APB Barnet vs Wealdstone U8A
A disappointing day for Wealdstone
After a week of quite heavy rain it was a relief that the game was still on as Barnet had an astro pitch we were able to play on. When we arrived it was clear that the astro turf was not to the highest quality and there were questions whether the game could go ahead. In the end it was decided to continue with the fixture but to play on a smaller pitch which missed out the pot holes. We had not played against Barnet in a league game before so we were unsure of the quality of the team and whether this would be a hard or easy game.
Barnet kicked off. Oliver with a long throw into the area which was headed clear, Oliver followed up with a fierce shot which was well saved. Harry W with an interception high up the pitch and shot well but it was well saved. Long throw by Oliver which was headed clear, it went high into the air and Oliver volleyed back to goal but the keeper saved well. Jon made a good tackle and then ran up the pitch and shot hard into the side netting. Harry W with a corner which was headed out, Oliver came to the ball and struck with a left footed volley and scored (0-1). Oliver with a long throw which Troj met on the volley but his shot was saved. Alex intercepted the ball and ran up the pitch but shot into the side netting. Wealdstone handball in the box and Barnet converted the penalty (1-1). The ball was loose in the Wealdstone box and Barnet converted (2-1). Barnet played a ball into the Wealdstone box which Wealdstone couldn’t clear and scored (3-1). Barnet break and deflected shot was well saved by Harry S. Barnet with a long shot and goal (4-1).
Wealdstone Kicked off. Oliver with an interception and shot which was blocked, Harry W struck the rebound just wide. Jon played a long ball to Troj but he could quite get there. Oliver picked out Troj with a cross field pass, Troj crossed the ball and it was turned into the goal by the defender (4-2). Oliver with a throw into the box which the defender cleared, Oliver followed up with a low shot and scored (4-3). Run and cross by Barnet and well finished (5-3). Corner to Barnet knocked out and long shot scored (6-3). Oliver with a tackle and pass forward to Charlie who crossed the ball but Alex couldn’t quite get onto the end of it. Barnet with a quick break and goal (7-3). Barnet interception and good finish (8-3). Troj with an interception and had a shot well blocked. Full Time.
This was a game which Wealdstone could have won. Barnet were very fast into the tackle and passed the ball well but they were certainly not five goals better than Wealdstone. Wealdstone were much the better team until the last five minutes of the first half when the four quick goals pretty much lost us the game. We rallied well at the start of the second half and got back into the game and it felt like we could have equalised and gone ahead in the game. Barnet however held on and scored two quick goals which sealed the game. The final two goals were scored with Wealdstone chasing the game and not looking to defend.