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U12 White - Match Report

Congleton Rovers U12 White V Vale Vikings

(Phil Smith 09/02/2020)

3    Congleton Rovers JFC U12 White
0    Vale Juniors Vikings

(Match Date: Saturday 8th February 2020)
Local rivalries were renewed last Saturday with Congleton Rovers U12 White hosting Vale Juniors Vikings. The previous game between the two teams had finished a draw and another close encounter was expected.
The game started with the home side on the front foot and midway through the first half Congleton Rovers got themselves on to the scoresheet first. Will Peterson burst through the Vale defence only to see his shot parried by the keeper, unfortunately for the visitors the Vaughan Bell was on hand to coolly slot the ball into the back of the net for his first goal of the season.
Rovers should have doubled their lead soon after when Peterson was dragged down in the box following a long throw, however Bell put the resulting spot kick just past the post.
Vale Vikings then came close to an equaliser when a shot from the edge of the penalty box hit the inside of the near post, with the home keeper just about pushing the ball around the post for a corner.
At half time the score remained one – nil with everything still to play for in the second half.
The second half action started as the first half had finished with Congleton Rovers looking the more likely to add to their lead. Rovers’ second goal was not without controversy, when a free kick to the back post was bundled home by Archie Pearce, with the visitors convinced that an arm was used, however with no VAR available the goal stood.
The visitors then came close to narrowing the lead when fiercely struck a free kick from long range was well held by keeper Jack Brammall with four Vale players following in, expecting the ball to be spilled.
At two – nil the game was still in balance and Vale began to sense that they could get something out of it and they began to push forward in greater numbers, and for long periods Rovers could not get out of their own half.
The game was eventually killed off as a contest when the referee awarded Rovers a second penalty, again for a foul on Peterson.
This time Pearce stepped up to take the penalty, which he side footed into the net after the Vale goalie dived the wrong way.
This was the final meaningful action of the game which Rovers ended up wining 3 goals to nil, giving their players bragging rights at school on Monday morning.
Rovers man of the match was Archie Pearce.