Under 7 Match Reports 2017-2018

29th April 2018: David Vann

Robins U7 v Blunsdon

Superb team performance in the last league match of the campaign

Today was the last game of the season and the Robins were pitting their wits against a strong Blunsdon side. Unfortunately, the cold weather had returned so the boys and parents were wrapped up warm for this fixture.

Our sponsor, Jason Griffiths stepped up to referee the game and did a sterling job at keeping the boys from both teams under control. In truth, the first quarter was a bit scrappy with both set of players struggling to get hold of the ball. It was the Robins who broke the deadlock right at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter was a completely different story, with the Robins dominating possession and playing some lovely football. This carried on into the third and fourth quarters with some unbelievable goals being scored, in fact there were too many goals to list each one, but it was great to see every out-field player getting on the score sheet. There were all types of goals scored from headers, to tap ins and sublime long rangers.

This performance summed up a very first successful season for the Robins under 7s, in which many lessons have been learnt. The boys have developed into hard working footballers who fight for each other week-in week-out. As a group they are enjoying their football, they always play with a smile on their faces and clearly love being part of this talented Robins team.

Big thanks to our coaches, Martin and Vito for their unwavering commitment to developing the players and to our very generous sponsor \"Swindon Property Group\".

We are all looking forward to a summer of football tournaments before returning to the North Wilts league in August 2018.

Goalscorers

  • William (1)
  • Johnny (2)
  • Louie (2)
  • Freddie (3)
  • Tim (3)
  • Manni (1)
  • Xavi (4)
  • Sonny (1)

Player of the Match

  • Freddie
 
22nd April 2018: David Vann

Robins U7 v Wroughton Rhinos

Fantastic free flowing football against a strong Wroughton side

The Robins under 7s played at home against the Wroughton Rhino’s today. There was a great turn out, with many parents, grandparents and siblings cheering both teams on from the side lines. It was great to see Harry (our 13-year-old referee) again volunteering his time to referee this match.

The game started at quite a slow pace with both teams taking a while to get going, probably due to unusually warm temperatures we are experiencing. After a few mins of play, the Robins finally got the ball on the deck and started to pass it around. The first goal was an excellent finish from Louie, after Timon beat his man on the wing, looked up and then laid the ball to Louie, who took a touch and then placed the ball beyond the Wroughton goalie. The Wroughton number 22 was a big strong lad and he was not afraid to take players on, but luckily, we have got a little man with the heart of a lion in defence by the name of Sonny, who literally gives everything for the Robins shirt, doing his utmost to not let anyone get passed him, regardless of their size. No further goals were scored when the ref blew time for the first quarter.

Freddie, William and Xavi were added into the game in the second quarter and made an impression almost immediately, Freddie beat his man on the wing, then cut inside and rifled the ball beyond the Wroughton goalie. The boys began to settle and play some lovely football, it wasn’t long before William got on the score sheet, after Sonny played it out from the back, Freddie controlled the ball and played a cross-field pass to William who lashed the ball into the back of the net. This goal kicked Wroughton into life and they started to enjoy the lion\'s share of possession, after some great build-up play by the Wroughton midfield, their number 22 hit an unstoppable shot from outside the box which Ryan has no chance of saving. The Robins defended well for the rest of the quarter, forcing Wroughton to have shots from distance which did not trouble Ryan in goal.

The boys really kicked into life in the third quarter, Johnny scored a fantastic goal after Timon passed the ball to him on the left-hand side, Johnny dropped his shoulder to beat the first man but the angle was too tight to shoot, as the big Wroughton 22 came hurtling towards Johnny, he dropped the shoulder again which provided him with enough space to curl the ball into the bottom right hand corner from the edge of the box, what an outstanding goal by the little man. It was one-way traffic from this point on, Louie and Manni were linking up nicely on the right-hand side of the pitch, after a beautiful one two between them, Manni passed the ball across the goal to Louie, who hit a perfect first time shot beyond the Wroughton goalie. The next goal was an absolute worldy from Manni, after beating his man on the wing with his powerful running, he looked up and smashed the ball from a seemingly impossible angle in to the top bins – well done Manni!

The fourth quarter was again dominated by the Robins. Xavi got on the scoresheet after William picked the ball up in the middle of the park, beat his man and squared the ball to Xavi who hit a first time shot into the back of the Wroughton net. Xavi then moved into defence and did a sterling job at keeping Wroughton at bay. Ryan was forced into an unbelievable double save but unfortunately took a hefty kick to the knee in the process, so was replaced by Sonny, who bravely volunteered to take his place in the sticks. William added another goal to his impressive tally, after he ran through from a midfield position and hit a first time shot though the legs of the unlucky Wroughton goalkeeper. There was still time for Freddie to score one more, after Manni played a lovely pass across the goal which Freddie ran onto and rifled into the back of the net.

The referee blew full time for the game and both set of players and managers congratulated each other for their efforts in this fantastic game of football.

Goalscorers

  • William (2)
  • Johnny (1)
  • Louie (2)
  • Freddie (2)
  • Manni (1)
  • Xavi (1)

Player of the Match

  • William
 
15th April 2018: David Vann

Highworth Town Jrs H v Robins U7

Another close match against Highworth H

Today the boys were pitting their wits away at Highworth, it was a beautiful sunny day and the pitch was in tip top condition for this Saturday fixture.

We were missing both Manni and Freddie from the starting line-up so the Vito and Martin varied the positions slightly. The Robins started brilliantly, playing some fantastic passing football and dominating possession from the off. Johnny scored the first goal of the match, after some great hold up play by Louie, he laid the ball to Johnny took a touch and stroked the ball into the bottom right hand corner. Timon was running tirelessly, Sonny was solid in defence and Louie and Johnny were switching the play effortlessly, the Robins were truly on top. It wasn’t long before the Robins doubled their lead, after Timon passed the ball to Louie, who with his back to goal, swivelled on the ball and smashed the ball beyond the Highworth goalie. Ryan was rarely tested in this quarter but suffice to say his distribution was excellent as always.

The second quarter saw William and Xavi being added into the game and our boys continued to have the lion’s share of possession. The attacking trio of William, Timon and Xavi were linking up nicely, with Sonny and Ryan supporting from the back. The next goal was a real team effort, with nearly every player taking a touch before William finished nicely in the far corner of the net. There were no further goals scored in the second quarter despite the sustained pressure from the Robins lads, if truth be told, we lacked a cutting edge in front of goal.

The boys started slowly in the third quarter and were punished when the speedy Highworth striker smashed the ball into the top corner. This goal gave the Highworth lads a real boost and they started to really take the game to the Robins. Our lads were looking tired as Highworth continued to play with an attacking threat. It wasn’t long before Highworth scored another, after hitting the Robins on a counter attack. At this point our heads dropped and Highworth took full advantage, scoring another two goals in quick succession. The ref blew time for the quarter and our lads looked shell shocked as they walked over for the team talk.

Vito and Martin did manage to galvanise the boys and they started the fourth quarter very brightly, playing some lovely passing football in the "Robins way". Despite the best efforts of all the players, there were no more goals scored in the fourth quarter. We came close so many times, including a late penalty miss, but it just wasn’t going to be our day. When the game ended both sets of players sportingly shook hands, but it was clear our boys were disappointed.

This was another great learning experience for the Robins under 7s; who were unplayable at times and should be proud of their efforts today.

Goalscorers

  • William
  • Johnny
  • Louie

Player of the Match

  • Louie
 
25th March 2018: David Vann

Greenmeadow v Robins U7

Great experience for the boys in their second trophy final

Today the boys played away against Greenmeadow in the trophy final. We knew this was going to be a challenging game after playing a close match against Greenmeadow earlier in the season.

The game was played on a large pitch which meant lots of running was required for this match. The Robins started the game slowly and conceded an early goal which was finished by the powerful Greenmeadow number 7. This goal kicked our boys into life and it wasn\'t long before Timon equalised with a lovely left-footed volley from outside of the box. The game was evenly poised for the remainder of the quarter with neither team able to take the advantage.

The second quarter saw some changes being made for both teams, the game was being played at a high tempo with both teams missing chances in the early stages. It was Greenmeadow who broke the deadlock first after a quick counterattack. Again, this did not phase our lads and it wasn\'t long before we equalised with William tucking away a beautiful finish from an almost impossible angle. William got on the score sheet again after Greenmeadow couldn\'t clear their lines and he buried the ball emphatically into the back of the net. Our lads were playing some lovely football and dominating the game but couldn’t turn the sustained pressure into goals.

The large pitch was clearly taking its toll on the players and the third and fourth quarters were much closer with both teams starting to tire. It was an open game with end to end football being played, Greenmeadow scored two goals in quick succession which could have deflated our lads, but they continued to push for the all-important equaliser. Despite having some good chances in the closing stages of the game we were unable to score any more goals. When the ref blew full time our boys were disappointed, but with their heads held high they sportingly shook their opponents\' hands and congratulated them on their victory.

During the post-match team huddle, both Martin and Vito made it very clear how proud they were of the boys, for both their efforts on the pitch and for their excellent behaviour during and after the game. The boys will learn a lot from this experience and will come back even hungrier after the Easter break (if they haven\'t eaten too much chocolate!)

Goalscorers

  • William (2)
  • Timon (1)

Player of the Match

  • Timon
 
17th March 2018: David Vann

Highworth Town Juniors v Robins U7

Nice performance in Arctic conditions!

The mini \"beast from the east\" threatened to cancel today\'s away fixture at Highworth, but a late decision was made for the game to go ahead.

The boys started slowly, probably due to the cold weather, however, once the lads warmed up they grew into the game and started to play some lovely football. It was a real team performance today, with everyone being awarded with the man of the match award. Each of the boys got on the score sheet too which was nice to see.

The Highworth lads were trying their hardest to stop the waves of Robins attacks, but the boys were on fire and unplayable at times.

Big respect to Highworth for enabling the game to proceed and their attitude was first class throughout the match. When the ref blew full time, the lads shook hands and after a brief post-match review, the parents, boys and coaches very quickly made their way back to the warmth of their cars!

Goalscorers

  • Johnny (2)
  • Louie (2)
  • Xavi (5)
  • William (1)
  • Timon (1)
  • Manni (3)
  • Sonny (3)

Player of the Match

  • Everyone!
 
11th March 2018: David Vann

Robins U7 v Highworth

Robins under 7s progress into the final of the trophy event

Today the boys played at home against a very strong Highworth team in the semi-final of the trophy event. The tension before this game was palpable, with even the parents looking slightly nervous for this one!

The game started at a frenetic pace with end to end football being played by both teams, Highworth broke the deadlock first with an unstoppable shot being fired into the top corner by their extremely talented number 9, no goalie in the world would have saved this thunderbolt. The boys responded well, scoring within a minute of the resulting centre, Louie passed the ball to Sonny, Sonny played a long ball through to Timon who stabbed the ball beyond the Highworth goalie – game on!

The standard of football on display was excellent, Highworth were playing a high tempo game which our lads were equal to. Sonny was working his little socks off at the back with Ryan acting as both a sweeper and a goalie. It wasn’t long before Highworth took the lead again, with their number 9 scoring another long ranger. This did not faze the boys and Johnny Vann scored a lovely equaliser after a nice interchange of play with Louie and Timon. The ref blew his whistle for the quarter which gave the players, parents and coaches a couple of minutes for a much-needed breather!

Despite several team changes being made in the next quarter the game was still being played at a blistering pace. Highworth were on top for the first few mins of this quarter, with the Robins boys defending for their lives, literally putting everything on the line to keep their opponents at bay. Highworth scored the next goal of the game, but again our boys did not let their heads drop. Xavi, William and Manni were linking up nicely in the middle of the park, it wasn’t long before Xavi got his name on the score sheet after William played a fantastic ball through to him. This goal gave Xavi a boost of confidence and after skilfully beating his man on the edge of the box, he smashed another goal beyond the Highworth goalie – what a hit Xavi! Manni was working hard up top, doing his best to hold the ball up and give our defenders a chance to catch their breath. Again, both set of players looked exhausted when the ref blew time for the quarter.

The Robins found their passing game in the third quarter, and if truth be told, had the lion’s share of possession. Timon scored a nice goal after some excellent build up play between William and Sonny. The next goal of the game was scored by Louie, after Johnny tackled a Highworth player in the middle of the park and played the ball through to Louie who finished calmly into the bottom right hand corner. These goals gave the Robins some breathing space and the boys started to spray the ball around nicely.

The final quarter of the game saw the tide turn and Highworth began to dominate possession, it wasn’t long before Highworth were on the scoresheet and with only 5 minutes left, the boys started to look nervous. Our superstar goalie Ryan was living up to his reputation and making a number of excellent saves to keep the Robins in the game. Highworth did manage to score one more goal before the ref blew full time and the Robins just about progressed into the final of the trophy competition.

Big respect to both sets of players and managers for playing the game in the right way, it was nice to see the mutual respect between the players at the end of this close encounter. Suffice to say, there will be many more exciting games between these teams in the future.

Goalscorers

  • Johnny (1)
  • Louie(1)
  • Xavi (2)
  • Timon (2)

Player of the Match

  • Ryan
 
25th February 2018: David Vann

Robins U7 v Stratton

The boys came good after a slow start

Today the boys were back at the mecca of football, Lawn Primary School, it was a very cold day due to the icy winds hitting our shores from Siberia. The groundsman did a fantastic job to make sure the pitch was playable for today's feast of football. Mick (Louie's grandad) kindly brought a selection of half time refreshments including oranges, apples and fruit juice, which went down an absolute treat and was a lovely gesture.

The game kicked off with Ryan in the sticks, Sonny at the back, Johnny and William on the wings with the big man, Louie Brown leading the line up top. It was clear that the Stratton team were big physical lads and it wasn’t long before Johnny felt the force of the big number 7 after a hard but fair challenge, the boys knew they were in a game now! Our Robins lads were passing the ball around nicely, putting into practice yesterday's tactical training session, but they were a bit too relaxed in their play which led to the first goal. One of the Stratton boys ran powerfully through the centre of the park and after some confusion at the back, the ball ended up in the back of the Robins goal. The boys didn’t let their heads drop, and from the resulting centre scored a fantastic team goal, Louie passed the ball back to Sonny, Sonny squared it to William who dinked a lovely pass down the line to Louie, Louie took a touch and passed an inch perfect ball to Johnny who stroked the ball passed the Stratton goalie - what a great response! The rest of the quarter was a close affair, with neither team burying any more chances, the ref blew time and the lads ran into the team dug out for the refreshments and team talk.

The second quarter started with Ryan in goal, Freddie in defence, Xavi and Tim on the wings and Manni up front. The game was being played at a high intensity with both teams having lots of chances. The really encouraging thing in this quarter was the way the boys were playing out from the back, finding sufficient time to play some magnificent balls to the wingers and strikers. The training ground moves were working beautifully, nearly always resulting in a shot on the Stratton goal, both Vito and Martin looked pleased as punch with the way the boys were turning defence into attack with just a few clinical passes. It just goes to show that football can be such a simple game when played in the right way. Xavi bagged himself a brace in this quarter after some great hold up play by Manni and strong wing play from Timon. Freddie and Ryan did a great job at preventing Stratton from getting on the score sheet and every one of the players had clearly put in a shift when the ref blew time for the second quarter.

The third and fourth quarters were slightly more one sided in Robins' favour, the boys were growing in confidence and some lovely passing was on display for all to enjoy. The boys scored some absolute screamers, with Xavi lobbing the goalie from the edge of the box, Louie smashing one into the top bins and William scoring a beautiful goal from a seemingly impossible angle. But the pick of the bunch was Sonny’s sublime free kick, from the edge of the box he stepped up and curled the ball around the wall and into the left-hand side of goal, giving the keeper no chance at all – what a hit!

At the end of the game, both sets of players and managers shook hands and wished each other luck for the rest of the season. Well done boys on another excellent performance.

Goalscorers

  • Johnny (2)
  • Louie (1)
  • Xavi (4)
  • William (2)
  • Sonny (1)

Player of the Match

  • Louie
 
4th February 2018: David Vann

Blunsdon v Robins U7

Solid team performance against a good Blunsdon team

Today the boys played away at Sutton Park in Blunsdon. The pitch held up well considering the amount of rain we have seen in the last few days.

The Blunsdon lads started the game brilliantly, and scored a very quick goal. The Robins boys had clearly not woken up and Blunsdon continued to pile the pressure on, with several more shots being fired at the Robins goal, forcing Ryan to make some excellent saves.

After some words of encouragement from Vito and Martin, the lads finally kicked into life and scored two goals in quick succession, one of which was a lovely team goal in which every player had a touch before the ball ended up in the back of the net. The lads started to play with confidence and were playing the "Robins way", passing the ball around nicely and holding their positions which made it hard for the Blunsdon boys to get into the game.

When the ref blew full time, the boys had scored some lovely goals and each player had put a shift in for the Robins shirt. Well done boys!

Goalscorers

  • Johnny (2)
  • Louie (1)
  • Xavi (1)
  • William (2)
  • Freddie (1)
  • Manni (2)

Player of the Match

  • Xavi
 
28th January 2018: David Vann

Wroughton v Robins U7

Are these boys really under 7s?!

Outstanding, outstanding, outstanding! Today the boys played against an excellent Wroughton team away from home, and suffice to say, it was an outstanding game of football.

The boys started in their favoured diamond formation, with Louie leading the line up top, Johnny and William on the wing, Sonny in defence and Freddie in goal. Ryan was on his annual skiing holiday (all super stars are entitled to some down time!), so Freddie bravely volunteered to go between the sticks. It was clear from the outset that this would-be an excellent game of football.

The Wroughton boys had the first attack, with the big number 22 shoulder barging William, before releasing a fierce shot on goal, which Freddie was equal to. This kicked William into life, and it wasn’t long before he went on a long mazy run down the wing, cut inside and laid the ball back to Louie who rifled his unstoppable shot into the back of the net. The Wroughton lads did not drop their heads and after a lovely interchange of play in the middle of the park, their striker was running down on the Robins goal and was just about to shoot when Sonny made an unbelievable challenge which stopped a certain goal from being scored. William really had the bit between his teeth, and he scored a fantastic second goal for the Robins by cutting in from the left-hand side and sweeping the ball into the back of the net.

The Robins boys were not having it all their own way though, and Wroughton were quickly back in the game after their impressive number 22 buried a longer ranger into the Robins goal. It was end to end stuff and the standard of football being played was incredible, the next goal was genuinely unbelievable for boys of this age. Freddie calmly played the ball out from the back to Sonny, who in turn passed to William, William played the ball down the line to Louie, who took a touch and crossed the ball to an on-running Johnny Vann who hit a first-time volley into the back of the net, this is the sort of goal they would play over and over again on Match of the Day; what a beautiful team goal in which every player had a touch. Louie scored the last goal of the first quarter with a trademark power strike into the top corner. The second quarter saw some changes being made with Manni, Xavi, and Tim being added into the mix. The Robins boys started well, passing the ball nicely around the middle of the park, but after enjoying the lion’s share of possession, the Wroughton lads scored a goal which was against the run of play. The Robins lads responded positively with Xavi showcasing his excellent array of skills in midfield, but despite the fact the boys were passing the ball around nicely, they just couldn't quite break the Wroughton team down. Timon and Manni both came close with the Wroughton goalie making some fantastic saves. The final action of the quarter saw a controversial penalty being awarded to Wroughton, after there was what can only be described as a "coming together" between two players in the Robins box when our very own coach (stand in ref Martin Brown) pointed straight to the spot, the spectators called for VAR to be used, but this new technology has not made its way to grassroots football yet ... joking aside, the Wroughton striker stepped up and picked out the top corner with an unstoppable strike. The ref blew time for the quarter and the Robins boys regrouped and prepared for the next part in this enthralling game of football. The final two quarters were end to end, with some superb goals being scored by Louie, William, Sonny and Xavi. William scored a lovely first-time finish after Johnny crossed the ball deep into the box, it was unusual to see boys of this age scoring from crosses, particularly against such a big powerful team. It was great to see our MOTM Sonny Leo get on the score sheet in the final quarter, which was well deserved after a near perfect performance in the centre of defence.

The lads were amazing today, coming out on top against a formidable Wroughton team, each and every player should be super proud of their efforts.

Goalscorers

  • Johnny (1)
  • Louie (5)
  • Xavi (2)
  • William (2)
  • Sonny (1)

Player of the Match

  • Sonny
 
14th January 2018: David Vann

Robins U7 v Wims 11

Decent team performance for the 1st home game of 2018

Today the boys were pitting their wits against Wims 11, in an afternoon kick off at the Home of football, Lawns Primary School. In all honestly the boys started slowly today, probably a result of indulging too much over the festive period, I\'m sure the coaches will work this out of the lads in the coming weeks!

Our team sponsor, Jason Griffiths from Swindon Property Group stepped in to ref the game today, as our normal referee Harry Woods had prior arrangements. The Wims 11 boys started well, they had some big strong lads who were not afraid to put in a challenge. Ryan was tested early in the game, but he was equal to the powerful shot from the Wims 11 striker. The boys looked a bit apprehensive in the first few minutes, but their nerves were relaxed when Louie found some space on the right-hand side of the pitch, dropped his shoulder to beat his man and fired a screamer beyond the Wims 11 goalie. William was evenly matched with the opposing winger, and they had some excellent battles, but William\'s sheer determination and ability to run with the ball set up the next goal. Johnny played a cross field pass to William, William ran with pace and power down the wing and laid the ball back to Louie, who swept the ball into the back of the net. What a lovely team goal. Freddie was being tested in defence, but with the support of his wingers and ever reliable goalie, he managed to prevent the Wims 11 lads from scoring in the 1st quarter.

The second quarter began with several changes being made for both teams, but it continued to be a very competitive encounter. Manni was running tirelessly up front, chasing everything down, and he got his just rewards, when Timon played a diagonal ball across the pitch and Manni fired a fierce shot into the bottom corner. Xavi was showcasing his repertoire of skills in the middle of the park, and after beating his man with some \"Xavi magic\" on the wing, he fired the ball across the goal and Manni timed his run perfectly to finish into the back of the net. The Wims boys were having their fair share of possession, and were starting to put some pressure on the Robins goal. Sonny was having an awesome game in defence, and he kept the Robins in the game at times with his ability to tackle the opposing player, and then play an inch perfect pass to his team mates. In fact, it was Sonny who set up the next goal, Ryan passed the ball to Sonny, who after beating his man laid a lovely through ball to Timon, and Tim rifled the ball beyond the Wims 11 goalie. The next goal was scored by Xavi, after Manni passed the ball across the goal, and Xavi dinked the ball into the back of the net. Wims 11 scored the final goal of the quarter, with their powerful midfielder running through the Robins back line and he just beat Ryan at the far post.

The final two quarters were much closer, with only 1 goal being scored by Louie in the third and no goals being scored in the final quarter. Louie\'s hattrick was made by Johnny on the right-hand wing, his perseverance enabled him to beat 2 Wims lads and he just managed to poke the ball through to Louie, who scored from a seemingly impossible angle. Freddie played in a more offensive role in the final quarter and was unlucky to see a couple of his shots being saved by the excellent Wims goalie. Final mention of the match report goes to Sonny, who somehow cleared the ball off the line to prevent Wims from scoring a goal in the fourth quarter.

The ref blew the whistle for full time and both sets of lads shook hands and congratulated each other. The game was played in the right spirit by both teams, and the opposition should be commended for their behaviour and sportsmanship.

Goalscorers

  • Timon (1)
  • Manni (2)
  • Louie (3)
  • Xavi (1)

Player of the Match

  • Manni
 
3rd December 2017: David Vann

Robins U7 v Highworth

Robins just about on top after most challenging game of the season.

The lads played against a very strong Highworth team today, the game was played at home at the normal kick off time of 14:00.

During the warm up, it was clear the Highworth team had some technically gifted players, and the parents and coaches knew it was going to be a tough encounter. Robins started the game very brightly, with Louie\'s strength and skill up front causing all sorts of problems for the Highworth defence. Before long Louie opened the scoring, after William beat his man on the wing and passed to Louie on the edge of the box, and he dispatched the ball perfectly into the bottom corner. Robins piled on the pressure and it wasn’t long before the next goal was scored. Timon with his unusually long throw, managed to find William on the right-hand side, who after controlling the ball nicely, crossed the ball to Louie who then rifled his shot into the back of the goal. The Highworth boys began to get a foothold in the game, and it wasn\'t long before their quality started to shine through, it was an end to end game with Freddie making a number of last ditch tackles and Ryan making some outstanding saves in goal. The final action of the quarter, saw Timon beat his man on the wing and stroke the ball beyond the Highworth goalie, which gave the boys some much needed breathing space.

The second quarter saw both teams make some changes, with Manni, Johnny, Sonny and Xavi being added into the game. This quarter was dominated by Highworth, and if truth be told, Ryan and Sonny kept the boys in the game. The Highworth boys managed to score 2 goals in this quarter, one of which was an unbelievable strike by their midfield maestro which no goalie could have saved. The Robins were up against it, and the Highworth lads were forcing the Robins boys into some uncharacteristic mistakes. Xavi did come close to scoring after some nice build up play between Manni and Johnny, but the ball just crept wide of post. The ref blew time for the quarter and the lads re-grouped.

Robins began to get on top of the game again in the 3rd quarter, with the goal of the day being scored by Timon. This was one of the best team goals you will see, it started with Ryan rolling the ball out to Sonny in defence, Sonny passed the ball to Louie, who in turn squared the ball to William, William took a touch, spotted Timon\'s run into the box and played an inch perfect pass, which Timon ran onto and then buried into the back of the net – what a fantastic team goal! William and Louie both got on the score sheet again, with two lovely finishes from outside the box. Unfortunately, Sonny took a knock in the face and whilst he bravely tried to carry on, it was obvious he could play no further part in the game, Sonny was sportingly applauded off the pitch by both set of parents, players and coaches which was really nice to see.

In the final quarter, the Highworth lads really tested the Robins defence, with wave after wave of attack. The Robins boys were trying their hardest to keep their opponents at bay, but at times the lads were panicking on the ball. Ryan was having an unbelievable game in goal, making several \"De Gea\" type saves, it is clear to all that we have a very special goalie in our team. The Highworth lads managed to score one goal in this quarter with no reply from Robins. The boys looked dead on their feet when the ref blew full time on the game. Robins just about edged this fixture, but it was certainly the hardest game of the season to date.

It was a tremendous game of football to watch and the boys left nothing out on the pitch. There is definitely some learning to take from this game and whilst it wasn\'t pretty at times, it will only help the boys develop moving forward. Big respect goes to Highworth today, for playing football in the right way and for the impeccable behaviour of their players. We are looking forward to having many more exciting games against this team in the future.

Goalscorers

  • Timon (2)
  • William (1)
  • Louie (3)

Player of the Match

  • Sonny
 
26th November 2017: David Vann

Robins U7 v Highworth

Beautiful passing display from Robins under 7s

The boys played against Highworth today, it was typical November conditions for the afternoon kick off. A number of the parents were slightly worse for wear after attending the under 7s Xmas celebrations on the Saturday evening, luckily the fragile state of the Dads did not impact the boys\' performance….

The boys did take a while to grow into the game, but once they got a foothold on the match they never looked back. Timon was very lively on the wing, linking up nicely with Louie, and it wasn’t long before Timon scored his first goal of the game, after some wonderful one touch passing between Louie, Timon and Will. Timon soon scored two more goals, adding another hat trick to his already impressive goal tally. It was not long before Louie and Will were also on the scoresheet, their powerful shots just proved too much for the Highworth goalie. Sonny was having a tremendous game at the back, confidently dealing with the opposition\'s attacks.

The usual changes were made in the second quarter with Johnny, Manni and Xavi being added into the game, with all three having an immediate impact. Manni was holding the ball up well up front, and his hard work was awarded with a lovely goal, which he buried with conviction into the back of the net. Next it was Xavi\'s turn to get on the scoresheet, after playing a neat one-two with Johnny, Xavi dropped his shoulder to beat his man and buried his shot into the back of the Highworth net. The opposition were starting to have a few shots, all of which were saved by Ryan. Ryan\'s distribution was first class again, with both his short and long passes finding their intended targets.

The third quarter saw the excellent Sonny bag himself a hat trick, with some lovely finishes. The pick of the bunch being a real team goal which started with Ryan rolling the ball out to Johnny, Johnny took a touch and then laid the ball down the line to Xavi, who after looking up, played a perfect pass through to Sonny who finished first time in the bottom left hand corner, this was a special team goal and Sonny\'s celebration wasn\'t half bad either! Johnny also got on the scoresheet, after beating two players and then stroking the ball beyond the Highworth goalie. After some confusion in the Robins defence between Johnny and Ryan, Highworth managed to score their first goal of the game. The number one lesson here being communication, and no doubt the boys will learn from this.

The final quarter saw Ryan come out on pitch with Johnny taking his turn in goal, Ryan was enjoying himself on the wing, and it wasn\'t long until he got himself on the scoresheet after an inch perfect shot into the bottom right hand corner. Next to score was Manni, with a worldy long ranger, which the Highworth goalie could do nothing about. Manni was absolutely beaming which was lovely for all to see. William and Louie scored the final two goals of the game, both of which followed some excellent build up play from the whole team.

It is easy to forget these boys are only 6 and 7 years old, with their maturity and technical ability impressing everyone that is fortunate enough to watch them play.

Goalscorers

  • Xavi (1)
  • Timon (4)
  • Johnny (1)
  • William (2)
  • Louie (2)
  • Manni (2)
  • Sonny (3)
  • Ryan (1)

Player of the Match

  • Manni
 
19th November 2017: David Vann

Robins U7 v Greenmeadow

Not enough superlatives for this outstanding Robins performance!

Today the Robins under 7s played at home in their toughest test yet, against a highly rated (and unbeaten) Greenmeadow team, in the final game of the mini cup competition. The tension in the air was palpable, with the boys looking unusually nervous prior to kick-off, which showed the importance of this fixture.

The game kicked off with the Robins setting up in their preferred diamond formation, it wasn't long before Timon was on the ball, and his unbelievable strength and speed was causing havoc for the Greenmeadow boys. After a lovely one-two with Louie, Timon powered the ball into the back of the net, giving the Robins lads the perfect start. It was clear the Greendmeadow team also had some big strong lads, and there were some tasty challenges being made from both teams, the ref did an excellent job of defusing any tension to keep the game under control. The next goal was scored by Greenmeadow, their big striker rifled the ball into the back of the net, 1-1 and it was game on!

This was end to end stuff, with Ryan making some superb saves, at one stage he bravely dived at the opponent's feet to stop an almost certain goal for Greenmeadow. William and Louie were doing a great job holding the ball up and switching the play in the Greenmeadow half, supported by Timon and Freddie who were playing a more defensive role. Freddie made some excellent last ditch challenges to keep the Robins boys in the game. With only a few minutes left in the first quarter, the lads began to spray the ball around nicely and scored three goals in quick succession, William beat his man on the wing with a trademark run, and then smashed the ball into the back of the net from a tight angle. Timon then scored another two goals, the pick of which was set up by Louie, after some brilliant hold up play, Louie swivelled on the ball and laid Timon through on goal who finished nicely into the bottom corner ... what a fantastic team goal!

The second quarter saw several substitutions for both teams, with Johnny, Sonny, Xavi and Manni being added into the contest for the home side. This proved to be a very tight quarter with both teams struggling to get the ball under control, massive respect Sonny who was executing some crucial challenges in defence to prevent Greenmeadow from having a clear shot on goal. The Greenmeadow number 7 was enjoying plenty of possession in the middle of the park, and Freddie had to be at his best to mark him closely. It looked like the second quarter would end goalless until a moment of pure quality, Xavi beat his man skilfully on the wing, he cut inside before the Greenmeadow defender clipped the back of his heels and the ref gave a free kick just outside the box. Xavi was preparing to take the free kick when Martin decided it was the perfect distance for Johnny, up stepped Johnny, who after a very short run up, connected perfectly with the ball and it rifled onto the inside corner of the upright and into the back of the net, what an inspired decision from Martin and what a superb hit from Johnny!

Greenmeadow started like a rocket in the third quarter, scoring two goals very quickly which clearly shook the Robins team, the lads regrouped and delivered an excellent defensive performance. Ryan was immense in goal, living up to his reputation as one of the best shot stoppers around. After saving a shot, Ryan quickly found Louie, who calmly laid the ball to William who was in acres of space on the wing, and despite the calls from the touch line to take a touch, William hit a wonderful first time shot from outside of the box which flew into the back of the net. This was such an important goal because it took the pressure off the rest of the team, and gave the boys some much needed breathing space.

The final quarter was very close again, with both teams playing some lovely stuff. It was Greendmeadow who struck first in the fourth quarter, with the ball just ricocheting beyond Ryan and into the Robins goal. It was end-to-end football, Sonny was unbelievable at the back, tackling boys twice his size and calmly passing the ball out to his team mates. The next goal was a real team effort, with Sonny passing the ball to Manni who in turn found Johnny, Johnny turned on the ball to beat his man and squared the ball to Xavi, who took a touch and buried the ball into the back of the net. The final goal of the game was scored by Johnny after Manni had a shot saved by the Greenmeadow goalie and Johnny followed it up and stroked the ball into the back of the net. The ref blew full time and both sets of players sportingly shook hands and congratulated each other on an excellent game of football.

Vito and Martin have got the lads playing some magnificent football, and the boys are clearly enjoying themselves in this special Robins team.

Goalscorers

  • Xavi
  • Timon (3)
  • Johnny (2)
  • William (3)

Player of the Match

  • Everyone!
 
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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