U9 Match Reports v Norristhorpe 8 September 2013


The Phantoms (Lucas, Ben, Jayden, Samuel, Jamaine, Dominic, Alexander, Charlie and Eddie) returned to friendly league action on Sunday with a late kick off against a strong-looking Norristhorpe side.  Straight from the kick off, the Phantoms were the dominant side, most of the play taking place in the Norristhorpe half. Charlie drove in an early shot from the right, which the keeper could only parry to Eddie, who shot narrowly wide.  More pressure from Ossett and the ball fell to Eddie, who turned skillfully in the box to create space for a shot. The keeper did well to get his body behind it, but Jamaine followed up the rebound to open the scoring with a fine shot low to the keeper’s left.  The Phantoms continued to dominate the play, so it was against the run of play when Norristhorpe broke clear in a rare attack and managed to get an equaliser.  Buoyed by their goal, Norristhorpe produced a some more promising attacking moves, requiring Lucas to make some good saves, whilst Ben and Jayden coped well with anything the away forwards could put together.  Further shots for the Phantoms followed for Alexander, Dominic and Eddie, but at half time the score remained level at 1-1.
The Phantoms had a dream start to the second half when Charlie put them back into the lead with a shot within seconds of the restart (timed at 13 seconds by referee Hosty).  Norristhorpe continued to battle hard and started to secure much more of the ball.  Lucas had to be on form when Norristhorpe won a free kick just outside the area.  An excellent free-kick was curled beautifully around the wall only for Lucas to produce a very fine save low down to his right.  Some good midfield interplay from Alexander and Charlie created a chance for Dominic, who just couldn’t poke the ball past the Norristhorpe keeper. After some indecision in the Norristhorpe defence, the ball fell to Jamaine who took an instinctive strike from distance which went just wide of the goal. The game continued at a good pace, with some tenacious battling from Eddie in midfield.  The Phantoms increased their lead soon after, when a speculative shot from Eddie took a deflection off the head of an unlucky Norristhorpe defender, and found its way into the goal.  To their great credit, the visitors battled gamely on, although the OTJ defence looked formidable as Samuel and Jayden continued their solid form from last season.  On one occasion, two Norristhorpe attackers broke clear with only Lucas to beat, but they were thwarted by a super save low to his right.  More great tackling from Jamaine in midfield, and some intelligent passing and movement from the whole team moved the ball forward, and when the away team couldn’t clear their defence, Ben popped up at the right time to score and make the game safe for the Phantoms.
Full-time:  OTJ Phantoms 4 v 1 Norristhorpe A
Player of the Match:  A great start to the season for the Phantoms, in a very competitive game played in the right spirit.  Two players caught the eye today:  firstly Charlie for a determined and hard working performance that included some quality passing and a well deserved goal;  secondly Jamaine for a performance full of skillful play, awareness, passing and movement, which again included a well taken goal.  Well done 🙂
warriors1The Warriors kicked-off their first full game of the season with James in goal, George and Seth at the back, Jamie, Billy and Alex in midfield and Tyler up front.  Cai and Lucas started on the bench.  The Warriors started well, neatly building play from the back, enjoying the new retreat and roll out rule.  A promising, jinking run early on from Jamie ended in a good quality cross that was well cleared.  From the resulting corner a snap shot from Tyler was deflected wide.  The next corner was cleared well as Norristhorpe started to get into the game. Forcing a corner of their own the excellent delivery was well cleared by the Warriors, but fell to the feet of the advancing Norristhorpe defender who unleashed a fabulous shot from distance that left James with no chance.  The Warriors continued to play some nice stuff. A lovely pass from substitute Lucas found Alex, who in turn slid the ball down the wing to Tyler;  Tyler picked out Jamie with a fantastic cross field pass;  Jamie controlled the ball and took the opportunity to shoot, with the ball flashing just wide of the opposition goal.  A great move.  A temporary loss of shape presented the Norristhorpe attackers with a 2 v 1, and despite George’s best efforts to cover the gap, the visitors extended their lead.  A great save from James kept the Warriors deficit at two and Billy, Alex, Tyler, Cai and Jamie all worked hard to create openings.  The half-ended with the Warriors playing some good football at times, but behind by two.
Into the second half and the Warriors fell further behind as another cleared corner fell to a Norristhorpe player who reacted quickly again to give James no chance with a second powerful shot.  The Warriors continued to play their passing football and created several half chances, as Tyler, Seth, Alex and Cai all had shots that went just over or wide.  Eventually Tyler provided one of his now trademark explosive finishes burying the ball in the top corner after some fine individual skill from Cai.  The visitors restored their three goal cushion, after the Warriors were caught at the back, and it took another great save from James to keep it at 4-1.  In the final quarter, George added some determination to the midfield and further chances came for the Warriors.  Alex produced a fine dribble and finish, after picking the pocket of the Norristhorpe defender, to claw one back.  At 4-2 down, the Warriors looked dangerous, and a late rally looked possible, however, the ball just didn’t quite run their way today.  The final whistle blew and despite the result, there was plenty of encouragement from this performance against a good quality team.  A little bit more accuracy in our passing and shooting, and a little quicker to close down the opposition, and the result could have been different.  Plenty to build on in training 🙂
Full Time: OTJ Warriors 2 v 4 Norristhorpe B
Player of the Match:  All of the Warriors put in solid performances today, so the coaches gave the whole team a well deserved squad award. Keep it up lads!
harriers_logoRepresenting the Harriers today were Lucas E in goal, with Mathew, Max, Rowan, Archie, Thomas, Calum and Bailey outfield.  The game started quite tentatively with the teams feeling each other out and for some time looked like chances were going to be at a premium. The boys were knocking the ball around very confidently and looked composed. Shortly after coming on for Calum, Bailey had the first chance of the match, he was in the right place at the right time, but shot just wide. The Harriers forced a couple of corners, both well worked short corners, but they just weren’t getting the bounce of the ball and out of nowhere Norristhorpe put together their first decent passing move. They broke at pace down the right hand side and despite a fine initial save from Lucas they had numbers over to finish the move and go 1 – 0 up. The Harriers were almost straight back in it, but both Calum and Archie went for the same ball when clear through and only managed to tackle each other off the ball!  At Half time it was a frustrating 1-0 to Norristhorpe despite the Harriers superior possession and very good passing display.
Straight from the kick off, the Harriers superb passing created an opportunity for Thomas who shot agonisingly wide from a tight angle. The Harriers were living up to their name and harrying the opposition, Archie chased down a Norristhorpe player, dispossessed him and confidently strode onto goal despatching a powerful shot past the Norristhorpe keeper.  A well deserved equaliser.  Sadly from the kick off we were caught cold and as quickly as we had equalised we were 2-1 down.  Lucas had no chance and was left totally exposed.  The Harriers kept battling, some great bursts of energy from Matthew in particular were paying dividends in creating chances.  Archie forced a good save from the Norristhorpe keeper and also hit the post with a shot on the turn; Bailey had a few good chances as did Max.  At the other end Lucas made a couple of fine saves.  Rowan put in his usual workmanlike shift and played his part in some fine passing moves. The Harriers won a free kick, Matthew’s powerful shot landed at Bailey’s feet, but he just couldn’t quite get enough on it to nick it past the Norristhorpe keeper. Despite creating several fine chances lady luck just wasn’t looking down on the Harriers today and they went down to a narrow 2-1 defeat.
Full-time: OTJ Harriers 1 v 2 Norristhorpe D
The coaches couldn’t have been more proud of the lads work rate, passing and tackling today, and there were some lovely examples of skill from every player in what was a tight and well contested match.  Referee Hosty praised the lads for their clean, but hard tackling in a game which was a bit of a battle at times, but had only 1 foul.
Player of the match:  All in all, a great game, Lucas E made some fine saves and all of the outfield players put in a great shift, but this weeks POM was Matthew for his all round play – tackling, passing, interceptions, skill on the ball, excellent corners, brilliant free kick and his general calmness under pressure.  Well done to Matthew and all of the lads.
A great start to the league season – all of the games were played in a great spirit this morning and were well contested encounters. All the best to Norristhorpe for the remainder of the season!
Match reports from Nigel Parkinson (Phantoms), Mick Burton (Warriors) & Mark Milner (Harriers).