U8 Yellows v Guiseley Whites

U8 Yellows v Guiseley Whites

The first match of the season arrived against our mates from the Guiseley Whites. This was a game the boys had been looking forward to with a mixture of excitement and trepidation after our move into the Craven A division.

There were some noticeable nerves for a few of our players and the long wait for the game to start did us no favours, we were however in familiar surroundings away back at Shaw Lane (after a bit of a mess up with the opening weekend pitch allocation).

The game started at a fair old pace and our strongest line-up in the opening quarter proved a very good test to the Whites. We were unlucky not to get a couple of goals up early doors with our desire and pace testing the whites defence. Thomas was excellent between the sticks and the whites took their chance well to go ahead.

After rotation of the team in the second quarter, the Whites surged ahead and were just too good for our boys – though they continued to battle away gamely. The third quarter arrived with the starting line-up back in place and once again we more than held our own. Niall almost snapped the post and we forced several more good saves – it really wasn’t our day.

The final quarter was a tough period for us (the coaches fault) and the Whites ran the show scoring some great goals, showing us the type of football we ourselves want to play as this season moves forward. With a team full of academy players they are a joy to watch at times (even when you are coaching in opposition on the touchline) and their combined strength in depth (their ‘substitute for the day’ bagged a hatrick) will see them win the vast majority of games they play this season. Jack M was the standout, a player with outstanding control, vision and finishing.

As for the Yellows, though several of our players were below par, I was proud of the effort the boys put in. Take away the glut of goals of the type we don’t usually concede and great goalkeeping (and woodwork/plastic) the score would have been a fairer reflection of the game as a whole. Niall, Joe D and Oliver played very well today, and the rest battled hard without hitting their usual heights.

This was the test we were looking for this season and it will have done us good in the medium term.

Onwards and upwards, with some pretty specific coaching in the coming weeks.


BTW. The referee had a shocker – Joke, it was a joke mate. :o) 

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Yellows Man Of the Match

A joint man of the match between Niall H and Joe D.




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Week ending Sunday 8th September 2013

Player of the Week – Joe D

Good training performance and great tenacity in his first full leagure game for the Yellows. After playing only 10 minute games in summer tournaments, Joe coped very well with the much higher fitness requirements of a 40 minute match. Though we didn’t get to see much of his finishing prowess he contributed a great deal to the match today.

Well done Joe.





By |2013-09-10T13:33:30+01:00September 10th, 2013|Match Reports, Under 12s Juniors 2017-18 – Latest News|3 Comments

About the Author:

I'm a coach of 7 years with FA Level 1, FA Youth Mod 1, FA Youth Mod 2 and Futsal Level 1 badges. My son plays in my team and has just switched from central midfielder to goalkeeper, which he's loving.


  1. Jim Appleby September 14, 2013 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    I think the lads all at one stage or another of the 4 quarters stepped up a notch but I agree with Andy we need consistency which hopefully will come as the season goes on. I would like to mention the per match situation by simply saying that we were the away side and we turned up at the designated time to start the game. I would also like to say that we played with our team and no others which I know that Andy champions that for our team and I fully support him. We have a great group of lads who all want to play football and I know that Our Manager/Andy is keen to maintain at all cost. Finally I just want to mention one player who did not play Jamie, who came to the game in his kit knowing he was not going to play but came to cheer on his team mates and to that end I just want to say what a great lad! We have a much harder challenge this year and it is actions like that which makes training in the rain and cold the best couple of hours in the week for Andy and me.

  2. Daz Craig September 10, 2013 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    well done to all the lads for the effort they put in on sunday, I thought they held there heads up all game especially joe in goals as it can be very disheartening to any young lad picking the ball out of the goal well done joe.

    I do think it is a bit harsh to say some of our players were below par in light of the fact they were warming up for over an hour before kick off and then had to play another 40 mins due to the confusion of kick off time. ( which neither coach apologised to the parents and both pointed the finger at each other) there is understandably a variation in fitness between academy players and non academy and this clearly showed during the game .

    • Andy September 10, 2013 at 7:41 pm - Reply

      It wasn’t a fitness issue Daz, the boys worked their socks off right until the end. Alot of the boys confessed to being nervous and the first thing that affects is ball retention and organisation. There was a bit of first game syndrome too, we are famous for it!

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