Newhall U13 Lions (5) v Woodville Rangers (2)

Ron Evans-Brookes

Match report by

Ron Evans-Brookes
Date filed: 30 Jun 2013

Played: 30th June 2013



Well how good is it to get back to football at last after a short rest, and Newhall certainly took this friendly as a chance to flex their muscles and forget about last seasons disappointment to come back from 2-0 down.

Newhall were missing Jake but have added Ryan up front, with maybe another player for the defence an option before they get under way in the second tier having lost their way in the top flight, they need to put things they know they can do right before the forthcoming season if they are to have any ambitions of improving their game as a team.

This was a tough ask today on a good pitch with conditions warm and dry trying to play 3 sessions of football with 13 players, but they adapted well and you could see they needed to blow the cobwebs off in the first session where it ended goaless, with Newhall creating the better chances with no end product. Still you would take no goals conceded as a positive without any real threat coming from the opposition it was hard to see where Woodville were going to press but they had an abundance of players to call on with their prolific lead scorer Arran not on the field at this stage.

Changes made all round for the second period and Arran coming on to make the difference for Woodville as Newhall went behind after a dubious offside was not given when the ball was squared to him, he definately looked forward of the pass in the box giving Harry no chance in goal. Newhall responded and a number of outstanding saves by Woodville's goalkeeper kept them ahead before they made it 2-0, with a superb strike across the angle of the area from Arran hitting the inside of the bar and post frame, a truly wonderful strike.

Newhall had woken up at last and started to get back at Woodville pressing them at all times from one wing to another and soon came back into the game with a tremendous strike from James from well outside the box, a good session to end with Newhall well on top. Given that probably both teams were sluggish fitness wise, it was Newhall who showed their overall strength though in the third period where they totally outplayed Woodville with some dazzling wing play and thoughtful football that we know they can produce when they relax. James thumped another well struck long range effort to make it 2-2 shortly after the restart and they conitnued to dominate making it 3-2 with a neatly taken low shot from former Ranger Ben after some neat build up play in midfield.

It was all one way traffic now and James completed his hat trick with yet another well drilled shot from the right side of the area giving the keeper no chance, and Ben wrapped it up from a corner shortly afterwards heading in from claose range after the goalkeeper had a barrage of shots to contend with leading up to the corner.

Final Score Woodville Rangers 2 Newhall FC 5

A fair and accurate summary from Dave and Phil after the game reminding the team that fitness will be crucial to this seasons effort and if they get that right they should be able to have learned something from the poor season last time out, man of the match went to James who after a slow start got his engine working and it purred for the last 2 sessions, in fairness the team did better as the sessions came and went, and they conceded no goals in the final session which is always a good sign given players were playing in different roles today.

Next up is a tournament at Uttoxeter 7th July, and hopefully several friendlies to report on in between now and the start of the season, over 20 supporters today saw a nice beginning to a long season ahead albeit a friendly they all count towards morale building and fitness levels.


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Great report Ron.


The lads did well in this tough fixture, I think they need to gain confidence and remember how to win games in style instead of the uphill struggle that was last season. We look forward to a few more friendlies before the season starts and hope to build our confidence and fitness ready for the start of the season.


A pleasing performance by all.



Phil ShakespearePhil Shakespeare
02 Jul 2013 16:44

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