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U12s - Match Report

Rovers 'v' Davenham

(Mark Arneil 06/02/2018)

4    Congleton Rovers JFC U12s
0    Davenham

(Match Date: Sunday 4th February 2018)
Due to a lucky overnight frost and some tireless work from the ground staff it was game on at CHS between Rovers and Davenham. Rovers in their changed kit of white shirts got the game underway and looked to continue their impressive campaign.
It was a much slower start to what we have come to expect from Rovers, with only a few half chances early on, both falling to Negus, who firstly couldn't quite get the ball under his spell from a Wedgbury cross.
Then finding the ball at his feet inside the box, only to drag the shot wide.
Davenham looked a very dangerous side with 2 quick wide players and a big strong centre forward.
Cool calm play by both Braisby and Arneil in their full back positions never let the tricky wingers in behind and Johnston up against the giant forward was showing no signs of fear.
When Davenham did break through the Rovers back line, Sharpe was quickly off his line to sweep everything clear.
Rovers were starting to get a grip on the game with Evans and Riley winning the midfield battle.
Another half chance came Rovers way with a beauty of a ball from Negus towards Wedgbury who couldn't quite grow that extra inch needed to make a meaningful contact.
Eventually the deadlock was broken when Evans won a thunderous challenge in the middle to release Negus down the right, who showed great composure to find Wedgbury who made it 1-0.
The goal seemed give Rovers a boost and soon enough another chance came and went as Negus broke through the middle but a heavy touch on a heavy pitch allowed the ball to run through to the keeper.
Davenham could have equalised, but good pressure from Arneil made the forward rush his chance and blaze over.
The 1st Rovers change came just before half time where Wedgbury made way for Moreno.
On the stroke of half time it looked certain Riley had made it 2-0 from a peach of a header following a Negus corner but a wonder save tipped the ball on to the post.
Half time rovers lead by a goal to nil.

Rovers had work to do in the 2nd half to secure all 3 points. One change for Rovers saw Hopkins come for Braisby at the back.
Davenham started the 2nd half the better team and soon forced Sharpe into a smart save low down at full stretch tipping it around the post.
The midfield quartet could see the danger Davenham were posing and supported the back 3 tremendously.
Rovers weathered the Davenham storm unscathed and soon got back to the normal flowing football we have become used to seeing. Riley did well to fashion a chance from nothing, which saw him hit the strike too well just going over the bar (a miss-timed scuff would have found the net).
Reardon who was getting a bit frustrated up front but was chasing everything down and making the Davenham defence rush there clearances. He was really putting in a shift for the team, without any personal reward.
Arneil was next to come off but before he did he played a lovely ball to Evans who in turn lifted the through to Riley, who finished with a sweet strike 2-0.
A double change saw Arneil and Reardon come off for Walton and wedgebury.
Davenham were trying to make everything go through their big striker, but Riley was winning every header in before him. Literally a towering performance!
Negus looked to make it 3 but hit a powerful shot straight at the keeper, who did well to hold the shot, having the wind knocked out of him.
Davenham had another assault on the Rovers backline but Hopkins, Johnston and Walton were faultless mopping everything up and never let their goal come under threat.
We all love 25 yard screamers but for me you can't beat a proper total football goal, and that's exactly what happened next.
Riley wins the ball in the centre circle, releases Wedgbury, who finds Negus, who cuts back to Riley, who fired into the back of the net. The Davenham defence didn't know what had happened as they were pulled to pieces. 3-0, goal of the game and possibly the season.

Rovers had time for 1 more to finish the game off. Some great footwork by Wedgbury gave him space to hit a shot which was well saved but the rebound fell to Evans on the edge of the area who calmly stroked the ball home.
Full time 4-0.
A solid display all around from Rovers. This was a tough physical battle which nobody backed down.
It also had to be a patient display and they never got frustrated as they knew soon enough the goals would come.
Roy of the Rovers performance goes to Jacob Evans.