Newhall U14 Rams (3) v Abbots Bromley (1)

Chris  Barlow

Match report by

Chris Barlow
Date filed: 09 Dec 2014

Played: 7th December 2014

Hudson's Hat-trick, Woollet'ts Wonders and Barlow's Battling all contribute to Rams Beating Bromley!

Starting line up: Lewis (GK), Call (RB), Mia & Mitchell S (CB), Josh (LB), Tom and Rhys (DM), Thomas (LM), Ben (RM), Brad (AM), Harry (Att). Subs Kian & Adam.

Rams kicked off with the sun behind them on a heavy, muddy pitch. Newhall forced much of the early play and were well on top. Tom hitting an effort from 20 yards narrowly wide. Tom also got shoulder barged close to the touch line and ending up taking the refreshment table out.

Bromley then started to get in the game and the pace of the opposition attack caused us problems in defence. This was reflected on 18 minutes when Bromley broke the back line and went on to go 1-0 up.

This seemed to waken the Rams ranks as they started to get back in to the game. The long throws of Tom created so many attacking chances for Rams too.

Brad playing just behind Harry picked it up in the centre of the park, took it wide on the left and hit a cracking ball across the 6 yard box, where Harry came powering in to smash home the equaliser with 4 minutes to go. 1-1.

Rams were now confident and strong in the challenge. Brad causing the Bromley defence all sorts of trouble with his pace and skill. Just before half time Brad powered in to the box and was bundled over. Up stepped Harry for the resulting penalty and smashed it wide of the keeper.

Half time: Abbots Bromley 1 - 2 Rams.

Adam came on second half on the left and other changes ensued, rolling on/off so as all the players get that meaningful match time we try and promote.

As the second half weather got colder the action on the pitch certainly got hotter. Some good strong challenges from Newhall and likewise the opposition. Tom was immense today. Winning every challenge he went for and also doing the dirty work when needed. Rams had got Bromley rattled and went in search of a third. A great slide tackle on the far side from Tom epitomised his effort and battling quality today. It was Tom who was invloved again in a fair challenge that the opposition player took exception to and pushed Tom away. The Ref needed to be stronger here and get his book out as the game threatened to boil over. Fair play to Tom though he never got involved and just walked away.

Bromley did have their chances too, but again Lewis was in fine form, perfoming goalkeeping wonders to keep them at bay.

Mia at the heart of defence with Smithy today also did what was needed to get the ball clear when under pressure and Call defended expertly in the wide positions.

Late in the game Harry mistimed a tackle that caught the Bromley captain and he was unable to play any further part in the game. We wish him well as he limped away at the end of the game.

As the weather turned and the hail started and with just a few minutes left Harry got played through, he powered past the Bromley defence and rifled home his and Rams third.

Full time: Abbots Bromley 1 - 3 Rams.

 

So after two consecutive games where Rams have played great and come away with nothing, this week they get their rewards. The whole team and not just those mentioned above all played a part in ensuring that Rams came back over the border with the 3 points. And also their heads held high as they didn't let the nonsense towards the end of and after the game get to them.

It is a shame however, to see such bad sportmanship, where the opposition fail to give you three cheers in return of yours, where some opposition players refuse to shake hands and where the opposotion manager doesn't congratulate the winning team or even just say well played. And then questions the Rams captain's motive who offered his hand at the end of the game.

 

 

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