U9 v Rocester FC Blue – 17 September 2011

10:43 am
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A less than eagerly awaited fixture this week, after a recently friendly between the two teams resulted in a comprehensive win for Rocester (and Marlborough’s first ever goal with a great effort by Ronnie Colver). But as all good small print states, past performance is no indication of future performance, and it was clear that today this was truer than ever.

From the kick off, Marlborough were in control of the match with Captain, George Jackson narrowly missing several times in quick succession. Today, George’s younger brother Fred was 7 and so George’s mission was a goal for his brother. Happy birthday Fred! with a cracking shot from George easily beating the Rocester keeper. 1-0 and for the first time ever, Marlborough were leading a match.

Goaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal!

Goaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal!


Coach Paul Hughes settled the players and called for continued concentration – he wasn’t to be disappointed. Jake Hayward, recovering from an injury earlier in the week, showed he was back to full fitness, linking up with George Jackson to power home a second goal. 2-0 to the Blacks!

Manager Ryan Woolger used his substitutions tactically today and Blaine Hughes came on for Ronnie Colver at the restart. Attacking from the off, Jackson picked up the ball and made a solo run up the pitch, finishing in style to see Marlborough 3-0 ahead. It began to feel like there might be a hattrick in this match….and unlike pre-season friendlies, at the right end!

Meanwhile back in the Black’s defence, the rock solid partnership of Scott Dunnicliffe and the versatile Tom Doran (one of last week’s scorers) was impenetrable and Jack Hadley, on his first time in the keepers shirt, didn’t touch the ball. On the rare occasion when the opposition broke into our half, Doran would be there to clear in a convincing fashion, with Dunnicliffe in support. Midfield tackles by Reuben Betts ensured that Rocester weren’t allowed to settle into their stride and quality passes upfield allowed Marlborough to continue to press.

Still in the first half, a shot into the side netting narrowly denied Jackson from every footballers dream, but not for long. Picking up a through ball from midfield, Jackson had the Rocester defence well beaten, to bring the score to 4-0, finishing in style to claim the team’s first hattrick. One gets the feeling it won’t be the last! Colver came back on to relieve Betts for the remainder of the half, but team flow was not interrupted as Colver continued where Betts left off.

With Hayward worrying the Rocester left wing, his service into the box was impeccable and Jackson capitalised to bring the half time score to 5-0. Unbelieveable! But matches aren’t won after 20 minutes.

Rocester weren’t going to go down without a fight. From the start of the second half, it was clear that they wanted to get on the scoresheet but staunch defender Doran remained cool, calm and capable, getting the ball away time and time again. This week’s rookie goalie, Jack Hadley was called upon in the second half and took command of his defence, organising them to ensure close man marking, but was powerless to stop a Rocester shot as it bobbled under his body and into the back of the net. No clean sheet for Marlborough today, but Hadley was undeterred.

It didn’t all go Rocester’s way, with Jackson and Hayward continuing to break through at every opportunity and further shots on target from them both with Hayward coming closest to scoring again. Another substitution and Betts came on to relieve Jackson and came close on several occasions, with one shot off the post and another narrowly missing. There’s a goal in this Betts boy yet, just not today, though not for want of trying with a couple of searching runs deep into the Rocester defence. Another substitution and Hayward took a well earned breather whilst Jackson came back on to see if he could notch up a couple more. Blaine Hughes made a couple of key clearances down the right under relentless pressure from Rocester before coming off to allow Hayward back on.

Jackson saw his stunning shot fly just over the bar within the final moments, and the match finished 5-1 to Marlborough. Watched in the second half by the man who started it all, soccer school boss Ade Whitehouse, the team did him proud today and it’s payback for all of the effort he put into getting things up and running for the team. Today’s Man of the Match goes to Tom Doran for defensive services, without whom the scoreline would undoubtedly have been very different. Well done Tom and also to Manager Ryan Woolger and Coach Paul Hughes, for working the individuals into a real team. Hughes also provides the quote of the day when a little too much kit adjustment was occurring – ‘It’s not a fashion show. Get on with it!’

League table snapshot at 17 September, with Marlborough on top.

League table snapshot at 17 September, with Marlborough on top.

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