Match Report

Match: Y10 County Cup Football vs Caistor Grammar

Venue: Away

Date: 11/10/17

Score: 1-8

Team Selection:

Tom Postlethwaite

Owen Ramsden

David East

Ben Barrass

Nathan Woodhead

Josh Smith

Mitchell Day

Morgan Stamp

Lewis Wisdom-Lockwood

Callum Burlton

Oliver Snell

Josh Bray

Lewis Dalton

Kieran Chapman

Scorers:

Lewis Wisdom-Lockwood x1

Description of game:

TGA kicked off to start the game, with Caistor providing a brightly coloured pink ball. The Y10s are getting a bit of a reputation of being slow starters in games and this game was no difference. Tom in goal was forced to make a stretched save down to his bottom corner after a bit of a goal mouth scramble in the first minute. The tall goalkeeper showing tremendous athleticism to get down low to keep the ball out.

The game soon changed and TGA got on to the attack. The silky footwork of Lewis Wisdom-Lockwood allow him to easily dispossess the defender in  their box and work forward to the byline. From the tight angle the midfielder got in a shot that hit the post, the rebound came back out to him and he blasted over with his weak foot. A better bit of play from TGA, showing promise.

On 4mins, Caistor made a break down the right wing and the ever dangerous number 10 put a beautiful cross on to the edge of Tom’s six yard box, leaving the goalkeeper in two minds as to whether to collect. The ball landed at the feet of a Caistor player who simply needed to tap the ball in. Inexplicably, he blasted the ball over the bar from about two yards out. Get out of jail free card used.

Under a minute later, Caistor attacked again, but this time the striker made a neat finish from inside the box to make it 1-0.

TGA were not out of this game and started to get the better of possession. Putting pressure on with a some quality passing for the next 10 minutes. This didn’t bear any reward though.

Against the run of play, on 14 minutes, Caistor managed to poke the ball home from yards out after a goal mouth scramble that brought several decent saves from Tom in goal. 2-0 to Caistor.

A minute later, Caistor were back in the box, but this time, Tom pulled off heroics to keep the ball out of his net. The wind was starting to get up, blowing diagonally across the pitch towards Tom’s goal, making it hard for TGA to clear their lines under pressure.

On 23 minutes, Caistor threw a ball into the box near the byline. The striker got a toe to it which poked it across the face of goal to be easily tucked in by the on rushing midfielder. 3-0 Caistor.

With half time nearing, Lewis Wisdom-Lockwood was on the run again, putting Caistor on the back foot in their own box. Some neat passing play allowed Nathan Woodhead to put a cross into the box that Caistor failed to deal with. The ball fell to the feet of Lewis 8 yards out with all of the goal to aim for. Lewis obliged to make it 3-1.

Just as the half time whistle was about to blow, Caistor took a spectacular effort from outside the box. The wind obviously helping, it sailed past Tom in goal to make it 4-1 at the interval.

Caistor kicked off the second half and within a minute had hit the cross bar with some neat wing play. The winger was a constant threat all game and it later became apparent that he was an English School’s sprinter. Nathan Woodhead did well for the majority of the game to attempt to keep pace with him and stop him getting into the box.

On 5 minutes, the ball fell to the number 10’s feet on the corner of the TGA 18 yard box. The striker chipped the ball accurately over Tom and into his goal, making it 5-1 to Caistor.

On 12 minutes, Caistor waltzed through the centre of TGA, who were now throwing everything forward, and finished neatly to make it 6-1.

With 16 minutes on the clock, it was clear that Caistor were really dominating possession, with TGA struggling to string passes together.

A couple of minutes later, the outstanding number 10 jinked his way through 3 attempted defensive tackles to leave himself one on one with the keeper and he finished accurately into the bottom corner of the net, 7-1.

TGA were clearly dejected by the scoreline and their energy was wavering. The lads carried on fighting to get at least another goal back.

With the final whistle in sight, a tired throw from goalkeeper Tom, put Mitchell in a sticky position inside their own box. Mitchell had his pocket picked by the striker, who had the simple task of blasting the ball into the back of the net.

Final score was Caistor 8, TGA 1.

This was the Y10s first foray into the County Cup, and the boys will have learnt a lot from coming up against different opposition. The boys will recuperate overnight, and go again tomorrow in the league against Priory Witham Academy.