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Two match over view Andover Town Youth Blue 13s

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This new team made from long standing known quality quantities and new and exciting prospects, the blues arrived at their new home at Augusta park. As with so many aspects this season, a new experience beckoned and the boys didn’t disappoint. This new team has shown signs recently that they are starting to gain an understanding and a new level of togetherness, this was apparent from the first whistle as Town flew out of the blocks and dominated the play. It’s worth remembering that Chineham Tigers are a well established Premiere league side, the lads dominated this contest from start to finish. It was clear that the Blues had to start taking the chances they were creating, it was Callum Woods (Little Cal) opened up the Chineham defence and powered a shot high into the roof of the net. It was no more than the boys deserved for some cultured play.

Chineham did rally in the second half, it is testament to the strength of this league that no game is a walk over, Chineham equalised and held on for a point. Town should of won this game with the amount of chances fashioned, but their free flowing play and work rate was so satisfying to watch. This was the first point within the Premiere league and with this level of a starting point for this team, anything is possible.

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It was back to the League Cup today, the Blues were on the road to fellow Premiere League opponents Oakley. Having the pleasure of playing these for our first ever game in this league and receiving a lesson on what level is required. The management team were keen to see if the boys had grown and learnt from the first encounter, we got our answer within the first minute, Town tore into their opposition and not giving an inch all across the pitch and pressing high and winning possession quickly. Every player contributed to what i would call a free flowing passing game, making great decisions and playing for each other. The energy was coursing through every play and the team were carrying huge momentum, Oakley were clearly shell shocked.

The first goal came from Neo Black, positioned on the edge of the box from a corner, calmly placing the ball home. A just reward from one of the new lads that has slotted straight into the squad. The next came shortly after, Cayden Brooker started what would end in a quality hat trick today, playing just behind Leo Ferro up top today the two complimented each other brilliantly today. Cayden’s hat trick was fashioned by effortless skill and precision and reminding everyone again his passion for goals. Leo Ferro was next with a classic driving run through the Oakley defence and placed the ball clinically into the bottom corner, Leo is showing this season a power and presence to go with his natural skill and this is paying dividends higher up the pitch.

The second half showed that the boys fitness still needs some work and the immense effort expelled during the first period allowed Oakley some possession. To their credit, they did play some good football in the second half and brought the score back to 5:4 with about 15 minutes to go. The boys battled hard to retain their lead and with less than a minute to go, Oakley equalised. As the final whistle blew, the boys could have disintegrated, but to our over whelming satisfaction they picked themselves up and fought to the end, losing in extra time.

When we got beaten in the league 8:1 by this tea, at home, you would naturally feel a little worried for the season, roll on only two games and we end full time in a draw and a minute from a win away from home. This shows just how much this group of young men have focused on training and how they have bonded into a team that fights for each other and also shows that each and everyone have a bright future in football and their lives in general. I have to mention the other members that played their part today:

Daniel Butt: Outstanding today, mentally as well as physically. Well deserved his man of the match award.
Max Bissett: moved to central defence and didn’t disappoint at all, great at making hard skills look easy.
Scott Walker: Scott is an all action player and also plays in midfield, solid as a rock.
Ollie Pitts: had a great first half and won his personal battle with his counterpart.
Cai Jones: Fantastic skill and pace, played everywhere today and was awesome at times.
Neo Black: Does the simple things really well and marshalls the back line like a boss, took his goal brilliantly.
Matt Smith: linked up with the play and put some good through balls into the front two, progress is constant and pleasing.
Jack Herdman: The most combative player I’ve ever seen, showed today he has skill and intelligence to go with it.
Max Lunn (Steve): Max is a clever footballer and used his skills to unsettle the defenders all afternoon.
Taylor Nevens: Was given the captains armband today and gave a captains performance from start to finish.
Will Budden: Wills range of passing was a joy to watch and got around the pitch well today.
Brandyn Reeves: Played a team role today and helped to drive his team forward playing an unfamiliar role and had some good passages of play.
Cayden Brooker: Took his three goals like a pro and did a lot for team play as well, clinical today.
Leo Ferro(Ronaldo) : Asked to play right up top today, played a classic Ronaldo role and never gave the defence any time.

We roll onto the next challenge, Hampshire cup game at Romsey. Another test to improve further and grow again, it’s an amazing experience to be on this journey with our football family. JP

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

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