Alderbury Youth (Wilts County Cup) 0-9 Robins U13
Robins ease through 1st round of County Cup
The first round of this years County Cup and the draw gave us travel a round trip of 86 miles to Alderbury Youth!
The format is 11v11 and for the first 20 mins the game was level, however we had plenty of shots but unfortunately many of them were off target. However, we were playing decent football and creating lots of chances. The defence were snuffing out the occasional opposition attack.
However in the 20th minute Teddy was set free and lashed in the first goal to break the deadlock. Two minutes later he was at it again and doubled our tally and his own. Teddy was having a blinder and 6 minutes later assisted for Will to smash in the 3rd. Teddy again assisted on the fourth goal and this time Morgan was the grateful recipient.
So 4-0 at half time, the team were playing well and keeping disciplined. The second half started and Toby, on his debut, soon got the fifth from close range. We had to wait a few minutes then for the next goal flurry, when Josh Hockin made a really brave header to connect with a great cross from Will. Alan was next up to score an absolute belter. Then Toby threaded a good pass to Alan who\'d clearly developed a taste for this goalscoring and banged in a second. Finally, the scoring was completed by Sonny who was assisted by a pin-point pass from Jowan, terrific play lads!
So while it was a long old trip, it was an enjoyable run out - job done for the 1st round and let\'s hope the 2nd round draw is a little kinder on the mileage!
- Teddy (20)
- Teddy (22)
- Will (28)
- Morgan (32)
- Toby (42)
- Josh H (48)
- Alan (52)
- Alan (58)
- Sonny (65)
Player of the Match
Robins U13 4-3 Lydiard Youth
Winning start to the season!
The new season saw us start the campaign on familiar ground against familiar opposition but with a "novel" pitch layout which looked like the alien crop circlers had been at it. But that wasn't going to stop both teams playing some good football.
Lydiard struck first when a mistake playing out from the back put a Lydiard player clean through on goal and he wasted no time in burying the opportunity. These things will happen when you encourage the lads to try to play football in the right way, it can be risky at times, and we accept there will be the occasional mistake - not a problem, that's how players learn and develop.
Both teams played some good stuff and the keepers were both called on to make some good saves, also nice to see that despite the goal Chivs kept up with some great distribution from the back. With 10 minutes or so left of the first half, an overenthusiastic challenge on a Lydiard player making a good run toward goal led to a Lydiard penalty and it was well dispatched to double their lead.
Pleasingly, the lads didn't let their heads drop, and instead all redoubled their efforts and kept looking for a way to break down the Lydiard defence, some excellent work in the centre of the park from Jowan and the Lydiard defence always struggling to contain Lewis' tricky runs and skills. For all the good play in midfield, in the end it was a set piece that got us back into the game - with a few minutes left of the 1st half, Alan put in a superb corner that Tom rose majestically to nod home into the net, classic centre half's goal.
So we went into the break a much happier group and with momentum on our side and that certainly showed after the break - we came out firing, with Josh and Will both pressing hard up front. Their determination and persistence paid off when Teddy lobbed in a superb corner that the keeper could not handle and Josh was on hand to force the ball over the line to level the scores
Josh doubled his tally a few minutes later as again his pressing forced a defensive error in playing out from a goal kick, in similar fashion to the opening goal of the game, and he finished calmly to put us ahead.
But Lydiard weren't finished and another strong attack saw them awarded yet another penalty, a little more arguable than the first, but if the ref says it's a pen, then that's what it is. Chivs did well to go the right way and get a hand to it, but it was an absolute net buster and no keeper would have been able to get a strong enough hand on it to stop it going in and draw the scores level once more.
With the game evenly balanced, both teams had some good attacks, Sonny, Tom and Olisa all working hard at the back to keep Lydiard out, while at the other end Will, Lewis and Morgan all had good attacks snuffed out. But yet again set pieces proved Lydiard's undoing as Teddy's wonderful curling effort deceived the Lydiard keeper and defence to sneak in and seal the winner.
In the end, we were good value for the win in what was a bit of an odd game. Scrappy in places but with some good football played by both teams in patches, it was odd that all that good creative play in all departments didn't result in any of the goals - all the goals coming from individual errors and set pieces. But the biggest thing we took from this was the character and resilience the lads showed in coming back from 2 down to eventually take the win. no-one's heads dropped, they just kept playing good football and in the end got the reward they deserved. A promising start.
- Tom (34)
- Josh (39)
- Josh (40)
- Teddy (58)
Player of the Match