Wealdstone U9 White vs TFA Totteridge A
By Aidan King
A hard fought win in close game
After the snow the previous week meaning the game was called off and a week of rain it was a relief that the pitch passed the inspection and was playable. The ground was very heavy and a little difficult to play on but was generally a good surface. TFA Totteridge are a very good passing team with some very strong players so this would be a good test for our current winning streak. Wealdstone beat them in our previous meeting this season and had a good record against them last season.
TFA Kicked Off. TFA with an early passing move and shot but did not worry the keeper. Troj with a cross from the left touched on by Oliver but Charlies first time shot went wide. Oliver collected the ball in his own half and played a cross field ball to Troj who touched it forward and shot but the keeper saved and Troj struck the rebound wide. TFA with a good ball into the box which was well read by Alex and cleared. Troj with a run on the left and his cross was deflected and went just over the bar. TFA with a quick break and had a 2 on 1 with Jon who read the pass and cleared. Long ball by Owen flicked on by Charlie to Oliver who shot to the near post but the keeper saved. TFA quick break and shot well saved by Owen. Through ball by TFA, Owen came out bravely and stopped the ball and held onto the ball. TFA with a fast break and shot into side netting. Ball by TFA high into the box, Connor went in bravely won the ball and cleared. Troj crossed from left and the keeper got a touch and the defender cleared. Half Time
Wealdstone Kicked Off. TFA ball into box, Jon tracked well and cleared. Owen with a long kick touched on by Charlie, Alfie took a shot but the ball was deflected wide. Harry with a through ball to Charlie but the defender read well and cleared. TFA with a quick break and hard shot which Owen saved. Throw by Lewis to Charlie but his first time shot went wide. Lewis won the ball well in defence and played a ball through to Charlie but the keeper read well and cleared. TFA good pressure around the area and shot just wide. TFA break and overload but Lewis read the play well and cleared. TFA with a hard shot from distance which Owen saved. TFA with a good passing move but final pass just missed player with open goal ahead of him. Connor with a throw to Charlie who crossed into the box but it was deflected just wide of the post. Jon with a corner which was flicked on by Alex, the defender stuck out his arm to control and a penalty was given, Troj stood up and struck the kick confidently giving the keeper no chance (1-0). Tackle by Troj and ball to Oliver who played in Jon but the defender covered well and made a good tackle. Alex with a throw to Troj who crossed to Harry, Harry took the shot first time but the keeper saved well. TFA with a really good passing move and the striker shot into the bottom corner but Owen pulled off a great save.
This game was a very close game and could have finished in a draw or with a win for either team. The ground conditions did not help the way Wealdstone play and we reverted a little bit more to playing long balls rather than passing the ball. The majority of the game was played in midfield with both defences playing a strong and simple game with chances for the forwards really limited for both teams. When Wealdstone passed through midfield and had runners they looked more dangerous but TFA had a couple of strong and fast defenders who made it difficult to break through. Wealdstone kept on going and kept on trying to make chances and in the end this paid off to continue our winning streak against a very good TFA Totteridge team.