Wealdstone U9 White vs Parkfield
By Aidan King
Poor start to the second phase for Wealdstone
After a long Christmas break with our last game of the first phase and our first game of the second phase being cancelled Wealdstone had not played a competitive for 6 weeks. The team were up for the game though and hoped that we could make amends for the previous meeting which Parkfield won 3-0. The pitch was in very good condition considering the weather and was very firm. The weather was cold and cloudy but without rain.
Parkfield Kicked off. Oliver with a pass to Alex who dribbled the ball and crossed back to Oliver but his first time shot went wide. Stevie with a through ball to Alex but the keeper read well and blocked. Parkfield striker went on a jinking run on the edge of the area and shot left footed and scored (0-1). Parkfield with a good through ball but Lewis read it well and cleared. Parkfield with a pinpoint pass through defence which saw the striker one on one but Owen saved. Parkfield with a quick break and shot which Owen saved. Parkfield with a strong run on the left and cross but their striker headed the ball just wide. Parkfield with a very good move to leave their striker clear in the box but Oliver made the ground up and blocked. Parkfield with a long shot which Owen parried only as far as the on-coming Parkfield player who scored (0-2). Parkfield with a fast break which found Connor facing two strikers but he read the situation well and cleared. Half Time.
Wealdstone Kick Off. Parkfield with a break and good through ball on right which Troj read well and cleared. Jon with a strong tackle in midfield and played in Harry W who threaded a ball to Harry S but the defender read well and shepherded the ball out. Parkfield with a dribble across the box which resulted in a low shot and goal (0-3). Long ball by Owen to Harry W who took on the defender but a second defender was there to cover. Oliver with a long throw into the box which resulted in a bit of a scramble but Parkfield managed to clear. Parkfield with a corner which bounced in the box and the striker placed the ball in the corner (0-4). Corner by Stevie to Alex but his shot was stopped and there was a scramble on the goal-line but Parkfield eventually cleared. Parkfield with a long ball which broke to their striker who calmly scored (0-5). Long ball by Parkfield which Harry S met on the half way line and played through to Alex who flicked the ball just wide. Jon and Stevie combined well in the middle of the pitch which resulted in Stevie having a shot saved at the near post. Parkfield with a break which saw them 4 strikers against Lewis who stood strong and made a well timed tackle. Connor intercepted a ball and passed to Stevie who played in Harry W but his shot was saved. Full Time.
This game was extremely disappointing as Wealdstone started the game well and looked to have control of midfield and even though Parkfield scored an early goal they looked the better team. With the first batch of substitutions the game seemed to change completely with Parkfield dominating the midfield and being first to the ball, they seemed to be able to nullify all of our attacks and every time they went forward they seemed threatening. Wealdstone did not seem to get any hold of the game in an attacking sense until after Parkfield had scored their fifth goal. Wealdstone seemed to be lacking work rate in attack and midfield and at some points of the game it appeared to almost to be a training game of attack versus defence with our two defenders up against three or four Parkfield attackers. Wealdstone’s passing was also well below par with a lot of passes being under hit and not finding the recipient or players not looking up before they pass the ball and hoping that it will find somebody. Hopefully this is just the side effects of a long break and next week the team can pull things together and prove how good a team they are against Ickenham.