|Team||Colron U7s Yellows|
|Opposition||Cadbury Athletic Juniors U7 Colts|
|When||11:50am Sunday 20th October 2019|
|Where||Bournville Recreation Ground|
|Colron Team||Joe, Parker, Ruben, Charlie, Zaine, Henry, Tommy, Mason, Millie, Zak|
The Yellows started game two with Zaine, Henry, Millie, Charlie and Parker.
Henry started the second game in goal and was forced into early action making a good save from the Cadbury striker. Colron went to the other end of the pitch and Parker found Millie who had a half-chance intercepted by a Cadbury defender. Happy to hold her own though, in the physical side, she always makes herself available for her next chance.
Zaine is clearly learning lots from his extra midweek training at the Villa and showed glimpses of skill to make everyone sit up and take notice and Charlie was trying to keep the team functioning as it should. But Cadbury was very good.
Zaine saw a half volley from Charlie’s corner well saved. Colron found themselves a goal behind and Henry had absolutely no chance as the ball sailed into the roof of the net.
Shortly afterwards Henry threw himself into a full-length dive – although that was probably more for the cameraman as the shot went well wide.
Charlie tried to capitalise on some rare poor play in the middle of the Cadbury defence and fired a shot at the keeper who saved comfortably.
Zak on in goal for Henry who went upfront. Reuben on, Tommy on. Cadbury looked very strong against an out of sorts Colron Yellows. It’s fair to say that we were not at our sharpest today and it is hard to pinpoint a reason. Maybe it was the constant waft of chocolate coming from the Cadbury factory, or maybe it was the shorter games, or maybe even that we had met two very good teams – we don’t know, but whatever the reason – things just did not click for us. No more so than when Ruben found himself in a shooting position, he was seemingly accidentally tackled by Joe. Joe though created another chance for the Yellows that was well saved by the goalkeeper.
There were patches of good Colron play – but they were sparse. Henry and Reuben linked up well only to see their efforts broken down by the Cadbury midfield who found themselves in on our goal again. Some great saves by Zak – one in particular, when the ball came down from a great height, kept the score down.
Tommy was trying everything to match the Cadbury midfield physically and showed great energy to try to impact the game as best as he could. Mason and Parker were as tough-tackling as ever but even their usual legendary cool at the back was strained, with the constant flow of attacks. The Cadbury striker turned and buried a shot into the top corner, which left Zak with no chance, and a mix up in the Colron defence saw them add another.
There was no way back this time. No miracle comeback – but what they did do is work together to prevent a very impressive Cadbury team from adding any more goals.
The referee blew the whistle and disappointment showed on fans, management and players alike, as we all tried to understand why we seemed under par.
Plenty of thinking to do for the Gaffer this week – but one thing is for sure, this group of players have come a long, long way in a short space of time. Results, performances and opposition like this will only build spirit, character and togetherness within the team and I am certain that everyone will be itching to get back to winning ways next week. Still smiling and even though they were all upset at the results – they will all learn from this.
This week’s Player of the Match was voted for by Kate and Craig (Henry’s Mom and Dad) and was awarded to Zak. Well done Zak, for a great goal and some really good saves.
I’ll end this report with an interview that I held with Dean (Tommy’s Dad). So Dean, how did you think the lads performed today?
…poor” was the reply.