Wealdstone U9 White vs Elite Magic
By Aidan King
Another close score but Wealdstone just keep on winning
We have played Elite Magic only once previously in the league and won quite comfortably that day, Elite were a well organised team who played with a good team ethic. Wealdstone having won each of our previous games by a one goal margin were hoping for a slightly less stressful finish to the game then the previous games. The weather was cold and very windy but the wind was across the pitch rather than assisting one team or the other.
Elite kicked off. Early pressure for Wealdstone and an early corner was header on by Alex and saw Oliver shoot just wide. Elite put Wealdstone under pressure and had a shot which hit the post and went across goal and was cleared. Oliver with a fast throw into the area which Stevie touched forward and the defender handballed and a penalty was given, Stevie stepped up and placed the penalty passed the keeper (1-0). Elite had a quick break and shot just wide. Lewis played a long pass to Stevie who had a one on one but the defender did well to recover. Oliver got the ball in defence and played in Jon high up the pitch, Jon played in Stevie who finished well (2-0). Good dribble by the Elite forward and his shot was excellently saved by Owen who was up quickly to save the rebound. Harry W got the ball in midfield and played in Stevie who saw his shot well saved. Elite with a free kick which was well blocked by Troj, Elite had a follow up which was blocked and cleared by Harry S. Stevie had a run on the left and crossed to Jon who shot wide. Elite pressure and played the ball into the box, Wealdstone struggled to clear and eventually Elite scored (2-1). Elite with some good pressure and a shot which was well saved by Owen. Good tackle in defence by Harry S who played in Stevie who found Troj, Troj played the ball back to Stevie who shot high into the net (3-1). Good dribble down the left by Elite but Alex tracked the play well and made a good tackle to clear. Elite with a strong dribble and shot just wide. Alex with a good pass to Jon who played it back to Alex who saw his shot blocked, the ball broke to Troj who had is shot blocked and then struck the rebound just wide. Elite with a shot from distance which was saved by Owen but the Elite player was first to the rebound and scored (3-2). Nice passing play by Elite saw a shot fly just over the bar. Half Time.
Wealdstone kicked off the second half. Troj with a run on the left and cross to Stevie whose shot went high. Good run by Elite on their right played a good ball, the striker took the shot which went wide. Harry W played a good through ball to Troj who ran down the left but the defender tracked well and kicked it out for a corner. Stevie took the corner to the near post which was met by Alex who placed the ball into a tight gap (4-2). Alex got the ball just inside the half and struck it towards goal, its bounce confused the goalkeeper and it went just over the bar. Corner to Wealdstone and the ball hit an Elite player and dropped for Lewis who shot but the defender cleared off the line. Good run by Oliver on the left and played in Jon who shot first time but hit the side netting. Elite break and the striker ran into the box and appeared to stand on the ball and fall over, the ref gave a penalty which was converted (4-3). Stevie with the ball on the right crossed to Oliver who had his shot blocked he got the ball and crossed but there was nobody there to put the ball into the empty net. Harry W played in Troj who had a shot which was blocked, the ball fell to Jon who passed the ball into the net (5-3). Elite had a shot from distance which somehow beat the keeper (5-4). Jon with a good cross into the area with both Harry W and Troj breaking into the box the keeper did well to intercept. Final whistle.
Despite the close score-line this game was not as even as it seemed. Wealdstone out played Elite Magic throughout the game and had many more clear chances and lots of opportunities which fell apart in the build-up. Elite were a good team who had strong players who were comfortable in their positions but their main chances were long shots, they had two scrappy goals which should have been cleared, a goal from distance which would have been saved on another day and a penalty which was a little bit generous. Wealdstone found themselves in many good positions and with a bit more guile and a few quicker passes we could have scored a many more goals.