Colron U7s vs Sutton Town U7s (Blue) 13/12 @ Bishop Walsh School
Following our Boris-mandated hiatus, and a cancelled fixture last week, the boys were champing at the bit to play again after the 6 week break, looking resplendent in their smart new training gear. Their enthusiasm was such that even the absolutely horrendous weather couldn’t stop them from putting on what was probably the best performance of the season so far.
Defying the freezing, wet conditions and a muddy pitch Colron were straight out of the blocks from the kick off with a beautiful passing move from back to front which ended in a shot just drifting wide. This bright start continued, with Ryan in particular looking in fine form making a number of excellent attacking runs right at the heart of the Sutton defence, very unlucky not to open the scoring.
Colron stayed on top with a surging run forward from Jacob and a couple of lovely passes between him and Ryan putting Archie through only for the Sutton keeper to make the first of several good saves. On a pitch getting soggier by the minute, both teams were really playing some lovely football, and Sutton showed that they would be a dangerous opponent with 2 particularly tricky and pacey players on the break.
Finally though the deadlock was broken. A good corner lead to some scrappy pinball around the Sutton penalty box, with the ball eventually falling to Ryan near the edge of the area from where he struck a fine drive into the bottom corner to give the away side the lead.
The rain continued to fall, but both sides were fully committed to a highly competitive game with a great mix of attacking football and sturdy tackling. Jude R and Harvey had come on and were both instrumental in winning back and keeping the ball in a midfield battle befitting of any Sunday morning game. At the back, Sawyer and Jayden made some important covering tackles, and behind them Jamal looked his usual safe-handed self even with the slippy ball. Right on the stroke of half time though the scores were level as Sutton equalised from a typically quick break and for once we were unable to get the final tackle to prevent a goal just before the whistle.
The second half began in much the same fashion with both teams working hard and tackling superbly. The better chances were beginning to come for Colron though, and a powerful run and shot from Archie brought another fine save from the home ‘keeper.
Jacob and Ryan were covering every blade of grass (those that were still visible under the mud, at least) in both defence and attack, but still the teams couldn’t be separated. That was until a superb piece of quick thinking from a throw in by Jacob set Archie away down the left wing, his pace taking him away from the tight defence, from where he put in a great cross to find James lurking at the near post, who got ahead of his marker to provide the finish to take the lead, for what may well have been the most popular goal of the season so far! After a couple of promising games recently it was great to see him get a very well-deserved first goal for Colron.
The game was still very open and end-to-end, and both sets of supporters had plenty to get excited about to take their minds off the awful weather. Jude N came on and provided some much needed fresh legs, making some great tackles in the middle at important times, with Sawyer again showing great positional sense at the back on the few occasions that Sutton were able to break through. The pressure eventually told however, and once more Sutton pulled the scores back level with a good move which was well finished giving Jamal little chance.
As has been the case all year for these boys though, heads did not drop (even if some were starting to really feel the bitter cold being soaked through). Another sustained series of attacks lead to what felt like about 20 corners in quick succession, with Ryan a constant threat, but the defence stood firm and it appeared that the game may be heading for a hard-fought draw. That was until Jacob made yet another great tackle, winning the ball in good position and putting a lovely ball through to Archie in space. Archie’s first touch took him up to the last defender where he managed to hold off a strong challenge to get in behind and hit a super left-footed shot across the ‘keeper and into the far corner. We were in the lead with only a couple of minutes to go!
Still the home team kept pressing for a third equaliser of the game ,with a few nervy moments dealt with well by the defence, and Jamal suddenly deciding to take on the Manuel Neuer “sweeper keeper” role to repel the attacks. From one such attack in the dying moments, Jacob once again succeeded in tracking back and make the tackle in his own box. The clearance looked to be going out for a throw-in, but Archie had chased hard and managed to just keep it in. With almost the whole length of the pitch ahead of him he set off on a powerful run down the touchline, cutting inside and this time firing with the right foot into the bottom corner to secure the win with a late brace.
This was truly an excellent team performance, arguably the best of the season. Every single player showed great skill and heart against very good opposition, and it was testament to both sides that they managed to produce such an enjoyable game in such dreadful weather. It’s great to be back!!!
Final Score: Colron W-L Sutton Town Blues
Coaches Man of the Match: Archie
Parents’ Man of the Match: Ryan
Goals: Ryan 1, James 1, Archie 2