Under 7 Match Reports 2017-2018

12th November 2017: David Vann

Purton v Robins U7

Solid performance in wintery conditions!

The boys played away at Purton today, it was an early kick off and to say it was cold is an understatement, some of the parents could be heard comparing the conditions to the Antarctic! The boys carried out a minute’s silence at the start of the game for Remembrance Sunday which was excellently observed by all.

Unfortunately, Purton could only field 4 players, so it was agreed the Robins team would loan a player for today\'s match (massive respect to Freddie, William and Ryan for offering to play with the Purton team).

The first quarter Freddie started on the Purton side, this seemed to unsettle the Robins, and it took a while for the boys to start their passing game. The first goal of the game was scored by Louie, after William picked up the ball in defence, dropped the shoulder to beat his man on the wing and then dinked it through to Louie, who controlled the ball perfectly and placed his shot into the bottom left hand corner. The Purton boys (with Freddie’s influence) were growing into the game, and were having their fair share of possession. Johnny started the game in defence and had to be quick on his toes to prevent the Purton team from have a clear run on goal, with several last-ditch challenges being made. Ryan was outstanding again between sticks, commanding his box like a true professional whilst shouting words of encouragement to his team mates. The first quarter ended with no more goals being scored, and the boys knew they were in a tough game.

The second quarter saw some changes to the team, with Timon, Manni and Sonny being added to the mix. William joined the Purton team and Freddie resumed duties with the Robins boys. It did not take long for Timon to make his mark on the game, beating his man with his blistering pace and then finishing nicely into the bottom corner. Then it was time for Freddie to get on the score sheet, with two tremendous strikes, one of which was from outside of the box. Freddie followed this up by nearly breaking the goal post, after volleying the ball first time from just inside the oppositions half with the shot crashing back off the upright, the goal is probably still shaking now! Manni and Sonny were linking up well on the left-hand wing, which resulted in Sonny smashing the ball emphatically against the underside of the crossbar and into the net – what a goal!

There were no goals scored in the third quarter, the cold conditions were clearly taking their toll on the players, with neither team managing to get hold of the ball. However, the lads were working hard for each other, limiting the Purton boys to very few shots on the Robins goal.

Ryan agreed to go in goal for the Purton team for the final quarter, and he pulled off some excellent saves, much to dismay of his Robins team mates. Louise passed the ball out wide to Johnny, who rifled a fierce shot at the Purton goal from a tight angle, and Ryan had to be at full stretch to stop the ball from flying into the top corner. Xavi in typical fashion was determined to score in this game, and after missing a couple of close range shots, his persistence was finally rewarded with a goal, after picking up the ball on the edge of the box and smashing the it into the bottom right hand corner. Ryan was beginning to enjoy himself in the Purton goal, he managed to intercept the ball from a Robins player, and he went on a mazy run through the Robins team, only to be stopped by a sublime tackle from William in defence.

The referee blew for full time; the players shook hands and both teams congratulated each other on a hard-fought encounter. The boys should be proud of their efforts today, particularly in the freezing wintery conditions.

Goalscorers

  • Xavi
  • Louie
  • Timon
  • Sonny
  • Freddie (2)

Player of the Match

  • Xavi Rodrigues
 
5th November 2017: David Vann

Robins U7 v Royal Wootton Bassett

Robins under 7s continue their fine run of form!

It was a chilly Sunday morning at the Robins home ground, where the Robins boys entertained a strong Wootton Bassett team who were unbeaten so far this season.

The Robins boys got off to a flyer with Louie scoring the first goal of the game, with one of his trademark power shots nearly creating a hole in the back of the net! This set a precedent for the home team, and Robins quickly scored again with the ever-reliable Timon finishing nicely into the bottom corner.

The Wootton Bassett lads were beginning to grow into the game and it was clear they had some big strong players. Ryan pulled off some excellent early saves between the sticks, and his fantastic distribution set up the next goal for Xavi, who in typical fashion rifled a long-ranger into the top corner. The lads were passing the ball around nicely, and after a beautiful one-two, William laid the ball through to Sonny whose pace and skill enabled him to beat his man and hammer the ball beyond the Wootton Bassett goalie.

The Bassett team were having their fair share of possession and the Robins defence had to be at its best to limit the number of shots on their goal, special mention goes to Freddie and Johnny who both executed some last-ditch challenges to prevent the opposition from scoring.

Manni was having the game of his life on his 7th birthday, his running and strength in the tackle were superb, he stopped numerous counterattacks and should be very proud of his performance, as should all the boys.

After 4 hard-fought quarters the referee blew full time and the Robins lads progressed into the next round of the cup.

Goalscorers

  • Xavi (2)
  • Louie (4)
  • Timon (4)
  • Sonny (3)

Player of the Match

  • Louie Brown
 
15th October 2017: David Vann

Ferndale v Robins U7

Excellent team performance from the Robins under 7s

Today saw the boys play the return leg against Ferndale Rodbourne, they delivered a fantastic display of passing football, putting into practice the hard work from the training ground.

This match report is not going to call out individual players because today was all about the team, the lads worked their socks off for one another. The positional play was outstanding, the passing game was another class, but the most pleasing element of today\'s game was the team spirit of the group. Onwards and upwards for this talented group of boys!

Goalscorers

  • William
  • Johnny (3)
  • Freddie (3)
  • Xavi (7)
  • Louie (3)
  • Timon (5)
  • Sonny (2)
  • Ryan (5)

Player of the Match

  • Timon Nowogrodzki
 
8th October 2017: David Vann

Robins U7 v Ferndale

Another fine performance from the Robins under 7s!

The boys played at home today against Ferndale Rodbounrne. It was an unusually warm October afternoon much to delight of the watching parents, grandparents and supporters. Many commented on the lovely conditions, but rest assured there will be many colder and wetter games to come!

Again, it was a full turn out of players for today’s game, which is testament to the boys and parents\' commitment to this team. Ferndale Rodbourne started the game positively, and were clearly well drilled in their defensive duties, however, as the match progressed, the Robins\' class shone through and a flurry of goals were scored. Some match highlights: Freddie scored 6 wonderful goals, with the pick of the bunch being a top corner worldy!

Johnny scored his second hat trick in two games and also completed a hat trick of well executed \"Cruyff\" turns.

Manni covered a serious amount of distance on the pitch with his endless running and set up some lovely goals with some neat one-two passes

Ryan was excellent in goal, pulling off some acrobatic saves when called into action (the boy is getting a rep as the most dependable keeper in town!)

Sonny\'s strong play on the wing and close ball control was rewarded with a lovely bottom corner finish

Xavi kept up his scoring form with another 4 excellently dispatched goals.

Birthday boy Louie Brown also bagged himself 4 superb goals on his special day.

Timon scored a hat trick and his impressive throws set up countless other goals (chants of \"Is he Rory Delap in disguise\" could be heard from the watching crowd!)

William\'s excellent work rate and skilful ball control resulted in 2 well deserved goals to add to his tally.

Most importantly, all the boys played with a smile on their faces, with respect for the opposition and were disciplined throughout the match.

After the game, all the lads sang happy birthday to Louie which was a lovely touch and demonstrated how close this group of players are.

Goalscorers

  • Johnny (3)
  • William (2)
  • Freddie (6)
  • Xavi (4)
  • Louie (4)
  • Timon (3)
  • Sonny (1)

Player of the Match

  • Freddie Williams
 
24th September 2017: David Vann

Robins U7 v Purton

U7s impress again in their first home game of the campaign!

This week the boys were playing at home against a newly formed Purton team, the slightly sunny conditions were perfect for a Sunday afternoon kick off. It was a full turn out of players and parents for the Robins under 7s with each player ready and raring to go for today's challenge.

The boys started brilliantly with Louie winning the ball in the middle of the park and laying it out wide to William who dropped his shoulder to beat his man and then smashed an unstoppable shot into the back of the net. The Purton boys tried hard to regroup but were unable to contain the continuous waves of attack from this very technically gifted Robins team. Before long, Louie was on the score sheet, after finishing a passing move off nicely with a perfectly placed shot. Freddie was impressing all with his powerful runs down the wing, and his hard work paid off when he scored an excellent goal from the edge of the box. The Robins boys were playing some excellent stuff, switching the play nicely and holding their positions. Timon was next to get on the score sheet, after taking on a couple of players on the left-hand wing, before cutting in on his right foot and curling his shot into the bottom right hand corner of the net. The ref ended the first quarter and both teams retreated to their team dug outs for a well-earned rest and drink.

The coaches made some changes in the second quarter with Johnny, Sonny and Xavi being added into the fray. The boys quickly made their mark on the game with Xavi and Johnny executing a one-two on the right-hand side which resulted in Johnny trying his luck from outside the box, his powerful shot rifled into the back of the net leaving the Purton goalie with no chance at all. It was soon Xavi's turn to get on the score sheet after some excellent work by Manni and Sonny in central midfield, Sonny managed to lay Xavi through on goal who expertly dispatched his first shot of the game. The Purton boys were starting to grow in confidence and had a few attempts at the Robins goal, but the ever-dependable Ryan was stopping everything that was fired at him. The lads began to enjoy the lion's share of possession again, with some lovely free-flowing football being played. Xavi continued his rich vein of form in front of goal and had bagged himself another hat trick by the end of the second quarter.

The third quarter saw Ryan coming out of goal and scoring an excellent goal himself, after some great link up play with William on the wing. Louie was playing some brilliant stuff on the right-hand side, setting up goals for Freddie and William, who both finished emphatically into the Purton net. Louie unleashed one of his trademark "hammer shots" which was saved excellently by the Purton goalie, who injured himself in the process. The referee sensibly stopped the game and allowed treatment to commence on the injured keeper, Louie very sportingly checked the goalie was ok before the game restarted. The quarter ended with Freddie getting a hat trick and Louie grabbing another goal.

The final quarter saw more goals for the Robins team with Johnny scoring another 2, and Xavi adding to his already impressive tally for the season. Manni's endless running was finally awarded with a lovely first time finish into the back of the net! Sonny was showing off his excellent footwork on the right-hand wing and stroked in two beautiful shots beyond the Purton goalie. There was time for Timon to dispatch one more goal before the referee called time on the game, and the players from both teams shook hands and congratulated each other on a hard-fought encounter.

Another fantastic performance by this Robins under 7 team, the boys are clearly enjoying their football and it is a joy for all to watch!

Goalscorers

  • William (2)
  • Louie (2)
  • Freddie (3)
  • Timon (2)
  • Johnny (3)
  • Xavi (5)
  • Ryan
  • Sonny (2)
  • Manni

Player of the Match

  • Sonny Leo
 
17th September 2017: David Vann

Cirencester v Robins U7

Robins under 7s get off to a flyer in their first ever league match!

The Robins under 7s team travelled to Cirencester Town today for their first ever league game, there was a sense of excitement and anticipation in the air for this talented group of players and they did not disappoint!

Cirencester Town started strongly and it was clear that they were a well organised team, with some very technical players. Cirencester quickly took the lead in the first quarter after some strong play through the centre of the pitch by their tricky number 7. The Robins boys regrouped quickly and after excellent work from Timon on the wing, the ball found its way to Louie and he dispatched his shot with power and precision into the back of the net, the score remained level until the ref blew time for the first quarter.

The second quarter saw some changes in the team, and the Robins quickly took the lead after Johnny skilfully beat his man on the wing and crossed the ball to Xavi who finished nicely into the bottom corner. The Robins team began to start playing free-flowing football and were dominating the game, taking a comfortable lead by the end of the second quarter, with Xavi bagging his first hat trick of the season.

The third quarter was much closer with only 1 goal being scored by the Cirencester boys, Ryan Griffiths made some crucial saves in goal and the defenders, Sunny and Freddie worked tirelessly to protect the goal from a hard-working Cirencester team. At one point Freddie, managed to wriggle out of a sticky situation with 2 Cirencester players around him and clear the ball down the line, all with a big smile on his face which epitomised how much fun the boys were having.

The final quarter saw 3 more goals being scored by Robins, with Louie scoring one and Xavi getting another two! Manni's hard work up front nearly resulted in another goal with the Cirencester goalie just managing to stop the ball from creeping into the corner. William was having a fantastic game on the wing and his powerful running was causing lots of problems for the tiring opposition.

The coaches and parents could not have been prouder of the boys' work rate, attitude and team spirit. Bring on the next game!

Goalscorers

  • Xavi
  • Xavi
  • Xavi
  • Xavi
  • Xavi
  • Louie
  • Louie

Player of the Match

  • Ryan Griffiths
 

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