Colron U7s vs Bournville FC U7s 1/11 @ Walmley
A last minute change of venue due to waterlogged pitches at Bournville saw us back at Walmley for another exciting league encounter with the rare sight of a full complement of 10 players available for the coaches to select from. Huge thanks must go to the opposition for making the effort to come across to ensure that the boys managed to get a final game in before the next enforced hiatus due to Covid-19, and it was clear throughout that both sets of players really enjoyed the opportunity to play.
The best of the early chances fell to Colron, almost taking the lead in the very first minute when a shot from Archie drifted just wide. Ryan and Jacob were full of energy giving the Bournville players no time in midfield and it felt like the first goal would not be far away. Indeed it wasn’t, but not at the end we hoped, as the Bournville no 7 showed great pace and composure to finish after a quick breakaway from back to front to put the visitors ahead. They might even have extended their lead but for a couple of timely interventions from Sawyer left one on one at the back, continuing his good form from last week.
A very tight game then suddenly turned our way with two quick goals from Archie at the end of the first quarter keeping up his prolific scoring run. The first was a fine solo effort running from inside his own half, the second nicely finished after a tremendous through ball from Jacob to put him in on goal to lead.
The second quarter started in similar fashion to the first, with Colron pushing for goals, and Bournville had their ‘keeper to thank for keeping the score down with a couple of very good saves. Just as before though, it was the visitors who again broke from deep after a corner. It looked as though Jacob had done a tremendous job to get back and make the saving tackle, only to see it very unluckily fly into our net from a deflection to level the score. This lead to a good period of sustained possession for Bournville, but Jude R and Harvey ran and battled hard in midfield to hold our own, and Jayden made some important covering tackles. Eventually though Colron fell behind for the second time in the game. A brilliant save from Jamal unfortunately fell to the feet of another Bournville player who managed to poke in the rebound for a lead at half time.
Colron came out for the second half looking to get back on level terms but almost fell further behind but for some typically brave goalkeeping from Jamal coming out at the feet of the onrushing attacker to block his shot. The rest of the 3rd period saw the home side on top but not quite able to find the net with Archie and Ryan both coming close and James, who was again full of running up front, just unable to get the final touch on a couple of half chances, the defence getting the last-ditch tackle in the nick of time on each occasion, and somehow the 3rd quarter finished goalless with the score still W-L to Bournville.
Despite the heavy pitch and windy conditions both teams were still full of running into the final 10 minutes, with the game still very evenly matched and chances at both ends going close, the 2 goalkeepers both proving difficult to beat. Finally though the hard work and pressure from the tireless Jacob in midfield and the front two of Archie and James caused a bit of panic in the Bournville defence and Archie seized on a loose pass to drive the ball home to complete his hat-trick and level the scores again with just a few minutes left.
An exciting final flurry saw further chances at both ends, perhaps the best going to Colron who were denied a very late winner by the opposition goalkeeper saving another Archie shot on target. Meanwhile Jude N, Jayden and Sawyer made sure that we stayed firm at the back, helping Jamal to keep a clean sheet for the entire second half. And so the match finished in a draw, probably a fair reflection of a really competitive, end-to-end game which either team could have won but perhaps neither deserved to lose.
Final Score: Colron D-D Bournville FC
Players of the Match
Coaches Man of the Match: Jacob
Parents’ Man of the Match: James
Goals: Archie 3
Match Report by Richard Bevan