Boys U-14B 1 v 2 Petersfield U-14A match report
Winchester boy’s second string U-14 team entertained Petersfield 1st U-14 team on Sunday. With the entire home team aged U-13 and most of the visitors a year older (and bigger!) the Winchester side gave a good account of themselves. Despite the home side’s shortage of match practice this season they showed great skill and understanding of the coach’s match plan. In a game full of much good midfield play by the Winchester lads, the lack of a recognised sweeper meant newly capped Hampshire U-13 goalkeeper Rory McCallum was required to show his full skills throughout, with notable a flying save deflecting a goal bound shot around the post in the first half. Full backs Eddie Cooke and Mattie Price were in outstanding form with timely tackles and good distribution against players often a foot taller than themselves, with the latter also making a timely goal line save. Ollie Brown and Noah Harrison playing out of position held the centre back position well between them and in midfield, with a heavy substitution rotation throughout the match, a host of players performed with great distinction : James Wright, Charlie Hockings, Hugo Rigaby-Pratt, and Finn Ashford all working hard and constructively. The Winchester boys opened up the scoring in the first half after good work from Toby Lelliott and Ed Lewis finding the alert Rob Hickey at the near post to sneak in and neatly score. Right on half time Lelliott had a 1-1 with the visitor keeper and was unlucky not to extend the score. With the coaches delighted with the Winchester 1st half performance there was only one extra instruction – to try and play with more width. This was done well, but the visitors made their physically strength tell. They soon equalised with a well worked goal on a fast, strong break. This created the momentum they needed and it was not long when a further strong run through the middle of the pitch was too hard to defend and extend the lead. Winchester continue withy their fine structured approach with quality stick skills, which soon subdued the elated visitors as they pressed hard for the equaliser, in the last quarter of the match. Short corners were forced, whilst good shots brought out the best of the Petersfield keeper, but to no avail and there was no further score.