Saturday 5th April 2014
Under 11's : Alcester Town 8 - 2 Inkberrow Eagles
Yet again depleted in numbers we faced a team in top form. With no subs we battled for possession and conceded some unnecessary goals. Our defending was much better, but we still backed off and allowed crosses and shots. We thus went in at half time 6 - 0. However a re-jig in defence and a recommitment brought us some success. Greg was getting some great through balls and punished Alcester with 2 goals. Nicely tapping in. We continued to stand strong in defence and Lewis played well, strong and solid. However they got another two and we finished the game 8-2. Man of the match was Lewis. Well done.
Now to Mr S and the unfamiliar sight of him breakfasted and ready by 9.30am on a Sunday morning...
Sunday 6th April 2014
Under 10's : Inkberrow Eagles 2-1 Moreton Rangers
The opposite fixture earlier in the season ended 7-5 to Moreton, and a goalfest was potentially on the cards. However, Inkberrow have been building since that game to ensure everyone defended as a team first and foremost. And so it transpired. Probing from both sides in the early exchanges brought little sign of a breakthrough. It was at 15 minutes however where the first occurred...driving from the left hand side of midfield Ed picked up ball, rode two resolute challenges and rifled in a low left foot shot. Further forays into each others half brought no additional goals, and surprisingly the teams went in at half time, 1-0 to Inkberrow. Now the second half was a 'how did we survive that' time...almost the opposite of the previous week when we walked away from Broadway wondering how the score was how it was....Two minutes into the second half, a speculative long shot from Broadway bounced awkwardly and just beat the despairing gloves of our new found super goalie. Really unfortunate. Even more unfortunately, it seemed to inspire Moreton. They pushed, shot, charged and attempted to over run Inkberrow for a good 15 minutes. The team held strong, some magnificent stops from Alex and heroic defending. And then the breakaway, a ball played through found Luka, again coming in from left, and his persistence even after the goalkeeper had parried the initial shot, saw the ball nestle in Moreton's net. 2-1. 8 minutes to go. Further shots at Inkberrow's goal, corners, pressing, the team held firm, and could have sneeked a 3rd with several breakaways before the finish. The team were good value for another great win, which sees them finish no lower now than 3rd, which is fantastic. Men of the match, because there were two performers on Sunday who could not be separated for their individual contributions to the team - they were Alex in goal, again some outstanding saves, and Harry S for his tireless running, anticipation of the play and great through balls from the back. Overall it was brilliant from all of the boys. Well done! We now have a few weeks of downtime - training this weekend and on Thursday, and then Welford away awaits on either the 1st or 3rd May - dates still to be confirmed.