Our first game saw us playing at home against a team we had never played before so we weren't sure what to expect. With 4 subs on the bench for our first game the message to the players was to give everything they had while they were on the pitch as there would be plenty of chances to have a rest and that's exactly what every one of them did.
The players started well, passing the ball around quickly and creating a couple of half chances, however just after 5 minutes Verwood's striker found himself with the ball on the edge of our box and a rushed shot saw the ball float over George into the far top corner. After this Broadstone continued to have the majority of the ball, creating several good chances but lacking the composure in front of goal. As we approached the 20 minute mark Sam G made a good run down the touchline and did well to get his head up and cut the ball back to Jospeh who bent the ball superbly into the far corner of the net across the keeper, a much deserved equaliser. However just a minute or 2 later we switched off from our own goal kick as it found its way straight to an opposition striker just outside the box, whose shot skipped up off of the surface to beat George in goal. 5 minutes later the lads created another good opportunity, with Sam again being provider this time for the day's captain Alfie, who finished well from outside the box to again bring us level. We were unfortunate to not go into half time leading, with Kieran bringing an excellent save from the Verwood keeper a couple of minutes before the end of the half.
At half time the score was 2-2, with the Broadstone players feeling that they deserved to be infront, and so it was up to them to go out in the second half and prove that that was the case.
The half again started well, with the players moving the ball around well in ever-worsening conditions, however we couldn’t seem to find the final ball into our striker. With just 10 minutes left of the half Verwood won a free kick just outside of our box, George got finger tips to the shot but it wasn’t enough to keep it from finding the top corner.
Yet again the Broadstone players showed their superb fighting attitude, and with 5 minutes left of the game they came from behind for the third time in the match when Kieran made a brilliant run down the wing from the edge of our box after receiving a short goal kick, all the way to just outside the opposition box, beating several players along the way. His pass inside found Alfie, who instead of shooting, spotted Sam P making a clever run into the box from the left hand side. His pass found Sam brilliantly who took 1 touch and slotted the ball past the keeper to make the score 3-3. The celebrations from the parents and the subs suggested they would’ve taken a draw after such a brilliant fight from the players, however the boys weren’t finished yet. With just 2 minutes of the game left Tyler managed to find a pass to Sam P in a crowded penalty area and Sam knocked the ball past the keeper to give the colts a much deserved first win of the season.
Man of the match went to Alfie. In the first half he played as a lone striker and held the ball up superbly, bringing midfielders into play and then looking to receive the ball again himself, even causing the opposition to attempt a man marking set up to keep him out of the game to no avail. He had 15 minutes off after half time and then came back on in a central midfield role and again linked everything together very well.
We made it very difficult for ourselves at times during the match, but the player’s attitude and work rate can’t be questioned and long may it continue through the season!