Bengeo Tigers 2-1 Hitchin U11s
October 30, 2011 - Royston Crow Youth Football League, Division 1
Hitchin slipped to another narrow defeat after a scrappy, untidy game at Sele School, Hertford last Sunday.
Both teams struggle to settle into any sort of passing rhythm on a hard, uneven pitch and the first five minutes saw both teams trading possession with few clear-cut chances. Bengeo then began to use the slope to their advantage and started to dominate territory and possession as Hitchin were pinned back in their own half, defending deep.
The home side took the lead after 15 minute – William Smith’s clearance took an unfortunate ricochet off James and into the path of the Bengeo striker who raced into the area and slipped the ball under Sam to make it 1-0. Bengeo continued to dominate the rest of the half but Hitchin worked hard and defended with alertness and determination to make it through to the break without conceding any further goals.
With the slope in their favour, Hitchin looked to begin the second half strongly but a lack of composure on the ball saw too many passes go astray and it was the home side who doubled their advantage in the 40th minute with a strong, looping shot from the edge of the area giving Sam absolutely no chance.
To the boys credit they kept going forward and Ryan was narrowly adjudged offside after a superb through ball by Somerset. The same two combined in the 58th minute and Ryan finished well to halve the deficit. William A then burst into the penalty box in the last minute but his shot flew past the left-hand post.
If the boys had made it 2-1 with more time left, they could have pressed for an equaliser but overall their ball retention and composure on the ball were under par and they never put enough pressure on the Bengeo defence. The home side hung on for a narrow, but deserved victory.
Man of the match
For a tireless and dynamic performance, Somerset is my man of the match. He combined well with Kane in centre midfield but also helped out a defence under siege and looked to get forward whenever he could, setting up Ryan’s goal. Well played.
58 min - Ryan Large (10/10)