Newhall U13 Lions (1) v Edge Hill U13 (2)

Phil Shakespeare

Match report by

Phil Shakespeare
Date filed: 13 Sep 2012

Played: 9th September 2012



Welcome back to a new season with Newhall having their first taste of top flight football at The Oversetts Stadium in the Autumn sun in front of 42 supporters..


Newhall strengthened the squad in the closed season with 3 additions including the all important goalkeeper position after they had Lewis on a season long loan last time out from the under 11’s team.


The team set up in 4-4-2 formation could not have wished to have started any better being first to stamp their authority on the game and taking an early lead in the 3rd minute. The ball initially won in defence from an Edge Hill attack and some quick fire passing between Liam, Connor and James sent James off into space to slide a magnificent ball through in the path of Ben, he ran on to it and finished with an emphatic side foot past the on rushing Edge Hill keeper who hadn’t even had a touch yet other than to fetch the ball out the net, 1-0 Newhall.Ben in action


It was a dream start for the newly promoted team and knew Edge Hill were just not awake and in the game, they continued to dominate and come close to extending their advantage after some great corners from James the second one causing a melee in the box with the ball being cleared off the line from Ben’s effort.Edge Hill gradually came into it and Kier collected neatly from a shot on the edge of the box, and a little skirmish from another corner saw Newhall gratefully clear the danger in the end after a handball appeal from Edge Hill.


Newhall's opener                   

Newhall changed it round after 20 minutes bringing Connor off for Harry in a tactical switch to shore up the midfield, it worked with Harry in action straight away forcing another corner which created an opening for Lewis but he couldn’t get a clean enough strike and the keeper gathered easily. The opposition who finished second last time out did not overawe Newhall; and although Edge Hill struck the bar from what looked more like a cross than an attempt on goal, and Liam then cleared at the far post from a corner, Kier wasn’t really troubled on his first outing in a Newhall shirt.


Corner's rained in on Edge Hill

James taking a corner

Half Time Newhall 1 Edge Hill 0


Newhall took full use of the break after 35 pulsating minutes of non stop action, they kept Edge Hill waiting for the kick off to start the second half having made 3 changes bringing on Dilraj, Sean and Mcklane for Ben,Josh and Luke with Liam dropping to left back. Edge Hill started the brighter and saw an effort sail close past Kier’s left hand upright and it fired a warning Newhall didn’t contain, after 45 minutes the referee awarded a game changing penalty which was despatched by the Edge Hill forward to Kier’s right, the decision was a little harsh as Sam felt he was fouled prior to the Edge Hill forward winning the penalty in the same move.


Newhall were not stunned other than into action and they battled away back into the game with chances falling to Dilraj, Harry, and a sweet strike from Lewis which just eluded the left upright, Man Of the Match Tyler then decided to try his luck with a lob that had the goalkeeper scrambling back but luckily it fell wide to his right. Newhall were really making a fight of it but went behind in the 53rd minute with some sloppy defending at the back which didn’t clear the danger from a corner on the right, when it came back down the left wing it ended up at the feet of one of Edge Hill subs who was allowed to turn past 2 defenders and fire unchallenged with an unstoppable shot to the far corner, a good goal but it could have been defended better.


Scramble in the box


2-1 to Edge Hill but Newhall were still trying to get back in the game although you could sense Edge Hill were trying to play them on the break with a couple of off sides pulling them up after some great back line shape from Newhall caught them out. Another couple of good punches from Kier cleared the danger after 2 quick corner’s in succession, and Newhall nearly benefited from the latter one as they broke clear, with the ball being played out wide to Sean who raced clear only to take his shot too early making the goalkeeper work but gathering low to his left, a great chance to deservedly equalise.

A number of substitutions made from both sides, more tactical from Edge Hill towards the last couple of minutes closed the game out to the final whistle.

Final Score Newhall 1 Edge Hill 2.


Dave and Phil summarised praising the lads in a difficult opener and both felt they should have got something out of the game, but if they apply themselves like this for the rest of the season they will not be far off securing another season in Division 1.


Man Of The Match: Tyler


Next Game: Measham Away



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Big RonBig Ron
09 Sep 2012 18:25

Brilliant match report, as ever Ron.  Well done lads, it was a very entertaining game, end to end.  It is just a shame that you didn't get a point from this one but keep it up and the rewards will come.  Well done to you all on a very hot sunny morning at Oversetts.


See you at Oversetts on Tuesday.




Wendy KeachWendy Keach
09 Sep 2012 19:26

Cracking game and cracking match report ! 


Well done lads 


Up the Newhall !

Phil ShakespearePhil Shakespeare
09 Sep 2012 19:47

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