WRFC U13 Warriors 7 – 0 Rocks Lane United
Sunday 26th February 2017: SYL Division 2
Still smarting from their narrow away defeat at the hands of Rocks Lane back in early December, Warriors stamped their authority on this second-leg tie today, with an emphatic victory at Christ’s College.
The team were without centre-forward Matt today but were greatly enhanced by a strong debut performance from Sean, who scored his first Warriors goal in the second half of play.
On a heavy pitch with a strong post-Storm Doris cross-wind, there was everything to play today but Warriors’ initial ten minutes proved to be a nervous and scrappy affair, hiding what would be the eventual favourable scoreline.
Shortly after Jack realised that he was playing without any shorts on (hidden by the long shirt/body armour combo), Warriors were gifted an OG just under 15 minutes into the first half. This settled things somewhat and Warriors started to dominate play. Charlie was kept busy calibrating his free kicks amidst the strong gusts of wind – and it was a wonderful piece of acrobatic football, involving a Charlie free kick followed by a Kyle overhead kick and a header by Marc – that nearly resulted in the first intentional goal. Within a minute of this cameo, Charlie was brought down and Marc duly converted the resulting penalty to put Warriors 2-0 ahead at 25 minutes.
Charlie was once again in the mix for the third goal in stoppage time: Marc dropped to the ground to skewer a ball away from a defender and onto Charlie’s preferred foot. His shot lacked the usual power and one couldn’t help feeling sorry for the Rocks Lane ‘keeper who dived the right way but let the ball roll in under his right arm at the nearside post.
3-0 up at half-time was a good place to be for caretaker Managers Julian and Christian and allowed the necessary substitutions to be made. Sean came on for his debut and proved to be a skilful partner in a number of slick pass-and-receive moves. His efforts were rewarded 18 minutes into the second half, when some neat one-two work with Jack resulted in his first Warriors’ goal, putting the home team ahead 4-0.
Any jubilation was short-lived as Rocks Lane were awarded a penalty at the other end of the pitch two minutes later. King Leon read correctly and proved his worth as a shot-stopper, diving low and latching onto the ball fired to his left.
Three minutes later and Jack made it 5-0 to Warriors with a deft side-footed shot from the edge of the box. There then followed a brief spell as Charlie bossed the game. He hit the Rocks Lane crossbar and then scored goal number six from an Alex assist about 60 minutes in. There followed a brief moment of panic when Leon, covered very ably by Tyler, kept his clean sheet, poking a shot off and behind his nearside post, after which Charlie scored again within six minutes of his last to put the team 7-0 ahead. Not content with his hat-trick, he scored again from a brilliant Alex flick to his feet, only to have his goal disallowed for offside in the final minute of the match.
Thanks today to Julian and Christian for managing the team in Dan’s absence, to Colin for running the line, to Georgie for collecting match subs, Luc for reffing and to Peter for Pitch Marshal duties. Thanks also to Margaret for popping in to see how the Warriors were faring.