Wealdstone U10 Red vs Elite Magic
By Aidan King
Another close game ends in a draw
This was our third match against Elite Magic this year, both the previous games they had beaten us quite comfortably. Magic are a good passing team who play as a team and are good at getting players forward and very disciplined in defence. We continued our patchy form with another draw against Ruislip Rangers the previous week in a game which was very much affected by the weather. This was our first game on the new pitch behind Ruislip High school and the pitch had not held up well with the recent weather conditions and had patches of wet ground and mud. The weather was cold but dry and sunny.
Magic Kick Off. Magic with an early chance which went just wide. Troj won the ball in midfield and shot wide. Zach ball across the pitch to Troj who turned inside and shot but it was saved. Corner by Alex came to Zach at the far side who blasted the ball passed the keeper (1-0). Throw by Alex to Charlie played to Troj who shot wide. Magic break and shot hit the post and was cleared. Magic through ball to Striker but Owen was out quick to stop. Magic ball into the middle turn and shot saved by Owen. Magic with a through ball well read by Jon and cleared. Magic pressure and shot wide. Troj won ball on left and shot which was saved, Alfie followed up but the keeper stopped. Magic long ball, striker was first to the ball and scored (1-1). Half Time.
Wealdstone Kicked Off. Connor got ball in middle of pitch and shot from outside of the area and beat the keeper (2-1). Harry with the ball in the right and shot was saved, Alfie with the follow up saved. Magic with good passing and shot which went over. Harry with a run and cross which was well cut out. Charlie ball to Oliver whose shot was put wide by the keeper. Corner by Wealdstone into the box which was struck into the goal by a Magic player (3-1). Free kick to Magic which was played across the area and scored (3-2). Alex with corner which came back to Alex who crossed it first time for Connor who headed wide. Magic break and good passing move and scored (3-3). Magic break and pass Lewis tackled well and was quick to his feet to win the ball a second time. Magic with good skill and shot saved by Owen. Ball into the Magic box, there was a bit of a scramble and Troj finished (4-3). Magic with a penalty which they scored (4-4).
The game was a very close game which saw defensive mistakes from both teams. Magic once again were much better than us at passing and moving, they scored one very good goal which had four or five precise passes to their team mates before scoring. Wealdstone started well with some good passing but as we went through the game these became less and less. The draw was probably a fair result in the end but as the game unfolded we could easily have won it.