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