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News Report

Three Rolled into One

Author: George Hayworth, 21/01/18

MOMs Archie, Fin, H

Stalybridge Celtic Whites U10s v The Mavericks U10s

Firstly a little recap of the two games ive been unable to write a report for, A sluggish start to 2018 against Fletcher Moss saw the boys make hard work of the game, losing the lead on two occasions made for a nervy final 5 minutes but never the less after a christmas break it was a solid start to progress from. Archie was awarded the MOM accolade. He has made Centre Mid his postion with his positivity and accurate distribution plus his excellent relationship with his team mates.

Last week the Whites took on CWFC Barca who appear a team well organised, drilled and brimming in confidence. Their dissection of the Whites proved this. MOM for the game was Fin who bagged the Whites solitary goal of the game against a virtually impenetrable CWFC keeper. Spotting him off his line he fired it home from the half way line.

This weekend saw the preliminary round of the league cup, a classic fixture between two veteran premier league teams. The Whites began the game positively and with the majority of possession. Unlucky not to have broken the deadlock sooner, it felt like it wasnt far from coming. A cute piece of hold up play on the left wing from Fin to tee H up for a fantastically executed strike which was stunning and left the Mavericks keeper grasping for air. 

Charlie is finding his natural position down the right wing, he was determinly involved in the game down the right flank and on numerous occasions showed how intelligent he is by switching the play and bringing his team mates into play. For me its his strongest position on the park.

Within quick succession, a brace in pretty much the same fashion as each other went Celtics way, clever link up play from Joe, Archie and Harley allowed them to pressurise the Mavericks.

The Whites were cruising into half time, however as we know from the boys of late, they appear nervy in their lead and not in control of the game. I put this down to a lack of confidence, which in my opinion they need not have. They have a proven track record with excellent results in their locker.

The second half saw more chances go Celtics way, hitting most sections of the woodwork and the Mavericks keeper making heroic saves. Mavericks managed to pull one back with something that for supporters seems to be causing concern.....a lateral ball over the top when our defenders are playing a horizontal high line leaving Devon exposed as there is no cover. Happening again and to his credit Devon pulled off one of the saves of the season, he was brave to parry the shot and it prevented the Mavericks single handedly.

The scoreline definitely wasnt as comfortable as it suggested and there are plenty of opportunities for development in the coming weeks especially around movement from set plays and anticipation.

Final Thought: Hoping that the boys regain their pre christmas fitness levels and accurate fast moving passing we have come to love from them in the next few weeks as you can tell energy levels drop in the second halves of games. With this confidence in each other should also improve. A difficult tie in next weeks cup game V Manchester Cobras for them to look forward to.

Team Sheet : Devon (c), H, Colts, Billy, Archie, Fin, Joe, Charlie, Lawson, Harley