The author apologises for lateness of publication! Over to DC on the storming progress being made by the Under 12s
Match report : Saturday 7th March 2015
Under 12s : Inkberrow Eagles 4-2 Cradley
This was going to be a tough match with Cradley riding high in the table. Pressure immediately told and they won a penalty. Duncan saved it well, but still we were under constant attack. A free kick and a fumbled goal and we went in at half time 2-0 down. In the second half Harry took the fight to Cradley and fought for every ball. This lifted the team and with Greg and Tom passing well and a solid defence Cradley began to feel the pressure. Our possession told and Greg scored - 2-1 ! Cradley rallied but Greg scored an equaliser in his classic break away style. - 2-2 - fantastic! But more was to come - lovely passing football on the right goes out left to Tom who slots in a lovely goal - his first - brilliant 3- 2! Cradley tried to fight back but Inkberrow held firm - great defending from Ben W - who was on fire! And great solid defence from Lewis and Duncan in goal. Then in the last few minutes Josh got the ball and one on one with the goal keeper coolly slots it in for a fourth and to put the result beyond doubt. Brilliant football to come back from 2 -0 down at half time to win 4 -2. Lovely passing football, a penalty save from Duncan and three different goal scorers. Man of the Match Ben W for a solid fighting defence. Well done all
Match report Saturday 28th February 2015
Under 12s : Inkberrow Eagles 2-2 Pershore Town
There was seven weeks between this and the last match we played in January and we were not match aware for the first half. We forgot to pass and individuals tried to take on the whole team. Inevitably we conceded 2 soft goals and were on the back foot. However the team turned this around in the second half and began to move the ball about. Pershore's defence were put under pressure and Greg scored a brace and we were equal. We continued to press for the winner but Pershore also rallied on the counter attack for end to end football. A fantastic game and honours were even. I was really pleased with the boys and that they turned the game round and played lovely passing football. Great moves down the wing from Tom
Match report Saturday 10th January 2015
Under 12s : Inkberrow Eagles 3 -1 Evesham
First game of the year was an excellent example of team work and individual skill and hard work. A bit slow at first and a conceded goal that we could have cleared 3 times was not the start I hoped for. But we seemed untroubled and continued our steady passing and pressure. There was some great movement from Dan, Josh and Greg down the left and pressure told and we went in at half time all square with a great goal from Greg. Second half and we had most of the game. Duncan made some great saves and his time and anticipation in running out from goal turned defensive into attack. Greg scored a great individual goal to put us ahead and later another to put the result beyond doubt. Great turns from Lewis and defence from Ben K was noticeable with Harry holding the midfield and playing the ball out wide. Jake was, as ever, great in defence and I was pleased to see him back. Solid performances from Will, Tom and Ben W made this a pleasing result. Well done all. Man of the Match chosen by Evesham coach - Greg
Match report 20th DecemberDroitwich 7 vs 1 InkberrowA cold wet morning with us all thinking of Christmas holidays. The game was over by half time and the highlight was Gregs goal in the second half that was a lightening shot from the edge of the box after some lovely control. The team did not give up and we continued to push throughout the game. Lewis in particular fought hard in midfield.
The Inkberrow Eagles U11 and U13's girls went to support England against USA last night (Friday 13th February 2015) at MK Dons, which was a close fought match, resulting in a 1-0 win to the USA. To put this into context, this friendly was part of England's preparations for the 2015 World Cup. Alex Morgan's header earned the USA victory in the friendly at Stadium MK.
England had a goal disallowed controversially for offside after Fran Kirby had a shot tipped on to the bar. The Lionesses launch their World Cup campaign against France on 9 June.
And so to our valiant U11's. It been a while - what been happening Mr S?
Ok, match reports have been held up at the publishers for several months?! ;-) Here, in backwards chronological order is what has been going on:-
Saturday 10th January 2015
U11s Cup : Moreton Rangers 8-0 Inkberrow Eagles
Playing slightly uphill and into a gale in the first half, rendered the boys helpless. Epitomised by a shot 5 yards from halfway which (wind assisted) found itself looping over our brave goalkeeper. Every opportunity to push forward was repelled equally by the wind as it was the opposition. By the time the second half kicked off the game was already beyond the team. Whilst they battled gamely throughout the second period, the wind had literally been knocked out of the them. Some good performances, not least from Alex in goal and Tom in defence, and some flashes of brilliance from Luka. Sturdy challenging from terrier Jack, spotting and marking the main danger provider from Moreton. To be fair, credit to Moreton for making the most of the conditions, and some exemplary spatial awareness as a team as a whole. Some opportunities and learnings to be taken from this. Next weekend sees time to regroup, practice and be ready for the away match to Stratford Town Colts Blues on Sat 24th Jan.
Saturday 20th December 2014
U11s League : Droitwich Spa Kestrels 0-0 Inkberrow Eagles
Santa hats in evidence and lots of festive spirit. It is said tis the season of goodwill to man, and we stepped up to provide that timely reminder, albeit the gooey mud conspiring to trip our penalty taker just before contact with the ball. That it made it to the goal line and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way initially, was a comical (and frustrating) twist. However, great credit to the whole team. They played as one, we were missing our star goalkeeper to illness and battled well with some great stops by our two stand-ins Luka and Harry. We went in to Xmas with heads held high and with much positivity for the new year.
Saturday 6th December 2014
U11s League : Broadway Utd Youth 6-2 Inkberrow Eagles
Big game this, and that the result could have been the opposite is a reflection of the bad luck and questionable challenges and injuries inflicted on the team. That the first aid medical kit played such a leading role gives a clue to the nature of the day....neck injury, knee injury and ankle injury, to 3 keys players. However, this made the remaining players bristle a little with pride and determination to not see themselves over awed and intimidated and they battled to the last. Well taken goals from Ed and Spud.
Saturday 29th November 2014
U11s Friendly : Littleton Juniors 4-4 Inkberrow Eagles
A nice game to experiment, plenty of goals for the spectators and some nailbiting moments towards the end of the match - would either team break through to win it at the death - alas no. But an abiding memory was Brendans football boot passing a stationary football, and continuing to loop upwards and onwards up field. Much hilarity, and it was nice to see the boys enjoying themselves. Great goals from Harry, Hadley, Ed and Luka.
Saturday 22nd November 2014
U11s League : Crowle Searchers 6-2 Inkberrow Eagles
Very similar to the Broadway match....this result could have gone either way. Defensively, Crowle were just a little bit more resilient and spatially aware. No matter, this game will be remembered for the kick-off goal. Ed to Luka on kick-off....with Luka them skipping past all 8 outfield players before planting a beauty in the bottom corner of the net. What a goal. Maradona eat your heart out - this was actually better! And James scored his first for Inkberrow was a well taken scrambled effort. Again, our goalkeeper kept us in the mix from some sterling saves, none bettered though by a beautiful finger tipped save with the ball destined to be top corner, somehow diverted over! Well done boys.
Saturday 8th November 2014
U11s League : Inkberrow Eagles A-A Stratford Town Colts Blues
What better way to remember this match than for 2 things....firstly the coach having to sweep water from the goalmouth and centre circle at half time! And then secondly, as we scampered off to the warmth and shelter of our cars to see the U8's still playing through the monsoon that was that Saturday morning. As an aside, the game was abandoned with 15 minutes to play, and for the record, Stratford, whilst being 3-0 up, it had been a good even game to that point...each game throws up something different, and my ball bag finally dried up over Xmas!
They stand on the field, their heart beating fast,
The whistle has blown, the die has been cast,
Mum & dad cannot help, they stand all alone,
A goal at this moment, would send the team home.
The ball near their feet, they kick and it misses,
There's a moan from the crowd, some boos and some hisses.
A thoughtless voice cries "take off the bum",
Tears fill their eyes, it's no longer fun.
If you're ever tempted to shout or to groan,
Remember its a child who stands all alone.
So open your heart, give them a break,
Its moments like this, a player you make
Keep this in mind, please do not forget,
They're only children, not adults yet.
by Mark Hunter
Match reports are in from the Under 12's for November & start of December....and the delay in publishing lies squarely with the editor...I hope everyone enjoys the deluge at once....and with the promise of more to come from the U11's later this weekend?
Saturday 8th November 2014 :
Under 12's : Inkberrow Eagles 0-2 Wellard Lions
This was an exciting match and we played some excellent football, both individually and as a team. The weather was cold and wet and we were under pressure most of the time. However our passing out of defence and constant commitment to win the ball held us in good stead. Greg and Josh both had good runs and Harry controlled the midfield with Will and Tom. As usual, Ben K and Ben W were fantastic in defence, and Lewis's drag and nutmeg was a joy to see. Eventually Wellard pressure told and we conceded a break away goal and a well worked free kick. The final whistle came and the Wellard team were relieved to win saying this had been their hardest match. I look forward to the return match and more excellent football from Inkberrow. Man of the match Harry - great running and control.
Saturday 15th November 2014
Under 12's : (CUP) Inkberrow Eagles 0 - 7 Lenches
This was always going to be a tough match with a cup draw to play a top team from the A division. Within the first 2 minutes we concede 2 penalties. But Ben W in goal saves the first and the second hits the post - great! However we were always under pressure and some great defending from Will sees us go in 2 nil down. Second half their players are all present and they bring on a pair signed up to West Bromwich Academy. Needless to say they waltzed through our defence and we were concentrating on a damage limiting exercise. The boys worked hard at their passing and playing down the wing and with Greg striking and Harry and Josh supporting we were unlucky to score. I am pleased with the boys performance and the work down the wing from Josh, Will and Greg. A tough game and a harsh result but the boys worked hard to the whistle. I am proud of their spirit and commitment.
Saturday 29th November 2014
Under 12's : Inkberrow Eagles 2-3 Crowle SearchersWell - what 2 cracking goals of the season. A great through pass from Greg to Harry. Who skilled round a defender and coolly slotted in past the outcoming goalie and a wonderful lob by Greg over the keeper into the back of the net. However our defending needed to be tighter and we were undone by a determined team. A great game that went end to end. All the players worked hard and Jake and Harry must have run miles. Ben W was outstanding in defence and fed the mid-field down the wing with lovely passing football. Ben K up front had a strike at goal and Lewis worked hard in mid field hassling and hounding for the ball. We need to work hard on our defence and strength and on our passing game. Very harsh score line but some great exciting football.
Saturday 6th December 2014
Under 12's : Inkberrow Eagles 6-0 Welford Panthers
For the first 15 minutes we struggled to get a grip on the game - playing out of position and hacking the ball out to anyone. However we settled and began to apply constant pressure and our passing game. Pressure told and Greg and Josh scored 2 each in the first half - Josh in particular scored a half volley after lovely passing and Greg scored a hard fought scramble in goal, Unfortunately Welford heads dropped for the second half and we could play football under little pressure. Great passing from mid field - and Dan smashes one into the back of the net - great goal. Josh gets his hat-trick with a looping bouncing ball and the scoring is done. Great game from all players but man of the match is Josh for his hat-trick
And so to the battleground that was the Under 11's last match of October 2014, against the team which held sway at the top of the Under 11's B League.
Saturday 18th October 2014
Under 11's : Inkberrow Eagles 0-6 Shipston Excelsior
The team, which went back to basics (quickly) in mid week, returned to the pitch renewed and with a fresh and purposeful approach. Being the team at the bottom of the league, facing the team at the top could have resulted in abject capitulation. Not this bunch. Some sterling defending coupled with a determined and battling forward line, could have seen a different scoreline at half time. That it was 3-0 to Shipston was more credit to their clinical finishing of the chances that they fashioned, than any mistakes or fault of the Inkberrow backline. In fact, great credit to the defence who were solid in their tackle, good in their anticipation of forward runs, great in their ushering out to areas of less damaging positions. Our goalkeeper continues to repel as many attacks and shots as he can and performed stoically and heroically. In the second half more of the same. But as a reminder to those doubters of last season, there are small green shoots appearing. The passing is getting more direct and one touch is developing nicely. Awareness of the 9 rather than 7 is really coming....and partial abandonment of focus on offside is allowing the team to retain its shape and balance. Well done to all. There were some really solid performances from all, and there is an optimism from this game within the group. The next game will be as equally tough against Stratford Town at home next weekend (8th November, ko 1030am), but the half term break and training should have added some extra stamina and learnings for all, for us to continue the development forward. 'Once more into the breach'....come on your Eagles!
So here we have the editor's pick from the U12's for October...DC has sent these in, and the editor takes full responsibility for irresponsibly negating to upload within a certain amount of time...it being the next month, this takes the prize for better late than never
4th OctoberUnder 12's : Inkberrow Eagles 1-2 Bretforton JuniorsThis was a hard fought game where we had most, if not all, of the possession and pressure. However a deflected cross was the difference between the two teams and the score went against us. We took the lead early on in the game and applied continued counter pressure. Bretforton absorbed this and came at us and got the equaliser. In the second half it was more of the same with Greg tearing down the wing and Harry hitting the post. A good game of football with both sides passing the ball well. In the final moments Bretforton had a corner and the deflected shot gave them the spoils. 18th October
Under 12's : Pershore Town Piranhas 2-0 Inkberrow Eagles
A great game of football between two good sides. Plenty of passing football, coupled with fine shots and exemplary saves from both teams goalkeepers. The first goal against us spurred us forward, but a classic counter move as we pressed for the equaliser late in the game, put the match beyond us.
To November we head!