Newhall U13 Lions (4) v Rolleston Diamonds (5)

Ron Evans-Brookes

Match report by

Ron Evans-Brookes
Date filed: 30 Sep 2012

Played: 30th September 2012


Blustery conditions made us wonder what kind of game we would get at the Oversetts stadium today but the crowd were kept warm with a thrilling end to end game that neither coaches would be happy with, that saw Rolleston take the points in a great game of football watched on by 34 home supporters.

Newhall welcomed back Kier in goal but the first thing he had to do was pick the ball out the net as Newhall were found flat footed behind the jet healed number 7 for Rolleston who smashed the ball home after 2 minutes, 1-0 down and Newhall hadn’t started and they paid the price again at the back, slow to pick up the number 7 again who laid the ball back for their number 9 to strike low into the far corner, 2-0 on 7 minutes and I don’t think any of us could believe what we were watching.

The lads were just not concentrating, and when they got hold of the ball they kept losing control and giving back the possession which was just not the Newhall we know, also giving Rolleston too much time on the ball without challenges going in that made it easy for them to pick their passes and play around the midfield of Newhall. A little reshuffle at the front saw Connor on for Harry to try and put some pressure on the back line, and when Newhall got the ball wide they showed signs of coming back into the game but not before Rolleston had another couple of efforts one of which Kier did well to keep out at the second attempt with the ball not fully over the line.

Newhall were starting to bite in the middle of the park and at last we could see their game starting to take shape, a couple of corners caused some panic in the Rolleston defence but Luke couldn’t find enough power behind his strike on 20 minutes. Then Connor hot a terrific shot which thumped against the cross bar Rolleston had been warned. The game had swung in Newhall’s favour now and more pressure bought about their opener, the ball was won on the right side of midfield from a Rolleston move and Newhall put 3 or 4 passes together for the first time in the game to free up Luke (25) on the left side of the area, he took one touch and hammered the ball just inside the angle of the bar and upright. As you would expect their confidence was returning and they had something to build on as they pressed for the equaliser and it came from the penalty spot on 32 minutes after Ben was tripped with James coolly finishing in the far corner, 2-2 and it was good to see the fighting spirit at least from Newhall who hadn’t shown their normal composure on the ball or organisation at the back so far in this half.

There was still time for another opportunity and right on half time Rolleston had a free kick on the edge of left side of Newhall’s area after Lewis was adjudged to have lent on the Rolleston player too much for the referees liking, the ball was well struck but went wide of Kier’s right hand upright and Newhall went in level.

Half Time: 2-2

The coaches made it quite clear to the player’s at half time what was going wrong, as well as too much bickering between the players which we never see really, they were not maintaining their shape and this was allowing their midfield to boss the game, but everything was going through their number 7 and Newhall just let him play his game.
As Newhall gives everyone a game in their squad on match days the changes came with Lewis, McKlane, and Sean making way for Liam, Dilraj and Tyler. The wind had increased for the second half and Newhall started as badly as the first half going 3-2 behind after just 4 minutes in with no one picking up the through ball that number 7 took round Kier and past Sam trying to cut off the open goal, not a great start but they struck back immediately with another penalty for a another trip on Ben, James (42) sending it the same way as his first to the keepers right 3-3 and this was becoming an unpredictable game to work out who was going to get the next goal. Newhall were playing the ball better down the wings, Diraj had an attempt gathered at the second opportunity by the Rolleston goalkeeper, and James tried his luck from a free kick but it was well gathered this time round. Rolleston then got up a head of steam and pressured with 2 corners in succession but they came to nothing. With the game going end to end it was inevitable more goals were coming and sadly it went the wrong way as their number 7 rounded off his hat trick striking the ball well after Newhall should have cleared in the box 4-3. Newhall were just not lying down and after a couple of attempts were fumbled by the Rolleston goalkeeper they capitalised on his 3rd error after James had sent a sweet strike goalbound with Liam(60) pouncing to mop up the spill, 4-4 what a game!

Newhall made some changes after Kier had earlier hurt his knee clearing the ball and just couldn’t continue after hobbling around for 10 minutes or so, Luke had to go in goal with Lewis, Sean, McKlane and Harry coming on to try and hold the score and maybe nick it. It wasn’t to be with a great delivered free kick that saw their big defender make a terrific run and head firmly down into the ground giving Luke no chance, 5-4 to Rolleston with 5 minutes left to play. Unbelievably Newhall were still not finished and could have had the equaliser at the death with Mcklane put clear after some great midfield play by Liam, but his shot hit the side netting.

Final Score: Newhall 4 Rolleston 5

Dave and Phil summed up the result as one to be proud of even though it was a bitter pill to swallow having come back from being behind so many times today, but as Dave said they never got to grips with their number 7 and they paid the price, there were some positives still to be noted in Sean’s willingness to play at the back for the first time and this won him the man of the match, and also the general spirit in fighting back every time they went behind as they never got in front for the whole game, the lads have nothing to fear in this division but they must start to realise that need take what they are being taught in training to the match day games.

Man Of The Match: Sean.

Next game: Rolleston away

Up The Newhall!!

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Another great game to watch, just a shame again that it did not go our way. Return match next week, lets hope it will be our game.


Wendy KeachWendy Keach
30 Sep 2012 15:17

Again very unlucky today boys but I know our day will come if we keep playing the best we can play we will have nothing to fear in this division.

We must start stronger and be stronger in tackles form the start, we must also look to work hard off the ball as we do on the ball.


lots of positives to be taken from today's game and lots to work on in training.


Phil ShakespearePhil Shakespeare
30 Sep 2012 16:29

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