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Under 11 Wanderers 2016/17 - match reports

Whyteleafe Under 11 Wanderers v AFC Lanes Under 11s
Saturday 10th December 2016

Whyteleafe Under 11 Wanderers have done really well since being moved up to Division 2, but Saturday saw us play a team that had won every match this season, averaging over five goals a game and had beaten a Division 1 team in the 1st round. Despite this, Leafe were confident they would give them a game. And what a match!

Leafe have started poorly in the last two games, but the tone for our performance was set in the first two minutes when Daniel and Joe made three tackles between them: the boys gave AFC Lanes no space to play. Lanes are attack minded with two wingers and a forward, all very direct but Whyteleafe coped well with their pressure.

Leafe grew into the game and started to play their own game with Joe and Thomas combining well on the left. They defended very well, Christopher and Sean F excelling at the back. Lanes forced some corners but these were defended very well.
William M in goal was kept busy but at this stage had no real saves to make. He took one high ball particularly confidently - his handling has improved massively.

Lanes were getting very frustrated as Whyteleafe continued to press forcing a number of attacking throws down the right. William P was having another good game, Sami snapping into tackles and after 22 minutes Whyteleafe's gained their first real chance, when Johnny ran onto Thomas's pass and hit the post with a left foot shot. It was an absorbing game of football with few chances. When Lanes broke, Chris and Ryan continued to intercept passes.

A very good half of football. Great intensity from our boys.

Lanes made some changes at half time, swapping their goalkeeper. They went directly at us straight at the start of the second half, playing three attackers but still we held firm: Sean, Chris, Nathan and Ryan were excellant. Lanes created the first real chance of the second half when their striker had a one-on-one with William M but he blocked well. We held firm before the breakthrough.

William's goal kick went to Dan/Same was intercepted by their midfielder, that was a touch of handball as his controlled the ball with this hand but the ref said play on and he broke through and scored well. A bit unlucky but Lanes had started a bit stronger second half. Leafe did not, however, let their heads drop and started creating chances: good work by Thomas saw Johnny's shot saves by the 'keeper.

Johnny's free kick was dropped by the 'keeper but no one was following up. William M made another smart save to his right. With five minutes to go we played two at the back with, needing to press an equaliser. It was great to see Skinner and Thomas getting back to make tackles in our penalty box. Daniel then created another chance for Johnny via William P but Johnny shot into the side netting.

With just two minutes to go - we changed shape to 1-4-3. Chris took a goal kick, it deflected off a Lanes midfielder into the path of Johnny who raced clear and almost walked the ball into the net to score - great composure for the finish. A well deserved equaliser - cue wild celebrations from the 'Leafe posse of parents as Andy was seen sprinting down the stands as he did in the Larkhall penalty shoot out two years ago!!

With no extra time further changes were made to ensure we our penalty takers were on the pitch.

Penalties - All five boys volunteered and they decided which order they wanted to take pens. Great decision making from all of them. Johhny and Lanes scored 1-1, Joe Scored, Lanes missed 2-1, Sean F missed and then William made a great save, Skinner good pen and Lanes scored 3-2. Up stepped Sami and he duly won the game for us with a good pen 4-2.

Excellent performance against a good team who hadn't lost all season. Probably our best performance of the season.

Man of the Match - This was so difficult - any of the 12 could have warranted it. William P got a shout, his positional improvement has been immense, Nathan had another solid game, but William M for exceptional handling, great saves and for last week's bravery swap for this week's heroics!!

Teddington v Whyteleafe 
Saturday 26th November 2016

Saturday we made the long trek over to Teddington and what a lovely morning. As we made our way through Bushy Park, the local stag was strolling through the park without a care in the world, despite the numbers of runners and cyclists in its path. What an idyllic setting for a football match.

With the frost quickly disappearing and after a thorough warm up, we got off to a quick start. After two minutes Thomas's through ball saw Johnny run on to it and slotted it past the keeper 0-1. Two minutes later Thomas shot wide. We settled into the game very quickly. In training midweek we focused on attacking corners. We had two in the space of minute and were very unlucky not to double our lead, with goalmouth scramles and desperate defending keeping the score at 0-1.

We were playing some good football, Sean F, William P and Daniel combining well on the right. We were untroubled at the other end, defending well from a corner. After 15 minutes Joe set up Johnny again and seeing the keeper off his line tried a long range shot which the keeper saved to his left. The following corner also proved chaotic for Teddington but we just couldn't get a shot away. After 20 minutes and against the run of play we conceded - from our corner! Johnny's delivery again was excellent, the ball bounced off Nathan's shin, Teddington just booted the ball upfield and suddenly their attacker was one on one with Sean F. He was quick, just getting past Sean and angling a shot across William into the corner 1-1. It was a fine finish.

A minute later we conceded again this time, the same player just waltzed through the defence without a tackle in sight and smacked it past William 2-1. We immediately had a great chance to level it when Johnny was put through again one on one with the keeper, the keeper saved the first effort and Johnny knocked the rebound over the bar. On the stroke of half time Skinner had a shot wide. 2-1 at half time.

Despite the scoreline, we played some good football, and really should have been ahead. Teddington are quite direct, just knocking the ball long to their two speedy forwards. We spoke about defending a higher line and making some tackles.

We started the second half well and straight from the kick off there was a bit more zest in our tackling. No longer were we allowing them to attack us with pace. Teddington had some long shots wide. William M was very tidy in goal. I made some positional changes and these paid off almost immediately. Another corner from Johnny, created panic again in the Teddington defence, this time Joe, headed the ball to Thomas who headed across the goal and Daniel from three yards out with his back to goal somehow hooked the ball into the top corner. 2-2.

The boys deserved that goal. A minute later Daniel almost scored again, racing clear and as the defenders closed him down his shot beat the keeper and just missed the post. THree minutes Skinner showed his awesome pace to outsprint 3 defenders and a last ditch tackle prevented him getting a shot in. At the back we defended so much better than the first half. Whenever Teddington got in behind us we made great tackles and blocks, Skinner making one memorable block. William was busy in goal but nothing troubled him. As the game entered the last five minutes,we finished the stronger team. Joe shot wide, then Joe hit a great ball down the line, Skinner raced onto it and put a great ball into the path of Johnny and as we waited for the net to bulge their defender somehow got back to make a great tackle. In the last minute we were unlucky not to get the winner when Sami set up Johnny only for the keeper to save again. 2-2 final score.

The teams were applauded off by both sets of supporters who all commented on what a great game of football they'd witnessed.

Man of the Match - Johnny had a good game, another day he would have 4, Sean F again excelled but this week for an all round performance Joe got MOTM.

Whyteleafe Under 11 Wanderers v Ashtead Under 11s
Saturday 15 October 2016

Match reports supplied by Kieron Horn unless otherwise advised.

Wow, what a game against Ashtead with whom a 7 goal thriller was played out with all the goals coming in the second half.

Ashtead have made a good start to the season, so we knew we had tough opponents today. Our emphasis was on starting strongly as in recent matches we start quite slowly. Ryan and Sami both started following their good performances against Stoneleigh.

And we did start strongly with some good passing particularly on the right involving Sean F, Sami and Johnny. Sami had our first chance shooting narrowly wide. Sami has this knack of hitting the woodwork and continued this vein when heading Thomas's cross against the bar - really unlucky as it was a superb header. Joe went close and Johnny had a long shot saved by the keeper.

Ashtead were quite resolute though and their number 5 twice thwarted Thomas when in a good position. Ashtead could have taken the lead after 16 minutes when Ryan missed his clearance allowing their player a good chance but William M saved well. Shortly, afterwards they had another chance when William's clearance went to their player who shot wide. Still we continued to press and create chances. Daniel and William P both came on and immediately got into the game, Daniel making three immediate tackles. William had a great period, shooting just over the bar from Joe's pass and getting into good attacking positions. Amazingly it was only 0-0 at half time.

We started off the second half a little slowly and this allowed Ashtead to find some momentum. Following a throw on the right hand side, we failed to stop the cross coming in, the ball cannoned off William's legs straight to their midfielder who prodded in from close range 0-1. Within a minute we made in 1-1 with a fine team goal. From our throw in deep inside our half, Sean F passed to Chris, he hit a nice pass to Skinner who with a first time flick guided the ball to Thomas who coolly slotted pass the keeper. Such a simple goal - and well executed.

We were now in the ascendancy and two minutes later deservedly took the lead. Thomas's corner was perfect and dropped right on the 6 yard line where Joe competed with three defenders and somehow managed to divert the ball in off the post 2-1. Great tenacity from Joe. With Ashtead pushing forward we took advantage of the gaps and created more chances, Skinner and Thomas going close again.

After 46 minutes we extended our lead with another goal of the season contender. Sean F passing to William P, who passed to Daniel, he hit a great through ball to Skinner who with shades of Paul Gascoigne for England v Scotland on 1996, lifted the ball over the centre half and hit a sweet half volley into the corner 3-1. Great goal Skinner and with his left foot!!

We were looking comfortable but we then let Ashtead back in the game. After 47 minutes, we again failed to deal with a throw in, another scramble in the box allowed their player to score again from close range. Two scrappy goals we conceded. Within two minutes it was he scores were level, this time a fine strike from the edge of the box from their player. Skinner then had a chance to make take the lead but their keeper saved well. Ashtead took the lead and the decisive goal on the counter attack, breaking away it was 5 against 3 and they had the spare player over to divert the ball into the net. With eight minutes to go - could we come back. The next two minutes it was crossball challenge as Skinner and Johnny contrived to hit the bar on three occasions. Skinner then shot over and Johnny had a penalty shout turned down for handball.

So while Ashtead celebrated joyously, we were left to reflect on our first defeat of the season. However, we continued to play all the football, scoring some really good goals. For 50 minutes of the match we more than dominated, we just need to defend a little better in our penalty box.

Man of the Match - Sean F & Daniel both had their best games but Skinner gets the nod with 1 assist and 1 cracking goal

Saturday 24th September 2016
Whyteleafe U11 Wanderers v Shelton Athletic U11s

Saturday saw us entertain Shelton Athletic in what was anticipated to be a tough match - and it didn't disappoint.

The game started with an impeccable minute's silence in respect of my 6-year-old nephew who sadly passed away during the week.

Shelton are always going to be hard matches and following on from a good win last week, they started very well.

As usual from our team (and much like the 1st team), they like to “seize up” the opposition before clicking into gear. We defended very well for the first five minutes.

It was clear the Shelton No 9 was quite lively, lots of pace and trickery. This was going to be a good test for the boys. Shelton had a couple of shots wide before we started to get a grip on the game. Our pressing was forcing the Shelton defence to make mistakes. we forced several attacking throws and a couple of corners. Johnny's delivery was excellent.

After 13 minutes we took a deserved lead. Sean F winning the ball, passing to Sami who weaved down the right, crossing the ball into Thomas Burrows who somehow had the ball trapped between his knees! he showed good presence to allow the ball to drop, skirt around the defender and score.

Great work from Sami for the assist. We dominated the next five minutes creating some half chances. Our width again very good. On the break, The Shelton No 9 was a real threat and went close hitting the post. At the back we were calm and assured, Chris having another fine game. We had good spells of passing in tight areas. we increased our lead after 24 minutes - when Johnny Lee forced their defender to lose possession and thumped home a glorious shot over the keeper. This was no more than the boys deserved. Half Time.

Probably our best 30 minutes as a team. Great work rate. We spoke at half time around defending against the No 9.

To Shelton's credit, they started the second half very well - not to be unexpected. Forcing us to defend deep, we made a couple of mistakes under pressure, lost a bit of our first half cohesion. Skinner in goal, standing in this week for William M., was getting very busy, making a couple of smart saves. Shelton thought they scored when their midfielder headed in - but the offside flag denied him.

Slowly we weathered the storm and gained the upper hand again, Daniel now starting to win his tackles and pass the ball a lot more; Joe having a mature game; Thomas working very hard down the left as was William on the right.

Out of the blue - we let in a sloppy goal, again failing to clear our lines we allowed their midfielder to score from close range - and to be fair Shelton probably deserved a goal. Two minutes later though we restored our lead, good work from William P forced a corner from the right. Johnny's delivery again was excellent, the keeper flapped at the ball and it hit Thomas Burrows on the leg and over the line.

The goal deflated Shelton and we dominated the final few minutes and could have increased our lead with some chances going begging. Shelton’s No 9 again went close with Skinner making two more smart saves. It was not going to be his day.
A good performance, great team work against a solid team. Really pleased at how Sean F, Chris, Nathan and Ryan played against the No 9.

Man of the Match - Nathan had a solid game as did Skinner with some smart saves but Johnny just pipped them both with an excellent all round performance.

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