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U7s - Match Report

Barnton FC U7s Match Report

(Chris Lawton 18/01/2020)

Congleton Rovers JFC U7s  Vs  Barnton   (Score Withheld)

(Match Date: Saturday 11th January 2020)
Following a probable mince pie and chocolate filled month’s break over the Christmas period, Coaches Andy and Chris joked that the Under 7 Yellow and Blue army may return to action as an advertisement for childhood obesity - Slow, sluggish, and a little portly! That couldn’t have been further from the truth… The attendees to the midweek training session continued with the same work rate and enthusiasm as before the holidays and it was apparent that many of the players had continued to work on their skills whilst at home, showing amazing commitment to their personal development.

This week’s match was against Barnton FC U7’s, who were playing their debut matches within the 3 team format. Barnton FC had been competitive within their league prior to this match so a tough test was expected…

Match 1
The match began with Rovers starting quickly and putting immediate pressure onto the Barnton defense. The front three of Troy, Fletcher, and Alfie were relentless in their pressing of the ball throughout the first half, forcing the Barnton players to panic and make mistakes.

On the few occasions that Barnton managed to get the ball up field, Mason was holding his shape well, and took control of the ball effortlessly before distributing it back into the right areas of the pitch for Rovers to continue their attack.

At half time, subs were made with Alfie going into goals, and Harry, Ollie W, and Jude replacing outfield players.
In the second half, the standard of football continued within the same vain as the first. The introduction of Ollie W provided an immediate goal threat, Jude produced his performance of the season with hard work and determination, and Harry who replaced Mason in defense was solid as a rock, blocking any threats on goal.

Outstanding performance by the players.

Match 2
The first half of the second match was the closest and scrappiest of the three matches, with much of the play taking place within the middle of pitch. However, once the players settled, Will H and Martha began to use the space on the wings to get behind Barnton and provide crosses for Arthur, who became a constant threat. Barnton’s only real threat throughout the first half was a large goalkeeper kick that bi-passed the midfield, forcing Dillon and Rex into defensive action, which they dealt with no issues...

In the second half, Ollie N was substituted onto the field to inject some pace and flair into the game. Ollie linked up well in the attacking third of the pitch and helped to maintain Rovers’ high pressing tactics.

This match was a tough contest but the Rovers' players worked industriously for each other, impressing their coaches.

Match 3
Unlike the second match, the Rovers’ players settled quickly, playing some of the best football that the club has produced this season.

Similarly to the first match, Rovers high pressed the Barnton defense, causing them to panic and make mistakes. Jayden, who looked very sharp for the whole first half, had a lot of quality service into key areas from the unselfish Jack and Logan. Alex, who was playing in defense had little to do but held his position well, always prepared for any attacks.

In the second half, Ollie C replaced Alex, Will C replaced Jayden, and Xander replaced Jack. The changes had an immediate impact, with Will C almost instantly striking the ball against the post. For the entire second half, Xander turned into Messi incarnated, dribbling with pace and agility on several occasions past the Barnton midfield and distributing it at the perfect moment to his team mates.

Following the three matches, the Barnton coaches praised the Rovers’ players and explained that they are the best group of players they have played against so far this season. In addition to this, comments were also made by the opposition parents praising the impeccable and sportsmanlike behaviour of the Rovers’ players.

Well done to all involved.