MATCH REPORT: Fareham U16 A Men v Winchester U16 A Men
EHB U16 Championship
Fareham U16 A Men v Winchester U16 A Men
24th November 2013
Result: 0– 4
Following their 6-1 win against Horsham on 11th November, Winchester U16s played their 4th EHB Championship game v Fareham at Henry Cort School.
From the whistle Winchester got into the groove with passing between their players maintaining possession with simple but effective interchanges which had Fareham’s hard working team chasing the ball around the pitch.
The back line of Eddie Cooke, Ollie Brown and Mattie Price showed good touch and composure when transferring the ball from side to side and invariably kept possession and used triangles well to work the ball out into midfield.
The midfield of Hugo Rickaby Pratt, Will Bryan, Ben Trotter posted up to the ball when required and showed great maturity playing the ball back away from contact when needed or turning and passing when the option was on. Will Bryan at centre half has the rare ability to be both workhorse and thoroughbred switching easily between the two. Hugo Rickaby Pratt showed his skill and attacking flair when the opportunity arose and Ben Trotter showed excellent positional strength allied to his excellent core skills. Harry Talks and Joe Winter seamlessly joined the midfield from the bench to make good contributions.
Matt Cole and Josh Keaveney as inside forwards made themselves always available, harried the Fareham midfield winning back the ball and then attacking with pace. Their one touch interchanges were a joy to watch.
Liam O’Sullivan had an excellent game leading the line making good leads and again showing superb touch on his reverse stick. A pass from Matt Cole to O’Sullivan saw him drive into the D commit the keeper and unselfishly pass across for the waiting Toby Lelliott to do what he does best and make it 1 nil after 5 minutes. Lelliott also put in a huge effort tracking back to put pressure on the Fareham players as did James Wright and Ed Lewis from the bench. Lewis was unlucky not to score with one of his trademark defections. However O’Sullivan was rewarded with a goal 2 minutes later when a drag flick at goal was blocked and the ball fell behind him. He swiveled, adjusted the ball and unleashed an unstoppable shot low into the left side of the goal.
Winchester were now feeling reasonably comfortable but could not sit back against a committed Fareham team with plenty of skillful players in their ranks. However on 25 minutes captain Josh Keaveney received the ball from Joe Winter out on the right touch line. He powered inside across the D, jinked back through the defenders and then jinked back again rounded the goal keeper and his reverse stick shot made it 3 nil.
In the 2nd half Winchester kept playing exactly the same way and despite many opportunities to score added one further goal. A shot from a penalty corner was hit by O’Sullivan and smothered by the Fareham goal keeper. Will Bryan leapt on the ball and flicked it over the keeper only for it to hit a Fareham player on the line. Josh Keaveney then slotted the penalty stroke to make it 4 nil
Connor Baverstock in goal kept a clean sheet and made some fine saves when called upon including a drag flick palmed away to safety. Connor maintained good focus given the defence only occasionally let the ball through to him.
Team: Olli Brown, Will Bryan, Matthew Cole, Eddie Cooke, George Ellis, Josh Keaveney (c) (2), Toby Lelliott (1), Ed Lewis, Connor Baverstock (GK), Liam O’Sullivan (1), Matthew Price, Hugo Rickaby Pratt, Ben Trotter, Joseph Winter, James Wright