Newhall U13 Lions (2) v Branston (8)

Ron Evans-Brookes

Match report by

Ron Evans-Brookes
Date filed: 21 Oct 2012

Played: 21st October 2012


On a very foggy morning at the Paget Stadium watched on by 38 away supporters Newhall were struggling to work out what was missing until late in the second half but by then it was too late as Branston stormed to an unassailable lead.

With Captain Jake out with illness Newhall were relieved to have Sam back today earlier than expected from injury, it makes it harder when the spine of the team are having to fill in at positions that are unfamiliar to them, especially against a hard working and classy team like Branston. Also with a tactical change having to be made to the formation that was a little alien to the squad, they seemed a little disjointed at trying to combat the movement Branston were continually making, finding time on the ball and space on the wings. It was a tough game today with their backs against the wall having to combat massive throws into the box from distance and corners being delivered right on the money and this caused Newhall endless problems, the first 2 goals came from these areas and although the third before half time was a harsh decision on the edge of the box against Newhall, it couldn’t have made life any more difficult for them, and 2-0 at half time would have been an achievement. It’s not as if Newhall were completely overrun they did have their moments but they did struggle to pose any threat in a one sided first half.

Half Time: Branston 3 Newhall 0

The half time chat was all about what Newhall were failing to achieve, no closing down, too much time and space on the ball for the opposition and not playing their game worrying too much about Branston’s obvious more powerful play. So Harry, Liam, Adam and Connor replaced Dilraj, Josh, Sean and Tyler with the formation staying the same. It didn’t seem to make much difference and Branston scored within 2 minutes of the restart with a lob over Kier’s head after a break down the right. Then Kier made a string of wonderful stops with his feet on 2 occasions and some good handling to thwart a number of attacks, Newhall were really on the back foot and went further behind within 10 minutes of the restart after some sloppy defending should have put the ball to safety but Branston recovered the ball and cross to the far post for an easy header to make it 5-0.

Newhall had been warned at half time what they needed to do and it wasn’t until another 2 goals were conceded that they finally woke up and started to get amongst them, first it was a free kick by James that just flew over, and then a run from Connor and great cross eluded Sean who had come on for the injured McKlane. At last it gave Newhall’s supporters something to cheer about and rally the lads round, and within 5 minutes they had pulled 2 goals back. The first one from Sean (60) after a deflection from the keeper fell in his path following a shot from Connor on the right, then the second from James who stunned the home crowd with a delightful strike from the right hand side of the box after beating a couple of challenges. This was more like the Newhall we know and they went close again when James went on a mazy run down the left this time to strike a great cross low with his left across the face of goal with no one quite near enough to get on the end of it. If Newhall would have played this way from the start things could have been different regardless of the score line, they were finding their players and finding space to create something for the forwards to have a go at. They did get a third but unfortunately in the wrong net as Tyler could do nothing about his block from a good cross that struck him awkwardly on the shin and into the corner.

Final Score: Branston 8 Newhall Lions 2 

Phil and Dave summarised the game as best they could given the way Newhall’s players must have been feeling, they heaped praise on their second half performance which was far better, and when Newhall gave Branston something to think about you could see the confidence was there against a very good team as Dave quite rightly pointed out. Kier was given the Man Of The Match as without his performance today it could have been Newhall’s first serious reverse of the season. Too many players went missing today and far too much respect was given, when Newhall did the things they are taught in training they gave Branston a game and smiles appeared even though the game was lost. As long as the team have learned from today they will go on to secure their place in this division, they can score goals and not many score against Branston as we did today.

Man Of The Match: Kier

Next game: Winshill Yellow Home (Cup)


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Great report as usual Ron.

Tough games come in the top flight, just keep at it and you will get the results.

Chris  BarlowChris Barlow
21 Oct 2012 17:16

Great second half today. Play your game and the decisions will come. Still managed to score 2 goals late on in the game which is more than most teams manage.  Need to keep fighting to the end, never give up.


Well done lads

Wendy KeachWendy Keach
21 Oct 2012 20:13

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