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U12 Lions match reports

Match reports by Ali Martin

vs Ashtead Colts Athletic
Saturday 25 March 2017


A second game in three weeks against Ashtead resulted in a very different performance from the previous occasion. The game did however start in the same way with an early Leafe mistake gifting Ashtead a goal.

Leafe survived more early pressure before eventually getting a foothold in the game. For the second week running one of Charlie's excellent corner deliveries was converted by Jake.

However, Leafe were dogged all game by a failure to defend properly - the positioning was largely okay but a failure to produce a tackle when in those positions let them down. Further Ashtead goals seemed inevitable and duly arrived. It was only when Tom was moved to the back that the tide eventually seemed to be stemmed.

Despite this pressure at least 4 of the 5 Ashtead goals came about through severe individual errors which are difficult to account for (or at least the number of them!)

Down the other end, Leafe created comparatively little and when Luke did have a great chance to score from Callum's excellent through ball he was not composed enough to take the chance (as he had been the week previous).

Inconsistencies are normal in youth football though it is baffling how the team that played so well in the two weeks prior to this game could be so poor but I guess we just have to hope that they get back on it for the next game.

Leafe MOM - Tom



Under 10 Youth v Nork Park Rangers
Saturday 18 March 2017

A fantastic see-saw match eventually saw Nork walk away with the spoils. Both teams started brightly creating chances but meeting strong defensive opposition. An entertaining first half nevertheless ended goalless.

Nork began the second half well as the ball was played to a striker with too much room in the Leafe penalty area. This striker did well in turning to such an extent that poor H was left with twisted blood! The Nork striker then finished well in the bottom far corner giving Aryan no chance.

Leafe were struggling to create any real chances in the second half until a weak long range effort from Jamie squirmed under the keeper's body.

After the coach confirmed that Jamie could add THIS goal to his tally for the season as the initial shot was on target Leafe promptly scored another as James played a deliciously timed outside foot flick to Cameron who made no mistake in slotting home.

It was at this point that Leafe really should have put the game to bed. James (once) and Daniel (twice) should have increased the lead with 24 carat chances but failed to do so.

Nork worked their way back into the game and poor marking from a combination of Sam and Samuel resulted in an equalising goal. And a couple of minutes from time more slack defending led to a winner.

Overall it was a good game and a draw probably would have been a fair result. The old adage of needing to score when you are on top sprung to mind. If we had done this a defeat surely would have been turned into a victory.

Man of the match Cameron



Under 12 Lions v Ashtead Colts Athletic
Saturday 11 March 2017


The u12 Lions secured their 5th win of an up and down season with a good attacking display at Ashtead.

On a very pleasant morning they were almost the masters of their own downfall as errors from Jacob and Jack allowed Ashtead to take the lead with a simple goal. However they didn't let their heads drop and came roaring back with a fine finish from Charlie following a long clearance upfield.

The Lions continued to press but it was a speculative clearance come shot from Mirhad that gave them the lead as it bounced over the keeper's head. Soon after Charlie made himself room for a long range shot which was deflected in for his second goal of the game. This was followed almost immediately by some more good build up play resulting in a fine side footed finish into the roof of the net by Fabien.

Leafe had spent the half gradually building up a passing game with Tommy particularly impressing. The link between the midfield and the attack was still a little disjointed but there is sufficient evidence that the forwards are making better runs and communicating more with the midfielders about where they want the ball. The midfield were in turn finding the forwards more readily.

Speaking of communication, this has been a big area of concern but progress was definitely in evidence throughout this game.

Leafe dominated the second half with Charlie and Luke terrorising the Ashtead back line. Charlie's hat trick duly arrived after several attempts at goal. Tommy should have scored after Charlie's fine cross but put his effort straight at goal following a fine run into the box.

Fabien was enjoying himself in his new midfield role and made it 6:1 with a neat tuck into the corner following a fine dribble. The Lions switched off towards the end (particulary in midfield) and let in two late goals to make the scoreline more respectable from an Ashtead point of view. There is no doubt though that Leafe were worthy winners on the day.

Hopefully this will give the boys some much needed confidence as they head into the final few fixtures of the season.

Man of the match was Charlie (not just for his hat trick but his all round play was very good as well).

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