After almost 7 weeks since our last league fixture due to the weather and the Xmas period we were finally back in action away to top of the table Sutton.
The hosts had overtaken us in the league and had built a decent five point gap at the top, despite our two games in hand. So a massive top of the table clash.
Despite our 3-0 home win earlier in the season, we knew without doubt that this was going to be our biggest game of the season so far, as since the last time the two sides met, Sutton to their credit had won every game in the league by some margin.
With Josh away and arguably our most influential player this season in Jaiden missing due to illness, all the boys knew before the game that they had to put in a real shift to get a result.
Playing up the slope in the first half, a combination of our slow start syndrome returning from earlier in the season, and the home side really taking the game to us in the first five minutes saw us go a goal down to a well taken goal despite us ball watching a little. For some reason we only wake up when we fall behind, and we responded almost immediately with Charlie smashing the ball in at the near post to equalise. Credit to Sutton they demonstrated their position in the league and dominated the rest of the first half and only fine goalkeeping from Fin and fine defending from James and Will kept them at bay. However as the first half drew to a close we caught the home side on the break and Oliver smashed a rocket into the top corner giving the home keeper no chance to put us 2-1 up at halftime.
The second half the boys really showed what they were made of, and they moved up the gears, with Oliver getting the ball wide to Taylor, Joseph and Niall. The pressure on the home side told with Oliver getting another spectacular goal and despite Sutton reducing the arrears with a smart finish, Charlie got his second of the game, and it could have been 5 when the home keeper pulled off a fine save when Taylor was put clean through.
The final whistle brought an end to a throughly entertaining game and credit to the hosts who as expected were our toughest opponents to date.
Man of the match genuinely could have gone to anyone with the effort they put in today, but the supporters/parents voted for Fin by a single vote for another fine goalkeeping display. Well done Kasper, and all the boys today.
Sutton’s own match report can be viewed at www.suttonjuniors.co.uk and the up to date league tables at www.keyburyfootball.co.uk/current-season/league-tables/under-9s
Next up is Silsden at home next Sunday 11am ko at Rawdon St Peters.