Woolton Hill vs Andover Town Youth 12s Blue

Town arrived at Woolton Hill with their advantage in their hands. The pitch was the biggest talking point, as was not ideal. But, both teams had to play on it and the boys were keen to get started.

A change in formation for the blues, with two at the back, four in midfield and two strikers was agreed as our starting line up by the coaching staff. Straight from the kick off, the benefits were showing. The midfield held the pressure well in the centre of the pitch.

As the half progressed, the blues pushed and probed for the opener. But, to no avail. The boys were pressing the ball, with Josh Williams and Jack Herdman breaking up play and feeding the forwards. Brandyn Reeves and Cayden Brooker linked up well, with Cai Jones and Matt Smith (captain) producing some great wing play. This play and pressure fashioned 4 or 5 good chances that on another day would have been bread n butter for this forward line.

As the half went on, Woolton Hill had what seemed like their only attach so far, crossed the ball in and it was deflected into the goal. Sucker punch for all the hard work and skill Town had provided to the game. Just before the break, Jack Herdman got injured and was replaced by Callum Woods.

The second half started with changes for the blues. Leo Ferro, James Sygrove and Callum Lowe all came on. The defence with Max Bissett and Ollie Pitts, looked safe and assured at the back. Daniel Butt had one of his quieter games, but was brave on a few occasions.

Town continued to dominate possession and the new guys added fresh legs and minds. Callum Lowe looked sharp and back to his best. Leo Ferro slotted in at centre mid and looked to impose himself. James Sygrove, used his dead ball skills to whip balls in and the boys should have fashioned a few goals from the efforts.

Aiden Lowe came on and moved to right mid, slotted straight in and looked to push the guys forward. As the half moved on and the chances went begging, it looked more and more like it wasn’t our day. With five minutes to go, Woolton Hill hit us on the break and the game was gone.

Today we witnessed why we all give up our time for this club. Our captain today, gave everyone some cold truths, in front of the squad and parents. His expression’s had the full backing of the coaching team and earned him and heartfelt round of applause from all. It took a lot of guts to do that and I for one, found it displayed what this club means to us all. Well done Matt Smith, Cayden Brooker earned Sportsman for his non stop efforts up front. The Man of the match was Callum Woods, as with every time it walks on the pitch he gives 110%.

On another day we would have won and won well. But, if nothing else, we have grown a little bit more together. it is a privilege to work with these boys! JP

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