U16 - Elite South
- competition : U16 - Elite South
- date : 13/04/2019
- time : 10:45
- comment :
Saturday 13th April 2019
North Somerset RTC V RTC Buckinghamshire U16’s
North Somerset welcomed todays visitors for the final time this season RTC Buckinghamshire U16’s for this Elite League match played at Everyone Active Stadium, Clevedon. It’s been a super competitive second half of the season for North Somerset, invited into the Elite League at Xmas following an amazing run of wins at the start of the season which seen them top the table and deservedly take their place with this seasons JPL’s best teams.
Buckinghamshire are a team full of quality, they like to play out from the back, move the ball quickly through midfield and deliver balls into the danger areas, so North Somerset will need to be switched on from the start.
And as predicted RTC Buckinghamshire started really well, it was obvious early on where the main threats would come from. Winger Wiktor Makowski playing on the left midfield for Buckinghamshire was involved in everything good early on and his pace caused NS lots of problems, right back Nathan Stores (NS) worked his socks off to keep the threat down to a minimum and his clever link up play through with midfield almost produced a goal of his own late on in the period, only denied by the keeper.
Into the second period and within 2 minutes Buckinghamshire was awarded a penalty, NS failed to clear a through ball which Winger Wiktor picked up and ran towards goal-his clever turn in the area almost seen him go past the two center backs, he was judged to have been fouled when his run was halted by Tommy Wellings and Harry Watts (Todays Silver award).
He then slotted the ball past the NS keeper from the spot giving him no chance of stopping, 0-1. NS did react and for the next 10 minutes could have forced a goal of their own, Capt Dillon Hollow (Bronze Award) Will banks and Joe Harvey worked extremely hard in midfield today winning balls in almost impossible situations. This season they have all worked so hard for each other, Will (Banksy) only joined the team at the beginning of the season, yet how they have played together for most of the campaign you would have thought they have been playing together for years. Hard work sometimes pushes a team on or over the line and in the last 10 minutes of the second period NS forced three corners, the last one defended well was headed out to Joe Harvey on the edge of the box – his quick thinking half volley struck the ball well into the center of the goal 1-1 at half time.
Buckinghamshire started the third period really fast, forced some early half chances and then from a corned had the ball cleared off the lie twice in a matter of seconds. The ball was eventually cleared by NS and relief when a goal kick was awarded by the referee. Finlay Taylor (NS keeper) then saved well from close range, his save was put out for a corner.
But then on 58 minutes a lovely strike from 35 yards gave the NS keeper no chance of saving. North Somerset failed to close down the attacking played when the initial ball was cleared who had time and space to shot. 1-2
Into the final period, Cody Parslow replaced Finlay Taylor in goal following an injury picked up from a save in the last minutes of the third quarter. NS still with a chance of forcing something from the game, they pressed RTC Buckinghamshire very quickly and for long periods of the quarter took the game to them. And with a few minutes to go the chance of an equaliser went begging,
Bertie Merrifield’s shot (Todays Gold Award) rebounded off the back post after his clever run took his past the right back, bearing down on goal with the keeper to beat the best chance of the period for NS. But the no 7 for RTC Buckinghamshire was to make it his day with another super strike from 30 yards, following the NS attack the ball was cleared to the forward who without thinking found some space to shot into the top left hand corner past the stand in keeper making the final score 1-3.
On the day Buckinghamshire deserved to win the game although North Somerset played their part in a competitive match which could have been won by both teams.
We wish RTC Buckinghamshire a safe journey back up the motorway home.
This was the final time North Somerset U16’s would play together as a team, unfortunately unable to win the match although over the last season have been rewarded on many other occasions and have shared some great experiences and memories to take away, good luck to all the players going forward into U18’s and adult football.
NS U16’s 1 -3 Buckinghamshire U16’s
- RTC North Somerset
- match summary
- RTC Buckinghamshire