Elite Magic vs Wealdstone U10 Red
By Aidan King
Wealdstone struggle to score against clinical Elite Magic
On previous meeting with Elite Magic we had always had close games with Magic being a very strong and physical side who have fast attacking players. Wealdstone having lost two on the bounce would need to be back to their best to get a result. After a week of poor weather the pitch was in poor condition which wasn’t helped by the fact it was on a rugby pitch which must have been used recently as there were a lot of patches without grass. The weather was cloudy but dry and the temperature was warmer than in recent weeks.
Wealdstone Kicked Off. Ball in by Troj headed by Alex but the keeper saved. Stevie with the ball at the edge of the box played in Troj who fired the ball into the bottom corner (0-1). Magic with some immediate pressure and scored (1-1). Magic with a long shot which snuck into the far corner (2-1). Free kick deep into the box found Zach who turned and shot but it was well saved. Zach with a cross to Troj who headed the ball against the crossbar. Stevie with a ball to Charlie who saw his shot saved. Magic with an interception and shot which was well saved by Owen. Magic with a corner which was knocked out but the Magic player was first to the ball and scored from range (3-1). Long ball over the top which the striker got to first and finished first time (4-1). Zach with a tackle and pass to Troj whose shot was saved. Oliver with an interception and run up the pitch and passed to Jon whose shot hit the crossbar, Charlie tried to head the ball in but it was knocked out top Oliver who shot wide. Half Time.
Magic Kicked Off. Lewis with a throw in to Jon who turned and shot over the bar. Oliver with a throw to Jon whose header was saved. Zach with a pass to Jon who struck the ball well but it came off the post. Zach with a good break forward and shot which was well saved. Wealdstone break and good passing between Jon and Charlie which ended with a shot from Jon which gave the keeper no chance (4-2). The kick off found its way to Jon who struck from distance but it was saved, Charlie followed up which was well held by the keeper. Magic with a dribble and cross which was deflected in (5-2). Magic with a free kick which was saved and the follow up hit the crossbar. Corner by Charlie flicked on and Troj with a header wide. Troj with a pass to Alex and his cross beat everyone and hit the post. Magic break and Lewis with a good interception with two versus one. Connor with a good take out of the air played in Troj but Troj’s shot went over. Full Time.
This was a very frustrating result as Wealdstone restricted Magic to very few clear cut chances but it felt like every time they had an opportunity they went on to score. Wealdstone on the other hand kept hitting the post or bar or shooting just wide or over. Wealdstone seem to have lost their willingness to pass and on too many occasions it felt that players would rather try on take on a player a second time rather than pass to a player in space. As with the previous two games the team have not been tracking back and allowing the opposition to have time on the ball in attack, leaving the defenders outnumbered isolated. We will definitely need to up our game if we want to get any form of result against Panthera.