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Tadley Saints 14s vs Reds 14s

The Reds went into this game having played some good football and getting nothing for their hard work.  The squad have trained constantly from day one and have developed massively in a short time. Having been shown what this league is all about by two good sides, the lads could have disappeared within themselves, but they continue every training session and every match to put themselves outside of their comfort zone.  Each and everyone has had a huge journey already, they have stuck together and displayed great inner strength that will carry them far.

The match started with early pressure from the home side, a corner and some pressing and this was a test for the boys. But, they started to win their battles and retained procession.  The passing was crisp and dangerous and every player was putting everything into it.

The defence looked assured and Alex Niven was winning tackles and clearing his lines. The whole back line was faultless.  The midfield was dominating every time we attacked, Ryan Blake drove the team forward at every opportunity.  Up front Callum Lowe and Dylan Cole were working hard and carried a threat every time they had the ball.

The breakthrough came with the run of play and was just reward for the teams performance. In truth, it could have been 4 or 5! The boys were knocking the ball about well and working for each other, as the half drew to a close, Town were firmly on top.

With changes made for the second half, the Reds started even stronger. The belief was so visible in each player, they realised at that moment that they are good enough to play in this league.  The second goal soon followed and again the team play was very pleasing to see.

During the rest of the match, Town scored twice more and were dominant throughout.  TJ,  Ollie Pitts and Will Harvey were composed at all times, but to be honest, every player was first class and participated in this win.  It was great to see Callum Lowe and Dan Pashley score their first league goals and another two for Dylan Cole, leading from the front!

Player man of the match was Ryan Blake and managers player was Harvey Kane! Well done guys, great efforts!

For a manager it’s important that the boys got a reward for all their hard work. I have seen some players lift themselves and their team mates, this above all is what pleases me the most. We have new challenges ahead and I’m excited to see this group of players push on individually and within the team. The boys take the credit for that performance, well done all! JP



ATYFC 14s Red vs Woolton Hill

After a long wait, the new boys of the league were finally in action.  The team were hyper by the time kick off arrived, I have to admit to being the same.  After starting in May with 9 players and one with a broken leg, we have come a long way in a very short time.

This team has been assembled with a varied player back ground, a lot of different journeys to arrive at the Reds.  Within a week or so, they were friends already, with all the banter expected within a team!

After me throwing them straight into an international tournament and 5 games in 6 days, they had some time together. The preseason concluded with 3 friendlies and plenty of training sessions, the season arrived.

For the players who haven’t played competitively before, it must have been exciting times.  It’s always difficult to choose a starting line up, especially with a full team.

Town created plenty of chances throughout the match, but it wasn’t our day in front of goal. Dylan Cole scored the Reds first ever goal, a great strike and the team celebrated together!

There were a lot of positives to take out of the display, but we were not at it in certain departments, our passing was not up to our standard and we tried to force the play individually at times.

We have discussed the display and we understand where we can improve, that’s the essence of how we will grow as a team!  It was so pleasing to see every player getting involved with the play.

Although we got beaten on the day, we have all learnt some new lessons and have a better understanding of what it takes in this league. I’m hoping for a positive response, if training is anything to go by, we will improve in the next match.

Parents player went to Eadie Shum and managers player to TJ, both showed new and existing skill on a difficult day.

We have a huge untapped talent pool within this team, we are at the very start of our footballing journey. I believe in this team so strongly, I can honestly say it’s a pleasure to work with this group! Thank you all