Lakers Year 7 boys football team went into their first 11-a-side football game of the season, with some confidence following a good showing at two 7-a-side events earlier this term.
Lakers welcomed Wyedean School and soon the welcome being afforded to the visitors was that of a 5 star luxury London Hotel, the visitors were given way too much time and space on the ball. With so much possession an early goal was inevitable (albeit offside). The boys failed to shrug this off and started to look for excuses and soon the game was gone, another two goals (one a penalty) followed in quick succession; attributed more to defensive woes and an inability to keep possession rather than any refereeing mistakes. Louie Fitt and Jack Morton two positives in the first half, both showing a willingness to try and keep the ball and play with width.
The second half began with Mr Ogden taking over on the whistle, but this did not see an improvement in our play. Wyedean, showing the benefits of being a much bigger school numerically, managed to field a team of monsters compared to the Lakers little men, this made all the difference on the much bigger pitch. Lakers were second to every ball, and just couldn’t get anything going. The opposition did have two or three very good players and at Year 7 that’s all it takes to dominate a game. Rio Burson Griffiths took over the gloves in the second half and looked composed and comfortable.
At the end, despite spirits being down, it was a case of the best team won, and now trying to find a way of reaching that level as soon as possible. Plenty of things to work on; starting with our mental strength and resilience, before looking at ways to keep the ball even against bigger more physical teams.
Team: S.Kear, L.Thomas, J.Rook, J.Harris, W.Holmes, K.Skidmore, T.Elsmore, L.Fitt, J.Morton, R.Burson Griffiths, B.Baldwin, J.Morgan, F.Corbijin, J.Richards, N.Howells.