NWL U12 Division 1: Swindon Supermarine J 4 CCCFC Whites 2
Season 15/16 -
Under 12 White
An improved performance from the Colts was not enough to dent Swindon Supermarine’s hopes of finishing the season as runners-up to Division 1 champions Croft Red as the hosts continued their impressive record this season.
The Whites’ unhappy knack of conceding goals in batches proved their undoing for the second week running on a narrow South Marston pitch, with the three Supermarine strikes in the space of ten first-half minutes leaving them with it all to do following a very bright start.
That spell aside, it was an enjoyable, end-to-end contest and was played in the right spirit throughout by both teams. The Colts competed well against very capable opponents and looked good going forward but Supermarine’s superior finishing ability and robust midfield proved to be the decisive factors.
Matthew and Liam F linked well once again in the engine room and some intricate play helped give the Colts the upper hand in the early exchanges, which saw Liam B shrug off the attentions of the last defender before planting a shot inches wide. Matthew also floated a free-kick just over the bar and Sam saw a similar effort headed away before Liam B connected with an excellent left-wing cross from Bradley but failed to keep his effort on target.
Tom then showed his strikers how it is done, albeit at the wrong end of the field as his attempted clearance following a ball over the top gave Max no chance and Supermarine the lead. Josh and Callum had managed to repel a lively home attack until that point but the setback galvanised them and two more goals – both fine finishes – followed to leave the Colts three goals down at the break, a scoreline that was hardly a reflection of the game until that point.
The visitors rallied and, after some neat play on the edge of the box, Matthew hammered in a volley that the keeper tipped onto the underside of his bar before the ball bounced away to safety. The goal Colts had promised finally arrived when Liam B was brought down in the area and he fired home a confident penalty to reduce the arrears and give his side hope of a comeback.
With more than 20 minutes to play, the next goal would prove to be crucial and, as the Colts pushed forward, Tom latched on to one of many booming punts from Max before sending a looping effort over the bar. Supermarine quickly restored their cushion from a similar move, with the defence failing to deal with a long ball and Max left helpless by a low finish that made it 4-1.
Luke S’s sensible distribution from the right and long throws created a number of opportunities in the second period as George, Sam, Matthew and Liam B all threatened to pull another goal back. At the other end, Max pulled off a fantastic save to palm a fierce drive over the bar and was assured as ever when crosses entered the danger zone.
The Colts managed to have the last word when Matthew earned himself the chance to grab the goal his earlier effort had warranted by drawing a foul in the box. Like Liam B, he made no mistake with a firm low spot-kick to the keeper’s right to give the final scoreline a more respectable – if not entirely accurate – look.