With our top goal scorer Harry injured and another player unavailable, we were down to the bare bones with no subs, against a Broadway team, top of the division. We started slowly, defending deep and soon conceded a goal. Under constant pressure, we were down 3-0 within the first 10 minutes. A white wash was on the cards. However we held on with some great running from Josh, at times taking on the whole team - a lone striker. Half time and after a stirring half time talk from the mini-manager the team came out inspired. With Jake up front supporting Josh, Inkberrow turned the tables. Soon the pressure told and Jake scored his first goal of the season after a wonderfully weighted through ball from Will....3-1. The Broadway fight back came and again Ben cleared off the line. Max, the smallest player on the pitch, took on and won the ball off Broadway's giant of a midfielder. Dom got the ball from half way, took on all the Broadway defence and slammed the ball into the top of the net... 3-2...again we ran at their defence and Josh so nearly got the equaliser but time was against us and the final whistle sounded. A fantastic match with all the players taking on the opposition and willing to play with the ball - well done all! Man of the Match was Will - for lovely play in midfield.
And now to our plucky Under 10s - Eckington Eagles 3-0 Inkberrow Eagles
Playing the team which finished second in the A league last season may have daunted the manager, but not the team! With words of 'one team', 'pass', 'talk', 'think', 'enjoy', ringing in their ears and the promise of Jelly Babies to supplement the Jaffa Cakes at half time the team set out to ensure they chased, harried and stayed in the game. And boy did they continue to show the progress and promise seen in recent games against Crowle, Pershore and Tewkesbury. Eckington's first goal came from a corner with a deflected flick looping past the goalkeeper - an unfortunate goal, but that was it for the first half for the home team. Inkberrow pressed and pressed and with it came more and more sights of the Eckington goal. Some great passing within the team stemming from the back working its way through midfield and into attack. The boys were all interchanging well and fighting for each other. And so came half time 1-0 at the break to the hosts. The second half saw the Cat back in goal, replacing the brave Monkey. Both goalkeepers are assured and give the rest of the team confidence to drive forward. And so, but for a fortunate second goal which was a cross cum shot, and a killer third, Inkberrow continued to play with purpose and confidence. But for the final touch on several beautiful through balls there would have been celebrations for the travelling fans. But no matter. The boys continue the upward progress, and passing truly entered the whole teams play this weekend. Panda they all continue to realise that they are developing and are enjoying this. Special commendation to Hadley who was man of the match for his excellent passing. One of these weekends this passing is going to see the team reap its rightful reward! Well done team! Next weekend sees a return from Tewkesbury to Inkberrow.