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8.1.11 - Sale United B vs Vikings
8.1.11 - Sale United B vs Vikings
It was good to get back to competitive football after the break caused by the weather and festive season, even if it was a very cold day. Sale United’s pitch was very boggy, containing several large puddles and a considerable amount of fox poo! Whilst attempts were made to make the pitch more playable, the Vikings enjoyed a photo shoot in the new white kit.
Unfortunately we were without Harry, who was unwell, but we had a squad of 9 for the match against familiar opposition. The old football saying “a game of two halves” was very much the case today. We started very brightly, solid at the back with good shape, and attacking well on the break. The defenders looked comfortable, with Aaron particularly impressive with his blocks, tackles and sensible passing. Xavier’s direct running with the ball was worrying Sale, and the match was very even at 0-0 at the end of the first period.
Period 2 continued much the same, the heavy pitch was hard for both teams with the ball holding in the water, but we were still a match for Sale. Halfway through the second period Aaron took a hefty whack in the face, leaving our sweeper with a very painful swollen nose and mouth, and he was to take no further part in the match. Sale edged into a 2-0 lead and started to have a lot more of the play as the period ended.
The third period saw us fall further behind, maybe the cold weather and heavy pitch took their toll and our players appeared to tire considerably. We seemed to lose the determination of earlier in the game and the tackles weren’t quite as committed. Final score 6-0
This certainly wasn’t the easiest match straight after a 7 week break, and there were some good positives to take away. We played some superb passing football at times even on a poor pitch, using the 1-2’s and triangles that we practice in training. For the first 25 minutes or so we were a match for Sale, defending well and creating some good chances on the break.
Defenders were very busy today and they all produced some good work, with Izzy just missing out on player of the week. Our Player of the Match award went to Luke, who is making great improvements which are just reward for his terrific attitude. He put in some vital tackles and clearances from full back today. The opposition manager singled out Xavier for praise, noting his quick feet, skilful turns and direct attacking play.
As always, I am proud of all of our players, and remain very passionate that results should match their excellent effort and attitude. Well done to you all, and thank you to those who support us.
Meds U10 Vikings Manager
Re: 8.1.11 - Sale United B vs Vikings
Good to have a game after our ‘winter break’. There was a lot of moaning and even one or two tears shed due to the weather...but you can’t blame us parents for that is was freezing on the side-lines!!
However, the team battled on through the conditions really well and as Rob said there was some really good football played. Well played Vikings! That win is just around the corner.
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