So, here’s a belated tournament report for our Horsforth SM Mini Soccer Tournament – sorry Mr Huby, must do better next time 😉
After what seemed an age to get into the venue we arrived to sunshine, a massive undulating pitch and (unfortunately) a bit of a mix up in organisation. As a result, we kicked of 30 minutes later than advertised after switching pitches at the last moment.
The squad was decimated by missing boys with Niall, Oliver, Max and Harvey not being available, for one reason or another. So, I decided to pull in assistance in the form of new boy for 2013/14, Joe D, and Guiseley Green’s star striker Ben W.
We started against tournament hosts Horsforth and a great match ensued. Whilst we ended on the reverse of a 1-0 scoreline, we certainly had the chances to take more from the game. Joe N played very well in goals, whilst a team of Charlie, Daniel, Lennon and Joe D strived to overcome a good Horsforth side.
Second up was our local rivals, Burley Trojans, a side we’ve met several times this summer. This game, as all the others, was a very competitive and evenly matched affair. Goals from Ben, Charlie and Lennon gave the final score a rounded feel at 3-3, which was probably a fair reflection of the game even though we’d taken the early advantage with some great football. Our other new boy Jamie, played his part in defence, with Charlie and Joe D outstanding in their work rate on a pitch that was far too big for the age group.
Next up was Wortley, a very good team both in control of the ball and physicality off it. We were soundly beaten in this match, as much by long punt tactics by their keeper (two goals coming via Wimbledon-esque route one football) and a defender stood the entire match 3 yards in front of the goalkeeper. To be fair, they were a skilful side to boot, but this result-driven approach made for a shocker of a game.
Our final two games, after a change around in pitches and opposition, resulted in a comfortable performance and three goals (Charlie 1, Ben W 2) followed by a drawn match, after being 2-0 down, with goals coming via Ben W and Joe D. Ben was the star of this final game with Joe D taking the plaudits also.
All in all, a tough examination today with good early opposition and too much lung-busting energy required to play the type of football we like to play. Daniel played 4 full matches for the first time and I was proud of his desire and concentration levels. Charlie was as tired as I’ve ever seen him and Lennon was also feeling the pinch towards the end of the tournament. Joe N made some fantastic stops – once his consistency in his role improves, which it is, he will be a great assest between the sticks.
Scorers: Ben W 4, Charlie 2, Joe D 1, Lennon 2
Player of the tournament goes to Joe D – a tenaciousness previously un-seen (in training) was accompanied today by a tireless work rate, great feet skills and a nice goal. Joe has a lovely attitude to football and will make a valued member of the team for next season.[/box]