Newhall U14 Lions (2) v Mayfield U14 (3)

Ron Evans-Brookes

Match report by

Ron Evans-Brookes
Date filed: 15 Sep 2013

Played: 15th September 2013



The day started and ended badly today with poor weather, poor pitch and a poor result! Newhall had come to their furthest away fixture with great support today and after the referee didn't appear we finally got under way 15 minutes late, Phil having to step in as makeshift referee.


It was almost as if Newhall had been out on the pitch too long as they started very sluggishly conceding within 3 minutes of the start after some sloppy defending from a ball over the top reached their number 10 to pick his spot in the far corner giving Harry no chance.


It was a wake up call that Newhall struggled with throughout the first 35 minutes, they still controlled the majority of the play but couldn't find the net until Connor took the ball off the right back and rounded the keeper to send a goal bound effort from the by line that Ryan converted with a clean header unmarked towards the back post.


A deserved equaliser that got chalked off within 4 minutes of the restart, it was hard to believe this defence had not conceded a goal last week, but it was more about the amount of space in front of the back four that was causing concern. The ball found it's way out to the right when the winger pounced on the sloppy pass across the Newhall  back line, he raced on with his first cross getting blocked, he still had time to find a second ball in that fell to an unmarked Mayfield player running in glancing it past a helpless Harry.


The rest of the first half ebbed and flowed with Newhall creating the better clear cut opportunities, the Mayfield keeper mopped everything up Newhall could throw at him.


Half Time: Mayfield 3 Newhall 2


Dave and Phil stayed calm through the half time chat to tell the lads they were far better than what they had produced so far, and asked them to step up in the second half. Unfortunately Sam could not go back out for the second half due to illness so Lewis came back on in midfield with Sean dropping to centre back, Ben replaced Connor.


The second half was a different story with Newhall camped in the Mayfield half for long periods, they couldn't find the clinical finishing touch today but you sensed an equaliser was coming. Josh came on for Ryan as the pressure Newhall were throwing at Mayfield was relentless and something had to give, it did but at the wrong end, after a swift break which had Newhall at sixes and sevens at the back, Mayfield stalled the ball into the box until they could pick the right pass. The challenge coming in on the Mayfield striker was late and Phil had no hesitation in pointing to the spot, it was quite deflating to watch as Harry guessed the right way but it was powerfully drilled to make it 3-1.


Newhall were spurred on and not dismayed and continued to press, we all thought a second goal had come but it was ruled out for offside, and this was after a clearance off the line moments earlier. The crowd were urging Newhall on and Mayfield were really feeling the pressure now, eventually Newhall found a way past the Mayfield keeper who was outstanding today, the ball worked down the right between several players before James found space to get his shot away and under the despairing arms of the keeper.


Now Newhall were pushing on with 5 minutes to go, they threw everything at Mayfield with both Sean and Tyler making decent runs from the back to support but they couldn't find another clear cut opening and the home fans and team were relieved to hear the final whistle.


Final Score: Mayfield 3 Newhall 2


Summary: It was difficult not to commend the lads on a second half performance that was as good as we have seen, on another day without the keeper in such form they would have come  away with something from today. Phil also was surprised just how much they talk to each other on the field...but quietly! Man of the Match went to Sean who had been the most consistent player over the 70 minutes and was outstanding in the second half commanding the back line and driving the team on.


Linesman's Viewpoint: I too could not fault the second half showing but had they have shown the same commitment in the majority of the first half this would not have been a reverse. Mayfield played the majority of the second half with a 4-1-4-1 formation and it worked for them with good protection in front of the back four, food for thought maybe as at times today I felt there was too much space between the back line and the midfield.


Next Game: TS Sports Away 10.30 am kick off.



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A tough fixture away from home today boys, Ron sums it up perfectly ! A game of two halves for sure but something to build on thought the season. Credit where its due their keeper was very good but some much needed shooting practise required, watch this space on Thursdays training guys.


On a more positive note the referee was fantastic lol 


Up the Newhall, We march on as a team !


Phil ShakespearePhil Shakespeare
15 Sep 2013 20:52

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