It became clear in the second part of the day that two ecosystem exist at Inkberrow FC - the new pitches are quite obviously several hundred miles closer to the Arctic, than the more temperate placid parish fields! See below some of the action photos from an actioned packed afternoon. The football was quite majestic at times, and the support embraced the whole ethos of Respect. It was a great afternoon and day overall!
Well done to the Respect Trophy winners in the afternoon:-
Under 10's boys : Inkberrow Eagles
Under 11's boys : Nunnery Wood Barracudas
Under 11's girls : Kewford Girls
And thank you again to everyone who came and participated - players, coaches, parents, referees, Tesco Football Skills and last but not least the WFA...and day well done....
Under 7's - Evesham Colts
Under 8's - Crowle Searchers
Under 9's - Oldbury Park Tigers
Congratulations to everyone who has played and participated this morning - players, coaches, parents and referees - great stuff!
Our roving reporter has caught up with one of the top level 4 WFA referees working the festival today -Darren Amor, WFA referee. "The festival is a great idea, getting the youngsters out and about, enjoying the game. The festival has created a great environment with the focus on Respect which is brilliant - the only problem has been the Inkberrow wind! This is though a great facility and a really well run club. Well done!"
Cafe open and matches in full swing.....bracing but great!
The peace before the convoys arrived! The WFA are in attendance, referees at the ready, children filled with excitement and raring to get started....the annual Inkberrow Eagles Junior Respect Festival has started.....welcome to everyone who has arrived! If, whilst working through the day, there is a chance to get some updates out, that will be done! Watch this space....for winners of the Age Group Respect Trophies....
Final preparations are being made today to ensure tomorrow's (Sunday 11th May) football festival is a cracker....for any information about tomorrow's Football Festival for children at under 7's through to under 11's girls and boys, please contact either Dave on 01386 793118 or Bill on 07403001712. We look forward to welcoming all teams tomorrow, plus anyone who wants to come along and watch football played in the right spirit and with talent to boot.
It promises to be a great day. Please do come along and support the children enjoying playing grassroots football.
32 days until the world cup starts (that is from today). The editor in one of his more relaxed weeks, has now found the time to post last weekends match reports from our normal suspects in crime, DC and Mr S...first to the Under 11's as per normal!
Saturday 3rd May 2014
Under 11's : Crowle Searchers 7-2 Inkberrow Eagles
Crowle 7 - 2 Inkberrow
We started under constant pressure and made some goal line clearances. However on the break Crowle could not match our pace and with 2 fine goals from Dom we went in at half time 2-1 in the lead. However with no subs we soon tired and we could not withstand the constant pressure. Man of the match Will for continuing to encourage his team when heads dropped
And now to the Under 10's...
Friday 2nd May 2014
Under 10's : Welford 1-3 Inkberrow Eagles
A match rearranged, and the coach under work pressure, meant that the team bowled out of the cars at Welford and started the match 5 minutes later. After the initial adjustment to time on a heated seat to playing football at an unfamiliar venue, the team kicked off. Some early forays brought no reward and then an increasingly threatening Welford scored, overlapping and finding a spare man to drill the ball powerfully beyond the Inkberrow keeper. 1-0 to Welford. The team responded, driving forward and forcing a corner. Harry S drove a high inswinging corner into the Welford goal, hitting the inside of the post and ricocheting into the centre of the goalmouth for Ed to poach a simple tap in. Several minutes later, another corner, same side, this time high into the middle of the area was beautifully headed down into the net, again by Ed. And so the team reached half time 2-1 in the lead. Disappointingly for the team the coach had forgotten any form of sweet, biscuit, food and so they had to content themselves with refreshments only. The 2nd half was a similar story. Both sides could have scored, but chances went begging, Welford somehow contriving to miss when the ball bobbled across the area, several near misses with the swing of the boot. And then Inkberrow snatched a third. Increasingly using the wings to cause concern in the Welford defence a low cross was met by Luka, and just as the Welford keeper seemed likely to stop it a faint flick off Ed's boot directed the ball just out of his reached and into the net....the Inkberrow visiting support went wild! And now it was more back to the walls defending, expertly marshalled by Tom, with the confident keeper looming behind adding a reassurance to the teams efforts. And the team saw it out to the final whistle. A great performance and result following several weeks of Easter Eggs and downtime! Man of the match was Ed for his hattrick, although special mention must also go to Harry S for his fantastic corner taking - two wonderful assists!
So, with one game left to play, Inkberrow Eagles are joint second with Broadway Utd Youth, who they now play at home to decide who takes the 2nd place conclusively this Saturday. Come on you Eagles!