Saturday 14th December : League A : Drakes Broughton u15 1-2 Inkberrow Eagles u15
An enthralling encounter between two sides who were eager for three points in contrasting ways. Inkberrow knew it was imperative for a victory if they were to keep their title hopes alive, in comparison to Drakes Broughton who needed the points to ensure they avoided relegation. The match began in a high tempo, as both sides possessed the desire needed to grab all three points. Inkberrow were immediately lively and on numerous occasions the two forwards found themselves in shooting positions, however, they were continuously stopped in the process by the strong and powerful centre-back partnership of the home side. As the match went on it was clear that the game was going to be close, until a well worked through ball found the feet of Inkberrow's forward Ben Soley and he dispatched the opportunity magnificently past the helpless opposition keeper.
The pressure continued from the away side and the score line doubled shortly after Ollie Yeates broke through down the left channel passing the ball to Callum Knight, and the forward was able to shake off the defender and slot home sending the keeper the wrong way from a tight angle. Almost immediately Drakes Broughton pulled a goal back with a ball taking out 4 Inkberrow players and the striker finishing off neatly to make the score 2-1.
The second half became more open with both sides pushing for a game changing goal, both sides missed golden
opportunities as the intensity of the game increased, with further strong challenges. With 10 minutes to go the home keeper made a fantastic standing save after Ben Soley's header from a corner was cleared off the line by the keepers
The full time whistle blew and both sides would have felt they deserved to get something out of the game, nonetheless Berrow march on towards their quest for the championship crown, However, their upcoming fixtures
may decide their fate for the rest of the season.
Next to DC and the Under 11's who were taking on a dangerous amphibious outfit from Pershore....
Saturday 14th December : Under 11's Plate : Pershore Town Piranhas 3-4 Inkberrow Eagles
After terrible lessons from last weeks match we worked on passing and positional play in training. However over confidence in defence lead to early punishment - we were 2 nil down before we woke up...and did we wake up and begin to believe in ourselves. Positions were held and we passed down the line and played some lovely through balls. Greg scored a fantastic individual goal down the right 2-1. Dom showed some lovely skill and both he and Harry had one on ones with the goal keeper - who was there best player. However Greg latched onto an assist from Harry and shot past the keeper 2-2. And then we sat back. Pershore came out of their half for a third time and scored - 3-2 seconds before half time - we had shot ourselves in the foot.
Second half and the team was eager to get back on the pitch. More of the same and Inkberrow completely dominated the play. Some positional confusion was soon amended and we kept our shape. The persistent attack
continued and Dom scored the equaliser 3-3. The Inkberrow supporters went ecstatic. Brilliant hard work in defence added a depth and our midfield worked to attack and defend. The boys were getting tired. However Harry, after some great exchange play was one on one with the keeper and slammed it in the net 3-4 we were in front.
Twenty minutes to go - one slip and we would be in trouble but we held on and continued to seek that extra goal. The supporters were screaming and calling for time but in reality we were in control and finished the game in attack.
Final score 3-4 Well done to the whole squad. It was great to see the whole team huddle and cheer at the end. Man of the Match - the whole team
And finally to Mr S and the intrepid Under 10's who were hosting a team from the League above for the much coveted Plate.
Saturday 14th December : Under 10's Plate : Inkberrow Eagles 0-8 Sheppey Swifts
For the first 15 minutes of this match Sheppey dominated, scoring 5 very well taken goals, and either being denied by the Inkberrow keeper or missing the target meant the score did not continue any further upwards. The away support were typically ebullient at this stage. However, Inkberrow slowly but surely started to even things up. This was probably the most fairly combative match of the season so far, both teams hard but fair in the challenge. In the last 5 minutes of the first half came what will be known as the Barcelona moment. Slick one touch passing from the home side, starting at the back, moving down the right side of midfield and resulting in a beautiful pass into the centre of the goalmouth to be struck sweetly but agonisingly against the underside of the bar. Why should it be called the Barcelona moment? Because each player, starting with Ed and Harry N with then Harry S, Hadley and Jack switching and passing moved with effortless ease and completely turned their tormentors of the half, inside out, with ghostly precision and movement. Every match and training session was worth those magical 15 seconds.
So to the second half, Inkberrow came out more fired up, more confident and they did not give up on any challenges, in defence Tom was controlling, Brendan, Alex, Ben and Harry making so timely tackles. Jack worked tirelessly for the cause and covered back when Sheppey attacked and drove forward when Inkberrow started to pick holes in the visitors defence. The final pass, and more tentative support meant the team did not get at least one goal that their tenacity and industry deserved. And again Luka showed his flexibility in goal, keeping out several goalbound efforts. In the end 3 well worked goals from Sheppey saw an 8-0 scoreline which did not flatter them for their first 15 minutes of the game, but did feel a bit disappointing based on the work that the team put in, in never giving up. At the end when the boys were asked did you enjoy that, it was a resounding yes. Proof that whilst winning is nice, so long as the boys are enjoying playing the game, and playing it in a way which makes each parent feel proud, it is worth it. Man of the match for his tireless work was Jack. Well done boys. It is onwards to our league game next weekend before we break for Xmas. Come on you Eagles!