MATCH REPORT – Express Cabs League Div 4 – U13’s
CFJFC ( 8 ) vs YALDING & LADDINGFORD (3)
Where do I start , the amount of planning and homework by me that went into today’s game has proved to be a huge success and worth every minute & why I love this game so much and this group of boys.
Today was always going to be a very good test of our ability and how far this team has come since I took over. I should start by congratulating both teams for putting on a good exhibition of football and after the game I spoke with Rob Smith ( Yalding Manager) who I know, and he admitted that he told his boys they were beaten by the better team on the day who were better in every department !!
With any game the first goal is all important and it went to CFJFC , but credit to Yalding within minutes they were level due to a lack of concentration in our defence. We soon however recovered our composure and restored the lead before once again being pegged back (2-2). However this seemed to be the kick up the …… the boys needed and after an incident on the edge of our own box which was a 50/50 tackle and some strong refereeing CFJFC took control of the game which included a good individual goal by Jack followed up with 2 more goals by Josh we went in at halftime with the score 5-2 in our favour.
A strong half time team talk was required to ensure we maintained the pressure and was first to every ball and the first goal was always going to be important and once again this was scored by CFJFC which appeared to put the result beyond doubt. But once again Yalding did not let there heads dropped and continued to attack down the RHS and eventually scored another goal to make it 6-3.
Once again however CFJFC dug deep and despite missing a few good chances again scored another 2 goals to secure what was a remarkable and totally well deserved 8-3 victory.
In a nut shell today’s victory was simply exceptional and proved that the boys are capable of playing as a team and quality football either doing the simple things when needed, short sharp passing or the long ball over the top and now have the desire to compete with the best and should not be afraid of anyone.
Today’s performances started right from David in goal from defence to midfield to WT leading the front line and was further strengthen by the subs when called upon.
Congratulations must go to several people today:
1. The entire team and squad of CFJFC U13’s
2. Richard for marking out the pitch from 8:45 onwards on his little machine – excellent
3. Martin Crane – as my able Assistant Manager who has trained the boys and is always positive in his team talks
4. The parents and families who attended in force today and made so much noise in the touch line and gave positive support and encouragement it was like a 12th man in the pitch
Today’s Scorers: Josh Crane (5) , Jack Hatfield (2) plus 1 own goal
Man of The Match : CFJFC U13 Team !! – Says it all
CFJFC U13’s (11) vs Kings Hill Rangers (0)
After the results from recent weeks we seemed to be ready right from the start wanting to be first to the ball , winning challenges and playing football, and as a Coaching Staff we set ourself challenges I can safely say that these were achieved today.
The encouraging part of today was initially the team selection with some players who would normally start being rotated which allowed encouraging performances from new boys Owen and Toby in the first half.
Owen clearly listening to our instructions to follow up on every shot at goal just in case the goalie made a mistake and he gladly helped himself to his first 2 goals for CFJFC. Today we used the width of the pitch in the first half to the maximum which allowed more space down the middle to get in behind the defence and score especially with our attacking pace.
It was a joy to watch the boys today, score at will and the highlight had to be our 4th goal which started from our own goal area and consisted of a maximum of 6 passes and only 4 players involved, simple one touch pass and move expedited to perfection down the left hand side. Perhaps they do listen in training.
As the whistle blew for half time we lead 6 – 0 and the half time talk was very easy. That’s not to say we did need to remind the boys that the warning signs were there of ever increasing goal threat from Kings Hill.
Changes were made at HT and within minutes we extended our lead once again. Goals and fluent football continued throughout the second half and another excellent team goal followed once again from “pass and move” finished with a tap in at the far post by TM
Substitutes were made at regular intervals which allowed us to rotate a number of players, we even had time to hit the bar again before further goals including a debatable own goal from the opponents keeper, which our Captain is trying to claim !!
Positives today were the players attitude from the start , performance of the new players, ability to pass and move all finished off with a number of excellent goals.
Coaches Player of The Match : OJ
Parents Player of The Match : TG
Goalscorers – JH (3) , JC (3) , OJ (2) , WT (2) TM (1)
A special mention must go to Kings Hill Rangers who did not at any time let there heads drop and continued to battle right to the end. Well done boys you are a credit to your Manager.
Chairman & Team Manager