Thursday, 14 March 2019
Colts A Football Tournament
On another stormy, wet afternoon we arrived in good time to be the only participants in a big event for a good 40 minutes. We had made it to the organisers tent for the heavens to open, the other teams subsequently arrived in their buses and sensibly waited the rain out. We were 5 minutes from claiming all 3 prizes - the trophy, cup and plate! Alas the grey skies cleared and the sunshine came out for the football.
The boys were confident after winning on the same ground the previous weekend (albeit at sevens rugby). They had also beaten a good Kings team in a thrilling encounter the fortnight before. Coming back from 2 - 1 down at half time to win 3 - 2.
This tournament we started well against The Downs but couldn't take our chances, they sneaked a winner in the dying seconds. We thought it might be one of those days! However a brilliant display of attacking football against Hereford Cathedral changed that all that. We were resolute in defence and crafted 3 great goals - Ed M twice and Wallace once, one of Eds coming off a knee from Harry's blistering Cross!
Next we played another tight game against Bluecoat, again they sneaked a winner when a draw would have been a fairer result.
Again we picked ourselves up and responded next game against a Kings Hawford B team. This time crashing in four goals without reply. Two more for captain Ed, leading impeccably as ever, one even came off a spinning reverse header! Rufus deserved to get on the scoresheet as did Duncan, who was my player of the afternoon. He was everywhere, breaking up play, passing, closing down, always working hard for the team and at times showed some real quality on the ball.
The last group game we reverted to the narrow loss 'format' against St Albans. We had done well though and finished a very respectable third. We faced Moor Park in the semis of the second tier competition, a team we had already beaten twice this term, without too many issues. Unfortunately it was their time to turn the tables on us!
We squandered a couple of guilt edge chances and after repeatedly failing to properly clear our lines, they scored!
So a slightly disappointing end to a brilliant afternoon of football, it would have been nice to get to a final, with this groups rapid improvement it is certainly only a matter of time.
Mr JF Beswick