Under 7’s Match Reports – Sunday 2nd February

A Team

Superb teamwork in U7 win against the U8’s


U7 Team: Harley Trott (Gk), Henry Hughes, Max Massey, Rowan Stephenson, Charlie Ambler, Jacob Ward


There was a free week in the league fixtures, so a friendly was arranged for the U7’s against the U8’s. This was going to be a good test for the U7 team and a great measure of the progress they have made this season.


The U7’s made a strong start to the game. They were maintaining their shape well and tackling really hard. It was a game of few chances for both teams in the first 5 minutes, with little danger at either end. The U7 passing game started to come to the fore and they started to dominate possession & create chances. Rowan won the ball well in a tackle, played a good pass to Henry who found Charlie with great through ball. Charlie struck a great shot and was unlucky to see the ball bounce back off the inside of the post. Max was working hard in midfield, winning the ball often and going on a series of great runs. The pressure from the U7’s was building but it was the U8’s who had the next chance. They won a free kick near to the U7 box and a powerful shot went just over the bar. From the resulting goal kick, Harley distributed the ball well yet again. A good passing move saw the ball transferred to the other end of the pitch. The ball broke to the U8 keeper but good persistence from Henry won the ball back, with the ball falling to Charlie who finished well to put the U7’s 1-0 up. Harley continued to be alert at the back and was dealing well with any shots that came his way. Jacob came onto the pitch and made an instant impact with 2 quick goals. His first came after he won the ball well in a tackle and scored to make it 2-0. His 2nd came soon after, with Charlie putting pressure on the ball, winning it back and passing it to Jacob who made it 3-0. The teamwork from the U7’s was really pleasing to see – they were passing the ball well and working hard to win it back . Rowan was again being really tenacious in the tackle and preventing the u8’s making many attacks. Jacob soon made it 4-0 after again putting great pressure on the U8’s when in possession. It was nearly 5-0 soon after but a very brave stop from the U8 keeper kept the score the same. The first half was coming to an end but there was still time for 1 more goal, as Henry won the ball well in a tackle on the right hand side. His powerful shot from a tight angle went in off the keeper to make it 5-0 to the U7’s at half time.


The U8’s came out in determined fashion after the half-time break. It was good to see that their heads didn’t drop and they were still determined to put on a good show. The first five minutes of the second half were very even with both sides creating a few chances – the U8 keeper made some very good saves, as did Harley for the U7’s. Harley was passing the ball well from the back, Henry was being watchful in defence and Rowan had now moved into midfield to play a great ball-winning role. Jacob, Max and Charlie were applying great pressure to the ball with strong running and tackling. Perhaps the highlight (or it could be the lowlight) of the first part of the second half was Referee Massey’s display of his multi-coloured under-crackers as he bent down to tie one of the players shoe-laces. Anyway, back to the football – half way through the second half the U7’s made it 6-0 with another good goal from Charlie. Full credit must be given to the U8’s, as they continued to keep their heads up – soon after they scored a deserved goal with a superb volley from a corner. This gave them renewed hope and another corner went in off one of the U7 players to make it 6-2.  This U7 side is made of stern stuff and they didn’t let these 2 goals affect their game. They were all passing the ball well, playing well as a team and working really hard. They also continued to maintain a great shape. The U7′ s finished the game strongly – Henry rattled the post with a good long range shot and Charlie was unlucky not to complete his hat-trick after another run. Soon after, the game ended with the final score being 6-2 to the U7’s.


Well played to both teams – a credit to Ossett Town Juniors. The U7’s all had a very good game – they worked hard for each other, showed what a good passing side they are, maintained their shape and tackled well. This performance showed the development they are all making, the effort that all the players are putting in and the fantastic work that Ryan & all the other coaches are putting in to developing this team.


B Team


Ossett Town Under 7’s.   6 (4 v2) 6    0ssett Town Under 8’s


Team Line up- Gk Ben Steel, Callum McGarry, Lucas Stephens, Isaac Holmes, Luke Holmes, Bailey Mitchell.


A friendly match up today which saw Ryan’s under 7’s come up against the under 8’s’ it was good to see how far they’ve come and they passed the test with flying colours, they out passed, out shot, and out fought the under 8’s in a game which the score didn’t really reflect how good the under 7’s were.


Straight from the kick off Luke worked well with Bailey and Lucas and had a shot which was saved, Callum wasn’t letting the Under 8’s past and when needed was helped by the others and the first goal came from a run by Luke who lost his marker and scored to make it  1 v 0.


A good tackle by Bailey helped Lucas pass a through ball to Luke who’s shot was saved to give them a corner. Callum started another move from the back, who passed Luke who crossed for Lucas to score at the far post to make it 2 v 0.


The under 8’s had their first corner from a good tackle by Isaac who stopped them shooting, but again the under 7’s broke away and started putting pressure back on the under 8’s and another good run and cross by Luke only needed a touch as it flew through the box. Ben was finally called into action and had two shots to stop and another that went wide’ but the under 7’s stopped this bit of pressure by playing themselves out from the back and Bailey and Callum making some very good tackles and Callum’s passing from the back was really good, Isaac too was helping taking the ball forward  when needed and bringing Bailey, Isaac and Luke into the action, a lovely one two between Luke and Bailey saw Baileys shot go just wide, another good bit of play saw Isaac make a good run and pass to Luke who’s shot was well saved. Luke and Bailey were passing the ball well with each other and when one of Baileys shots was saved he followed up by slotting the rebound passed the keeper, and ran half the pitch to hi five coach Craig!! 3 v 0.


The under 7’s were well on top and it was a quick break that caught them out and from the first shot on target for the under 8’s they scored to make it 3 v 1.


The under 7’s from the kick off went forward and a run by Isaac the keeper got to before he could finish it. The keeper passed it to the nearest player and Bailey and Isaac were straight onto him and Bailey got the tackle in first and ran through and it deflected of the keeper and dropped behind him into the goal, Isaac was on hand in case it didn’t go in and would’ve scored himself. 4 v 1.


The under 8’s started to come forward and just before the break scored again with a close range shot that Ben tried his best to stop but 4 v 2 was the half time score.


A great start to the half from Lucas saw him play a good pass to the right to Bailey who hit a lovely shot into the corner passed the keeper to make it 5 v 2 and give him his hat trick.


Isaac was making really good runs down both wings and played in Bailey who shot just wide’ and then Lucas made a good run and the fell to Bailey who once again shot wide.


The under 8’s scored a third after a quick counter which caught out the under 7’s and they shot past Ben who didn’t look too pleased that they scored that easy after all the hard work they were putting in. 5 v 3.


Ben started a great passing move which involved all the team, finished with a great save from the under 8’s keeper after a great shot from Luke. Callum was the next to have a shot after having a run forward, next was Isaac who ran down the right and was tackled and the ball went out of play for a throw in, he took it and found Lucas who on the volley found the net with a great finish 6 v 3.


Isaac had a shot which went just wide after a good pass by Bailey down the right and Luke who’s shot fell to him, and from the quick counter Ben made a great stop. The under 8’s were starting to get into the game more and the use of extra subs was helping them keep things fresh and the under 7’s were starting to tire and wanting to score more, Luke had two shots saved and Bailey, Isaac and Lucas were putting in good tackles at the back but when they came forward, they seemed a little jaded at getting back and this let in the under 8’s who hit a post and score three goals in quick succession and the final score was 6 v 6.


Well done to the team, it looks like all the hard work the coaches put in is making a difference as they passed the ball lovely in some spells and well done to the team who must’ve made Ryan proud today to show him they do listen to him!  🙂


Final Word: The games today really showed how strong we are as a squad, the first game was a joy to watch with the lads passing the ball well and pressing high up the pitch to win the ball back early. This was spoke about before the match and the lads really listened giving the U8s no time on the ball. The score could have been so much more but think the real positive from this game was the quality of football on show with every player looking comfortable on the ball and making good decisions to pass or dribble. A special mention to Harley in goal who looked more like himself today after a commanding performance. The second game was much like the first with a good expansive passing game, however the second game we didn’t press as high up the pitch and close down players which is what made the game so even. We created far more chances and some great keeping from the U8s prevented the scoreline being different, again the standard of football was a joy to watch with all the lads playing with great confidence despite playing against older lads. Well Done to all!!!