Year 10 Football Report
Science Technician writes:
Ultimately this game was fairly similar to the Man City vs Huddersfield game recently as while we showed glimpses of matching them, their quality shone out and similarly the game ended 5-1 to the favourites.
This game was well played by the boys even though they were feeling down beat, despite words of encouragement from the management before the game. On the pitch they showed what they are capable of as they started off strongly against a difficult Castle side and were unlucky not to get the opening goal as good saves from the Castle keeper and narrow misses on our part kept us from scoring.
Castle then got the opening goals, the first from a ball over the top to a man that was offside, but without any linesmen to enforce it the Castle man ran on and knocked it past Lucas. The next two unfortunately exposed our weakness at defending corners and we went into the break 3-0 down. The second half was even harder as we had to play uphill but despite this we still looked dangerous on the counter-attack and while we conceded 2 more our fight never left us and with only a few minutes left to go we got our well deserved goal as Kudussi took a quick free-kick to find Lloyd in space who did well to follow up his initial shot (which the keeper had done well to save) to smash the rebound into the back of the net.
Man of the match for me though was Ben as while he is normally short of confidence he played incredibly well against a very forceful attack getting in numerous tackles and blocks, while also not losing a single aerial battle. With crossed fingers over the result between Abbeywood and Marlwood the boys should hopefully now qualify as runners-up in the group, so with that in mind we can hopefully learn from our mistakes, go into the next game with a bit more confidence and hopefully continue in this cup competition.