U10 Match Reports v Upper Hopton, 21st September 2014


This mornings Phantoms team started the match with Lucas and Seth in front of goalkeeper Lucas, with Charlie patrolling centre midfield, Jayden wide left and Billy on the right. Dominic was on his usual striking duties. The early exchanges were dominated by the Phantoms, but, as in previous games, the unwillingness to play the easy ball and use better placed team mates was all too apparent too often. A few speculative shots from distance which all went wide were all the Phantoms could offer, despite being on the attack for early minutes. The first time Hopton managed to break forward produced the opening goal, as too much space was offered to their striker who shot past Lucas. After a fine run and pass from Seth, a spectacular overhead head shot by Dom just went over the bar, before the same player collected a loose ball, ran unopposed at the Hopton keeper and unerringly shot the Phantoms level. Finally beginning to pass the ball around, Charlie, Dom and Billy, linking well on the right, created a chance which the Hopton defence managed to clear. Jayden and Lucas interchanged passes, this time down the left, enabling Jayden to fire a cross cum shot which flew high over the goalkeeper into the net to put the Phantoms ahead just before half time and evidence of what this team is capable of when they work as a team.  Half Time: OTJ Phantoms 2 v Upper Hopton ‘A’ 1
Lucas made a couple of important saves early in the second half as Hopton pushed forward looking for an equalising goal. Charlie played some subtle passes through the middle to turn defence into attack on a number of occasions. Lucas and George created a shooting chance for Dom with some incisive passes, then Billy came to the fore at both ends of the pitch, firstly with a superb covering clearance as he prevented an almost certain goal before charging upfield and getting a shot away through a ruck of players to score the Phantoms third goal. Hopton were unable to breach the Phantoms defence and the game finished with the Phantoms running out winners.  The boys are improving each week, but are yet to show enough of the team passing game which they are more than capable of producing. More to work on in training!
Full-time: OTJ Phantoms 3 v 1 Upper Hopton A
Player of the Match: After an incredibly hard working performance today and a fine solo run and finish, Dominic earned the POM award. Well done Dom!
warriors1The Warriors lined up this morning with Jack in goal, Seth and George in defence, Jacob, Cai and Jamie across the middle, and Tyler up front. The opening minutes were all about Warriors swarming all over an overworked defence who gamely fought for every ball.  Seth had an early run and shot which went just wide, some fantastic through passes by Jamie and Jacob provided Tyler with a couple of shooting chances. Midway through the half, Jamie collected a loose ball and hammered it first time into the net to give the Warriors a deserved lead before a lovely move between Seth, Jamie and Tyler, interchanging quick passes, almost produced a second goal. Hopton were counter attacking whenever possible but never really troubled Jack, as George and Seth were comfortably dealing with the forays forward. Just as half time was approaching, livewire Jamie doubled the advantage with a neat cut in from the left before driving the ball low past the Hopton keeper. A snapshot from Cai soon after was well saved by the keeper to prevent a three goal half time lead. Half Time: OTJ Warriors 2 v Upper Hopton ‘B’ 0
Immediately from the re-start, Hopton reduced the deficit with a quick strike after a short corner. Undaunted, the Warriors resumed their super brand of football with another quick passing routine, this time featuring Jacob, Jamie and Tyler, carving open the Hopton defence once again. Jamie found himself in acres of space and supplied a calm finish to restore the Warriors two goal lead. The move of the match occured shortly after, with some outstanding passing and movement, forwards, backwards and sideways, showing great purpose, featuring the whole team ended with a shot from George which was well saved. Hopton, refusing to give up, stormed back and scored two great goals to equalise, which was very harsh on the Warriors who were playing really well.  A dipping shot by Jamie was just too high before Jacob tried his luck with a shot which flew just wide. Hopton surprisingly took the lead with a scrambled goal which Jack almost managed to keep out, before Seth levelled immediately after with a long range free kick which somehow managed to avoid everyone before nestling in the bottom corner.  As a draw looked the likely outcome, Hopton completed the scoring just before the end with an excellently taken goal to win the match. Despite being disappointed to lose this game, the Warriors can take real confidence into the rest of this season after playing some wonderful football throughout a really entertaining game. Well done to both teams.
Full Time: OTJ Warriors 4 v 5 Upper Hopton B
Player of the Match: A fine performance going forward today, and with some better tackling and tracking back, the Warriors would have earned the win their play deserved.  POM was, as ever, a difficult choice, but Jamie’s passing, movement and hat-trick of fine goals was fully deserving of this week’s award. Well done Jamie and keep it up!

harriers_logoOn a bright, sunny Haggs Hill morning the Harriers lined up with Tyler B in goal; Tyler H and Rowan in defence; Archie, Thomas and Calum in Midfield; with Bailey up front.  Although starting the game full of energy the Harriers were unfortunate to concede an early goal, but as ever, they battled on with their customary determination.  Some crisp passing in midfield resulted in a chance for Bailey whose pinpoint shot rattled into the back of the net.  So 1 – 1 with all to play for!  The first half descended into a tight, midfield battle with both sides getting their share of possession. Tyler B protected the Harriers goal bravely and skilfully with some fantastic saves.  Tommy was tireless in midfield and although trying to create some attacking progress was always willing to come back and help when the defence required. Archie was making some great runs forward only to be denied the ball by a good Upper Hopton defensive line.  Rowan and Tyler H worked hard to keep the marauding Upper Hopton attackers at bay. By half time it was all square at one a piece.

The second half saw the Upper Hopton attacking play come to the fore and the Harriers conceded two further goals.  Despite this the boys never stopped trying.  Rowan was busy in defence and thwarted several Upper Hopton forays forward.  Tyler H improves with every game and was brave in defence on a number of occasions. Tyler B was fantastic in goal and denied the Upper Hopton attack several times with some superb diving saves. Archie was, as usual, pushing forward into good positions and helped in defence when required. Calum and Bailey created some good attacking chances and came close to scoring, but it wasn’t to be and the away side maintained their lead to edge out the Harriers.

Full Time: OTJ Harriers 1 v 3 Upper Hopton C

Player of the Match: Despite not feeling 100% Tommy was amazing in both attack and defence. Strong tackling and always trying to push the team forward. A very gritty, brave performance all round. Well done!


Another morning of great entertainment provided by the boys from all six teams today. Well done. All the best to Upper Hopton and see you later in the season 🙂 – big thanks to Phil (Phantoms & Warriors) and Chris (Harriers) for this week’s match reports.