U14 - West Central Division
- competition : U14 - West Central Division
- date : 15/12/2018
- time : 10:30
- comment :
Paulton Rovers vs RTC South Gloucestershire
Paulton Rovers last home match before the Christmas break saw them host South Gloucestershire RTC in a repeat of their opening home match of the season. The weather unfortunately was not a repeat and instead was cold and wet.
PR started the game with confidence and energy; they looked to support their players in possession and press SG when out of possession. This effort ensured the first quarter was competitive, as both sides looked to play when they could but were unable to stamp their authority and control the play as both possession and territory were shared. This remained true for the quarter however, two attacks for SG proved fruitful. The first found some indecision over a possible back pass which led to an easy opportunity. This was followed by a good SG cross from the right which had the PR defender facing his own goal and in attempting to clear, he found the net instead. SG two goals to the good, but still a good quarter for PR.
The second quarter saw a stronger SG take to the field as they looked to expose opportunities in behind the PR defence with quick passing and good runs. The PR defence though were alert to this and for large parts dealt well with the threat. SG would not be denied though and scored two more towards the end of the quarter – the second of which was a fine shot high into the net.
PR again worked hard to press SG, but as energy levels dropped this became less effective. A confident SG defence were now able to play around any incomplete press and build attacks from the back to expose space in the midfield. The SG midfield, always a threat with measured though balls, took advantage of the additional space to play in their striker who again scored with a good shot high into the goal. The quarter finished with another goal for SG.
The final quarter saw PR put in every effort to be compact and close down (demonstrated by Will Ford on many occasions), but inevitably holes opened and unfortunately (for PR) SG were good enough to expose them. SG scored three in this quarter, the second a long range shot from open play from outside of the box again flew high into the net – a really great shot.
PR will look back on this game and see many positives. Not just the effort, commitment and desire from all players, but also from the demonstration of lessons learned during the game by both the defence and the attack.
Today, South Gloucestershire RTC were worthy winners and again showed us what a quality side they are.
We wish South Gloucestershire RTC a happy Christmas and would like to thank them for giving us a game today.
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- match summary
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