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!