Two matches this week. The first, on Tuesday, was at home to East Bridgford, who turned out to be about the best team seen by many in a long, long time. We just couldn’t get to grips with a team full of academy and top division club players and they overwhelmed us 11-0. These things happen. What was great about our boys was that they showed resilience and kept going in difficult circumstances. Their heads never dropped. In fact, we received this from an East Bridgford parent only today:
I am one of the parents of the East Bridgford boys who played your school on Tuesday afternoon. I am also a coach for an under 11s team.
I didn’t see all the match but wanted to compliment your boys on their attitude and commitment during the half I did see, despite the heavy score line.
It was a credit to the boys and to the school, they should be proud of how they conducted themselves.
Good luck with the rest of your matches, football could do with more of that kind of positive attitude.
On Thursday, the boys travelled to our near-neighbours at Cartlon Central Juniors. Here, it was our tuirn to dominate the match with the boys all putting in brilliant performances. Every single one of them. It was a peculiar match. We went three nil up and mid way through the 2nd half, we had what should of been a 4th. A briliant cross was met with a thunderbolt header from Alex. It hit the bar and bounced down. The ref admitted he didn;t know if it had gone in and turned to VAR (Mr Hllier), whowas 75% sure it had but couldn’t be sure. As this went on, Carlton ran up the pitch and scored. 3-1. Or was it 4-0?
To their credit, Carlton pushed us hard and scored two more. We hit the bar again, a powerful free-kick from Alex. So what was the final score? 3-3, 4-2, 4-3? The ref very sportingly said he felt that our ‘4th’ should have stood and that he wanted to report a 4-3 win for us to the league. We accpeted this gratefully, so a win it was. A terrific match from both sides.
As ever, thanks to our supporters and well done to the boys.
Squad for both matches: Alex (capt), Aidan, Theo, Alfie, Lavell, Charlie, Edward, Jack, Max