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8.10.11, NJ Wythenshawe vs Vikings
8.10.11, NJ Wythenshawe vs Vikings
New opposition for the Vikings on another wet Saturday morning, as we made the trip to play NJ Wythenshawe. NJ spent time in Div 1 and Div 2 last season, and their current position of 2nd in the league showed what a tough test they were going to be. With Harry and Isabella both unavailable, 8 Vikings gathered and Connor continued goalkeeping duties.
We started really brightly, again looking sharp and keen, quick to make tackles and moving the ball around really well. Conditions were difficult (that fine rain that soaks you!) but the Vikings looked a match for NJ. The period ended 0-0, and I was delighted with our performance.
Tom entered the fray in the second period, and took up a full back position. The game continued at a great pace and both teams were making chances. NJ are a good side, and their pressure paid off with a goal after around 5 minutes of the period. The Vikings spirit was undamaged though, and we battled back, equalising with a lovely goal, created by great work on the right by Lewis, who slid a perfect pass in for Charlie to finish skilfully from just inside the area. The period was end to end, and thoroughly entertaining, our confidence was high and we looked strong throughout. Unfortunately for us, NJ regained the lead at the end of the period, and we went into the break 2-1 down.
The rain grew heavier in the last period, and it seemed our legs did too. Luke resumed his full back role, Tom pushed into midfield and Lewis took a well earned rest after 2 periods of non-stop running and work up front. NJ kept up the pressure, the Vikings battled bravely but we did seem to tire a little. NJ added 3 goals in the period, but credit where it is due, their long range shooting was very impressive, giving Connor little chance in the difficult conditions. Final score 5-1 to a very strong NJ Wythenshawe.
Another very encouraging performance, for the first 2 periods we were a match for one of the teams tipped to win our division. The NJ coach was very complimentary after the match, and paid tribute to the Vikings performance, it’s so nice to hear someone else acknowledge the players efforts. A really good team display in a tough match, the first Player of the Match trophy went to Lewis, who has been excellent in every match he’s played this season. Lewis is showing huge effort in closing down the opposition, making runs for his team-mates and linking our attacking play. The ball work and pass to create Charlie’s goal was a delight. The second award went to Nathan, our midfield engine, who is the absolute example of energy, good attitude, and support for the team all over the pitch. Everyone did well, and should be proud yet again.
Thank you to all our supporters.
Meds U10 Vikings Manager
Re: 8.10.11, NJ Wythenshawe vs Vikings
Good game Vikings! NJ are a good side and this showed in the quality of their goals, especially the first 2, which a lot of teams would have struggled with. We were really competative throughout the game and showed a lot of team spirit throughout. Well played everyone.
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