Royal Visit

The 10s, 12 and 14s were in action against Reading FC on Saturday.

Under 14s report by T Hester:

After the long car journey down to the Madejski Stadium, the players were ready to start what we knew was going to be a tough game.

The game started with a high intensity, and at first we struggled to deal with their extra man in the midfield. However as the first quarter went on, we started to get more and more into the game. With a few great goal-saving tackles by Reading’s defenders, and, at the other end, Archie performing brilliantly in the Bath and Wilts goal, the score was kept at 0-0.

 

The game was still even, despite their height and physical advantage, but eventually they paid off. Reading managed to score 3 quick goals in a short 10 minute period, to put them in the lead going into half time. It was during the half-time team talk, that we realised we had to get the ball out wide when we were attacking.

We went out in the next quarter with a more attacking mentality, and there were several chances created at both ends, but lacking an end product. Despite us not scoring, the improvements were there, and this gave us a bit more confidence to keep pushing for a goal.

Eventually we got our reward, and it came early into the last quarter. A corner whipped in hard and low, was met by Caine’s right foot, who buried it into the bottom right corner. At this point, it looked as if we could possibly get back into the game, as we created more and more chances down the left wing. Unfortunately we couldn’t get that next goal, and our attacking play was exploited and they scored on the break. Another goal from a corner ended the game at 5-1; however our performance didn’t reflect the end score line.

The whole team played well, but there were stand-out performers. Jago battled well in the midfield and often won the ball back for the team. The best player on the pitch was Archie in goal, who saved loads of dangerous shots and was confident playing out from the back.