Saturday 1st March 2014
Under 10's : Inkberrow Eagles 4-0 Tewkesbury Town Pumas
Let me set the scene. A small work issue was distracting the coach just before kick off, and news then broke that the previous weekends hat trick hero had a foot injury. Calamity. Disaster. Breaking the news to the team, the boys regrouped. A revised team sheet was hastily pulled together and the match started in a blur. After some tentative moments, with both teams probing each others resilience at the back, Inkberrow's passing started to kick-in. Some lovely runs down the flanks, nearly resulted in the opening goal for the Eagles, albeit it was Tewkesbury's midfielder who had his goalkeeper to thank for an outstanding stop to a pile driver hit in the wrong direction. Inkberrow continued to push, and finally, with 5 minutes before half time Jack wriggled free of the defensive shackles and hit a beautiful volley inside the left hand post of Tewkesbury's goal. Such was the precision, that it took the home support a few seconds to acknowledge the goal. With confidence growing, Inkberrow went into the break in the ascendency. At the usual Randoms / Jaffa Cake team talk, the coach took the decision to change the season's strategy of using the same 2 goalkeepers each match. The cat had only had to clear once for the first 25 minutes, and it felt like the right time to change strategy and try out 2 new keepers and experiment with the normal 2 keepers on the playing field at the same time. And what a second half. First of all, a cross brushing the hand of a Tewkesbury defender in the penalty area, the referee awarded Inkberrow a penalty. And wow - what a finish. Ed hammered the spot kick high and to the left of the keeper. 2-0. The Eagles continued to press and pass. 2 more goals followed in quick succession - Jack scoring his second and Luka with a stunning run and finish - quite brilliant. The team were rampant. For the final 10 minutes of the game the team continued to play great pressing, passing football. Incisive, and with a freedom that was a joy to watch. Another clean sheet as well. A great team display with the continuing development of the passing and pressing. It is really difficult to pick the man of the match as there were compelling arguments in the defensive area, the midfield and in attack. Eventually, for his pressing throughout the match and his 2 goals, wonderfully taken, Jack edges it for this weeks MotM. Well done everyone. Everyone played their part and the team now sit proudly 3rd in the League. There are still 6 games to go, with 4 of those against the top 2. The team need to believe as the gap in points is not necessarily a pointer towards how far apart any of these teams now are. This weekend sees the Under 10's playing a few friendly training games against the Under 11 girls. Come on you Eagles!