Witham U9/8 Football
09 Feb 2016
U9A vs Laxton & St Hugh’s
The U9As played some delightful football today. They passed the ball into space, defended strongly and scored when they had the chance. Unfortunately they lost their first game against Laxton who were slightly quicker to the ball. The second match against St Hugh’s saw a much more determined Witham. They went looking for the ball rather than waiting for it to reach them. This improved attitude along with terrific communication resulted in a few goals scored.
The overall team spirit was marvellous from all the boys and the weather helped make it a great afternoon of football. Well done boys.
The U9 football teams were a real credit to the school yesterday.
U9A&B vs Grace Dieu
Both teams played well considering the long journey. The matches were played back to back and the U9 A team were first to play. They moved the ball around well but they were slow to regain possession when the opposition had the ball at their feet. However, some determined goal keeping by Attan Hussain and strong defending by Angus Gordon Stewart meant no goals were conceded in the first half. In fact, Witham scored through Oscar Hanson just before the whistle blew! Grace Dieu was determined to come back quickly in the second half and did so, scoring two goals in quick succession. Towards the end, Witham were awarded a free kick on the edge of the penalty box and it was scored in the top corner by Oscar Hanson who struck the ball beautifully. The final score was 3-2 to Grace Dieu.
The U9B team had much more success and in fact Raif Chawner scored five goals for his team and James Hayle two. The combination of some accurately timed passing from the forwards and solid defending meant Witham dominated possession throughout the whole match. Thomas Tate positioned himself on the half way line and was able to get hold of the ball and strike it back down to his forwards. A terrific team effort, well done.
Witham Hall U8A & U9B mini tournament v Laxton JS U9B & U8A
This was an enjoyable afternoon’s soccer played in super conditions for February that saw Witham host Laxton’s U8A and U9B teams.
The games were played in an excellent spirit and contested with determination, in particular the local “derby” between the U9B team and their U8A Witham counterparts that ended the afternoons’ proceedings.
Champagne moment was Thomas Tate’s goal against the U8A team for the U9B team. “Player of the Afternoon” title for the U9B team undoubtedly Angus Gordon-Stewart for his calm and assured defending and for the U8A team, Harry Spragg for his buzz and industry around the pitch.
Witham Hall U8B/9C’s v St Hugh’s B&C’s
The U9’s had another football festival with the players playing a round robin mini competition with 2 Witham teams and 2 St Hugh’s teams who all played each other. The competition was non-competitive which meant that no scores were kept, as the day was about using the skills they had learnt in training, and learning to play as a team. Both Witham teams played extremely well with some lovely football on display. As each game progressed it was clear that the boys had a better understanding of the game and showed this by displaying good teamwork with strong passes and moving into space. The competition was an overall success with both Witham and St Hugh’s showing great sportsmanship and skills on the football pitch