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Under 11s Warriors - Match centre

Newark Town Football Club
Warriors
Sat 5 Nov 10:00 - Cup Full time

Trojans outplayed in a wake up call game

It was always going to be a tricky fixture, but the well oiled machine of the Warriors overran a slow starting Trojans side

Week in week out we go through it but the Trojans have to improve on their start to games, it takes too long to settle and this week again proved to be the case, by the time the Trojans started to make an impact it was too late and the Warriors were already out of sight.
The first goal came early in the first half from a corner when they were out jumped and a strong header bulleted into the top corner, their second come moments later when the Warriors attacked with numbers and left the Trojans all over at the back and the ball was smashed into the roof of the net, the next attack saw the Trojans up against it again this time Alex Dawes clearing off the line and Harley Weekly managing to get a good hand onto the rebound and the ball to get cleared by Charlie Harris, then the Warriors attacked again this time the ball was spanked in from outside the box to make it three, then just before the half time whistle the ball was slipped by the keeper to make it 0 - 4 and for the Trojans to find themselves 4 down at half time for the second week running.
The second half began and within a couple of minutes the Trojans had 1 back this time they had a corner of their own and it was beautifully whipped in by Jack Oldfield and there was Nojus to hit the ball in hard and low to make it 1 - 4, the Trojans then started to play some decent football with Dean Simpson and Max Oldfield starting to see the ball quite a bit in the middle of the park and putting in some nice passes for Oliver Walsh and Troy Christie, but it just wasn’t happening and the next goal went to the Warriors again this time another corner and for Mason to come near post and totally lose his marker and side footed an easy shot into the net, then from the Trojans kick off they immediately lost the ball and the defence were all asleep and it was 1 – 6, the consolation goal came from Oliver Walsh who cooley slipped the ball by the keeper after a good pass from Jack Oldfield and that was the final score 2 - 6, poor old Harley in goal managed to let in 6 and not one of them was his fault and to be honest if it wasn’t for a string of saves we could have found ourselves in an even trickier situation.
The boys need to start to realise that defending starts at the front and that when they lose the ball they need to fight for it back, that was the disappointing part for the match this week they were outmuscled on every part of the pitch and the defence kept finding themselves under pressure because no one was tracking back to help, the defence were playing way to deep and need to remember the offside rule and to play in a line as the V shape they seem to have adopted this week just did not work at all and kept leaving them with no chance to get back. I think we should just put this one down to a bad game and hope for improvement next week, I will say a special mention to Charlie Harris however who has been steadily improving all season but had his best game I have seen yet this week, and was a shining light on a dark day well done Charlie, and to MOTM Harley.

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