Newhall U13 Lions (2) v Ashby Ivanoe U 13 (5)

Ron Evans-Brookes

Match report by

Ron Evans-Brookes
Date filed: 28 Apr 2013

Played: 28th April 2013


The rain kept away this morning in blustery conditions at the Oversetts Stadium with Newhall signing off in the top flight after a 1 season brief encounter that is best left behind them, but they will be better off for the all round experience of it in Division 2 next season.

It was business as usual for Newhall with Sam and Josh both having to sit it out through groin strains picked up 2 game s ago, so it was down to the bare bones of the squad at 11 available players which is not easy when you are playing against a team lying second in the table to have any fresh legs to bring on. But Newhall were told to go out to enjoy the game and forget the result for the last time this season, and enjoy it they did as they were able to control the game much better than their opponents in the conditions. Sean had been given the duty of controlling James on the Ashby team who single handedly destroyed them the game before last, and he put in a great show of defensive work to master him. Although their opponents took the lead through a poorly defended corner it was Newhall who dug in and they continued to find the wings stretching the game and frustrating Ashby.

Then they struck twice in a short space of time to take a deserved 2-1 lead both goals coming from James and both stunning long range efforts, these were not the only chances they created and should have been further ahead but for some weak finsihing in front of goal, and a decent save from the Ashby keeper following a free kick from James well outside the box and all this against the wind. Sadly they couldn't hold onto the lead and with a mistake in the middle of the park Ashby's leading division goalscorer got away from Sean to finish after a great save from Harry. It wasn't a deserved equaliser on the balance of play and I am sure Ashby were glad of the half time whistle more than Newhall.


Half Time; Newhall 2 Ashby Ivanoe 2

Phil put heaps of praise on the team at half time and was well deserved for all their efforts having players out of position all through the first half, but Dave and Phil decided to keep the same players in the respective positions, Harry not objecting to staying in goal for the whole game, Newhall had really shook Ashby up and ran the game for most of the first half. Ashby came out the second period seemingly more relaxed and started to play the ball to feet rather than using the long ball threat for James to run onto, but it was still Newhall pushing Ashby to play their best football in between and it was Newhall who came closest to taking the lead. Newhall were given yet another free kick for holding and it was in a great position just left of centre, James sized it up bearing in mind he knew the wind was behind him so he needed to get this right, he struck the ball sweetly hitting the bar with the ball bouncing out to safety. It was a game changing moment with Ashby getting another warning that Newhall were not going to lie down but they pushed on scoring 3 well taken goals that caught Newhall's defence slightly flat footed and out of position, It was a little harsh on Newhall who were struggling to maintain their levels of energy at the back and owed more to tiredness than Ashby's better play. It wasn't all Ashby with Newhall continuing to play their game and were far from being outplayed even as the game wore on and it could have been a little different in between those 3 Ashby goals with Ben, James, Lewis and Connor all coming close, but the day belonged to Ashby.


Full Time: Newhall 2 Ashby 5


Well what a difference 3 games make, as Phil quite rightly pointed out that they were a long way from the recent thumpings they had endured, given a bigger quad today could have pushed Ashby even more, the scoreline flatered the opposition. Phil quite rightly praised every single player including Harry in goal for their effort, and continued attempts to get back in the game given they had no fresh legs to call on. The Man of the Match was difficult today as several could have been in the decision but it deservedly went to James who was denied a hat trick by the woodwork and was all over the park. A final thank you to all the parents in the summary for their continued patience in what has been a really tough season but the lads will no doubt continue through tournament games and training to come back a more solid unit than they have ever been to mount a challenge on the division 2 title next season.

Thanks also to the sponsors Headlines Salon, Premium Heating Services and Ashbourne ARC for their continued support, especially the former 2 who have been sponsors of this team for a few years now, we look to gain an away sponsor for next season with the home sponsor already signed up. Thanks too for Wendy as team treasurer as well as club treasurer and thanks from me for reading this season's reports and inputting from time to time. Please remember you should only expect to get back from all this fun in being involved with the team what you put in so let's see some more proactive comments coming through next season on the web pages as we build for a return to the top flight.

See you all next season.



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Ron yet again a great match report.


This game was absolutely fantastic, for me it was the best game of the season even better then beating Measham early on, this game showed the character of the team and their desire to win and never quit. We will hopefully carry this momentum through to next season and once again challenge for the title but before that we have lots of fun to have during the summer months including a team building trip to Alton Towers and a couple of tournaments too.

A difficult season for sure but I've learnt a lot and I'm sure the boys have too, it's been testing at times but that being said I wouldn't want it any other way, great kids, parents and friends.


Phil Shakespeare

Assistant Coach 





Phil ShakespearePhil Shakespeare
29 Apr 2013 07:59

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