Toftwood v Cringleford (league match) 2nd February 2014
We were off to Dereham to visit our league rivals Toftwood. We had played these earlier in the season and had just scrapped a 2-1 win, so today was going to be a really tough game. After our trade mark “getting lost” in Dereham we arrived at the ground with glorious sunshine beaming down on a rain sodden heavy pitch. We had stressed to the boys in both training plus pre match that we needed to move the ball quicker and had worked on trying to switch the ball so we would be more of an attacking threat.
Cringleford kicked off but were put under pressure right from the start. Toftwood really looked like they were up for revenge they were first to every ball and winning every tackle. Instead of rising to the challenge we looked a little scared and were off the pace. It took us 10 minutes to wake up then Seth, Tom and Cam made some big tackles and we seemed to start believing again. We were now creating some chances but the Toftwood keeper was more than capable of keeping his the goal intact. Tom and Jordy were making some great surging runs down the wings. Ollie was standing up to strong against some tough defenders. Toftwood were still pressing and twice nicked the ball made strong runs both were dealt with by Denham. Toftwood had a series of corners and it was from one of these the ball squirmed from Denham and with no supporting defenders leaving the Toftwood player to hammered the ball into the back net. Sam Palmer entered the fray only to have the ball smashed into his face. Sam managed to get up but needed 5 minutes to clear his head. As the referee blew for half time Cringleford were 1-0 down.
Half time we told the boys to keep pressing and keep passing we believed the goals would come.
Within minutes of the restart Jordy made a great run down the right and his sweeping cross/shot drifted over head of the keeper, dropped into the back of the net. From this point the boys just got the heads up and played football. Cameron was running midfield with some surging runs and Seth was in full control at the back. Ian suggested a little tinkering of the team and we moved Tom into defence and gave Joel the midfield birth. Cameron was next on the goal hunt as pick the ball up on the outside the area then jinked past two defenders rifled a shot off the cross bar and bounced down behind the line. Cameron then became supplier as he layed the ball into Joel’s path who had a quick look then slotted the ball home. We were pressing a little too hard at times as our midfielders were playing in one line with our striker as we drove forward. Toftwood should have scored when they raced in on goal but with defence and Denham Standing big he pushed the ball wide. Ollie had been a thorn in the side of Toftwood defence all morning and when the keeper slightly hesitated Ollie pounced, nipping the ball out the of the keepers finger tips to make it four. As the referee blew his whistle it was a job well done.
Final score 1-4
MOM: Cameron Verney was top dog today. He was pushed all the way by Seth Jordan Tom Joel Denham and Will. Cameron was outstanding and did the simple things really well and passed the ball, top performance.
Moment of the Match: Jordy’s cross/shot which drifted over the goal keepers head to bring us level, great goal.
Officials of the day: Big Jim Curran and Steven Oliver, thank you both Mr Lino’s.
Next match is home to Diss 9th February 2014 10:30 ko.
Horsford v Cringleford (league match) 26th January 2014
Next on our Under 11 Norfolk tour we visited Horsford out in the suburbs of North Norwich. On the way whilst listening to Radio Norfolk I should have known it was going to be a cold one as it was reported that several colonies of penguins were seen on the Norfolk coast! We rolled into town second in the league as the inform team and the ones to beat. We had a strong squad with 3 strong players on the bench.
With the game ready to kick off this gave the go ahead for the temperature to drop another degree and the rain to kick in. Horsford made their intentions clear from the off with two really quick boys up front who were going to match Cringleford step by step. Once again we didn’t get the ball out to the wide areas and tried to plough down the middle of the pitch. Once we did start to get the ball moving with Conor and Tom we never really got the final ball of real quality. Cam was battling with his trade mark surging runs. Will, Seth and Joel had their work cut out with each Horsford attack. Jordan was being marshalled by a strong defence who were keeping us at bay. When we did craft some opportunities Horsford’s keeper stood strong. Also both Cameron and Ollie hit the cross bar and the post respectively. Cringleford were not having it all their own way but probably edged the first half but needed to score.
Half time we stressed that we needed to keep going, keep being strong and PASSING the ball.
Sam Palmer came on for Cameron in the middle of the park at the start of the second half. The defence stayed the same to keep the strong platform to keep building on. Denham was absolutely frozen but after 10 minutes Horsford broke through and with Will and Seth trailing Den produced a fantastic save to keep us level. Oscar made two fantastic runs down the left but we just couldn’t make that break through. Minutes later, Jordy then beat his marker, outpaced the other defenders but just dragged his shot past the post. Our corners had been poor up until this point. We struggled to beat the first man but from a corner taken by Jordan, Cameron got a foot to the ball but pushed it straight into the keeper’s gloves. The ref blew for the final time and Horsford had gained a very credible draw on a really wet and freezing cold morning. The game was a credit to both teams as it was played at great pace and with excellent sprit.
Special mention to the fine referee Darius Mathewson (whom we got to know at the summer tournaments). Another fine display 10 out 10.
MOM: Seth McKinnon – Evans was outstanding and drove the team on to a near victory. Well done young man.
Moment of the Match: Cameron’s driven shot which crashed against the bar then down on to the line.
Officials of the day: Ian McKinnon – Evans thank you Mr Lino.
Next match is away to Toftwood 2nd February 2014.
Hindolveston v Cringleford(league match) 5th January 2014
It was 2014 and we were back to league action. This started with the mammoth trip out to Hindolveston in the back of beyond in sunny North Norfolk. Hindol are always a really well drilled team and we arrived to find we were second on a very heavy muddy pitch which looked a very tough call for our boys. The squad had been slightly knocked by four call offs plus an injury so we were down to the bare bones. We said to the lads this would be a real battle in the mud and to keep working hard what ever happened.
Note: Bayley and Sam wearing their new Christmas footy boots got them fully christened and that was just in the warm up let alone the match…….
The game kicked off with Cringleford looking the brighter of the two teams. We were playing some neat passing football. Captain Jordy was leading the line well. He had a couple of runs at their centre back and looked very dangerous. This however didn’t last as we were struggling to clear the ball from our own area and when Will J played the ball fully across the area both mine and Ian’s hearts missed a beat. This seemed to wake us up and when Thomas Fry skipped pass two defenders, dropped the ball into the penalty area Jordy only had to push the ball home to give us the lead. This rattled the home side and they came back fighting. Denham made some great saves. Will, Tom, Cam, Sam and Seth were making some huge blocks which kept us in this game. Hindol finally converted some of the pressure and after another block they scored the rebound. Half time 1-1.
At half time Sam, Darcy and Bay were treated for trench foot, but we were still in this game!
The second half carried on in a similar fashion with Hindol on the front foot and some neat blocks keeping us in the game. We didn’t learn from our mistakes which were really upsetting and from each of Denham’s place kicks I was left speechless as we gave the ball away. After about 8 or 9 times you would had thought the penny would drop! With 4 minutes to go Hindol had a free kick just on the edge of our area this was superbly saved by Denham. This seemed to breathe the last few drop of life back into the team and when Bay went passed his marker was brought down. This led to a hand ball which gave us a shooting position free kick. With only 30 seconds left on the clock up stepped Will J who struck the ball over wall hitting the roof of the net. A real smash and grab, the game restarted and then the referee blew the final whistle. 2-1 winners unbelievable!
MOM: The defence and Denham were superb, Cam and Jordan worked their socks off. This week it goes to Thomas Fry who stood in a right back and was outstanding.
Moment of the Match: That free kick, it was worth the entrance fee on its own. Great shot Will.
Officials of the day: Steve Oliver and Ian McKinnon – Evans thank you Mr Lino’s.
Next match is home to Lakeford 12th January 2014 11am ko.
Cringleford v Hillside (league match) 15th December 2013
We welcomed the league leaders Hillside to the home of football Cringleford Park on a bright winters morning. The pitch had already had a game on it as the under 13 had played previous. We had a few of the squad missing but we had a strong 9. The management team stressed to all the boys the importance of playing our passing football, we needed to work our socks off and we could get something from today. Hillside arrive at the park as the only unbeaten team in our league this season.
The Game kick off at a frantic pace with the ball being punted around it took a little bit of Fry and Clarke flair to just put their foot on the ball to try and get Cringleford moving. Hillside were also moving the ball well but Denham, Will, Seth and Conor were dealing with anything which was thrown at them. Cringleford were looking dangerous going forward but each time our final pass let them down. Jordan was up against a real tight defence who had only let in 6 goals all season. But when Jordy found himself coming in on the left 1 on 1 he slipped the ball to Cameron who in turn PASSED it on to Bay who went past his marker hit a shot which the keeper could only parry the ball into the back of the net. 1-0 game on. Hillside had a taste of blood and were really pushing hard, but Cringleford dug in. Cameron and Thomas were winning tackle after tackle. We still try to do too much when in possession when a simple well struck pass backwards to a team mate would keep us in moving and make life so much easier. Oscar and Bayley were offering good width on the flanks. Denham and Seth were helping the team with great talking which should never be underestimated. We walked off at half time still leading.
Hillside came out with real purpose and from a corner early in the second half they snatched an equaliser. Looking at the boy’s body language I thought that was it, but they all stepped up and when Bailey skipped passed his marker, slotted the ball passed the keeper we were back in heaven. The team really played some neat passing football and kept Hillside down to long shots from outside the area which Denham dealt with really comfortably.
Moment of the Match: MOM: The whole team worked their socks off. This gave me and Ian a great Christmas present.
Official of the day: Steve Oliver thank you Mr Lino.
Next match is away to league leaders Hndolveston 5th January 2014.
Sprowston v Cringleford (league match) 8th December 2013
Sprowston was our next port of call on our B league tour of Norfolk. As a young lad growing up, Sprowston and Catton were the teams to beat. I also played for Sprowston in adult football for 10 years, so for coach Jennings this was a personal.
We had one of our strongest squads of players this season with three subs. New signing Conor was hoping to make his mark on his debut. Cringleford kicked off and looked like they were going to right some wrongs from last week’s shambles at Thorpe. It didn’t take long from a Jennings corner found Thomas at the back post and his shot flew pasted the keeper 1-0. It wasn’t long before we were 2-0 as Ollie slipped a shot passed the keeper. We were playing some great foot passing and moving. Although there are still some who want to take on the world and we end up losing the ball, but in general we kept looking to pass the ball. We received our first penalty of the season which Jennings slotted home with ease to make it 3-0. Some neat football down the right with Joel and Conor, this saw Joel drive a shot with his left foot on to the bar. From this the ball dropped on to the line only for Hughes to leap above the keepers out stretched gloves to nod home. Sprowston managed to pull a goal back when Seth and Denham failed to communicate and their forward nicked the ball to score. Half time 4-1.
The second half carried on with some great passing football, Captain Jordy knocked in his usual 2 goals. Conor was having a great debut passing and moving. Cam was running the centre of midfield with Tom and Sam. Oscar raced forward from left back to slot home a loose ball from a corner. Joel joined in the party with a well taken finish.
The game was refereed by a young 15 year old Sam who kept things flowing and did a fantastic. Seth marshalled the defence as per usual and kept us neat and tidy. The game finished 8-2.
Hats off to Sprowston who battled well and will have some better days soon.
Moment of the Match: Joel’s left footed shoot which hit the bar, very sweetly struck.
MOM: Conor O’Neill a great debut
Official of the day: Bruce Hughes thank you Mr Lino’s.
Next match is home to league leaders Hillside 15th December.
Thorpe v Cringleford (league match) 1st December 2013
On an absolutely beautiful winters morning we rolled into Thorpe hoping to carry on our winning streak. I really think the boys thought this was going to be a walk in the park, and that is what some of them did! Thorpe had not won a game this season.
First half kicked off and you could tell that Thorpe were not going to lay down as they won every tackle. Seth was pushed in to midfield alongside a fit again Tom Fry. Cameron had slotted in at left back with Will J at centre back. Cringleford players were stepping to one side for tackles. Thorpe were the dominating force and if it wasn’t for some good defending and Denham between the sticks there would have been goals. The first half went by and we did all the same things which had cause us problems at Diss, giving the ball away, trying to pass through players.
Half time we read the riot act.
What we said at half time did nothing to this display. Some of our team just play for themselves and really don’t care about the team, this shone through as the half progressed. Thorpe took the lead but from a corner Cringleford came back and seemed to be back in the game. We were now pushing hard but then gave the ball away cheaply and Thorpe slotted the ball home. This made us think but with only 3 minutes to play we ran out of time.
Things to think about……….
Move on but don’t forget.
Moment of the Match: The corner Jordy took to score.
MOM: William Jennings
Official of the day: Bruce Hughes & Steve Oliver, thank you Mr Lino’s.
Next match is away to Sprowston 8th December.
Diss v Cringleford (league match) 24th November 2013
We were back on our travels and off to deeps darkest South Norfolk with a trip to Diss. We were armed with sat nav as we left the green with the knowledge that we were down to the basic nine players, with two late call offs. Looking at the players we need to get back on track after last weekend’s mauling. Everyone including sat nav struggled to find the pitch but eventually the magic nine took shape. With a massive travelling support in the chicken run things were all set for a real dust up.
Cringleford were again slow to get out of the blocks and looked like this was our first time these boys had played together. Everyone had forgotten all we had said in training and before the match or had just not bothered to listen! So we were on the back foot and if it wasn’t for some resolute defending and great keeping we would have been a goal down.
We then started moving up through the gears and Ollie latched on to a Verney through ball and punted it in the back of the net, come on you yellows. We then realised that if we passed the ball and moved simply the team would start to perform. It was another great passing passage which saw the ball knocked around in midfield worked out to Bayley who’s first time cross was met by Oscar on the volley at the near post 2-0. We were looking good, passing the ball both short and long.
Half time came and we reiterated the simple things passing, keeping the ball as a team and playing as simple as possible.
Second half didn’t really start the way we wanted with Diss scoring, the home side really had the bit between their teeth and were pushing hard. The boys dug in well and when Jordy wiggled his hips and raced through the centre of the pitch there was only going to be one answer 3 – 1. Bay then joined in with a great through ball took him to the touch line and with a nearly impossible angle he slotted the ball home 4 – 1. Cameron had a really good game and had been really unlucky not to score when jinked his way from the halfway only to push his shot round the post. We were pushing hard for another goal. We were on the charge with five players rushing forward in a line. With not a thought if we lost the ball! Guess what next we lost the ball on the half way line, our defence was outnumbered and Diss slotted the ball home 4 – 2. The game was played in a great spirit (apart from one) with a fantastic referee.
Moment of the Match: A tasted of violence, the Diss striker lashing out at Seth and getting his marching orders.
Official of the day: Me and Ian, thank you Mr Lino’s.
Next match is away to Thorpe 1st December.
Cringleford v Taverham (Cup match) 17th November 2013
Taverham, the cream of the Norfolk Youth Combination arrived at the field of dreams, sitting firmly at the top of the A division. This would be a real test for Cringleford both physically and mentally. Unfortunately, at the start of the game we were down to the bare bones of 9.
The game started at a rapid pace with Cringleford watching the opposition running past them. Once we had decided we need to make some tackles and got stuck in, we were off. Seth was in followed by Thomas, Will and Joel as we slowly felt our way into this encounter. The Visitors always looked the stronger team but we stood up to them. At half time we found ourselves 2 goals behind but still in the game. We had made chances and from 2 corners we could have easily been level. Denham had worked hard at keeping things tight but had no real chance on either goal.
At half time both Ian and I stressed that we were in this game and if we dug deep and kept working there could be something in this for us. We did however stress that we needed to win some more tackles!
Within minutes of the kick off Taverham had scored a quality passing goal which really took us out of our stride. We carried on working our socks off but to no avail. When we did get chances our final ball or shot was not of good enough quality. Oscar, Bay and Jordy all worked really hard but with no luck. Taverham appeared bigger and stronger than us. They were well disciplined and played some great football. Sadly, the Taverham goals kept coming and as we battled on, we were unable to win tackles and gain control of the game. A tough defeat to take, especially after a good run of wins over the past four games.
The result was 7-0 but we will regroup, learn and move on, as we prepare for game.
Moment of the Match: The first 25 minutes where we matched them and even frightened them.
MOM: Thomas Fry
Official of the day: Me and Ian, thank you Mr Lino’s.
Next match is away to Diss 24th November 10:30am.
Cringleford v Toftwood (league match) 10th November 2013
Toftwood arrived at the field of dreams, just above Cringleford in the league, but playing less matches. With some impressive performances under our belts in recent weeks everyone was looking forward to this game. Ian and I had again stressed the importance of good start as this Toftwood team had not come to make up the numbers. Before the game the park fell silent for Remembrance Sunday which was a truly moving tribute.
On a cool bright afternoon our newly qualified referee, Ollie Jones, blew his whistle and we were underway. Cringleford were soon out of the trap as we pushed and probed our way in midfield, Tom was getting lots of ball down the right hand side and delivering some great crosses. Sam Plattern and Cam were holding the middle together well with some neat passing. Ollie was looking back to his best with two neat runs where his quick feet lost the full back but was unable to get his shot away due to some resolute defending by the visitors. Tom made another trade mark run and collected a corner and it was from this driven corner Bayley snapped a great shot to the near post to make it 1-0. A real neat finish, the boys were on top. Sam Palmer entered the fray and was soon making some great blocks and tackles in the centre of midfield. Toftwood were being kept quiet with the super four at the back mopping everything that was until we conceded a corner. A great delivery found Cringleford wanting and not attacking the ball, leaving it to drop to their centre midfielder, who smashed a shot from inside the area to make it 1-1. For a moment the team looked lost but within minutes they were back in front from a quality Will J corner the ball fell to Cameron who drove the ball home. Half time 2-1.
The second half was a real scrap. Both teams could have made this a better result if they took their chances. Cringleford had Seth to thank for some great interceptions, tackles and blocks which stopped Toftwood getting back into the game. There were too many passengers in yellow at the end of this game and players forgot their jobs-positions. Headers must be made, tackles must be made, and we can’t let people run past you with the ball. When the final whistle blew it was another 3 points but we had made hard work of the second half. Days like this we need to go back to basics, keep the teams shape and work hard for each other.
Moment of the Match: Al Curran the best linesman in the east. Great flag work.
MOM: Seth McKinnon-Evans
Official of the day: Steve Oliver, thank you Mr Lino.
Next match Cup Fever at home 17th November.
Cringleford v Horsford (league match) 3rd November 2013
With another home match we welcomed Horsford to the fields of dreams. Again Mr Verney arrived fully prepared and cleared another lorry load of leaves to make the pitch playable. There was a real autumnal feel about this afternoons clash and the Cringleford faithful were well wrapped up but in good numbers.
I stressed to the boys before the game that we needed to be first to the ball and make sure we were the dominant force in the early stages. Cringleford Park needs to be our fortress!
It was a really strange afternoon as Ian McKinnon-Evans was unable to attend due to a prior engagement and it felt like my right arm was missing(luckily it wasn’t I’d checked) but he was there in spirit.
Eddie the ref blew his whistle and we were off, Cringleford were straight into the battle. As per the last game the back four looked really strong and are priding themselves with keeping things really tight. Cam and Thomas were winning a lot of ball in midfield this was getting the ball out to the wide men in Sam and Ollie. Jordy had his speed boots on as was always first to the ball but could not get his shots on target, but it wasn’t long before Jordan found Ollie on the line and his toe poke beat the keeper to make it 1-0. We seemed to keep on pushing and laying siege to their penalty box for the rest of the half. When the defence was called on Denham, Will, Seth and Joel stood up admirably and passed their way out of trouble. We rang the Changes with players changing every ten minutes Bay and Oscar were given the chance to shine. Half time 1-0.
The second half saw us pushing harder and harder. Thomas was always looking a threat, then the ball pop out to him on the edge of the area and he drove his shot home, Fantastic! Tom slide in through the mud in celebration. We carried on playing some really great football. I kept ringing the changes and positions. Ollie laid the ball into his buddies foot and all Jordan had to do was slot it home but it sailed over the bar. It was Bay who gave them a master class in finishing as he smashed a loose ball in to the top corner.
Horsford did grab a consolation goal with the defence caught high and dry this left Denham in a 1v1 situation as their very quick forward slot the ball passed our keeper.
Final score Cringleford 3 v Horsford 1.
Moment of the Match: Denham Oliver, a stunning performance, off his line clearing balls and opening his mouth. Well done Denham.
MOM: Denham Oliver
Official of the day: Bruce Hughes, thank you Mr Lino.
Next match Toftwood at home 10th November
Cringleford v Scole (league match) 27th October 2013
We welcomed Scole to the fields of dreams for our first reverse fixture of the season. With the team taking a bit of a whooping in the boarder country in September we were keeping our fingers crossed. We fielded a strong squad with nearly all players available so what would be, would be.
Our first job of the morning was to clear the pitch of leaves. Overnight the wind had taken almost all of the conker trees leaves down onto the pitch. On arrival the pitch lines on one side were obscured. Massive thanks to Steve, Julie, Bruce, Jim, Ian, the boys and the man from the house behind the park. What followed was a fantastic job with rake and hands which rendered the pitch leaf free. So our usual warm up was exchanged for a bit of gardening.
The game ko with Cringleford looking very much the dominant force but this brought back some shock reminders of the trip to Scole. We really moved the ball from back to front well and if the cross bar wasn’t as bent as a “nine bob note” we would have been 3 up after 10 minutes. The back 4 of Denham, Joel, Seth and Will are looking a force to reckon with, they seeming to know when to assist with attacks and when to stay and mark. Jordy was on fire and with Scole getting caught 1on1 with the big blonde lad there was only going to be one winner. By Half time we were 4-0 up and 3 for Jordy and one for hard working captain Cameron. This was some of the best football we had seen from these boys. All our drum beating of pass and move is beginning to reap rewards.
Second half carried on with some more quality football. We moved Joel and William into center midfield and added Ollie to the attack. Sam Platten and Bay kept the ball moving with some intelligent passing unlocking Scole defense time and time again. Joel was in full flow he hit 2 cracking shots from the edge of the area both hitting the back of the net. Then Ollie waltz in the penalty area, his first shot he poked passed the keeper and the second played against the defender who had no option but to knock it passed his own keeper. We were hitting top form.
Scole had several players missing and it showed they were nowhere near their usual strength.
Final score Cringleford 8 v Scole 1.
Moment of the Match: Ollie Hughes burying himself in a massive pile of leaves whilst on the side lines.
MOM: Thomas (Birthday Boy) Fry
Official of the day: Jim Curran, thank you Mr Lino.
Next match Horsford at home 3rd November 2pm ko.
Lakeford v Cringleford (league match) 20th October 2013
We traveled to our local rivals Lakeford at Eaton Park. Lakeford have always been a really good side. They play great football so we knew we would have to be on top form to compete against this team. The management stressed to all the boys that this was a match we could do well in but we needed to work hard and believe we could win!
The game started off with the yellows standing off and letting the home side play all the football. It took a couple of big tackles by Seth, Joel and Cam to make us believe we could compete. Lakeford took the lead when we failed to clear the ball and they grab the opportunity to score leaving Denham no chance in goal. Instead of the team going into their shell we took on the challenge. We start playing really good passing football. Joel and Sam linking up well and were a constant threat down the right wing. It was one these attack which saw Joel cut the ball back and in rushed Jordan to slot the ball home. Our midfield and defense were making some big challenges and the opposition didn’t like it one bit. Cameron nicked the ball off a hesitant defender, PASSED the ball in the path of Jordy who slide the ball round the keeper 1-2 up. This didn’t last long when a coming together of Seth and their forward and the Ref deemed it to be a penalty although he was over a mile away from the goal. The penalty was dispatched with venom but Denham got finger to the ball but was unable to stop it.
Half time 2-2.
The second half started in similar fashion with Cringleford driving hard at Lakeford, Ian Dickerson was making his debut and was making blocks, chasing and working his socks off for the team. Then against the run of play Lakeford struck. Will misjudged a tackle allowing their winger a free shot at goal and chipped over Denhams head a good finish. Lakeford then struck again. We looked dead and buried but we kept on battling and came out of this game with some real credit. We moved the ball well and used all width of the pitch.
Final score Lakeford 4 Cringleford 2.
Moment of the Match: Cameron’s perfectly good goal although the referee believed the Lakeford linesman who somehow said it was off side, when the ball had been cut back.
MOM: Sam Platten
Official of the day: Steve Oliver, thank you Mr Lino.
Next match is Scole at Home Sunday 27th October 2013.
Cringleford v Wymondham Falcons (Cup Fever)13th October 2013
It was a cool autumn Sunday afternoon when visitors Wymondham Falcons arrived at Cringleford Park in the league cup. This was our first afternoon ko of 2013 season so we were hoping the extra hours rest would work wonders on the boys . With a large expectant crowd gathering the boys took to the pitch.
Within minutes of the refs whistle it looked like Cringleford mean’t business with early shots from Seth, Oscar and Tom. The Wymondham keeper was looking in great form with every shot sticking to his gloves. The deadlock was broken after 8 minutes when Seth collected a ball from Tom, he saw an opening and lifted the ball into the top corner. We were on our way. The team was moving through the gears with Joe D and Sam Palmer sharing center midfield roles we were looking unstoppable. There was one moment where it looked like real football, the ball was played out to Tom who whipped in a cross and Oscar rose like a salmon only to see his header drift just over the bar.His dad Matt Wayne nearly exploded with excitement from the side lines. He didn’t have long to wait as Oscar was soon on the score sheet followed by another from Seth. Ollie poked one in from close range. At half time we we 4 – 0 up.
Captain for the day Cameron V called for the boys to make their mark and keep pushing on. Seth was pushing and linking well with Thomas and Sam Platten as they constantly split the Falcons defense in half. Oscar was running everywhere and collected his hatrick in style. Cameron tried his hardest to score and was really unlucky. Seth finished his goal tally with 4.
A special shout to Joel, Sam, Will J and Denham who all worked really hard to keep a clean sheet.
We finished the match 8 – 0 winners but all credit to Wymondam they stuck to their task, tried to play football and will have some better days.
Moment of the match: Sam Platten getting knocked about by the female right back.
MOM: Seth McK
Official of the day: Bruce Hughes, thank you Mr Lino.
Next round of the cup is the 17th November against Firside.
Next match is Lakeford at Eaton Park Sunday 20th October 2013.
Cringleord v Hindolveston (league match) 7th October 2013
On a fantastically sunny morning we invited last year’s league winners Hindolveston to the home of football, Cringleford Park. This was always going to be a really tough game, especially after the beating we received at Hillside the previous week.
Tactically we had tinkered with the team with Seth dropping into defence and Cameron slipping into midfield. We also welcomed back Oscar Wayne for his first league start. Ian made it clear in the team talk that we must not be scared of these boys, we needed to stand up and be counted. Also we were the team to play football and stick to our game, keep passing.
The first half kicked off with Cringleford on the front foot passing the ball moving and not giving the visitors room to breathe. Slowly Hindolveston got into their stride but the back line of Joel, Seth and Will managed to keep attacks to long shots, which Denham dealt with easily. Cameron and Tom were running, chasing and making tackles in the middle of the pitch. We were competing with a top table team! Bay had two good chances but their keeper stood up well. Oscar and Sam kept giving us options out wide and were full of running. Half time it was still 0 – 0.
Second half carried on in the same manner. The game swayed to either end of the pitch with both teams pushing for a goal. Denham made two impressive saves. The one at the near post would have had Joe Hart punching the air. We were battling and we had several half chances but the game was on a knife edge. The final whistle roared and 0-0 was a really fair result.
The Hindolveston manager was very complimentary towards our team in the press conference after the game and considering they have only lost twice in two years, a job well done!
Moment of the Match: Sam Platten getting the ball full in the face and getting back straight into the match.
MOM: Cringleford U 11’s
Official of the day: Steve Oliver, thank you Mr Lino.
Next match cup fever with Wymondham Falcons.