Newhall U13 Lions (0) v Edge Hill U13 (3)

Ron Evans-Brookes

Match report by

Ron Evans-Brookes
Date filed: 23 Sep 2012

Played: 23rd September 2012


Newhall found the going tough today in front of 32 hardened away supporters braving the cold windy conditions at the Paulet Stadium. The pitch wasn’t in any great shape for playing passing football today but it’s the same for both teams and after Newhall should have taken points from Edge Hill 2 weeks earlier, you felt having got in at half time playing up hill and against the wind at 0-0 they would have faired better in the second half but it wasn’t to be.

Newhall had to shuffle the pack today with Kier away, Luke putting himself forward to take his place, and they just couldn’t get in the opening exchanges giving too much space for Edge Hill’s midfield to control the play. It wasn’t long before they had their first attempt on goal which Luke saved with his feet and gathered in. Then another raid down the Newhall right ended up with their winger cutting in and striking at great effort goal bound which Luke took well getting his body behind the ball.

The game ebbed and flowed without too much goalmouth action with Newhall passing the ball well but not getting any sniff on goal, most of their forward moves were being mopped up by the big number 6 at the heart of the Edge Hill defence. They forced a couple of corners the second one of which caused problems but no end product as Edge Hill cleared the danger. Edge Hill continued to press with the downhill advantage and forced a corner which Newhall just managed to clear, then when the ball came back in Luke thought the weak shot was going wide but it hit the post and he was relieved to gather in the rebound.

The game had no real pattern as the 2 teams cancelled each other out Edge Hill having a couple more efforts sail over the bar but then they had a great opportunity after Sam had tripped the advancing Edge Hill forward right on the edge of the box. With a minute to half time you sensed the breakthrough was coming but Newhall stood firm with the initial effort but with the ball remaining in the area falling to another Edge Hill player he struck a fierce drive that Liam superbly blocked on the line.

Half Time: 0-0

Newhall had done really well to contain Edge Hill and the half time talk was all about asking the players to stick to what they have learned in training, too many times Newhall players were finding themselves isolated with no options. Changes were made with Sean, Dilraj and Josh being replaced by McKlane, Adam and Harry to give a little more height up front. Nothing seemed to have changed the way we all expected it to with the downhill advantage and slight wind that had rescinded a little as Newhall were continually being pegged back. Although they did look more menacing going forward with a speculative effort from James being fumbled for a corner, Sam just failed to get on the end of it and as it came back out to James he got under it and the goalkeeper gathered easily. Then Lewis skipped past a couple of challenges but his effort sailed into the arms of the goalkeeper. Edge Hill had a couple of efforts that were too weak to trouble Luke and then Newhall had a free kick that again was easily saved by the Edge Hill keeper.

Edge Hill were starting to get worried and changed the team with the big forward who earned them a penalty in the first meeting coming on, sadly for him Sam’s challenge was a little high and he couldn’t continue. It seemed to give Newhall an edge in the game for the first time even though they were still failing to keep the ball and giving up possession too easily. Harry was next to make advances in to the area but was forced out and from the corner it was cleared with Newhall struggling to get back Edge Hill went 1-0 up on 60 minutes after their forward found a little space on the left side of the six yard box to place his low struck effort wide of the despairing dive of Luke into the far corner. Maybe overall they deserved to be up in the game but it wasn’t as If Newhall were outplayed in any way, and they immediately went on the offensive with a couple of crosses finally managing to create a little panic in the Edge Hill rearguard. First Lewis’s head suddenly got on the end of Liam’s right wing cross when it looked as If McKlane was in a better position behind him as he swung his foot in anticipation of it arriving at his feet, Lewis's header went straight at the goalkeeper. Then Liam couldn’t get any power behind his effort from a corner on the left which looped up and yet again fell easily into the arms of the Edge Hill keeper. They paid the price with 2 goals in the last 5 minutes that basically were just long balls over the top for the their forwards to run onto and beat Luke with 2 good finishes, it was a shame because the back 4 had kept their line well catching Edge Hill offside on 3 occasions prior to the late strikes, maybe they were tiring getting up the field and sitting too deep.

Full Time:  Edge Hill 3 Newhall 0

The coaches summary today was to explain to the lads where they went wrong in the second half although they still praised them for good defending, they highlighted the continued failure to play the ball wide and give possession up too easily, they will not comes across a team as well drilled as these having played their 2 games against them this season, but they must pay attention to the training sessions and heed what the coaches are instructing them to do. There were some positives with Newhall’s Captain Jake and Sam getting great communication going in the centre back positions covering each other when needed, and Connor and Harry for their efforts up front against a giant of a defender who looks more like 16 than under 13! The Man of the Match went to McKlane who came on for the second half and made a difference staying wide but covering in the middle at times, also making some important challenges to keep Edge Hill at bay.

Man Of The Match: McKlane

Next Game: Home Rolleston Diamonds


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Well done lads, again.  The result again did not show the effort that was put in today and what a good game it was with everyone expecting a goal at any moment.  It was not to be but you should be proud of your performance.


Wendy KeachWendy Keach
23 Sep 2012 17:17

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