Newhall U14 Lions (10) v St Georges U14 (2)
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Date filed: 13 Oct 2013
Played: 13th October 2013
THE LIONS ROAR AGAINST ST GEORGES AS THEY ROMP HOME WITH A COMFORTABLE VICTORY
On a miserable morning at the Oversetts Stadium the team gave the great crowd of 30 home supporters something to brighten their day up in a game they dominated from start to finish against newcomers St Georges.
It was an emotional day for James in his last game for Newhall this season having played well over 100 games and scored 80 goals at his time with the club; we wish him all the best for his new start at Ashby Ivanoe.
The game got off to a good start for Newhall with a couple of efforts going wide from James and Luke after some neat football, but the warning signs were there from the opposition particularly down the left side of Newhall’s defence where Josh had his work cut out to keep the lively winger at bay. Newhall were getting drawn into playing down the middle and oddly it was from that position they opened the scoring on 6 minutes. A bit of poor defending let Ben squeeze in between the centre halves and plant a great left foot effort into the top left corner, not sure he meant it to go there but they all count. It settled Newhall down a little but they were being caught out in midfield where big gaps kept appearing and St Georges could have had an equaliser but the cross bar saved Harry with a great strike from well outside the box.
Newhall decided to put their foot down and scored twice in a minute, a fantastic strike from Sean on 11minutes just outside the box was followed by a second goal from Ben on 12 following a corner that was allowed to come right through the defence to give him an easy tap in. St Georges responded with a neatly taken goal from the right winger who ran on to slot it past Harry off the post. Newhall had to defend a couple of free kicks needlessly given on the left edge of the penalty box but they fortunately came to nothing. Newhall got to grips with the game again and Mcklane was next to get in the action with a virtually open goal at his mercy to make it 4-1, followed by Ben’s hat trick on 32 after he drilled it into the far corner from 6 yards out. Newhall were in control and starting to play their game after a nice piece of football down the left between Ryan and Luke, the ball went out for a corner, which Lewis got on the end of with a neat flick into the far corner just before half time.
Half Time: Newhall 6 St Georges 1
A few changes at half time saw Newhall’s latest recruit Jack come on at right back to replace Liam who had played well, and Connor coming on for Ryan to partner Ben up front. We had a slight delay to the second half start as Josh had automatically sat on the sideline thinking he had been subbed off, It was something to laugh about as he had to rejoin the team on the pitch. Newhall were very lazy at the start of the second half not really taking the advice from Phil who wanted them to use the space having fell into the trap of going down the middle too much. However with the odd ball over the top from St Georges it was inevitable they would eventually have some success with it and scored their second 3 minutes in after the Newhall back line unusually were all over the place.
The goal rallied Newhall into action and they scored their seventh after Connor had been put through from a lovely through ball off Sean to beat the keeper from close range, at 7-2 it was credit to St Georges who kept going but they found Newhall in merciless mood today and they could have had a few more before James coolly picked his spot to make it 8-2, then Luke rescued the ball from going out after a good save from the goalkeeper to bring it back into the six yard box to finish well, 9-2 and you feared for St Georges as Newhall ran riot and missed a number of opportunities and bar some great goalkeeping it could have been a lot worse before James scored his second on 67 hammering the ball into the corner from just inside the area. He had the chance to finish on a hat trick but was denied from yet another excellent block by the keeper.
Final Score: Newhall 10 St Georges 2
Summary: Dave and Phil made it clear to the lads that they have something to build on even with James’ departure, with some excellent work rate in several positions on the field, a good all round performance which they will have to wait 3 weeks to follow up on with no games for the next 2 weeks. Man of the Match went to Ben not just for his hat trick but also for his work rate in niggling at the back line of St Georges throughout. The lads and parents are also aware of Dave finishing at the end of the season, it has been a long 7 years for Dave not just as manager of the team but a committee member of the club, he has been a great servant along with his wife Wendy in keeping things running as smoothly as possible, I am not sure that everyone understands what that commitment has meant to Dave on a personal level in terms of time he’s given up at home, he will be missed. We hope the lads go on to finish as champions as I am sure he would like to bow out on a high.
Linesman’s Viewpoint: With the team knowing the changes on Friday I feel they have done really well to come out and show they have some mental resolve to remain focussed on the game today, yes their were lapses, none more than the gaping holes in midfield for a 15 minute spell in the first half but it’s manageable moving forward. With another new player waiting to come in who is a natural left footer it can only help to make sure the 11 picked on match days do their best at all times to keep their place.
Next Game: TS Sports Sunday 3rd November 2013 at home Oversetts Road 10.30 kick off.
UP THE NEWHALL!!
Comment on this report
A very good performance today from all the lads, I thought they showed great dicipline and didn't get too carried away with wanting to score. James's departure is a sad one on a personal note but gives a great opertunity for the next player to don the centre midfield position and there's a lot of competion for that spot.
We have a couple of weeks off but I will look to try and arrange a friendly for us if possible to keep the match awareness and fitness up, we have to play about with different players and formations now and would really appreciate all players attending training sessions.
I thought Jacks debut performance was very good and he will benefit and gain expirience with every game going forward but he showed a really hunger for the game with lots of energy, well done !.
The last week has been a very emotional one within the team as Dave has announced he will be stepping down as team manager, a decision that doesn't come easy that's for sure especially when you consider the lads were only 7 when he took over as the supposed care taker manager...... you didn't see that one coming mate haha. I would like to take the opertunity to say a massive thankful on behalf of the team to Dave and Wendy, I know football isn't your game Dave but you have given these boys so muchand without you picking up the reigns the team would have packed up before they got chance to show us how fantastic they are. It's been a real roller coaster with highs and lows but you have had a great run with a league title to prove it and I have been honoured to be a part of it with you. All the best mate thank you both for so much dedication.
KEEP THE FAITH - UP THE NEWHALL !
13 Oct 2013 16:37
Excellent report as usual Ron, don't know how you remember it all.
Well played today in appalling weather conditions.
Up the Newhall.
13 Oct 2013 16:40
Sad to hear Dave is stepping down as manager after doing a great job with the team.
As I have said before both Dave and Wendy are two of the unsung heroes of Newhall FC and have served the team and the club superbly!
Good luck all for the rest of the season!
13 Oct 2013 19:31
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