Under 16 Match Reports 2017-2018

17th September 2017: Paul Davis

Robins U16 11-2 Old Town Utd

Emphatic home win gets season off to a great start

After the frustration of the opposition postponing what should have been our opening game of the new season last week, the lads were raring to go and keen to make a good start to the new season.

Just how keen Old Town soon found out as within a minute of kick off, Ari ran through half the team and unleashed an absolute rocket into the top corner of the net to get our season off to the best possible start! Just under 15 minutes later, Kyle joined him, Tommy feeding him in with a great through ball, before some nifty footwork and a great finish from Kyle enabled him to open his account for the season.

Alex Wykeham-Martin marked his league debut for Robins in memorable style with a great cut inside and deft lob over the keeper to put us 3 up in just over quarter of an hour. Two further goals from Kyle in the next 10 minutes wrapped up his hat trick and seemingly made the points safe.

But Old Town weren't about to lie down and play dead and a strong attack from them won them a penalty which was despatched calmly to give them a toe-hold at least in the game. The best way to answer conceding a goal is by scoring one of your own and that's just what Ari did, cracking in another rocket from the edge of the area. But the final word of the half went to Old Town after a rare defensive mix-up between defence and keeper allowed their striker in to score with nearly the last kick of the half.

Still, annoying though that was, taking a 6-2 lead into the break wasn't too shabby and we just asked the lads for more of the same please in the second half. Ari seemed to take this literally as he started the second half identically to the way he'd started the first - smacked a rocket into the top corner after some great combination play with Tommy in the build up. He followed up with his fourth a few minutes later before turning provider for Kyle to score his fourth a minute after that.

Ben put in a real Captain's shift today and it was no more than his efforts deserved when a clever back heel flick from Gustavo found him in space for him to strike a really sweet shot into the top of the net.

It was breathless stuff that really knocked the wind out of Old Town's sails, and polished off any hope of them getting back into the game. But fair play, they kept playing, working hard and playing some decent football too. Superb defending though shut them out entirely in the second half, and gratifying to see the whole team working hard to defend when needed, just as much as they poured forward to attack.

Gustavo once again combined with Ben to finish the scoring, and it was gratifying to see the lads put into practice something they'd worked hard on in training as Ben ran onto a beautifully weighted angled through ball to bring the goal fest to a close for the afternoon.

This was a terrific performance from every player in every department, and, needless to say, a great way to set their stall out for the season! Score line aside, the lads played some magnificent football this afternoon and while we can't expect that kind of result every week if they keep playing like that we will have a very enjoyable season ahead. Well done boys!

Goalscorers

  • Ari (1)
  • Kyle (14)
  • Alex W-M (16)
  • Kyle (20)
  • Kyle (25)
  • Ari (36)
  • Ari (41)
  • Ari (44)
  • Kyle (45)
  • Ben (52)
  • Ben (76)

Player of the Match

  • Kyle Scott
  • Ari De Sousa