Newhall U13 Rams (4) v Alrewas (3)

Shaun Woollett

Match report by

Shaun Woollett
Date filed: 26 Jan 2014

Played: 26th January 2014

Rams have to weather an Alrewas storm!!

Rams lined up with Callum in goal, a back four comprising of David (LB), Mitchell (RB), Mia and Thomas (CB). Josh just in front, Ben on the right, Adam on the left, Alex as attacking midfield, Lewis and Tom upfront. No substitutes were available for selection.

Newhall had the majority of the play after the kick off but struggled find a clear-cut opening in the Alrewas defence. Newhall were pressing high up the pitch and were awarded a couple of early corners. Tom fired a low and hard corner in from the left, which the defender on the post managed to slice into the back of the Alrewas net. (Rams 1 Alrewas 0)

This goal seemed to spur Alrewas into life and with the rain and wind coming down hard. The Rams seemed to find it hard to cope with the deteriorating conditions. Alrewas played a ball over the top and Mia was judged to have held back the player in the box. Alrewas converted the resultant penalty. (Rams 1 - Alrewas 1)

Newhall replied with a great solo run from Alex as he took the ball from the half way line and dribbled his way past 4 defenders around the keeper and into the back of the net. (Rams 2 Alrewas 1)

Newhall were having a lot of the possession with Ben making some nice runs down the right wing and Lewis & Tom linking up well upfront. Alex was played through from a ball from Tom and was caught late on the left hand side of the box. The resultant free kick was despatched accurately past the despairing dive of the Alrewas keeper. (Rams 3 Alrewas 1)

Half Time Score - Newhall Rams 3 Alrewas 1

Second half the Rams lined up with Lewis in goal, a back four comprising of David (LB), Ben (RB), Callum and Mitchell (CB). Tom just in front, Josh on the right, Adam on the left, Alex as attacking midfield, Mia and Thomas upfront.

The second half was end-to-end stuff as Alrewas were frustrating Newhall by some resolute defending and last ditch tackles. Tom was running his socks off all over the pitch as Josh was struggling to cope with a heavy cold. Mia and Thomas were pressing high up the pitch but could not find there way past a packed defence.

Callum and Mitchell were working well in defence and David was working hard with plenty of running to keep the Alrewas attacks at bay.

Mia chipped a ball over the Alrewas defence that Alex managed to run onto and slot it past the keeper. (Rams 4 Alrewas 1)

Alrewas seemed to find a second gear after this goal and Newhall seemed to take their foot off the gas. Alrewas knocked a long ball over the defence and raced through to knock it past the onrushing Lewis. (Rams 4 Alrewas 2)

Alrewas were soon pressing high up the pitch and were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area, which Lewis managed to palm away past his post.

Newhall were quickly running out of steam with no available substitutes and a very heavy pitch. Alrewas were pressing hard and were awarded a corner on the left, which they knocked over to an unmarked striker who slotted it past Lewis. (Rams 4 Alrewas 3)

This goal meant that it was a nervous end to the match and Newhall managed to hold on for the victory.

Well done to everyone for a very difficult match in tough conditions!!

Final Score - Newhall Rams 4 Alrewas 3

Player of the match today went to Tom.  A powerhouse in the centre of the pitch today, non-stop running and solid tackling.

Many thanks for your excellent support in atrocious conditions today, thanks to Ian for running the line today in Martins absence. Also a big thanks to Nicky and Lynn for providing the much needed coffee and cakes!! 

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