Newhall U14 Lions (9) v Marlborough Rovers U14 (0)

Ron Evans-Brookes

Match report by

Ron Evans-Brookes
Date filed: 08 Sep 2013

Played: 8th September 2013


Welcome back to a brand new season and the opening performance from Newhall was faultless as they rolled over the rovers in a completely one sided affair at the Oversetts Stadium in front of 38 faces beaming from ear to ear on what they saw today.

Newhall could not have got off to a better start with a goal inside 2 minutes the ball eventually crossing the line after a bit of a mely in the Rovers area, Lewis getting the final touch, It was a great lifter for a team that had forgotten how to win competetive games after a traumatic season in the top flight last time out. They were giving Marlborough a sign of their intentions as they continued to dominate and went 2-0 up within 5 minutes Connor collecting the ball after some great all round play on the left to cooly slot the ball past the despairing dive of the keeper.

You could see that Newhall were not going to let up and they continued to play their game no matter what Marlborough tried to do, but what was pleasing to note was the pressing game from several front players, Ben, Connor, Luke and Sean all making a nuisance of themselves which basically stopped Marlborough getting any sniff of an opportunity in front of goal, in fact the only chance of note in the entire first half was an effort from the edge of the box easily gathered by Harry in the Lions goal for the first time as a regular goalkeeper.

By then Newhall were 4-0 up with 2 more really well taken goals from Connor the hat trick coming on the half hour mark when Sean went on a blinding run down the right wing to slide an inch perfect cross to Connor to tap in after he had screamed out for the delivery across the box, his second after some great release play from Ben which he placed well to the goalkeepers left. Connor was then replaced after a slight groin strain just before half time by Josh.

Half Time: Newhall 4 Marlborough 0

The hair dryer treatment was not required today at half time, other than for a few of the hairstyles in the team! The reminder was only for them to keep their focus and keep following their instructions of wide play and spread the ball at all times, Marlborough had spent a lot of the first 35 minutes running around trying to mount a challenge of some sort but to no effect but Dave and Phil rightly pointed out their recent friendly with them where they came back with a different second half performance. 

In fairness to Marlborough they never gave up and kept trying all throughout the 70 minutes but so much was the delightful football ingredient today from Newhall they really had it stacked way high on the bar for them to seriously threaten, and the second half kicked off with no change really, Newhall making endless chances before Sean planted a delightful chip over the goalkeepers head after a poor goal kick to make it 5-0, a shame for the keeper who had made some terrific saves including a one handed effort to keep the ball out from James moments earlier. It wasn't too long though before James got on the scoresheet with a delightful chip from the left after running past the Marlborough defence just 30 secs on the restart of Seans goal, Marlborough were a bit shell shocked, it was difficult for them to raise their game.

There were some moments of pressure from Marlborough but the 2 corners they had in this period were easily handled by the solid Lions back line with Harry dominant and well in control behind them, Newhall continued to keep the pressure up and went on to score another 3 in quick succession, all well made goals from James, McKlane and Ben with a soft tap in after the goalkeeper had spilled the ball following yet another shot from edge of the box, all this happened before we had gone past the 50 minute mark.

Lewis came on for James which was a bit tactical of Phil to stop him paying out on a hat trick! Luke was replaced later on with James coming back on for the last 5 minutes or so, Luke having run himself into the ground endlessly chasing back as well as making a lot of runs down the wing, Connor couldn't re-appear and Newhall were also one short on the bench, so all in all a resounding effort from the lads today to keep going the way they did in warm conditions.

Full Time: Newhall 9 Marlborough 0

Summary: Phil and Dave took the opportunity to give all the team a man of the match accolade but in the end he singled out Connor for the official Man Of The Match for his sheer determination, effort and general play for the 31 minutes he graced the field in a terrorising first half performance.

Dave also commented on the all round display with a special reminder from Phil of the clean sheet, the defence had done their job today and Harry was exceptional in goal when he was called on, not that it was that often but it is worth reminding them of the importance of keeping a clean sheet.

Linesman's Viewpoint: I cannot recall a game where every player showed complete support of one and other, urged everyone on with Harry being confident enough to call from the back to the team at every opportunity, it was so good to see and there were some wonderful moments of controlled proper football, It's fair to say that Marlborough did have more of the ball late on in the game but such was the strength of the defence play today they created very little overall, in fairness to Newhall their pressing play had to slow down at some point in the game.

Next Game:  Sunday 15th September, Mayfield Away Conegre sports ground 2pm kick off.



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A real delight to watch today's game, not just for the goals but for the overal performance from every player on the pitch, the desire to track back and support each other was brilliant to see. 

This season should be a lot more fun for the boys and I must say I'm very excited, last year was invaluable in regards of the learning curve and I can see a real change in the lads because of that. 

A special thank you to all the parents for their support, we always pull a good crowd and it makes a huge difference, thanks to Ron for the report but really don't know what you mean about avoiding the hat-trick haha.

Bring on next week it can't come soon enough.




Phil ShakespearePhil Shakespeare
08 Sep 2013 16:24

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