Hitchin U11s 4-1 Sawbridgeworth
September 25, 2011 - Royston Crow Youth Football League, Division 1
On a blustery day Hitchin got off to a quick start. Ollie Garside managed to break on the right and play Ryan in, his shot beating the keeper but coming back off the far post. Hitchin began to dominate possession. Kane managed to break through and get in a good cross that was just cut out by the keeper. Sam Hartnack then got in a cross to Ryan who came close to scoring again. Ryan quickly returned the compliment, shaping a great cross for Sam to score. 1-0 Hitchin.
Hitchin continued to control play. Ollie, Ryan and Somerset were combining well on the right and creating all sorts of havoc for the Sawbridgeworth defence. However, Hitchin’s second goal came from a poor defensive clearance that Ryan managed to latch on to and slot past Sawbridgeworth’s stopper. With a two goal lead, Hitchin fatally took their foot off the accelerator. Sawbridgeworth battled back and their efforts were rewarded with a scrappy goal from a poor defensive clearance. The shot seemed to bobble just as it reached Sam Henshaw, leaving him little chance. Before the end of the half both teams had further opportunities. Kane managed to get on to a through pass from Sam Hartnack, just putting his shot wide. Then Sawbridgeworth’s centre half made a rare sortie forward. No one closed him down, and unable to resist he launched a powerful shot that drifted wide.
Coming on as subs Vinay and William A combined well to make a good chance. William A made an angled pass across the box to Vinay, who managed to dummy past a defender brilliantly only to see his shot saved. Hitchin began to pile on the pressure and were eventually rewarded with a third goal when after a good run Kane made room for a precise shot that left the keeper well beaten.
This third goal seemed to really knock the stuffing out of Sawbridgeworth and Hitchin really began to take control. If anything the boys were now guilty of being a little too greedy when in sight of goal. A few more crosses and cut backs and this could have been a six or seven goal romp. That said, the boys’ passing was much more on song for this match. All the defence played well, and communication was much better throughout the team as a whole. With minutes to go Vinay ran on to a long pass from Ryan and coolly slotted home for Hitchin's fourth goal.
For this win, many boys deserve a mention. Though clearly carrying an injury William Smith put in a solid and brave performance. Hitchin’s defence played effectively and provided a good platform for the rest of the team to dominate. Kai slotted in well after half time and Sam Henshaw played well in goal, rarely looking troubled. Somerset and Ollie Garside provided some real hustle in attack and both made a big contribution. Sam Hartnack and Ryan showed that they know how to find the back of the net, and William A and Vinay both displayed a keen eye for a clever pass.
Man of the Match – For a bustling performance in midfield capped by a good goal, this week’s man of the match goes to Kane.
10 min - Sam Hartnack (10/10)
20 min - Ryan Large (10/10)
40 min - Kane Stanton (10/10)
50 min - Vinay Virdee (10/10)