football played in difficult conditions.
Bergholt Heath player of the match: Thomas L – not only a great individual goal but some great defending in the first half.
Next weeks fixtures Sunday 2nd February:
- Long Melford vs. Under 9
- Under 11 vs. Stanway Villa Reds – Open Cup R2, KO 10am
- Heybridge Swifts vs. Under 15