Our final game of the season saw us go up against a team who beat us 9-1 in the reverse fixture near the start of the season.
The players knew this was always going to be a difficult game, but went into it feeling positive, wanting to end the season on a high.
The colts started well, keeping the ball and passing round Gillingham's high pressure. In the 8th minute josh played a ball in behind Gillingham's defence which Alfie ran onto before lobbing the keeper with an excellent composed chip.
After this Gillingham had more of the ball and put our defence under a lot of pressure which the boys dealt with well. In the 20th minute it looked as if Gillingham's pressure would pay off, with a mistimed tackle giving them a penalty, however George guessed correctly to keep us in the lead.
With less than a minute until half time Tyler was rewarded for his high pressing when a poor touch from a Gillingham midfielder saw the ball fall to Tyler's feet, he turned and shot quickly and a small deflection off of a Gillingham defender saw the ball loop over the keeper to send us into half time 2-0 up.
The boys were extremely pleased at half time but knew Gillingham were going to come out into the second half all guns blazing.
This was the case and we held strong for the first 10 minutes of the second half seeing out multiple Gillingham attacks. Gillingham's first goal came from an unexpected situation, a free kick from just inside our half found its way through everyone in the box and beat the keeper to give Gillingham the boost they needed. What followed was 15 minutes of extremely high pressure from Gillingham which saw them score 3 goals, however the colts can be extremely proud of the numerous chances they prevented Gillingham from converting, in a much better way than they did at the start of the season against this team.
Despite the game finishing with a 4-2 defeat all of the players should be very happy with how they played, yet again showing huge improvement from the start of the season and a brilliant attitude throughout the match, regardless of the scoreline!
Our first league game since February saw us take on Poole town Wessex colts, who had beaten us for the first time earlier in the season 2-1. After a difficult run of games in the cup we needed to get back to winning ways.
Our first goal came after 5 minutes when Tyler turned superbly after receiving a sharp pass from sam, beating the defender with his first touch, he then sped away from the defence before finishing across the keeper into the corner.
After this Poole town presses but didn't really threaten our lead, with broadstone keeping the ball for good periods of the half. Our second came when Joseph ran onto a through ball from ben, again showing good pace to create a 1 on 1 situation with the keeper and he finished well to take us into half time 2-0 up.
At half time the players knew they had to stay more focused defensively than they had in previous games and early in the second half Poole forced a couple of corners but the danger was cleared well.
We then went 3-0 up with another goal from Joseph, a good build up lead to sam squaring the ball to Jospeh in the box who again slotted the ball past the keeper.
Our 4th was scored by sam, Tyler passed the ball to him just inside the opposition half and he then beat a defender and finished well when 1 on 1 with the keeper.
A substitution saw kieran who'd played RB in the first half push on into RM as he was desperate for his first goal of the season and 5 minutes after coming on he took advantage of a napping Poole town defence to round up our scoring. Sam earned his third assist of the game when he took the initiative and took a corner quickly which kieran met after a good run to the front post and finished well with a volley past the keeper.
With 2 minutes of the game left Poole town found the net with a great strike from the edge of the box into the top right corner.
Man of the match went to Joseph for his game of the season, he had an excellent work rate and scored 2 great goals.
This week saw the return of the league plate fixtures for the U11 Colts. Having been placed in the top group for the plate competition against teams 2 or 3 divisions above us in the league we were determined to continue our unbeaten run. Our first test was against Dorchester town Stars. The first half was largely uneventful with neither team creating much in the way of chances, and both having good spells of possession and pressure. The two stand out moments of the half came from us, both from sam, firstly smashing the bar with a weak foot volley from outside the box, and then beating two players and getting a shot away from just inside the box, only to see his shot come off the post.
In the second half the first 15 minutes continued in much the same way, with both teams sharing time in the ascendancy. Then in the 45th minute Dorchester scored a brilliant header from a corner, neither defender or keeper could do anything about it. However the Colts didn't let their heads drop and continued fighting to get a much deserved goal. With 10 minutes left Ollie was pushed into midfield, to change the formation to have 3 at the back. We piled on the pressure but it didn't seem we would find a way through, until 1 minute from time sam and alfie combined well, with the latter laying a pass off to Ollie, who's shot from outside the box squeezed under the keeper for our equaliser.
The Dorch manager agreed a draw was a fair result although we were very unfortunate not to go ahead in the first half.
Man of the match went to Ollie for his excellent work rate all over the pitch, and his equalising goal.
It is clear that our Plate run isn't going to be easy but with such a brilliant attitude there's no reason the Colts can't do well.
In only our second game since Xmas the colts produced another thrilling match this afternoon. Having drawn 3-3 with wool the first time we played them in the league after being 2-0 down, and beating them in the cup 3-0 the lads were confident of continuing to improve how they played against a strong team. Despite this confidence the game didn't start well, we found ourselves 2-0 down after 15 minutes. However yet again the team showed amazing spirit and attitude, continuing to work hard even after the early set back. With just under 15 minutes left of the half the colts started to get a foothold in the game, becoming much more creative going forward finding holes in the wool defence. Our first goal came in the 23rd minute when Tyler found sam with a great pass who slotted the ball beyond the keeper well. In the remaining 7 minutes the colts really controlled the game and scored twice more to go into half time 3-2 up, with alfie playing an excellent through ball to Tyler who stayed calm as the keeper rushed towards him and finished well into the bottom corner. Our 3rd was volleyed home by Joseph after an excellent cross from Sam. The half time team talk was all about staying focused defensively after a similar game against wool first time around saw us only come away with a draw. The team did this excellently for the first 15 minutes, absorbing lots of pressure from Wool and finding the net twice on the counter attack both times through sam who finished excellently after being set up by George and Kieran. On the 50th minute Wool converted after pinball in the box fell to the strikers feet 6 yards from goal. This just increased our need to stay alert defensively and we did so well seeing the game out to a 5-3 win.
Man of the Match went to Sam for his excellent goals and tireless work rate throughout game, even when he played out of position at RB!
Reflecting on the game we need to improve on keeping possession when under pressure as Wool had most of the ball in the second half however on the flip side we did well to defend against it as well as we did.
Well done boys!!
With no league games scheduled until the 22nd Jan a friendly was just what we needed to get back into it coming off the back of a good run of form before Xmas. Our opponents were Poole town Wessex united, a team we had played before, winning 2-1. With everyone available including our new signings since the start of the season a new team picture was in order so everyone played
The game started well with alfie scoring after just 4 minutes, running onto a good through-ball from Kieran and finishing well.
Both teams then settled into the game, with Broadstone having most of the possession. It stayed 1-0 until 'third-time'. With so many subs to make we played 3 x 20 mins. This is when the experimentation began, having used all 5 subs a slightly different formation was used and Tommy took position between the sticks for only the second time. The stones started this 3rd well, again having more of the ball and creating good chances. We went 2 up after George's driven clearance turned into an excellent through- ball to send Tyler on his way, he kept his calm well and found the bottom corner.
5 minutes before 'third time' and Poole had begun to put pressure on our defence, and unfortunately won a penalty after a rash tackle. Tommy made himself big and guessed correctly, and was fortunate to see the ball roll past the post.
Third time and another 5 substitutions made, again varying the formation slightly. Thomas, who had played in goal for us a couple of times last year, stepped up to go in goal for the first time this season. The near miss for Poole seemed to have woken us up as we started the last third very well, determined to finish the game off and keep a clean sheet. After 5 minutes Kieran's shot from close range was saved by the keeper, but fell to the feet of Tyler who converted the chance well to put us 3 up. The last 15 minutes were managed well by Broadstone, giving very few chances to Poole but Thomas did well when he was needed. Man of the match went to Tyler for a strong performance both upfront and in midfield.
Our last game before Xmas saw us take on a team we hadn't played before, however looking at their previous results we expected a very difficult game with them having managed much closer results than us against a couple of our mutual opponents.
With a difficult game last week despite playing well the lads surprised even myself with their excellent attitude going into this weeks match. They were at their best as soon as the whistle went, with Tyler scoring his first of 3 just 4 minutes into the game with Tommy making an excellent run down the left wing and finding Tyler with a clever pull back who finished well. Our quick start clearly rattled our opponents as 4 minutes later we scored our second, with Tyler again finding the back of the net. After this Merley started to get a hold of the game, playing several through balls between our defenders, however George was very quick off his line to clear the danger before the attackers had chance to create anything. Both teams played well for the remainder of the half, with our high pressing eventually paying off again 1 minute before half time, when a strong tackle from Leo saw the ball ricochet through to an alert Tyler, who again finished well to put us 3 up at the break.
2 minutes into the second half exactly what we didn't want to happen did, their attacker picked the ball up on the edge of the box and curled an excellent shot into the top left corner giving George no chance. Earlier in the season this might've seen us panic and concede another, however Ben and Alfie had other ideas, linking up well just 2 minutes later with Alfie slotting the ball past the keeper to put us 4-1 up. The next 15 minutes was a good contest, with both teams creating chances well and both defending well. In the 48th minute Alfie's determination paid off, his high pressure on the defenders leaving him with the ball just inside the box and yet again he showed good composure to place the ball out of the keeper's reach. The last 10 mins saw the stones dominate Merley, creating many chances with everyone keen to get on the score sheet. Eventually it was Alfie who finished the scoring, sealing his hat-trick with 5 minutes left to play, again with Ben assisting him.
A superb final game of the year from the lads showcasing brilliantly how they have improved so far this season!
Hopefully we can continue in the same way in the new year!
Merry Christmas everyone!
After picking up a good run of form in recent weeks we went into this game confident that we wold be able to provide a much closer match up for Gilingham than we did when we played them in the league earlier in the season. However, last minute illnesses left us with only 7 players, turning what was always going to be a difficult task into a near impossible one.
Fortunately for us, Gilingham's manager was very understanding, and agreed to play 7-a-side on the 9-a-side pitch giving him three subs to work with.
During the first half we played very well, linking up brilliantly at times when on the attack, leading to several chances. The pick of the bunch during the first half was Ben playing an excellent through ball to Sam who tried to slot the ball into the bottom corner, but the on rushing keeper saved it well. Unfortunately in between our good attacking chances, Gillingham also had some of their own. Despite our make shift back 3 playing well, especially Kieran who halted the opposition's attack down our left side brilliantly on multiple occasions, they found the net 3 times. So at half time we found ourselves 3-0 down, but still playing well and in the game.
In the first 15 minutes of the second half we had our strongest spell, giving Gillingham very few chances and creating plenty ourselves. Alfie and Ben were both playing fantastically in midfield, protecting our defense and linking up excellently with Sam to cut through Gillingham's defence, but we struggled to really test the keeper. Ben forced what was the keepers best save of the game, shooting low towards the bottom left hand corner, but the keeper made a brilliant diving save to push the ball wide.
With 15 minutes left to play, it was clear we were starting to tire, having given everything to try to get back into the game Gillingham were still full of energy using all 3 subs regularly to keep everyone fresh. Gillingham found their 4th with a well struck free kick just outside the box. Two more followed as we continued to chase the game.
Despite the scoreline the lads can hold their heads high, improving the scoreline from last time we played them despite the difficult circumstances. Kieran took home the MOTM trophy, playing brilliantly well as one of our back three, even impressing Gillingham's manager. However he wasnt the only player their manager was impressed with, when we spoke after the game he told me how impressed he was with how all of the players had improved since the last time we had played them. This is brilliant to hear from an opposition team and gives us confidence for when we play our remaining fixture against them in the new year. I am very proud of the players for how they approached what we knew was going to be an extremely tough game under any circumstances, but playing as they did when they were 2 players down and some of them playing in different positions was very pleasing to see!
Another strong performance from the U11 Colts this week. The lads started well, putting high pressure on Poole Town and defending well when they needed to, with George only having a couple of basic saves to make in the first 15 minutes. Ben played especially well in a defensive midfield role, protecting our defence excellently and playing some good passes when he had the ball himself. Next came our first goal, a brilliant counter attacking move led by Tommy, getting from one end of the pitch to the other with 4 quick passes. Alfie did well to play a 1-2 on the half way line with Tommy and then showed excellent desire to get into the box to finish off the move. Our first shot from Sam was saved by the keeper but Alfie then finished well after a small slice of luck when the keeper's parry fell to his feet. We continued to play well for the remaining 15 minutes of the half, George had a relatively quiet time with little to do, we created a few chances, with several shots blocked in the box. The half finished 1-0 to the stones, with the message to continue as we had in the first half, there was also a big change for the team with Tommy wanting to try his hand at Goalkeeping, and George playing outfield for the first time in nearly a year, although in a different position to what he is used to, playing in centre back, and both players did very well. Unfortunately we had a slow start to the second half and 5 minutes in Poole Town had equalised after a strong solo run down our left hand side, Tommy made an excellent first save however like our first goal, his parry fell back to the attackers feet who had a simple tap in. After this Broadstone stepped up their game, with George and Ollie playing well in the centre, putting in strong tackles and good headers to stop Poole Town from breaking down the middle. It was a very competitive half with Broadstone having the majority of the attacking play. 10 minutes from time we changed to a back 3, putting 2 up front to try to find the goal that our play had deserved. Our efforts were rewarded 5 minutes from time, when an excellent corner from Kieran found George in front of the near post, who guided a superb looping header over the opposition keeper and a player on the line. We stayed strong and focused for the last few minutes of the game, seeing out a good result well.
Man of the match went to Ben for some excellent midfield work, it was a fantastic performance from everyone and it's great to have 2 wins on the bounce going into what is sure to be a very difficult game agaisnt Gillingham this week. Courtesy of the opposition, who videod the game, here are our two goals. Well done boys!!
Having come back from being 2-0 down to draw 3-3 with Wool and Winfrith when we played them in the league a few weeks ago confidence was high going into this league cup game.
Wool thought they'd taken the upper hand when they won the coin toss and changed ends, meaning they'd get to attack downhill in the second half. By contrast to the last couple of weeks the Stones started extremely well, keeping the ball well and putting Wool under good pressure when they didn't have it. This bright start was rewarded just 6 minutes into the game when a big kick from keeper George cleared the Wool defensive line putting Sam through on goal, who stayed calm and dribbled into the 18 yard box before cooly slotting the ball across the keeper with his weaker foot to give George his second assist of the season. Wool began to grow into the game after this however Broadstone defended extremely well as a team, with Ollie protecting the back 4 brilliantly. Wool did however force 2 saves from George during the half, he clawed a cross off of the line directly from a corner with a strong right hand, and then he pulled off a contender for save of the season so far; Wool shot from the keepers right from the edge of the box, the ball was destined for George's top left corner until he flew across the goal and tipped the ball around the post with his equally strong left hand. Shortly after this new signing Alfie came off of the bench and instantly added a new dimension to our attack, with quick feet and good vision for a pass Broadstone began to create more chances. One of these forced the Wool keeper to come out of his box to clear a clever through ball, his clearance however fell to Alfie around 25 yards out, who took a touch and then shot around the keeper, finishing into the bottom left corner. We knew getting ahead whilst shooting downhill would be important and Joseph did a good job of finishing this off 1 minute before half time. Again Alfie was involved, having dribbled the ball to the bi-line, his cut back found Joseph around 6 yards out from goal. Despite being under high pressure from defenders Joseph took a couple of touches to create space for himself and then smashed the ball into the top right corner. Half time, 3-0 up.
During the half time team talk it was clear the lads understood that the defensive job this half would be difficult, with Wool having nothing to lose. Wool's intentions were obvious after 5 miuntes, with them looking for through balls along the ground and over our defence very often. However Broadstone gave one of their best defensive performances of the season, dealing with everything Wool threw at them brilliantly. We also created chances ourselves, but with fewer players in support as they were working so hard defensively, we struggled to really test the keeper. With 5 minutes left of the game George made his only real save of the half, pulling off a 'Wayne Hawes special', firstly attempting to save a low close range effort with his feet, but when the ball slipped through he was quick to collapse on the ball before it trickled over the line.
A very well deserved win for the U11 Colts, really backing up their individual improvements with such a good team performance, working very well together all over the pitch.
In this week's league cup game the U11 Colts faced a tough trip away to top of the group, blandford had won both of their previous games 5-1 and 6-0 so we knew it would be difficult. Broadstone started brilliantly restricting Blandford to very few chances and keeping the ball well ourselves. However as the first half went on Blandford grew into the game and began putting us under a lot of pressure which led to Blandford's first goal, after playing a clever through ball they finished nicely across the keeper, the ball going in off of the post. For the remaining 15 minutes of the half man of the match George made some incredible saves to keep the score at 1-0, unfortunately for us his opposite was also having a brilliant game and made an excellent save to deny Kieran towards the end of the half.
In the second half Broadstone pushed for an equaliser and Blandford began to find the gaps we were leaving. George made more excellent saves but there was nothing that could be done about Blandford's second goal, some slick passing and a superb finish into the top corner. As Broadstone put more efforts into the attack with time running out, Blandford found the net twice more with another 2 good finishes.
The Colt's effort and determination even when chasing the game was great to see and will serve us well going forward.