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U7s - Match Report

Congleton Rovers U7s Vs Davenham Junior FC U7s

(Chris Lawton 21/10/2019)

Congleton Rovers JFC U7s  Vs  Davenham Junior Football Club Dynamoes U7s   (Score Withheld)

(Match Date: Saturday 19th October 2019)
Following another week of heavy rainy weather, we were lucky to have our matches on this week. Huge thank you to the Davenham team and their Groundsmen for the effort they put into making the pitches playable.

Before each match began, a line up and a respectful handshake took place between the players of each team. Following this, the players dropped back into their starting diamond formation, ready for the match to begin.

Match 1:

The match began in a fast and furious fashion with Rovers having plenty of the play. Dexter and Logan had consumed some energising breakfasts, as they blasted down the wings like a pair of boy racers. However, despite this, the Davenham defensive stood tall and attempted some counter attacks of their very own. Davenham began causing problems at the other end which resulted in a fine defensive display from Ollie C and Goalkeeper/Captain William to keep the home team at bay. The main difference between the two teams was the superb Ollie N who showed plenty of composure and trickery throughout the whole half.

In the second half, Jayden replaced Captain Will and Harry replaced Dexter. The second half was very end to end with the wet pitch causing problems for both defences. The fresh legs of harry brought some extra energy to the midfield and the vigilant Jayden was always on his toes to sweep up any danger.

During the latter stages of the game, there was a standout moment where the ball fell to Ollie C, 2,700 yards out. Ollie controlled the ball with effortless grace and smashed his shot towards the opposition goal! The goalkeeper dived in slow motion as the ball crashed against the cross bar. Luckily no kids, animals or buildings were destroyed in the process.

Congratulations to Ollie N and Dexter for getting on the score sheet.

Match 2:

The Davenham team started brightly with immediate pressure, calling the first half Goalkeeper Matthew into action. Matthew provided some excellent saves throughout the opening stages and helped his team with some accurate goal kicks. Midway through the half, Rovers began to grow into the game, with the likes of Troy showing great athleticism to run from end to end of the pitch, intercepting the oppositions passes. This gave opportunity to the likes of Will H and Ollie W to get hold of the ball and begin shine, offering great width and attacking opportunities for Will B who worked tirelessly on his debut.

At half time the substitutions were made with Xander, Arthur and Jude entering the field and doing themselves proud. Xander and Arthur kept the pace and work rate going for Rovers, and Jude adopted the ‘sweeper keeper’ role, with swift movement off his goal line to aid his defence. The match concluded with both teams playing in a fair and respectful manner.

Congratulations to Troy, Ollie W, and Will H for getting on the score sheet.

Match 3:

This match was the tightest of the three matches with the teams being evenly matched. Discussions were made by the managers about what they put in the water in Davenham due to the selected team resembling the height of an NBA basketball team, but the Rovers players stood up to the physicality and matched through their work rate and skill.

The match started with Rovers on the offensive, the likes of Alfie and Fletcher in particular, proving dangerous on the wings with their high press, and ball winning tenacity. The only thing missing was the final pass to get the ball through to bright and clever runs of Mason. Many of these passes got cut out by Davenham and left Rovers open to the counterattack, but nobody was worried due to the (Jack)inator playing in defence. A special mention goes out to the first half Goalkeeper, Dillon who made his Rovers debut with some fine saves to keep his team in the game.

At half time, substitutes, formation, and a change of tactics were made due to the Davenham team playing a high defensive line. Mason replaced Dillon in goals, Alex replaced Fletcher on the wings, and Martha replaced Jack in defence.

The second half began with Rovers continuing to be the stronger team but with a new approach to how they play. The likes of Dillon, Martha, Alex and Mason were now concentrating on making accurate passes down the wings, into the space behind the Davenham defence for Alfie to use his pace and run on to. This approach proved highly effective and continually caused problems for the Davenham team throughout the second half.

The game ended in great spirits with all the players shaking hands respectfully.

Congratulations to Alfie for getting on the score sheet.