Greenbacks Record Another Victory
By Dean Wainwright
Under 12 Juniors March on against 2nd Place Stratford Colts
This week saw us travel some distance to take on second place Stratford Colts at their home ground, we were plagued by injury and illness, meaning we had the basic 9 starting lineup with no substitutes, a daunting task.
We arrived and started our warm up and it was clear having the week before knocked the then 2nd place Tile Hill United off second spot, that the young greenbacks wanted to do the same again this week.
The lads took to the pitch with a neutral referee, Pat running the line for us and the smartest assistant referee for the home team in his 3 piece suit and wellies.
The game got underway and with just 5 minute gone, Phin swung a high ball directly into the home teams danger area, the keeper went up for it only for him to fumble with the ball and it to roll into their net giving us an early lead. This filled the lads with confidence, but it was clear it wasn’t going to be an easy match with the home team having 4 sets of fresh legs, we found ourselves on the back foot in our own half when a back pass to Tom didn’t get to him and was intercepted and Stratford capitalised making it all back on an even keel.
The game went end to end, the referee blew his whistle when he needed to, allowed the game to continue and run fluidly and as a refreshing change.
This is how it remained until the half time whistle.
The second half got underway.
Shots were had both ends of the park with all players giving it their all, which yielded its rewards with Kayne running down the left at the edge of the area hit the ball w
ith amazing precision, it looked like it was destined to sail over the bar, but no the net went swish in the top corner, what a goal.
6 minutes on and we saw ourselves not he attack again, Ethan with the ball at his feet and shot, the ref blew the whistle as the ball was handled in the area and Ethan calmly stepped up to take the penalty, there was only one outcome and Ethan sent the keeper the wrong way giving us a two goal cushion.
The Stratford mounted another attack, our legs were like lumps of lead and we found ourselves with two defenders against three attackers, the shot came in, Tom got a hand to it but not enough and the hom team had clawed one back, giving them new hope, but the draw was just out of their reach and Bedworth United Under 12 Juniors had done it again.`
Every player provided excellent entertainment for the coaching staff and all the parents and gave it their all, Player of the Match was awarded to Harry for his constant effort backwards and forwards creating all sorts of problems for the home team.