Aspley Guise U7 1- 2 Southcott Owls U7
Jack Frost, a spiteful and cruel groundsman, was out and about at Aspley Guise’s picturesque home ground for this friendly rematch which 2 weeks ago had left The Owls with a 4 - 1 victory at Southcott. Frost had deliberately made the pitch hard and unyielding to the visitors, but alas seemed to forget that the home team would suffer equally. While Frost looked on, little boys and girls from both teams shivered in their shorts and shuddered in their shirts like Members of Parliament waiting in anticipation for the Commons Bar to open.
Regrettably, Jack Frost’s incompetent aid Mr Brown had lost both the teams score sheets but even this couldn’t deter the two teams from giving their best in a match where Aspley’s revamped team were out for revenge. Parents stood on the sidelines stomping their feet, rubbing their hands and cursing both Frost and Brown but luckily some of them still had a few pennies left from their child benefit so they might afford the delicious chocolate cake on offer (although rumour had it that it might shortly be stolen.)
Southcott opened play with Craig Rattray in goal, Miles Drabwell and Tommy Johnston in defence, Benedict Turley and Jake Saunders in midfield and Lauren Avery and Connor James in attack. Aspley’s reformed and revitalised team were showing great improvement and play passed back and forth between the teams and soon the Aspley no 5 took a shot on the Southcott goal which was ably saved by Craig. Not to be out manoeuvred, Benedict stepped up his performance pushing the ball continuously back into the Aspley box and making two strong shots on goal with his hefty left foot which a less experienced goalie might have failed to keep out. Keeping the pressure on, both Tommy and Jake also took shots which skewed wide and Jake followed his with another which skimmed off the post. However, with 3 corners, attacking play and another shot from Benedict which rebounded furiously off the post, Benedict finally got the goal he deserved; the mighty left foot blasting the ball to the back of the net. He then proceeded to run down the pitch celebrating wildly that his mum now owed him a fiver… and that the chocolate cake had not yet been couriered to a pitch on the other side of town. Not to be left out and back in the team after a brief sojourn Miles too made a shot on goal, but Aspley weren’t ready to concede just yet. They began to fight back with some aggressive play and as the first half whistle blew Southcott knew the battle was far from over.
In the break Mr Brown made a brief appearance to apologise for the loss of the score sheets, but the parents were having none of it. They reminded him that even a groundsman could be fired and also that a kilt was not suitable attire for a cold winter’s morning and it would be greatly appreciated if he could set a better example to the children by behaving in a more appropriate manner.
Back on the field again for the second half Karl Waydick returned to defence alongside Craig who was replaced by Connor in goal. Aspley were stepping up the momentum and within a few minutes their able No 4 shot one past Connor to bring the scores level. But Craig’s return to the fray added weight to The Owl’s play and all the boys and the ever improving Lauren, showed no fear from some tough tackling from Aspley. Benedict made a great long pass up the field to Jake who took a shot but unluckily the substitute Aspley goalie kept it out. The match was drawing to a close and although the score was even Southcott were looking the stronger team but ultimately it was a lovely corner from Jake which allowed Craig to deservedly score the goal that would win the match for Southcott in the closing minutes.
The Owls are playing well at present and learning that passing the ball amongst each other reaps rewards; they are maturing nicely into a more tactically aware team which with some natural talent should bring further wins. They justifiably got a big round of applause from their parents for keeping the strong challenge from Aspley at bay…in fact it was time to reward them with some of that lovely chocolate sponge cake…
But alas, it was nowhere to be found………