U10 Match Reports v Upper Hopton, Sunday 12th April 2015


PhantomsThe Phantoms lined up with Ben in goal, and George, Tyler, Alexander, Jayden, Eddie, Dom, Billy, Jamie and Cai making up the outfield places.


The Phantoms started the match in style, some great first time slick passing amidst some tenacious pressing from Upper Hopton.  Cai and Billy combined well to create an early attacking opportunity for Dom which unfortunately came to nothing.  Jamie and Billy battled well in midfield, but it was almost halfway through the first period when Jamie played a great through ball to Dom who saw the first shot of the match saved.  Eddie then had a shot which met the same fate, the Upper Hopton keeper having to be alert to the Ossett threat.  Another great ball from Cai, after chasing what seemed like a lost cause, created another chance for Dom, this time he hit the post.  Eddie then had another chance, but shot wide.  Tyler, Alexander and Jayden were working well as a team, snuffing out any hint of an opportunity on the Ossett goal.  Disaster almost struck for Ossett from a rare Hopton corner.  The set piece was well delivered, and Jamie met the ball bravely with his head, diverting it goal wards, but Ben held on to the ball well.  Billy managed a powerful shot of his own, but it was saved and somehow the visitors managed to scramble the ball away, and the first period ended goalless.


1/3 OTJ Phantoms 0-0 Upper Hopton A


The Phantoms started well again in the second period.  A great cross from Dom was just missed by Cai.  Upper Hopton then broke forward, very much against the run of play, outran the Ossett defence and opened the scoring.  The Phantoms were not disheartened by the setback, and a quality delivery from a corner by Jamie was headed onto the bar by Dom.  Dom then found himself one-on-one with the Hopton keeper, only to side foot his shot wide.  Sensing an equaliser, the Phantoms rallied, and after a clever throw in from Jayden, Dom battled forward down the left and created space for himself to put in a super cross for Tyler who finished accurately with a well struck shot.


Perhaps through relief of scoring, the Phantoms unfortunately suffered a loss in concentration, and were caught ball watching after a Hopton free kick fell nicely to their striker, whose strike regained the lead for the visitors, and the home side somehow went into the second break trailing.


2/3 OTJ Phantoms 1-2 Upper Hopton A


Ossett started the third period determined to get back into the game quickly, and they almost did through a shot from Tyler, but the strike lacked venom and the keeper saved comfortably.  Cai, who filled in at the right back position in this period, dealing well with Hopton’s talented number 24 who moved out wide to escape Billy’s tenacious tackling, found himself with the ball, skipped round two challenges and laid on the pass of the day through to Tyler, who struck the ball goal wards for Dom to get the final touch and even out the scores.  Brilliant!


Once again though, Upper Hopton fought back, and a bouncing ball in the Phantoms’ area eluded the home defence, and Ben managed to save two strikes in the crowded box before visitors retook the lead with a third effort.  The pendulum swung the other way almost immediately, when Dom brought a high ball under control, chased into the Hopton box and finished well- a super solo effort!


Dom then had another shot saved when it looked like the Phantoms would take the lead for the first time.  The see-saw game then saw Hopton race down the other end and Ben saved well with telescopic legs to push the ball onto the crossbar.  The Tyler and Dom show continued, when Alexander’s pass released Tyler down the right, but Another chance went begging as Dom shot wide.  Unfortunately for the Phantoms, another bouncing ball caused confusion in the Phantoms defence, and despite valiant efforts from George, and Jayden, the ball looped over Ben for the visitors to yet again take the lead.


The Phantoms peppered the Hopton goal in an attempt to get back into the game.  Fantastic shots from Billy, Alexander, Dom and Tyler were all either saved by the goalkeeper (easily Hopton’s man of the match), or went agonisingly wide.  Just when it seemed that an away win was inevitable, another excellent cross from Tyler was finished well by Dom to restore parity. It was no more than the Phantoms deserved.


Full-time: OTJ Phantoms 4-4 Upper Hopton A


Player of the match: A good game to watch, which came alive in the third period.  The Phantoms were left to rue the many missed chances, and some defensive errors – it was mystifying how they didn’t manage to win the game, considering the quality of possession they had.  The passing at times was excellent, for the most part (literally apart from four occasions) the defensive organisation and communication was sound.  The battling in midfield was as competitive as ever, the best example of which was produced by Billy, who deserved his player of the match award for another energetic performance. Well done Billy, and well done boys – the transition to 9-a-side seems to be going well.


Thanks to Nigel Parkinson for his match report.



warriors1The Warriors kicked off their second 9 a side game with Jack in goal; Lucas, Samuel and Max at the back; Seth, Calum and Matthew in midfield; with Rowan and Jacob leading the line.  Tyler H started from the bench.


In the first period the Warriors struggled to contain Upper Hoptons number 24 who stole the show in the early stages with quick feet and two well taken goals, to put the away side in the lead.  The Warriors adapted as the period progressed and started to establish some passing movements of their own, with Samuel, Seth and Jacob beginning to show their own quality, although the Warriors were guilty of looking for one pass too many at times, when a shot was available.


In the second period the Warriors fought back.  After some good interplay between Jacob and Rowan, the boys broke through, but unfortunately after an almighty scramble, the ball was cleared by the Hopton defence.  Then, after an almost perfect recreation of the same scramble, Seth forced the ball home with his left foot to reduce the deficit.  More Warrior pressure followed, and after a corner was cleared, Samuel controlled the bouncing ball superbly, moved forward with purpose and unleashed a superb right footed drive that hit the angle of post and bar!  So unlucky.


The Warriors pulled level with the move of the game. Jack passed his goal kick out to Samuel.  He picked out Jacob in midfield who played a super defence-splitting through ball for Lucas to run into at full speed and rattle in a super instinctive finish.  A great goal matched by an equally entertaining coaches celebration and cries of “who’s ya daddy”!!!!


Unfortunately Upper Hopton broke away just before the end of the second period to restore their lead as the Warrior boys momentarily switched off.


In the final period, three more away goals sealed the win for the visitors as the Warriors ran out of energy, but not effort.


Full-time: OTJ Warriors 2 v 6 Upper Hopton A/B


Player of the match:  Two boys were given the POM award this morning.  First up was Jacob who played with real energy and effort as well as producing some quality passes and crosses.  Second was Samuel who talked his less experienced defenders through the game, produced some great passes and deserved a goal with his fine long range strike. Well done to both boys.