Team Yellows were at their third tournament on the spin at Tadcaster this week.
The meteorologists had predicted terrible weather, so it was a good job they got it wrong. Right? Wrong, they got it spot on. The weather was horrendous, it rained cats and dogs for 3 hours, truly horrible conditions that soaked everyone to the core, even those stood under the Gazebo that we had the foresight to take.
I have to say, considering the circumstances, the boys were magnificent. One or two, after the first game, were asking to go home – who wouldn’t when shivvering uncontrollably in what amounted to swim-suits.
To the action. Yellows came up against very good teams, better standard even than Burley last week, from Tadcaster, Bishopthorpe, Whitley and Wortley. Stood watching the first match in our pool, Bishopthorpe vs Whitley, I was struck by the quality of passing football on display which left me wondering how well we’d get on against such good teams.
It’s fair to say we passed the test with flying colours.
First up we had the home team, Tadcaster Albion. We started the game very well and took a first half lead through a lovely move and finish by Charlie. We continued to press until half time after which the tide turned and Tadcaster really came at us hard. Oliver was a rock at the back, as usual, but the rest of the team also got stuck into their defensive duties and, the odd break apart we had to withstand a barrage of both attacking play and driving rain into our faces. We finished the game clear by a single goal, and a clean sheet, which was to be repeated throughout the day.
Next up was a tough team from Wortley. Once again the quality of opposition and play was excellent. Goals from Lennon (who comes alive in the oppositions penalty area) and Charlie sealed a victory by the odd goal. Niall was a little quiet (for him) during the opening two games which meant the rest of the guys had to come to the fore a little more. Which they did, in spades. Charlie was again like a dynamo, with great support in the middle from Niall, Lennon and Jake, who had listened to advice and got his head up after beating the first man. Oliver was keeping control at the back with good partners in Daniel and Jamie (his first ever full-on match).
Third match was against Whitley who were a strong team, perhaps the closest match to us in terms of desire and dynamism. Once again, we ended the game on the right side of a one goal victory. Some great goalkeeping by Joe helped us out against a good side. Niall was just starting to hit his straps, the cold easing ever so slightly, which made for a slightly more comfortable feeling for the management team (and supporters) towards the end of the match.
Our best game was saved for last, against our best opponents, Bishopthorpe. We started the game on-fire and quickly moved into a 2-0 lead through Niall and Lennon. Our hunger once again overpowering a very good team. But, this time the second half wasn’t so clear-cut and Bishopthorpe came flying back at us with two goals, one a cracker and one a bit of slack marking, by tired bodies. Our never say die attitude once again came to the fore and we snatched the winner in a pulsating game via a long range effort from Niall, who ended the tournament very well.
Every one of the boys dererves so much credit for this tournament. To come through such good opposition and terrible weather unbeaten was amazing.
Scorers: Niall 3, Charlie 2, Lennon 2
P4 W4 D0 L0
No pics this week, we had no underwater camera gear!!
Player of the tournament goes to Charlie – as coach I find it a tad uncomfortable to single out my own son, but I have to say (and everyone agreed) Charlie was absolutely immense today. He was everywhere. Box to box, big tackles, good skills, great passing, good goals and a seemingly tireless engine. I am so proud.[/box]