Saturday saw brilliant conditions to play good football with no wind and a good flat pitch to play on and both teams put on a great performance. Our team in training had put a lot of time and effort in about positional play and as a result the team were solid throughout the game going forward and also defending. Some players were tried in different positions no more so than Luke who played in goal [ kept a clean sheet] and also in attack. Defensively with Nathan, Henry, Thomas and Milo we were as solid as a rock giving great protection to our goalkeeper and even having the confidence to join in attack with Henry having a shot from 20 yards out and hitting the post. The attackers Jake, Harrison, Clayton, Theo and Jamie showed some really nice touches and dribbling but all need to have confidence to shoot more but when we did not have the ball they all worked really hard for the team and came back to help the defence with some strong tackles. Lastly I would like to thank my backroom staff Chris, Gaz and Pete [our side line looked like something from an American NFL game] for assisting me in Adams absence. When I asked them to give me their man of the match they said give it to all of the team which says it all. Well done to all connected with Saturdays game. This weekend we are at home Goole Town Tigers.
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Monk Fryston under 7's v Holme Rovers under 7's
Richard Brook |
Gilberdyke under 7's v Holme Rovers under 7's
Richard Brook |
Last week saw Holme start very slowly and were always chasing the game but this week from the very first minute the team was really switched on and gave a great performance and matched Gilberdyke in all areas. In the first quarter our very own Clayton '' bossed'' the game and considering he has only just joined the squad is already a great asset. He was well supported by Theo in goal. I am glad to say our defenders on the day Milo, Tyler, Thomas,Nathan and Henry put in some great tackles and now are starting to keep their positions and so minimise the number of shots on goal. The forwards as in Jake, Harrison and Jamie put in a lot of work to create opportunities on goal and were not scared to work back and put some tackles in, so much so that Jake was warned by the referee about one of his hefty tackles he put in. The outstanding moment of the match was by Jamie who took a free kick close to the by-line and with the outside of his foot bent the ball into the top corner of the net but the man of the match award went to Henry who won every tackle he went in for. Lastly again it was good to see Luke Watts supporting his team mates as it was his turn to sit out this game. This Saturday sees the team play at home to Goole and there might be another game straight after against Holme under 8's blacks.
Snaith Juniors v Holme Rovers Under 7's
Richard Brook |
It was great to see Clayton in his Holme Rover kit for the first time and making his debut for the club and also Yusuf, Nathan and Thomas playing there first league games. As to the match itself to be polite the team started off very slowly and could not match Snaith in any departments but I do not know if it was Adams team talk but it certainly stirred the team up and Holme gave Snaith a lot more competitive game especially in some great tackling. Unfortunately we had all players available to play on Saturday and two had to sit out and I was glad to see that both Theo and Jake came along to cheer on their mates. This Saturday we are away at Gilberdyke.
Richard Brook |
What a great night we had on Saturday which saw the club raise over £1600. A lot of thankyous, those that sponsored the races, bought horses, backed horses on the night and bought raffle tickets. The last race i.e. the auction race was the ''icing on the cake'' as there was £1200 spent on horses of which £600 went to the club. I would like to thank the ''girls'' who helped out on Saturday night and to Paul Harrison for organising the event [glad to see his dad Bob there at the event. We will be holding another race night next year and I can give you a tip,, which ever horse Ben Pearson buys or backs don't put a penny on it.
St. George 1 Holme Rovers 1sts 3
Richard Brook |
Before the game Ben Pearson the manager made three big decisions as in playing a 4-4-2 formation, playing Eddy Atkinson in the centre of defence and giving one of the youngest players Josh Brook the captains armbands and at the end of the game I am glad to say that all of this worked well with the team winning their first game of the season. Normally the centre of midfield dictate the pace of the game but today it was our back four and also if they compacted the game or expanded it. With all back four players comfortable on the ball they at times played along their 18 yard line so creating space for our midfielders to find space and collect the ball or even bringing the ball out of defence themselves with midfielders automatically filling in for them, great team work. When called for the team pressed up to the half way line and pressed the St George players when they had possession and Nick Cage did this brilliantly which resulted in him getting the first goal. After this it was one way traffic with our players one on one with the goalkeeper and been too honest for their own good when been fouled in the penalty area but stopping on their feet. The second half started in the same vein as the first. Sam Jefferson whipped in a free kick which was missed by all and went in at the far post. At this point Holme were cruising at 2-0 but unfortunately Brad Delves headed into his own goal [ I was informed after the game that Brad had been poorly the night before and was suffering dehydration and had been hallucinating during the game]. At long last Holme did get a penalty but Danny Shaw's spot kick was saved and in the scramble to clear the ball Danny suffered a horrific nose injury. Mark Burke came on as a sub and used his experience to hold up the ball upfront and just before the end of the game Sam Jefferson coolly slotted the ball home to secure a well deserved three points. The MOM went to Tom Clark for his tenacious work in midfield but the main positive point was the attitude and discipline of the team no more so than Nick Cage who was kicked all over the place and had some close offside decisions go against him but glad to say Nick controlled his emotions and made St George pay the price. Well done to all associated with the 1st team. Next Saturday sees the team at Home to Reckitts Reserves who have won both of their league games comfortable.