And so to our valiant U11's. It been a while - what been happening Mr S?
Ok, match reports have been held up at the publishers for several months?! ;-) Here, in backwards chronological order is what has been going on:-
Saturday 10th January 2015
U11s Cup : Moreton Rangers 8-0 Inkberrow Eagles
Playing slightly uphill and into a gale in the first half, rendered the boys helpless. Epitomised by a shot 5 yards from halfway which (wind assisted) found itself looping over our brave goalkeeper. Every opportunity to push forward was repelled equally by the wind as it was the opposition. By the time the second half kicked off the game was already beyond the team. Whilst they battled gamely throughout the second period, the wind had literally been knocked out of the them. Some good performances, not least from Alex in goal and Tom in defence, and some flashes of brilliance from Luka. Sturdy challenging from terrier Jack, spotting and marking the main danger provider from Moreton. To be fair, credit to Moreton for making the most of the conditions, and some exemplary spatial awareness as a team as a whole. Some opportunities and learnings to be taken from this. Next weekend sees time to regroup, practice and be ready for the away match to Stratford Town Colts Blues on Sat 24th Jan.
Saturday 20th December 2014
U11s League : Droitwich Spa Kestrels 0-0 Inkberrow Eagles
Santa hats in evidence and lots of festive spirit. It is said tis the season of goodwill to man, and we stepped up to provide that timely reminder, albeit the gooey mud conspiring to trip our penalty taker just before contact with the ball. That it made it to the goal line and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way initially, was a comical (and frustrating) twist. However, great credit to the whole team. They played as one, we were missing our star goalkeeper to illness and battled well with some great stops by our two stand-ins Luka and Harry. We went in to Xmas with heads held high and with much positivity for the new year.
Saturday 6th December 2014
U11s League : Broadway Utd Youth 6-2 Inkberrow Eagles
Big game this, and that the result could have been the opposite is a reflection of the bad luck and questionable challenges and injuries inflicted on the team. That the first aid medical kit played such a leading role gives a clue to the nature of the day....neck injury, knee injury and ankle injury, to 3 keys players. However, this made the remaining players bristle a little with pride and determination to not see themselves over awed and intimidated and they battled to the last. Well taken goals from Ed and Spud.
Saturday 29th November 2014
U11s Friendly : Littleton Juniors 4-4 Inkberrow Eagles
A nice game to experiment, plenty of goals for the spectators and some nailbiting moments towards the end of the match - would either team break through to win it at the death - alas no. But an abiding memory was Brendans football boot passing a stationary football, and continuing to loop upwards and onwards up field. Much hilarity, and it was nice to see the boys enjoying themselves. Great goals from Harry, Hadley, Ed and Luka.
Saturday 22nd November 2014
U11s League : Crowle Searchers 6-2 Inkberrow Eagles
Very similar to the Broadway match....this result could have gone either way. Defensively, Crowle were just a little bit more resilient and spatially aware. No matter, this game will be remembered for the kick-off goal. Ed to Luka on kick-off....with Luka them skipping past all 8 outfield players before planting a beauty in the bottom corner of the net. What a goal. Maradona eat your heart out - this was actually better! And James scored his first for Inkberrow was a well taken scrambled effort. Again, our goalkeeper kept us in the mix from some sterling saves, none bettered though by a beautiful finger tipped save with the ball destined to be top corner, somehow diverted over! Well done boys.
Saturday 8th November 2014
U11s League : Inkberrow Eagles A-A Stratford Town Colts Blues
What better way to remember this match than for 2 things....firstly the coach having to sweep water from the goalmouth and centre circle at half time! And then secondly, as we scampered off to the warmth and shelter of our cars to see the U8's still playing through the monsoon that was that Saturday morning. As an aside, the game was abandoned with 15 minutes to play, and for the record, Stratford, whilst being 3-0 up, it had been a good even game to that point...each game throws up something different, and my ball bag finally dried up over Xmas!