Match: Y10 Football vs North Kesteven
Venue: North Kesteven
- Tom Postlethwaite
- Owen Ramsden
- Nathan Woodhead
- Ben Barrass ©
- David East
- Levi Hughes
- Morgan Stamp
- Mitchell Day
- Callum Burlton
- Lewis Wisdom-Lockwood
- Oliver Snell
- Josh Bray
- Kieran Chapman
- Lewis Dalton
Lewis Wisdom-Lockwood x3
Oliver Snell x1
Mitchell Day x1
Description of game:
North Kesteven 7 – 5 TGA
The match started with some sloppy defending in the first minute by TGA, Ben Barrass finally clearing the ball for an NK corner. That man Barrass again proved to be TGA’s savior as the resulting corner presented two chances for NK to take the lead, Barrass clearing both from the line. Inside the first ten minutes, NK had all of the possession and TGA struggled to get a foothold in the game.
That was short lived however, when on ten minutes, Callum Burlton got a long range shot on target and the keeper struggled to parry it. Two minutes later, Lewis Wisdom-Lockwood made a break into the side of the box rounding a defender in the process. Lewis played a sumptuous low cross for Oliver Snell to have a simple tap in at the far post to make it one nil.
Two minutes later, TGA gained a corner. An excellent delivery fell onto the volleying foot of Barrass who narrowly put the ball over the bar. TGA were starting to dominate possession now after their earlier weaknesses.
On seventeen minutes, Lewis found himself one on one with the goalkeeper after some questionable clearance attempts from NK’s defenders. Lewis faked one way and then jinked his way past the goal keeper to have a simple tap in with his left foot to make it two nil.
On twenty two minutes, a deep free kick was launched into box by David East and after a goal mouth scramble, Oliver Snell slotted the ball into the back of the net for what he thought was his second goal. The goal however, was ruled to be offside.
A minute later, the ball was the other end and a deep free kick from NK was finished smartly at the edge of the box to make it two, one.
NK started to get their dominance of possession back, exploiting the gap left by TGA in midfield. Again, a goal mouth scramble led to NK blasting the ball home on twenty six minutes to equal the score line.
Right on the stroke of half time, NK’s dominance of possession paid off again, crossing the ball into the box for the long limbed striker to get a toe on it to poke it past Tom Postlethwaite in game. There was nothing Tom could do about that one. That left the score line at three, two to NK at half time.
At half time, Mr Mills changed the formation slightly to counter the midfield dominance of NK, bringing David East to the midfield to add a menacing presence.
The second half started with TGA dominating, neat footwork again by Lewis brought a corner for TGA. The corner was well cleared however, and NK broke to the other, taking a long shot that was never really troubling Tom in goal. The goalkeeper had looked well assured throughout the game.
On five minutes however, another long shot came in from NK from the corner of the box. This time it looped high and over Tom’s head into the TGA goal, four, two to NK.
A minute later, some Barcelona-esk build up play by TGA freed Oliver Snell on the winger. Oliver rounded off this play with a pin point cross on to the edge of the six yard box where Mitchell Day was on hand to uncharacteristically nod home. Four, three was the score.
On nine minutes, NK broke forward again and maintained possession on the edge of the box. They worked the ball in with another bobbling low cross which again was pushed home with the toe of the striker, who was handful all game. Five, three to NK.
On ten minutes, NK made it six after the striker found himself one on one with Tom in goal. The striker smartly finished into the corner. At this point there was a danger of the flood gates opening and it took a massive test of character for the TGA boys to pick themselves, dust themselves off and come back harder.
On twelve minutes, Ben Barrass found himself with the ball at his feet on the edge of the box from a corner. The centre back put his laces through and produced a beautiful low drive at goal, the goalkeeper managed to parry this one away.
On thirteen minutes, Lewis Wisdom-Lockwood jinked in and out of three defenders, leaving them tied in knots, this left him one on one with the keeper yet again. The goal was never in doubt, and Lewis keenly obliged to make it six, four to NK.
The next five minutes of the game was end to end with no real opportunities, the rigours of the game so far had clearly taken their toll.
With five minutes to go TGA gained a corner. Spectacularly, Lewis Wisdom-Lockwood curled in the corner, bobbling in front of the centre back, who in turn left his own goalkeeper at sixes and sevens. The ball, having not been touched, settled in the bottom right corner of the net. Lewis had scored from a corner! And settled his hat trick. The game was on, as TGA now looked for the draw. Six, five to NK.
As TGA threw everything they had at NK, they were unaware of the danger that NK possessed in attack and were soon caught on the counter. An effort from inside the box struck the post behind an outstretched Tom who could do nothing to stop the follow up from the same player, who made it seven for NK.
The final whistle went on an eventful 7-5 loss against a very tall, strong NK side. The TGA boys done themselves proud and this battling spirit will serve them well in the league and cup competitions this year.
A mention must go to the heroics of Captain Ben Barrass who kicked, headed and chased every ball thrown in to his box. However, Man of the Match must go to Lewis Wisdom-Lockwood who secured his hat trick and at times, was completely unplayable for the NK defenders, the ball seemingly glued to his feet.