U11 -Melksham Utd B 1 – Worton & Cheverell 7

After several weeks of indifferent form, at last a return to a more composed and confident team performance.

Before the game, we took advantage of the changing rooms, talked the team through formation and who moves where etc and hoped the boys put the plan into action. 4-1-4-1 was the preferred format for the day with Alfie Brinton providing some support for the defence and giving the midfield license to support the striker.

The game kicked off and the first 10 minutes had Melksham on top as once again Worton started slowly – something we need to solve, but as the game progressed, Worton took a greater foothold in the game. After 14 minutes, Charlie passed a ball through the middle of the defence onto which Harry Davies pounced and placed the ball low past the onrushing Melksham goalkeeper.

Now you would hope that some element of domination may break out but for the next few minutes Melksham came at us again and made things difficult. A discussion between the three coaches resulted in a tactical decision to go 4-4-2 with Charlie and Alfie holding the midfield and Harry supporting Jamo (more later) up front. Instantly a response..after 19 minutes, a cross by Harry was cleared by the Melksham defence and broke to Charlie about 20 yards out and he shot cleanly past keeper for 2-0. Within a minute it was 3-0. Joseph Skinner played a great ball between the centre back and the full back which caused some problems for the defence. Jamo pounced on the indecision of the defender to rob him and strike past the keeper. I think the coaches should be commended on the tactical decisions at this point!! Adam Edwards came on for Jamo who may have been still hampered by back injury sustained last week.

So 3-0 at the half, some changes to be made with Luke Hatch departing after a fantastic first half, winning every challenge made and generally stopping Melksham doing anything on that side of the pitch. James Francis replaced Luke. On the wing, Josh Francis came on for Joseph to provide some terrier tackling .
After 34 minutes another ball into the box was cleared to Charlie who struck past the helpless keeper. At that point, Charlie was withdrawn (to rest him after ANOTHER hat-trick!). After 37 minutes, Melksham broke up their left, Worton missed several chances to make a clearance, the ball eventually making its way across the pitch to result in a 2 vs 1 against James Francis who had no chance as Melksham scored and removed the chance of a clean sheet!!!

Worton added to the scoring in 46 mins, hard work down the right side resulted in a throw-in, thrown in by Josh which the defence semi-cleared and broke to Jamo to slot left footed into the corner of the goal.

After 51 minutes, Jamo in process of rounding the keeper was ‘taken out’ in the penalty box and a penalty awarded. Jamo was in a lot pain (or so he says) and had to be carried off. In future years that tackle may have been met with a sending off – but not at this level. An ice-pack and warm jacket along with some comforting words from his father like ‘You went down like you’ve been shot’ and ‘The BAFTA goes to JAMO’ along with ‘Drama Queen like his…..(cant say anymore here!).
Anyway, as a result of the penalty award, Alfie Brinton stepped up to smash the ball high past the despairing keeper.

Other mentions of the day go to Henry (Henri?) Luzi who had one of his best games of the season and to Simon and Jake for having excellent partnership in defence all match. Franky stopped talking and channelled his energy into attacking down the left wing until it ran out!! (He had recovered by the time we got to McDonalds)

James in goal had a mixed day – no chance with the goal and some good fortune from a shot that rebounded down off the bar and a shot that hit the post – not much else to handle.

I think 4-1-4-1 may work more often, just move some personalities around and I think we have something!!!

So the season goes on and with the news that Warminster beat Bishops Cannings 10-1, we will have to win our last league match against Castle Combe to force a title play-off (assuming Warminster take full points off Derry Hill). We do have a point to prove against them after our poor league performance there.

Next up : Friendly AWAY vs Bishops Cannings 1000 kickoff @ Green Lane followed by League Cup AWAY vs Bishops Cannings!

I think we need to show that last weeks performance against Bishops Cannings was a one-off!

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U11 – Worton & Cheverell 2 – Bishops Cannings 1

Well – the tables will record this as a 3 point gain for the team, maintaining our equality with Warminster who recorded a 5-0 victory against Derry Hill.

Performance wise it wasn’t our best but perhaps its was a sign that we came out of it intact, rode our luck and got the breaks…perhaps an omen!!!

So what did we have…injury to Jamo in the warm up, Jake coming down sick on day of match, existing absence due to injury of Lewis and Callum, Harry off doing First Aid course – thank goodness for big squad as its being stretched at this time.

On the field – Charlie working really hard – although sometimes a little too deep for coaches liking, Simon snuffing out most attacks, James Francis and Luke Hatch not putting a foot wrong. Everyone else putting in a good shift. But despite all this, it was fairly disjointed. It looked like a lack of composure on the ball, bit of panic when we had possession, and failing to stop/tackle cleanly enough the opposition when they had the ball – they got past too easy! Perhaps something to work on in training?

The goals this week were scored by Franky Holdsworth and Alfie Miles-Hobbs.

Frankys goal in first half was an overhead kick which lobbed the keeper into the net. By the time Franky got home is was a stunning 25 yard overhead kick, 6 ft off the ground, straight into the top left!!!

Alfies goal was a result of good pressure by Henri on opposition which led to us regaining the ball which was then fed through to Alfie to run half the length of the pitch to place the ball past the keeper.

So, 2-1, 3 points, a little luck used up – but still joint top of the league. We WILL need a better ‘team’ performance next Saturday vs Melksham.

Just to add some spice, in 2nd round of League Cup we have been drawn away to Bishops Cannings – a chance to rectify Saturdays events.

Neil

U11 – Worton & Cheverell 6 – Derry Hill Utd 1

This match allowed the coaching staff to experiment with positions for players, allowing players to be tested in different positions. Who would have ever thought that they would ever see Jamo being the furthest back player or goalkeeper James blasting a shot from 10 yards 30 yards over the bar!! A back four containing Charlie, Harry and Jamo ?? Well today was the day!!

Well this was all about getting players to appreciate how difficult things can be in different positions so as to enable them to appreciate the work of their team-mates in more normal games.

The goals.
1-0 Corner by Jamo into the 6 yard box, deflected by defender into net
2-0 Pass by Jamo into middle of penalty box and Jack Churches helps the ball past the keeper
3-0 Jamo pass (again) to Charlie, couple of touches before unleashing high into the top corner
4-0 Ball into the box, comes to Adam Edwards to controls before volleying past the keeper
5-0 Henri Luzi with a toe-poke (or outside of foot depending on what angle you looked from) past keeper
Half-Time 5-0
6-0 Several saves by the keeper before the ball breaking to James Black to volley high past the keeper
6-1 Shot from right saved by keeper (at that time) Joseph Skinner, unfortunately ball broke to Derry Hill player to nudge into the net despite Joes brave attempts to save.

Well done to Franky Holdsworth and Joseph Skinner for having a half match each in goals.
I’m sure three of the back four don’t want to be there again but it should have been valuable experience.

Good performances all around especially Luke Hatch who had great match in midfield followed by a good spell up front, nearly rewarded by goal when his shot went just wide of the goal.

Next up in League – Bishops Cannings at home (somewhere) Saturday 12th November.

U11 – Warminster Highbury 3 – Worton & Cheverell 2

The league was blown wide open today when Warminster recorded a victory against our team. Unfortunately scheduled at the end of the school holidays, we mustered 13 12 players from a squad of 20 players.

The game started well with Worton taking the lead after 3 minutes, a good turn by Adam Edwards (on his debut) to Alfie B who played a ball first time over to Harry to slot low into the right corner.
After 22 minutes, Warminster equalised, the defence not playing together with one player leaving the attack onside – the broke and slotted low right past the keeper.

Just before half-time Worton took the lead again. Once more it was a result of some sharp passing, this time Charlie placing ball through defence between centre back and left back, leaving Jamo a relatively straight forward slot past the keeper.

2-1 at the interval and the coaches reiterated the need for pass, move, talk as we were being overun in many parts of the pitch – perhaps some of the payers were still on their holidays!!? Composure just wasn’t there.

Two quick goals soon after the break (36 & 38) – both high shots high over the keeper – both coming from Worton loss of poccession, first from a Worton throw-in in the opposition half and the second from loss of ball in midfield.

As the game continued the game became compressed in mid-field. Breaks through defence were tidied up by James in goal with some great kicking.

So it was a loss, the players aware that this was not their best day. Some things to think about before training on Wednesday when we will prepare for double-header next weekend.

Neil

U11 Bishops Cannings 2 – Worton & Cheverell 9

U11’s Bishops Cannings 2 – WCFC 9.

Smells Like Team Spirit
Off the back of last weeks goal fest, the coaches were doing their utmost before todays kick-off to dispel any complacency in the team & the boys started strongly but wasted some good goal-scoring opportunities, having an odd fixation with the side-netting for some reason? However we have scored several goals from corners so far this season and it didn’t take long before we had our 1st corner, with Charlie putting a header over the bar. We soon won a 2nd corner, which Lewis took from the left and he scored directly from it, 1-0 (7mins).
Another corner from the right saw Harry taking it in place of the injured Jammo (who, arm in sling came along to support his mates). Harry chipped a great corner in for Frankie to head home, 2-0 (12mins).
Alfie ‘Brints’ Brinton then got on the score-sheet, slotting home from a headed flick on, 3-0 (26mins).
The second half saw Harry come to life, and he made a surging run from just inside his own half, rounded the ‘keeper and slotted home for 4-0 (34mins). Then Lewis repeated his 1st half trick and again scored directly from a corner, 5-0 (36 mins). At 5-nil the boys switched off for just a moment and Bishop Cannings broke the offside and were through on goal and scored, 5-1 (37mins). The response from Worton was a delightful move that saw some great 1-2 passing between Harry & Charlie, and great movement off the ball from the rest of the team, allowing Charlie through to shoot home, 6-1 (39mins). A minute later Harry again glided around the ‘keeper to get his 2nd, 7-1 (40 mins). He soon got his hat-trick, coming in from the corner at a tight angle and again calmly took it round the ‘keeper to shoot home from close range, 8-1 (55mins). Then Bishop Cannings broke the off-side (a lucky break?) and Worton failed to play to the whistle, 8-2 (57mins). Finally, Charlie got his 2nd, breaking through to shoot home and make it 9-2.

There were 2 stand out moments of the match. 40th minute, Brints clean through and lining up for a shot, only to miss, pirouette and face plant. He gave us all a giggle, but he got up with a smile on his face and just got on with it.
Then we were awarded a penalty in the 50th minute. I was expecting Harry to step up to take it, but only realised afterwards that the boys wanted Josh to take it as he’s never scored for us, which I thought showed great team spirit. Unfortunately Josh missed, (more Princess penalty practice required !), but it was the thought that counts and such gestures are sometimes more rewarding than scoring goals, and Josh kept on having a great game, as ever, with a smile on his face.
I also have to admit that at 1 point I chided Brints for making a ‘schoolboy error’, only for Mick to point out that they were all in fact schoolboys. Doh!

I also want to highlight some other great performances. Simon as usual led the back line superbly & James Black in goal, not at fault for either goal, but always alert and fantastic kicking. Special mentions also to James Francis & Alex who after only a few appearances are getting stronger & more confident and both had their best games yet. Also the Bishop Cannings goalkeeper who made several superb saves throughout the match, and kept the score in single figures and just kept on going.

Well done to all the boys, not the prettiest of performances on a small, narrow pitch, which stifled us a bit, but a great result all the same, and played with a great team spirit and enthusiasm.

Mario & Sharon

Goals Galore at 5 Lanes

We can’t comment in detail on results at this age group, but just to say the Under 7’s played some fantastic football yesterday at The 5 Lanes Stadium in Worton – positive results in both matches.

Well done to all the squad!

U11 Derry Hill Utd 1 – Worton & Cheverell 17

On a record breaking day the sun shone on Bowood Sports Ground and the temperature raced into the 20’s, it was good to see so many arrive well ahead of the planned meeting time. The dedication to playing for this team is so evident and contagious amongst the players and supporters alike.

So what did this day bring – well lots of goals, the loss of a goal and the opportunity to get all the subs 25-30 minutes each – overall a successful day.

So where to begin – I’ll try and keep it simple:

Kick-Off
1 min – Alfie MH dribbles down left, pass inside to James Stobbart (Jamo) so places the ball low past the keeper. 1-0
2 min – Ball through the middle, flick on by Charlie. Ball goes to Franky on right of box, shoots low past keeper, ball blocked but Lewis in good striker determination follows up to score. 2-0
3 min – Great shot by Alfie MH resulting in fantastic palm over save by Derry Hill keeper.
4 min – Resulting corner by Lewis low into box met by header by Charlie. 3-0
7 min – Ball breaks to Harry near edge of box and fires high past keeper into net. 4-0
11 mins – Charlie performs 1-2 with Henri and fires low into bottom left of goal. 5-0
START OF LOTS OF CHANGES
17 mins – Derry Hill play ball between centre and left back – no offside given – and player runs into box to shoot low past keeper. 5-1
19 mins – Cross ball from left and defender under pressure from Joseph Skinner, deflected the ball into an empty net.6-1
20 mins – Break down right, Joseph smashes the ball high past keeper. 7-1
24 mins – Charlie breaks through the middle and chips over keeper. 8-1
HALF TIME
34 mins – Charlie meets cross from Lewis with diving header. 9-1
35 mins – Lewis dribbles through defence and scores past keeper. 10-1
38 mins – James Francis blocks Derry shot into box to prevent conceding
40 mins – Charlie sores another header. 11-1
CHANGE BACK TO STARTING TEAM
42 mins – Harry scores from another shot from outside the box. 12-1
45 mins – Charlie scores from 6 yards after a scramble in the box. 13-1
46 mins – Harry scores after dribbling through middle of defence. 14-1
49 mins – Ball over top to right side, Franky strides forward with ball before unleashing rocket into top corner. 15-1
51 mins – Charlie takes speculative shot which bounces just in front of keeper and past him into net. 16-1
58 mins – Harry ran into space played ball through left channel to Jamo (Curly Locks) who dribbled past keeper and scored from tight angle. 17-1
FULL TIME
(Charlie 7, Harry 3, Jamo 2, Lewis 2, Joseph 1, Franky 1, OG 1)

Overall, well done to the boys in hot conditions. I think the extra 2 subs we had made big difference. well done to the boys who came on and fitted in to the structure of the team which can be difficult to do. We gave keeper James a run-out on the pitch too (he was bored!)

Well done to the supporters for cheering on the side – far outnumbering the home support, and to James MH for maintaining his form in running the line.

With Warminster beating Castle Combe 6-1 there remains a 3 pt gap between the sides. The match on 29 Oct looks like being extremely significant in how the season will finish.

Before then Bishops Cannings who suffered reverse away to Melksham.