Guiseley Blues entertained Leeds Maccabi Raiders for their second home match of the season and once again showed what a good team the boys are developing into. The boys were never out of control of the game and handled the few attacking charges of the Raiders in a composed and assured way and assaulted the opposition goal with skill and fervour.
Well done to Ben, Charlie and Sam in the goal this week for keeping yet another clean sheet, although the position was quieter this week, they all stood up to the plate when required and marshalled the penalty box superbly and distributed the ball quickly.
James patrolled the defence with his usually solid verve and delivered ball after ball from the corner and throw-ins with his usual power and pinpoint accuracy. If we were counting “Goal Assists”, James must be up there as the top assister in the League and his own goals will surely come thick and fast later in the season.
Goals this week came from “Hat trick” Charlie, “Double shot” Samuel, “Another two” Harry and “I score every week” Ben and one courtesy of the Raiders. The goal scorers all played really well and were causing no end of problems for the Raiders’ defence and midfield.
Daniyal got stuck into the game and chased down the ball well and tries harder than anyone else to shake his marker and get into space. Sam had some really good touches in midfield and won lots of balls, he also made a great save whilst in goal.
Special mention this week goes to Charlie for his three fantastic goals, numerous nice runs down the right and providing passes into the box for Samuel and Harry. Charlie has been awarded a well deserved Manager’s Performance of the Week for today’s match day performance.
The match was well refereed today and the ref handled the Mangers’ exuberance professionally. A big thank you to David for stepping into the referee’s role today which meant the rest of the parents didn’t have to!!
Ian and Craig had their work cut out today to keep the boys focussed and concentrating on the game and they did this admirably and encouraged the boys to keep pushing forward and creating problems for the Raiders. For the first time this season (almost) both Ian and Craig managed to not be the focus of the ref or a match official – well done!!
Eldwick are next up after the mid-season break, then the much anticipated local derby the week after.
Ps. Ian asked me to convey his appreciation of the support he, Craig and the boys receive from all of the parents both in training and on match days.