NWL U13 Division 1: CCCFC Whites 2 Highworth Town Juniors H 5
The Whites came up short against Highworth for the second time this season as a lack of physicality and drive across the pitch once again prompted their downfall.
After weathering an early spell of pressure, the Colts seemed to be containing a potent Highworth strikeforce as Bradley, Josh and Luke VDB worked well as a unit at the back and Tom and Luke S made a number of important interventions in front of them. But they fell behind from a corner – their Achilles heel so often in recent times – when Max’s punched clearance fell kindly for a Highworth player in a crowded box.
Liam F provided a useful outlet on the right as the Colts looked to spread the ball wide in order to create chances against a sturdy Highworth defence, but his crosses into the box went unrewarded – as did dangerous free-kicks from Matthew and Toby on the same flank.
Max made a great save with his feet as Highworth fashioned a one-on-one chance, but the ball ricocheted off a covering defender and presented the striker with a tap-in for the second goal of the afternoon.
It was one that left the Colts with it all to do against a good side but, to their credit, they responded well and Matthew’s magnificent, determined run from deep inside his own half ended with a fine finish from George and the gap was cut to a single goal on the stroke of half-time.
The Colts were unable to build on the morale boost it gave them at the interval, however, and – for the second time in the match – Max was left helpless after making an excellent save as Highworth made it 3-1. The home keeper dived to his left to parry a curling effort from outside the area and the defence stood still to allow the league’s leading marksman a simple finish.
The forward went on to score twice more to complete another hat-trick but the damage would have been even worse had it not been for the efforts of Bradley, who set a shining example to his team-mates with a tenacious performance against an opponent who towered above him.
At the other end, the Colts were unable to fashion enough chances to find a way back into the game, despite Matthew running himself into the ground for the cause. Their second goal made the score 4-2 and offered brief hope, with Toby and Tom doing well on the edge of the box and the ball running loose for George to complete his double.
Last Updated on Monday, 21 November 2016 11:30