WRFC U12 Warriors 2-2 Merton
Surrey Youth League Division 2: Sunday 29th November 2015
By Our Man on the Zero Hours Sleep Contract, Dan ‘The Gaffer’ Wheatley
A blustery day saw The Gaffer order keeping the ball on the floor and playing around the opposition. The first ten minutes set the tone with what was to come, as Merton came out of the starting blocks fast.
Under pressure, Warriors broke from deep in their own half with Charlie bombing down the right-hand side at his first opportunity to cross from the right corner, finding Jack who instinctively shot at the ‘keeper – who in turn parried the ball back out into the six yard area for Adam to follow up and tap in from close range.
Merton immediately came at Warriors and a failure to clear at the back saw a ball rolled across the box for a first time finish into the top of the net, giving Leon no chance. Warriors again responded with a timely interception by Cristiano who then beat his man to calmly loft the ball over the Merton central defender for Jack to run on to and calmly finish past the Merton ‘keeper.
Some vigilant goalkeeping by ‘safehands’ Bennett saw the Warriors go in at the break 2-1 up.
Merton were again quick out of the blocks and they had the upper hand in the second half, constantly pressuring the Warriors back three and looking dangerous. Some timely tackles were needed to stop the opposition advancing. However, with under ten minutes to go, three Warriors players attempted to tackle a single Merton marauder, only to see the ball fall nicely for a player to tap in and earn Merton a deserved equaliser. Some slight adjustments by the Gaffer ensured central midfield was tightened up to see the game out.
MOTM was Leon – positionally aware, great hands and focus !
Big thank you ref Brian Slyfield and lino Christian and of course to Andrea and Colin for organising the Crisis at Christmas tuck shop. Big it up also for all WRFC and Merton supporters who spent their pennies most wisely today. Andrea will release details of money raised shortly but rumour has it that there’s enough to sponsor not one – but four – Christmas Day lunches for the homeless.