Saturday 22nd February 2014
Under 10’s : Droitwich 1-3 Inkberrow Eagles
Finally, a week where the rain and storms relented, the pitch at Droitwich drained quickly and was a lovely playing
surface to resume league competition. The sun shone, and the location was ironically the scene of this age groups first ever win back in 2010, in a friendly, at under 7 level. With a slight slope, Inkberrow began the game playing up the slope and into a gentle breeze. How the training on the dark night in the sports hall in Alcester have paid off over the last month or so. Passing, drive, teamwork – it was all there in spades. Within the first 8 minutes the Eagles lead 1-0. A lovely finish by Harry S, after some great work in midfield by Hadley, Jack and Luka (at his tenacious and bamboozling best). A hard fought battle ensured between both teams, and the next goal was not far away, each team testing the others back lines. Finally, and against the run of play at that point, a quick throw in from Droitwich saw the Inkberrow defence split and a break away which resulted in good placement of the ball inside the left post leaving the keeper with little chance. 1-1 with 3 minutes until half time.
At the half time jaffa cake / Randoms rallying talk the team realised they had the slope and wind in their favour in the second half. Renewed belief and drive, the team began the second as they had for most of the first. Pushing
Droitwich back, and continuing to pass delightfully, Harry S converted another chance to make it 2-1 early in the second half. And then 5 minutes later a third, again from Harry S completing his hat trick. All goals taken well and
they were well deserved both for Harry and his energy in covering back and tracking forward to support all attacks, and the team for their collective effort, energy and passing. Several other chances came and went, but it was a
great performance by the team following a long period away from a competitive game (bar the friendly in mid Jan). And the Cat recalled after the final whistle that he had only touched the ball 2/3 times in the second half – testimony to the team in defence and overall fighting and challenging collectively. Positionally as well, the team seems to have found a natural balance which has seen them only concede 3 goals in the last 4 games – am I going to regret that
statement – possibly? But it has to be recognised! Man of the match was Harry S - a hat trick and great work throughout. Well done. Next match, it is Tewkesbury Town Pumas at home on Saturday 1st March. Come on you Eagles!