Epsom & Ewell Youth League - Season 2006-07
Under 16 Team

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League Match
September 24
, 2006

Stoneleigh Athletic - Oxshott Royals  6 - 1

Stoneleigh Athletic U16

Oxshott Royals U16

Only goal scored by Oxshott in this unlucky match

Joy after the 1-5 goal
Comment from the Coach


A disappointing game today.  We were going to be pushing it right from the outset when we were reduced to 11 players overnight but even given that, we did not apply ourselves well.  In the end, a 6-1 loss was a fair reflection of the way we played.  Several very tired players during the second half and we were reduced to 10 players on several occasions.  We have a wide range of fitness within the team at present - some very, very fit players who can run hard for the full 80 minutes and others who need to continue to work on full fitness.
Our defensive 4 played well today but we lost it in the the midfield and up-front.  Our heading outside of the defensive 4 was generally poor and as we did not play the ball effectively on-ground, we were consistently out-gunned in the air. 
We have effectively moved up a division this year when the league was reduced from 3 Divisions to 2 so the competition has (and will continue to be) stronger.  We are starting to get exposed in the more cutting edge elements of play - the heading mentioned already (watch the top teams play, heading is a critical element of play for all players) and first touch control.  When we did manage first touch passing, the control was generally lacking - when we had to take 2/3 touches, we were generally closed down quickly, the options reduced and the ball lost.  Quality first touch control is a key aspect of our game to work on.
Despite a very encouraging pre-game talk, the ref allowed a very physical game to develop with many blatant pushes and a general ignorance of the linesmen - a bit strange really - but not an excuse for the result.

We allowed the poor play to spill over to some small breakdowns in team unity - critical to encourage each other - it is a rare person who responds to criticism from team-mates so work on accentuating the positive - your team-mates support on the pitch is the most satisfying and supportive encouragement you can receive.
But out of the disappointment, some good individual performances.  Andy played a solid game in defense - never flagging in his determination.  James again swapped from attack to defense and ran the ball down tirelessly.  Man-of-the-match today was Jack - he played a great defensive game turning many opposition drives into attacks through pace, determination and aggressive running of the ball.



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