Broadstone U12 Colts 1-4 Melcombe Regis
The Colt's first game of this years league cup saw us again come up against a team we had never played before, but we did know they'd won their first league game 6-0 so it was we knew it was likely to be a difficult game.
For the opening period of the game the teams looked fairly well balanced, with both teams creating half chances, however 90% of the time our attempts were stopped by an outstanding performance from Melcombe Regis' centre back. We only had 1 stand out chance of the half when Sam G did what we'd asked all the boys to do and take shots in and around the area. His shot came agonisingly close, it curled round nicely with a bit of help from the wind but hit the join of the crossbar and post and went out for a goal kick. At the other end of the pitch Melcombe Regis were finding their way through our defences far too easily, and had several shots on target before the 15 minute mark, only to be stopped from taking the lead by Dan who made some excellent saves in goal for us. With 10 minutes of the half to go the opposition striker found their way around Dan, finishing well meaning we went in at half time 1-0 down.
The second half saw the weather conditions worsen and we ended up playing against very strong wind and rain as well as a strong team. Five minutes into the second half a player from the opposition took a strike from well outside the box, and Dan could do nothing but watch as the ball changed from heading into his far top corner and instead whipped across to his near top corner thanks to the wind. We started to keep the ball down a bit better and create a few chances, but didn't really test the keeper. Half way through the second half another long shot again went from one side of the goal to the other, with Dan doing well to get anywhere near it before it found its way into the top of the goal. With 10 minutes left we thought we may see another Broadstone Colts come back when Sam G found the bottom corner with a cleverly placed shot after hard work from Sam P around the edge of the box. However Melcombe Regis put the last nail in the coffin 2 minutes later with yet another high long shot. The final result was a 4-1 loss.
Man of the match went to Dan who had a superb game and could do nothing about any of the goals we conceded. He made at least 5 brilliant saves particularly in the first half to ensure we still had a fighting chance going into the second.
This was a disappointing game from a coaches point of view as we've always said that the result doesn't matter if everyone puts in 100% but it is the first time in 2 years that we couldn't say that we saw the top effort from all of the players.
We go again this Sunday against Poole Town Wessex United, a team we have done well against before so are looking forward to to seeing an improved performance.