Under 7’s Match Report – Sunday 13th October

A Team vs Rastrick A

Final Score 3-10

Team: Harley Trott, Rowan Stephenson, Callum McGarry, Bailey Mitchell, Bailey Goodlad and Max Massey.

A good game but town were edged out by a strong Rastrick side. Some good football from Town wasn’t rewarded today and the Rastrick side were very quick going forward. Nevertheless the Town team tried to play football throughout and were very unlucky in this game.

Ossett Town C – Rastrick B 
Final Score – 0-9
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Team: Ben Steel, Kai May, Sam Nightingale, Connor Stanwix, Toby Harrison, Freddie White
 
A wet and windy morning greeted the players and capacity crowd for the second game of the morning.  Manager Ryan decided on a 2-2 formation with Kai and Sam leading the forward line and Connor and Toby in defence…..with Freddie like a prowling gazelle on the touchline waiting to come on.
 
Straight from the kick off you knew this was going to be a difficult game for Ossett as Rastrick surged forward to attack the Ossett goal.  In the early stages Connor and Toby managed to defend resolutely keeping the Rastrick attack at bay and limiting them to long range efforts.  It was not long though before Rastrick managed to score an opener which then led to an onslaught of attacks from the Rastrick team. 
 
Ben in goal had to be on top form today and made some excellent saves particularly when he tipped a Rastrick effort around the side of the post.  Despite the dominant opposition Ossett still maintained their discipline playing the ball forward.  Connor looked particularly comfortable on the ball with Freddie making his mazy runs down the right wing. 
 
Whilst the Rastrick team added a couple of goals Ossett persevered and continued making progress through a series of throw in’s which led to an opening for Kai to shoot which was saved by the goal keeper.
 
Towards the end of the second half Ben was called into action again diving bravely at the feet of the Rastrick striker. Whilst obviously injured Ben continued to the foil the Rastrick teams shots and soldiered on to half time.
 
With the team down 5-0 at half time, Ryan had to re-juggle his squad with the injured Ben receiving treatment on the sideline and Kai taking on the keeper’s jersey.  The motivational team talk from Ryan worked wonders at the start of the second half with both Toby and Sam throwing themselves into a series of tackles in midfield.
 
Whilst under pressure Ossett were more composed with Toby picking out a series of passes for Freddie to run forward and challenge the Rastrick defence. Ossett’s persistence led to their first decent opportunity with Sam shooting just wide.
 
After a series of medical checks Ben managed to re-join the game but was unable to stop the Rastrick forwards stampede.  Rastrick tended to play more of the long ball game in second half with a big kick from their goalkeeper clearing the Ossett team for the striker to poke home.
 
Whilst Ossett were overpowered by the stronger team their hearts were in the game throughout and showed real character in the way they played today.  Special mention has to go to Connor who was all over the pitch today to support his team mates.
 
Thanks to all the coaches and supporters today especially the referee who was Ossett’s best man on the pitch !!
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Ossett Town D vs Rastrick C
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Final Score 0-3
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Team: Max Dervisevic, Luca Teal, Hayden Wroe, Thomas Maloney, Isaac Holmes and Joe Hurdus
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Ossett went into this game with a real chance of victory, after a good start they fashioned a few good chance but were unable to convert and as the game grew on Joe Hurdus was becoming very dangerous going forward. Against the run of play Rastrick scored 2 quick goals and there was then no way back for Ossett. The faithful supporters were trying to get Town back into the game and Luca Teal and Isaac Holmes kept attacking the Rastrick backline but were unsuccessful. Thomas Maloney put in some good tackles one of which released Hayden Wroe through who shot just wide.
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Overall Town were very unlucky all day and on a different day would have won all three games but today wasn’t to be for Town but the passing and good standard off football was a joy to watch as always.