Newhall U13 Lions (1) v Amington Diamonds (9)

Ron Evans-Brookes

Match report by

Ron Evans-Brookes
Date filed: 13 Nov 2012

Played: 11th November 2012


Newhall came up against a quality team today in front of 22 home supporters on a beautiful frosty clear morning, but they never matched the weather with a beautiful game of football!

With manager Dave absent this week through illness Phil was on his own still recovering from illness himself to try and stir the lions up after last weeks performance, and after an impeccable 2 minute silence was observed Newhall found themselves 3-0 down after just 5 minutes.

The 3rd being a dubious penalty award that Newhall could have done without having gifted the opening 2 goals with the Diamonds midfield being allowed time and space to play their game. Newhall started to get into the game although very little breathing time was being found for their defence who were under constant pressure from all areas of the pitch. The one time they were able to muster something worthwhile saw them pull a goal back on 28 with James scoring from distance after finding his way past 2 challenges and sending a scorcher into the top left hand corner, brilliant, but they had to endure more scares for the last 7 minutes of the half to manage to go in with a 2 goal deficit at half time.

Half Time: Newhall 1 Amington 3

Phil made just the one change with Mcklane going on in midfield for Dilraj although other changes were made within 5 minutes of the restart after Newhall had found themselves another 2 goals further adrift the 5th was probably a cross but still it went in; everything was going against Newhall and this was not what Phil had sent them out to do because at 3-1 the game wasn’t over but with those early goals conceded Newhall played the rest of the game on the back foot and managed to just keep Amington from reaching double figures as they gave away 2 more poor penalties and were never really in the game after that.

Final Score: Newhall Lions 1 Amington Diamonds 9 

Phil’s summary could only tell the lads that they had come up against a really well drilled and set up team in Amington today who had everything including the decisions go their way. Newhall in fairness never dropped their heads and kept going, and at least showed they can in some areas of the pitch stand up to the more physical side of the game they are seeing in this division, even though they seemed to get penalised far too often when a lot of the challenges seemed to go unpunished when they came in from the opposition - just one of those days to forget. Man of the match went to the captain Jake, who Phil singled out as the most consistent player for Newhall today. For me the biggest problem was watching a constant lack of protection in front of the back four even with 5 across the middle, a system that we do not seem to be able to get to grips with, especially when the ball was not held up by the lone strikers who played today. This never let the defence get any rest from the constant pressure they were having to endure from a free flowing Amington midfield that were splaying the ball with not enough pressure being applied from the Newhall midfield 5. There is no point in panicking at this stage of the season and at least the blues gave there all for the cause today with a more gritty performance at times that showed an improvement after last week’s efforts.

Man Of The Match: Jake

Next game: Barton Vikings Away



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Good report Ron and very true, a incredibly tough game today, we can definitely take away with us that we were more physical which we need to be to survive in this league. Plenty to work on as the season progresses and we are all including the referee still learning the beautiful game. On the whole big score line but a lot more effort was on display and I feel better things are to follow.


Keep fighting boys !





Phil ShakespearePhil Shakespeare
14 Nov 2012 14:59

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