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U12 White - Match Report

Rovers End Season On A High Note

(Phil Smith 09/03/2020)

3    Congleton Rovers JFC U12 White
0    Hartford

(Match Date: Saturday 7th March 2020)
Saturday saw Congleton Rovers Whites travel to Hartford with the aim of doing the double over their opposition in the Mid Cheshire under 12 Second Division.
The game started with neither team being able to take control in a scrappy opening ten minutes, the best chance falling to Rovers striker Will Peterson who saw a goalbound effort cleared off the line by a defender.
Although there wasn’t much between t the two teams in general play, Congleton Rovers began to create more and better opportunities to score as the game progressed and it was no surprise when they took the lead with 10 minutes left to play in the 1st half. Archie Pearce latched onto a through ball and appeared to have taken a touch too many with the goalkeeper rushing out at him, however he managed to prod the ball home under the body of the home keeper.
Hartford’s best chances of the first half both came from long through balls that the Rovers’ defence failed to deal with, fortunately for Rovers their goalkeeper Jack Brammall was alert and managed to snuff out the danger.
At half time the score remained at one nil to Congleton with Hartford still very much in the game and everything still to play for.
The second half resumed in similar fashion to the first with little time to play on the compact pitch.
As the game progressed Congleton began to create good chances on the break as their hosts pushed men forward to get an equalizer.
The second goal of the Game for Congleton came again from Pearce who ran on to another through ball to round the keeper and knock the ball home via a despairing lunge on the line from a Hartford defender.
Hartford then nearly got a goal back when a corner to the far post was not dealt with, however Congleton managed to scramble the ball away for another corner. Another Hartford corner to the back post caused more concern for the visitors as they failed learn from the first, this time a Hartford Striker hit the side netting under pressure from Lenny dos Reis.
At the other end of the pitch Pearce had an opportunity to bag his hat trick, only to dally on the ball too long, allowing the home side’s keeper to snatch the ball off his toe.
The game was eventually killed off as a contest with ten minutes to play when Congleton caught the home side pushing forward with Vaughan Bell finishing clinically after a quick break.
The game finished three nil to Congleton who will be rueing their wasteful finishing in a game where they created plenty of chances. Hartford however will feel that the scoreline did not do justice to their endeavour and general play.
Congleton Man of the Match: Oli Sharman