Rothwell Town 4 – 0 U15 Lions Match Report

Result: Rothwell Town 4 – 0 Ossett Town U15s Lions
Man of the match:  Ellis Longstaff
Match Reporter: Geoff Allison
League: Garforth League

Tough day at the office

This was always going to be a tough fixture as Rothwell are a class act and have always been in the top 3 of the 1st Division. However, recent good form and much improvement from Ossett and patchy performances from Rothwell meant it promised to be an interesting affair.

Rothwell were out of the blocks much quicker and a combination of a fierce following wind, a steep slope and to be honest, a far more determined attitude meant it was all one way for the first 20 minutes. They were like a swarm of bees around the Ossett players and attack after attack rained in on Connor’s goal.

The wind played a part in the first goal as a long ranger sailed into the top of the net. From then on it was like a shooting gallery and some desperate defending and some superb keeping from Connor kept the score down to just 2 by half time. Shot after shot came in and shot after shot was either blocked or scrambled away and the stats would have looked frightening if you had time to analyse them.

It was time to stand up and be counted and Ossett through sheer hard work and getting stuck in started to get back into the game and towards the end of the 1st half started to create some chances. A Tyler free-kick forced a good save from their keeper which bounced back and the rebound was put into the net. For some reason the goal was not allowed and the referee made Ossett take the kick again, but this time without success

So, at 2:0 down at half time, with Ossett improving we were certainly in with a fighting chance

The 2nd half started as the 1st half ended with some good work and determination from the lads. We were creating more chances and Bailey, Joe and Ellis upfront with Conyers and Tyler down the flanks looked threatening. However, Rothwell are a bit like Chelsea and have no weak areas. They were pacey in attack and defence and executed their passes much better under intense pressure than we did, and this showed through in the end and was the difference in the sides. Chris said afterwards that we need to get that intensity in training otherwise we will lose out big time to the stronger sides

Rothwell’s 3rd goal was another nice fast move and clinical finish and that really ended any hopes that Ossett had of salvaging something from the game. A 4th followed near the end of the game.

The best team definitely won, but we weren’t a million miles away. Once or twice during the game things could have turned our way. There were some great performances across the team and some digging deep. One memorable save from Connor in the 2nd half following a deflection that he turned away from the foot of the post. Some great defending against a quality attack and some creative flair up front which deserved at least a couple of goals

Let’s listen to the motivational words of Rocky Bilbao

Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done. Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!