Our happy Under 10’s A Team.
UNDER 8’s – by Tom Brixey
The under 8s started their season with some excellent performances at the Haslemere festival this Sunday. For some of the team it was their first matches against other clubs and they played brilliantly. The team drew several games, mostly thanks to excellent defence from Millie and Sia. Some rough defeats against Fareham and Gosport still saw Havant playing really well and scoring goals. All the goals were scored by Toby Letchford who was assisted in attack by Bella Bowen. The midfield were really good Theo and Toby tackled and passed the ball brilliantly and assisted goals with some great long passing. Pippa and Georgie worked really hard in midfield and dealt with their respective flu and nerves with admirable courage. A great start to the season well done all. If you weren’t in the team this time around look out future tournaments, everyone who trains will play in a tournament.
UNDER 10’s A TEAM – by Jonathan Smith
The U10 A-team had an outstanding festival on Sunday. The score sheet itself was an incredible 100% win rate: 4-0, 3-0, 2-0, 3-1, and 3-0. But the scores only show part of the story. The teamwork was the best I’ve seen in a long time – lots of strong passes, fast runs, getting the ball out wide rather than just running down the centre, and a constant attack mentality, even when defending.
Every player was engaged and playing a part whether covering the front-line in attack, protecting the back-line in defence, or shuttling between the two.
There were some tired legs at the end which is testimony to the level of commitment being shown on the pitch.
Our toughest game was against Fareham. The 2-0 scoresheet doesn’t really show the true picture though – the first goal was about 20 seconds after the start whistle, and the second about 1 second before the final hooter. The rest of the game was truly end-to-end play, a constant cycle of attack and defend. The 3 mid-fielders definitely earned their after-match snacks!
I won’t pick a star player – everyone deserves praise. From Peter, George and Holly getting straight in to the tackles and then sending the ball out wide to players on the wings, Charlie with his blistering runs down the right, and Hannah, Frankie and Robert keeping the pressure on in the opposition’s goal area.
On a final note, some quick pointers to help with ongoing improvement:
· Remember to keep the right hand lower on the stick when receiving passes and dribbling – you will find the position much stronger, and much easier to control the ball; and
· When receiving a pass you do have time to bring the ball under control, and then look up and around for the right player to pass to – you do not have to try to slap the ball while it is in motion towards you.
But well done one and all. Great job. Very proud of you all.
UNDER 10’s B TEAM – by Barry Bradley
What an excellent start to the season for the B team. They battled through confidently progressing with each game. Every game was tight with Wilf managing to clear the ball forward up the pitch, Ella and Thomas defending well and Evie, Charlotte, Lucia and Thomas making a number of chances. Their efforts were rewarded with a great goal from Esme Hares right at the end.
Well done B Team.
Next tournament is being hosted by City of Portsmouth on the 19th November.
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