Newhall U10 Tigers (2) v Hatton Sports U10 (6)

Lee Cantrill

Match report by

Lee Cantrill
Date filed: 08 Apr 2013

Played: 6th April 2013

After an impeccably observed minute’s silence for Lee Tomlinson, the Tigers took to the field against 3rd placed Hatton Sports in a determined mood.

A solid start to the game saw the Tigers snappy in the tackle and working hard for one another.  A midfield battle ensued and the Tigers were not about to lie down.  Hatton were beginning to create chances though by being first to loose balls rather than through measured approach play.

Hatton took the lead when the ball was poked through to allow a cool finish past Wells in the Tigers goal.

From the restart, Eames and Balfour linked up well down the right which led to a cross-shot which was just too far for Bates to apply the finishing touch.

The Tigers were a little hesitant in the defensive third allowing the Hatton attack to pounce first on loose balls and clearances which led to them establishing a 3-0 lead, with the third goal a clever close range header from a corner that left Wells with no chance.

The Tigers though kept trying to play a passing game through midfield, with Jackson, Balfour and Eames linking up well on occasions.  Before half time, the Tigers hit back with Bates applying the finishing touch to a well worked Tigers move down the right.  Shortly after, the same combination forced the Hatton keeper into a great save to prevent the Tigers from pulling another goal back.  Half-Time 1-3.

Archer came on in the second half and looked to get forward at every opportunity and whilst Hatton continued to waste chances, the Tigers took their next chance in clinical fashion with Bates again finding the net after more good work from Balfour to make it 2-3.

Had the Tigers managed to keep Hatton at bay for a minute or two after scoring, it would have made for an interesting last quarter of the game but the Tigers defence was breached again almost immediately from the restart to make it 2-4.

The Tigers defence of Jarvis, Skinner and Rothwell battled away throughout the match but the Tigers could not prevent Hatton adding goals five and six to make the final score 2-6.  Whilst no-one could argue that they deserved this score line it was great to see that the Tigers heads never dropped and for a brief spell in the second half they looked capable of a much closer score line.

The Parent’s Man of the Match went to Reece Balfour for an industrious display in midfield and the ‘stand-in’ Coaches’ Man of the Match went to Cameron Bates for good hold-up play and two well taken goals.

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