Christchurch VS Andover Town Youth Blues 13’s (Hants Cup)
The Blues sponsored by J K Motor Factors and Alternative Flooring arrived in Bournemouth for their first ever Hampshire Cup encounter, going into the unknown for players and coaches, but fits nicely with this years goal to stretch the squad with the hardest tests possible. So far, this has been the case with two very tough pre season friendlies, one win, one loss and the first match in the Premier division. Due to the stop start nature at the start of the season, preparation has been disjointed with only training to gel the team.
The boys started well, with swift passing and movement from back to front, all players receiving early touches. The first goal came from the shiny new boots of Matt Smith, he has always promised goals from his performances in training, but hasn’t always been able to reproduce it in the game. It maybe the season Smitty changes that, his fitness has definitely improved to complement his ball skills. The net goal wasn’t far away, Brandyn Reeves slotted home and opened his account for the season, has been working on his presence and power and it is starting pay dividends.
Last seasons top scorer bagged the next one, Cayden Brooker looked sharp and hungry to score at every opportunity. The boys didn’t have it all their own way and Christchurch to their credit were battling hard. The fourth goal came from Callum Woods, little cal as always put pressure on the opposition defence from the first minute and took his goal well, he has been focusing on his decisions maker to make the decisive pass.
As the second half commenced, the Blues grabbed the initiative and quickly scored. Leo Ferro, on for the second period and made his mark with his first goal and blasted the ball home. Leo has been asked to make decisions to either pass or commit players at the right times, he has always been able to shoot and proved this again today. Cayden slammed home the next top bins, it’s amazing to think he only played up front for part of last season, Darren believed in him to be a striker, I was open minded! Proves Darren knows a striker when he see’s one. Brandyn, not to be out done by his strike partner, supplied the next with a fine shot. Brandyn will always score and create goals with his ability.
The next goal came the way of a Leo thunder bolt, smacked it home to double his total.The last one came from Max Bissett, a subline placement and great goal. Max doesn’t score enough and sometimes doesn’t realise how important his contribution is. A special mention to Neo Black, took on the Keeper role today in the absence of Daniel Butt. Brave and ballsy display between the sticks. Scott Walker was involved in everything that was good about the team today. Kia Jones also played well today, using his pace and a bit of body strength to take on opponents. Harrison May also looked solid at the back and showed also he can hit a dead ball. Ollie Pitts played the ball out well from the back and the defence is starting to understand each other. Jack Herdman played in midfield and defence today, due to his determination and skill, he will one day realise this is a massive compliment to him, that he’s trusted to do this.
The summarise, a long but rewarding trip to the coast, thank you to all the parents that make this all possible, thanks also to Jason May for running the line today. The team is taking time to gel together this season, with new players this can happen. There are definite areas to improve, but plenty of plus points to the performance today, we will have plenty to work on going forward. Well done all, lets have fun and grow our football knowledge together! JP