Boys Games Report – 07/11/16
On Wednesday 2nd November, S. Anselm’s U11s played Yarlet at football. During the first half S. Anselm’s had both advantages of the sun behind them and heading down the slight slope but, these advantages only awarded them with 1 goal. Striker Alfie W and Alex D worked well together forcing the ball into the oppositions half wherever possible. Henry P worked extremely hard in defence earning himself man of the match. The second half was a mission of keep the ball out of the S. Anselm’s goal against a first choice Yarlet team with James G doing a sterling job. The Yarlet attackers and midfields players were too strong this time and Yarlet won comfortably. The U13 XI played Yarlet away and worked hard in the midfield to hold the opposition. Josh N scored a superb top corner free-kick, which kept the score at 1-1. Tom H made a string of saves to keep us in the game and Isi P showed his talent both in defence and attack. In the second half Yarlet brought on some stronger players and this steadily wore us down, with four goals.
The U11s travelled to Moor Park through some amazing autumnal countryside, even passing through the middle of Ludlow racecourse. The first 10 minutes were slow as we were reluctant to tackle, however two great set plays led by Angus L down the blind side worked well as we were tackled into touch just short of the line. Although two tries down the second half was much better. We had shaken off our bus legs and were beginning to tackle. Kai E had a great match, getting stuck into the physical aspects of the game as Will H was a threat going forwards. We have made progress going forward with more creative play and we are beginning to support the ball-carrier better. With two second-half tries we were looking at a draw until Moor Park scored a late winning try 3-4. We still need to work on quick ball out of the rucks and mauls however and pace running onto the ball. There is plenty more to work on in the next few training sessions.
The U13s also looked bus weary as the game started and Moor Park went through several phases of play. Our defensive line looked good as we always had players covering the pitch. Eventually our line speed and strong tackling secured us a scrum. From this good footwork and passing led to George P scoring in the corner. Henry W made a superb late angled run to take the ball at pace to score, followed by tries from Archie P and George P. The intelligent timing of our tackling and timing to secure turnovers gave us regular possession from which both wingers Alec F and Rufus L scored. The scoring of 15 tries with one conceded makes it look a walkover. However Moor Park did offer constant resistance and played well at the breakdown. We now look forward to a home match v Westbourne and then travel to Bilton Grange at the end of the week whilst our football teams also travel: U9s to Yarlet and U13s to Foremarke Hall.