Under 9s vs Old Ruts – 01.10.17
1st October 2017 (away)
Merton Under 9s 0
Old Ruts 12
MOM – Ollie
Pleasant mid morning kick off for the under 9s, away to local rivals Old Ruts. We played them pre season where it was a close game, this was the total opposite. There was definitely and bit of ‘Fergie time’ on the watch. Neal took the warm up once everyone arrived, couple of games and then some shooting practice. Taff even lent a hand with the Old Ruts mum’s carrying the goals out; they must have been lighter than ours!!!
Missing one player this week, David, who was running around Disney Land hopefully not slide tackling Mickey Mouse.
Starting line up of Max in goal, Harry and Joe in defence, midfield of Percy, Archie and Louis, up top was Faris. Lewis (Hazard) and Ollie on the bench. Although we conceded 12 goals there were some positives in the match. The boys played the ball about and made some good passes and one twos, getting the ball out to the wide positions. We did have chances but just couldn’t convert them. Old Ruts had some good players who could put the ball in the net. We went in the first half with the score being 5 – 0. Clearing and losing the ball near our goal was our down fall for the goals.
The second half was a bit like the first but the boys worked harder to try and get some goals back, Percy doing the upmost to control the centre of midfield who I thought had a really good game, Louis having game of season so far running up and down the wing and getting into scoring positions but not finding the net. Archie putting in the crunching tackles, with one of them causing slight injury to knee and being fireman carried off by Neal. Faris’s passing and movement was better, just didn’t have his scoring boots this week. Harry and Joe also doing their best to stop the Old Ruts scorers from getting more goals. Ollie doing what he could at the back trying to help Max defend the goal and picking up man of match this week. There is a trophy but Lewis’s mum forgot it!! Max although picking the ball out of the back of net numerous times did pull off some very good saves.
And poor Lewis who is still looking for his first goal. Lewis was given the chance to open his scoring this season after being fouled in the box and stepping up taking the penalty. Unfortunately it was his or the teams day to get a goal. The keeper pulling off a great save denying Lewis his goal.
The score line didn’t hinder the teams’ spirit and look forward to the long away match next week against Halliford Colts FC.