U11 Phantoms Match Report from Sunday 10 January 2016




Coach Mike had a large squad to choose from and rotate this week in a friendly in unfriendly weather.  Sam, Jayden, Jamaine, Jamie, Alexander, Dom, Eddie, Billy, Ben, Jacob, Tyler and Charlie M all braved the cold and wet in the name of football.


On a much smaller pitch than the boys are accustomed to and with the added bounce of a 3G surface, the game started frenetically, both teams struggling to get the ball under control.  However the Phantoms took the lead with almost their first attack.  Dom raced down the left wing, made some space for himself, and sent over a super cross to an unmarked Charlie M, who calmly found the back of the net.  The visitors almost doubled their lead soon after, Ben floating in a great corner, and Jamaine unluckily volleying wide.


Northowram found their feet, and produced some fine football to apply pressure to the Ossett goal, Eddie and Billy putting some crucial tackles in to protect Sam, and Tyler and Jamie with strong aerial performances clearing crosses and shots with their heads.  Sam was being well protected by his defenders, and did not have a great deal to do, but was always aware and was quick off his line when required.  Unfortunately, the home side’s pressure paid off and they found an equaliser just before half time.  A high, swirling, speculative punt from the halfway line was well palmed away by Sam, but in the ensuing scramble, Northowram managed to force the ball into the net.


HT Northowram A 1-1  OTJ Phantoms


The second half started badly for the Phantoms, the wet ball slipped through Sam’s grasp from an early corner, and a Northowram player was on hand to tap in for the lead.  The Phantoms hit back, only to find that Northowram mounted a quick counter attack and scored again.  A route 1, high bouncing goal kick from the Northowram keeper then evaded the Ossett defence, and despite Sam being off his line early, he was unable to prevent the home side going even further ahead.


The Phantoms finally woke up from the early shock of going so far behind so quickly, and managed a more positive period themselves.  Tyler did well to produce a cross from the left, and Alexander directed his header on goal well, but lacked power and was gathers by the goalkeeper.


Billy then fired in a perfect cross from a free kick almost on the halfway line, which sailed though all in the penalty area and seemed to take Tyler by surprise at the far post, he found a teammate but Alexander shot wide.


Disaster struck for the visitors again, as a simple long ball cut out the entire Ossett defence and their striker round the diving Sam to add to their tally.


Eddie took the initiative and began to make a few surging runs from deep.  He produced the pass of the day, and wonderful diagonal through ball for Billy to run on to, and score the Phantoms’ second goal of the day.


This was soon cancelled out after Northowram produced an excellent passing move, seemingly unchallenged by a sleepy Ossett defence to get on the score sheet again.  More super football from the home side produced the final nail in the Phantoms’ coffin, just before the final whistle.


FT Northowram A 7-2 OTJ Phantoms


A disappointing morning for the Phantoms.  Northowram certainly seemed to take to the size of the pitch, the 3G surface and the weather conditions more readily than Ossett, however the Phantoms’ heads never dropped and they kept battling to the end.  Hard luck boys, keep fighting- better luck next week!


Player of the match:  Billy was the man of the match, with an imperious all round performance, including some fabulous tackling, reading of the game, topped off with a well worked goal.  Well done Billy.


Thanks to Nigel Parkinson for his match report.