U11s Ossett Town Jaguars 1 v 7 Kexborough
The Jaguars faced their toughest test of the season so far as they played host to Kexborough. The visitors had won all their first four games, scoring 43 goals in the process.
Ossett lined up with Harry Hardy in goal, behind a back four of Harrison Joss, Archie Gardner, Jay Steadman and Alex Jolly. Joseph Auty, Sam Brodie, Matty Rogers and Harry Graves made up the midfield, whilst Oliver Dickinson-Brown started in a free role
behind Thomas Auty up front. Jamal Hussain, Hamza and Hasan Ashraf were substitutes.
Kexborough took an early lead after Harry Hardy couldn’t hold on to a long shot, leaving an onrushing attacker with a tap in. However, the Jaguars generally defended well, Jay and Archie proving solid in the centre, and Harry making a string of good saves to
keep the Jaguars in the game, including superbly winning three one-on-ones. Going forward, ODB and Joseph both made good forward runs without being able to fashion clear cut chances.
Kexborough scored a second after good play down the left resulted in a good low cross, perfectly weighted to set up another close range goal.
Despite this, the Jaguars stood up well to the pressure, and were holding their own for much of the remainder of the half. The scoreline did not reflect the effort the Jaguars put in, and despite going two goals behind heads never dropped.
As the rain began to fall more heavily, the Jaguars made a bright start to the second half, with ODB taking a more defensive role and Hamza Ashraf playing up front. Having absorbed more Kexborough pressure, the Jaguars pulled a goal
back. Matty received the ball in midfield and showed good skill first to find himself some space, then to produce an excellent pass to Hamza, who followed up his own parried shot to fire home from a difficult angle.
Sadly, hopes of a comeback were crushed when Kexborough quickly restored their two goal advantage, before extending their lead with a fine goal, their forward being sent through on goal by a defence splitting pass, and lobbing the ball expertly over Harry who had no chance.
Despite excellent, hard working defending from the whole team, and an inspired performance from Harry Hardy in goal, Kexborough continued to press, and scored three times more, the game finishing 7-1 to the visitors.
Despite the scoreline, this was an encouraging performance by the Jaguars against very strong opposition, with many positives to be taken from the game, especially the resilient defending for much of the game.
Man of the match was awarded to Harry Hardy for his impressive shot stopping and all round goalkeeping.