Another win for the Under 8’s!
We started the game sluggish with some nerves clearly showing, but some decent play in bursts and started to gain a foothold in the game. Scored some early goals but a lack of concentration allowed Crewe to come back.
We reminded the squad at the break to keep the shape and enforce narrow channels between defence, midfield and strikers to restrict Crewe’s quality on the ball. The lads took on board the advice, our positional play became better as the game went on and started to dominate the play.
Bala really started to win the battles all over the field as we settled and started to play quality football. Llion and Ioan in defence were solid with Jac Watkins in goal instructing them with confidence. Three in midfield consisting of Leo on the left, Robin in the middle and Jac on the right were winning their battles with their opposite numbers, Caio up front was relentless with the high press, forcing the opposition to concede possession and allowed us to counter immediately.
The team’s energy and fitness shone through in the final quarter, the intensity carried on from the third quarter, Elliott came on for Caio upfront and picked up where Caio left off, using the high press very effectively. Passing was crisp and effective, and allowed us to counter at lightning pace. Scored some quality goals (of which Robin Williams’ was the pick of the bunch, a lovely lob of the keeper which was reminiscent of Ronaldinho!).
Man of the Match – Jac Jones. Hard to choose, as Llion Roberts was solid and effective in defence.