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Under 10 Youth match reports

Reports by Ali Martin

vs Ashtead Colts Athletic
Saturday 25 March 2017


A poor performance resulted in a third defeat in four games for Leafe. Given there were 12 goals in the game it would take far too long to go through them all. Cameron (3) and James got the Leafe goals. But for more poor finishing and decision making in the final third Leafe might have matched Ashtead's 8 goals but that would have been more than they deserved.

Too many touches on the ball rather than finding teammates in better positions was the theme for the day. This reason alongside lack of challenging for the ball caused the defeat. The attacking players in the team need to learn to stop taking people on where there are better options. Instead of taking on opposition players to gain an advantage for the team it frequently looked as though it was being done more for personal reward.

For the second week in a row there was also an evident lack of support for the full backs from the central areas of the field. This is a job that Sam performs ably but that other players needd to learn to do when Sam isn't there.

The one real consolation from the game is that it has been quite some time since the team performed so collectively poorly. Hopefully the players will take on board some of these comments before next weeks game.

MOM Harrison (for several good balls into the box during the 1st half)



Under 10 Youth v Twickenham Tigers Atletico
Saturday 18 March 2017


Leafe welcomed Twickenham in good spirits after the previous week’s victory. Leafe looked organised right from the off (unlike the previous week) and also played out from the back when the opportunity arose. There were also several examples of good possession in midfield leading to through balls for Luke and crosses in the box from advanced positions. However, Leafe had Jacob to thank for going in at half time all square as he saved brilliantly onto the post.

Whilst the 1st half was quite even Leafe took more of a grip on the game in the 2nd half as Luke was becoming even more of a menace and the midfield were finding him with more and more ease. Fabien had taken it upon himself to play quite deep allowing Tommy more licence further up the field. If he had sorted his feet out a little quicker Leafe may have taken the lead.

However, Leafe did take the lead when some decent combination play led to a chance for Luke who, unlike the 1st half, chose an appropriate technique and slotted home with calm authority on the half volley.

Leafe's second goal would arrive courtesy of a corner from Charlie (whose delivery from corners and open play was fantastic all game) which was emphatically headed home by Jake.

Leafe then got a little sloppy and almost let Twickenham back into the game. Twickenham were, though, just about kept at bay, and a long clearance from the returning Tom sent Luke away again who finished expertly with defenders and the keeper bearing down on him.

All in all, a very pleasing performance.

Men of the match Jake & Jacob



Under 10 Youth vs Stoneleigh Athletic
Saturday, 11 March 2017

Having been brought back down to earth by Wolves the previous week, a Leafe side weakened by the absence of Sam, Aryan, and for most of the match Cameron, returned to winning ways.

It was a gritty performance with the excellent defensive capabilities that were so lacking the week before now fully on show. Leafe did however lack some of their usual fluency and their passing tended to be in the channels as the midfield failed to support adequately in the inside of the pitch.

Stoneleigh's large squad were putting up a terrific rearguard action against the tenacity and skill of James and at the other end, H and stand-in keeper Jamie were doing a fine job of nullifying Stoneleigh's moments in attack.

Leafe made the breakthrough towards the end of the first half as Daniel's corner was returned straight to him whereupon he unleashed a fierce angled drive into the roof of the net. Daniel went in goal for the second half and was excellent there as usual.

The second half was more of the same and Leafe's second goal eventually arrived courtesy of some fine off the ball running by Jamie from a throw in (this is definitely something we need to do more of). Jamie's cross was deflected into the net by the goalkeeper with James lurking.

The scoring was ended in spectacular fashion by Jamie on the half volley from way outside of the box completing an impressive morning's work for the West Ham fan. It's credit to Stoneleigh that it took exceptional strikes from Daniel and Jamie to press home Leafe's superiority.

Men of the Match were H. and James (sorry Jamie)

Roll on next week.

AM




Wolves U10s v Whyteleafe U10 Youth
Saturday 4th March 2017

Leafe travelled to Wallington in buoyant mood having played some excellent football recently and winning four on the bounce. However, a solid and quick breaking Wolves side would bring them crashing down to earth.

Whyteleafe started crisply knocking the ball about very nicely on a small pitch. However, a quick break and some poor defending allowed Wolves to take the lead. Leafe were unable to make their possession tell (they needed to try more tricks and skills in and around the penalty area to create genuine opportunities) and another breakaway led to a Wolves corner.

This corner was emphatically headed home - a great goal from a Wolves point of view (and nicely applauded by our supporters) but disappointing there was no Whyteleafe challenge.

An uncharacteristic handling error from Aryan gifted Wolves a 3-0 lead at half time.

The second half followed much the same pattern with many off target Leafe efforts and a lack of guile in the final third. Leafe did finally break through when a long-range effort from Daniel (who had earlier hit the bar) squirmed underneath the keeper.

Almost immediately Wolves struck again as Leafe dawdled on the ball in their own half. This was a very interesting game which showed that although important, possession isn't everything. If you are not clever enough with your possession and defend poorly then you can still end up losing.

Things to work on for Leafe include creativity in the final third and making more of the plethora of corners they win (although one first half effort may well have crossed the line).

Leafe Man of the Match was Jamie.

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