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

Ron Evans-Brookes

Match report by

Ron Evans-Brookes
Date filed: 07 Oct 2012

Played: 7th October 2012


On a beautiful Autumn morning with a slight frost on the surface the travelling 34 Newhall fans were once again treated to a thrilling game but one that leaves Newhall hovering near the bottom having played more games than any of the teams around them.

They played Rolleston only last week and deserved a point that time out, Newhall knew what they had to do today against a team who are not unbeatable but luck ran against them today making it even harder for Newhall. Newhall went on the offensive right from the start of the game and applied some pressure down the left wing through Liam, Ben and Sean combining, and when the ball broke across the area it fell to McKlane who just put his effort wide. Rolleston then went on their first attack after the ball was taken off Luke who had turned inside to be met by 2 Rolleston players, the forward ball gave their captain the chance to break down the left and find the net past the diving Kier to his right, 1-0 on their first attack, not the greatest start. Newhall were not marking up and were giving Rolleston too much time and space to play through the midfield and once again it was a broken down attack that led to the second for Rolleston, a ball through the defence out to the wide left saw their captain run on to cross for the number 11 who was running in on the far past to give Kier no chance, 2-0 on 14 minutes and Newhall couldn’t complain as they just let the Rolleston players run free too many times without challenges going in.

It seems to be a 2-0 down score line that gets Newhall going and they started to find their feet with Lewis next to test the keeper striking a low effort from 18 yards after some great passing in the middle of the park but it went wide, and then a couple of corners in quick succession created some more panic in the Rolleston defence but Newhall couldn’t capitalise after the ball fell to McKlane his shot on the turn was half blocked with the goalkeeper recovering to grab it just in time on the line with no other Newhall player on hand to tap it in. Newhall finally replied on 19 after some great wing play by Liam, Sean and Ben created the opener for Newhall, after they had created the space on the left it was passed back to James who took one touch looked up and lobbed the ball over the keeper 2-1, Newhall had woken up at last. They started to put further pressure on Rolleston but had to be careful at the back with some timely tackles from Sam and Jake to keep their captain at bay who was once again standing out as the player to contain. Newhall were failing to keep the ball with Rolleston applying more pressure, and when a couple of corners came to nothing they were awarded a free kick for pushing on the Newhall left, when the ball came in it was well punched by Kier in goal but it fell to an unmarked defender on the edge of the box who struck a great effort into the roof of the net to make it 3-1, all was not lost and Newhall hit back before the break after Ben forced a free kick on the Rolleston right, James (31) placed the ball in the far corner and over the keeper who was maybe caught out a little expecting the cross into the box.

Half Time: Rolleston Diamonds 3 Newhall Lions 2

Newhall changed the line up at half time with Sean, Ben and Luke replaced by Adam, Harry and Connor, they were sent out to get at Rolleston from the off by the Newhall coaches but the opposite happened with a penalty awarded for what we could only see was maybe holding in the box. Their captain took the spot kick with it just eluding the grasp of Kier who had gone the right way in attempting to keep it out, 4-2 with the decision clearly upsetting some of the player’s and it took the wind out of Newhall’s sails.

Newhall pushed on and threatened to create something through McKlane and Harry but they struggled to shake their markers when attempting to get their shots away and were crowded out. Then a very bad challenge on Connor saw Ben having to come back on and a couple of free kicks from Lewis and James forced saves out of the Rolleston keeper. Newhall then had to make a change at the back with Sam coming off after being given a yellow card for a bit of jostling on the edge of the area with a Rolleston forward. (six of one and half a dozen of the other really). Lewis dropped into the back four with Sean coming on in midfield, not long after Rolleston appeared to have put the game to bed after Newhall failed to clear the danger from a corner with another good shot from the edge of the box finding the corner of the net. It wasn’t what Newhall had in mind though and first James (59) went past 3 challenges on the Rolleston left to finish low by the near post to make it 5-3 and his hat trick, and Liam made it 5-4 after some great wing play from Connor saw Liam (68) follow up a poor clearance and guide the ball past the unsighted keeper to his left. Their was still enough time for Rolleston to have another opportunity after Newhall went to sleep at the back allowing the Rolleston striker to go free when they should have cleared fortunately he put it wide as he bared down on goal, there was not enough time from the restart for Newhall to give it one last go to get an equaliser as the referee blew for full time, another few minutes to play and it could have been different as Newhall were finishing the stronger of the two teams.

Final Score: Rolleston Diamonds 5 Newhall Lions 4 

The coaches were left trying to pick the lads up after another defeat but not without a fight, pointing out their fighting spirit as being one of their key qualities, but they want more energy from the team next time out. Luke was singled out as being on his own for giving a million percent and had burned himself out; he was awarded Man Of The Match. A mention for Sam as well as he had asked to come off after his yellow card to preserve the team as 11 v 11, he was clearly distressed by the decision.

Man Of The Match: Luke.

Next game: Winshill Green Home


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Hard luck guys. Two very close scorelines in the last two weeks. Keep going lads, you have a more than winable game next week. Back to winning ways!

Chris  BarlowChris Barlow
07 Oct 2012 17:59

Thanks Chris, you are not wrong they just need to say focussed on teams that will be in or around them this season but it's a shame when they have given so much against 2 better teams in this league but come away with nothing, as long as they are improving though that's all you can ask!

Big RonBig Ron
07 Oct 2012 18:17

Thats right lads, don't lose heart, you are playing some of the best passing football and improving week on week, and thats all we can ask for.  Lukes effort today was immense and he had nothing left in the tank to give, but well done to all of you for working as a team.


Wendy KeachWendy Keach
07 Oct 2012 21:55

 Good effort today lads its gunna be battle every week in this league and the team is more than good enough to take points off the other teams every game , we need not to lose our heads play our game, concentrate more  and let the footy do the talking , keep listening to phil and dave and you'll be well equipped for the season ahead and establish yourselves in this league.

Up the Lions!

07 Oct 2012 23:09

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