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2.10.10 - Urmston Meds Vikings vs Unicorn Athletic Crusaders

2.10.10 - Urmston Meds Vikings vs Unicorn Athletic Crusaders

Only our second home match of the campaign meant a return to decent length grass, but a very heavy pitch after all the recent rain. All 10 Vikings were present for the return match against the very strong Unicorn Athletic Crusaders, who thumped us 9-1 at their place a few weeks ago.

We were trying a totally new shape to our team for this match, in the hope of giving us more cover at the back and more options going forward. Various players were changed to a new position, and the changes worked very well. Everything was explained with the aid of a big sheet of paper with circles drawn on - hi-tech stuff!

The first period was very encouraging, the new system working well and the players adjusting superbly. We looked organised and had better cover in all areas. The period ended 0-1 which was to our great credit.

It seems to be regular for the second period to be our worst, and today was the same. We seemed to slightly lose our edge and speed into the tackle, giving Unicorn the chance to find the net. We created some good chances though, Xavier's strong running was worrying our opponents and Lewis was unlucky when he just failed to connect with a Xavier cross. Still a big improvement on previous weeks, the overall score was now 0-5

Again it seems to be the norm that we finish strongly, and the third period was possibly our best. Defensively we looked sound, with all the back line players working really hard and Tyler looking solid again. We made some good opportunities that we just couldn't convert, a long free kick from Aaron arrived in the Unicorn penalty area and caused chaos, but we didn't quite get the break. Final score 0-6

Overall, the performance was very satisfying, a massive improvement on the away game, and the scoreline genuinely flattered the opposition, even the referee commented that we deserved a couple of goals. Unicorn's manager nominated Tyler as his Player of the Match and our goalie deserved the accolade, impressing again. At the back we looked much more solid with the new system: Aaron marshalled things as sweeper and looked strong and composed, Sam was excellent, very dependable and continues to improve week on week with great timing to his tackles. Izzy had her best game in a Meds shirt yet and was full of running, just missing out on Player of the Match. Harry was again all-action in defence and also midfield and was always looking to be involved, Luke coped very well with the switch to left back, covered a lot of ground and put in some important challenges.

The newly created 'centre' position was filled partly by Harry, but mainly by Charlie in a change from his usual centre forward role. The hours of practice on the park with his Dad certainly paid off, Charlie ran his socks off, tackled, chased, passed, and supported his team-mates at both ends. Charlie was awarded our Player of the Match trophy, and we look forward to him growing in the new role.

Our forward players seemed to enjoy the new formation, seeing much more of the ball and creating a good number of chances. Xavier was much more involved in his new role on the left, full of attacking running and was a threat to the Unicorn defence. Lewis was another who came close to the Player of the Match award, excellent effort, very direct and almost registered his first goal on a couple of occasions. Tom as usual gave 100% whichever side of the attack he played on, great closing down when the opposition had the ball and some intelligent runs and passes.

A very encouraging performance, so much better than the away game. We are improving as individuals and as a team and the goals will come soon. Thanks again to our brilliant supporters.

Edited By: RHatcliffe
03-10-10 20:17:56

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Coach,

I liked the new formation because it gave me more support at the back. It also gave us lots of opportunities to find the back of the net. Unfortunately one of the goal mouths had a big puddle of muddy water in it and using the iGoals made it very difficult when shots hit the post. The ball didn't bounce off properly and one shot bent the post and went in.
Thank you for organising the match, and thank you to all the adults for the support, I am looking forward to the next game and Sunday :-)

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Thanks for adding your comments Tyler

The big puddle did make that goal-mouth tricky, but luckily we only defended that end for 1 period. I know the iGoals are not as good as Sambas, I hope to make sure we have Sambas available for every home game from now on. Opposition teams may use iGoals though mate, so we just have to go with the flow!

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I know that this report was written after the Wilmslow match but hey, that's life!

Great game. We had lots of chances. Unlucky that we didn't win but I thought we were going to. Well done Lewis for getting man of the match. You truly deserved it. Overall a great game and well played. The new line up I think it is right for us because some defenders can come forward and the sweeper stays back and defends the goal. I think we need to get better at passing and at corners because everytime we had a corner we didn't get a shot in. It was a great game and as a team we are getting loads better. I hope you're going tomorrow and we get more together and better friendship. Good shots,  good defences- that's what we need and we did it today. See you tomorrow. Later. From Harry the Viking.

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Thanks for adding your thoughts Harry

You are right, the new formation does seem better, I'm glad you guys think so too. We are getting better every week, stick with it and keep smiling!

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