Boys Football Update
10 Feb 2017
- Lost 6-3 v Spratton Hall
- Drew 2-2 v Maidwell Hall
- Lost 2-1 v Laxton Junior
- Won 4-0 v St Hugh’s
- Won 4-1 v The Peterborough School
The Colts A footballers have made steady progress during the first half of the term. The season began with a defeat – albeit an entertaining one – to a very strong Spratton side. A frustrating afternoon then followed at Maidwell, with numerous missed chances enabling us to somehow snatch a draw from the jaws of victory. A narrow loss against a talented Laxton side was next, but then two wins – and eight goals scored – against St Hugh’s and The Peterborough School allow us to enter the half-term break in good spirits. Well done so far, boys!
Wednesday (25th Jan) and the Colts B took the short trip over to Laxton for their third fixture of the season. The Colts were expecting a tough fixture and this one did not disappoint. On a difficult surface the boys worked hard, trying to move the ball at pace and get the ball down the wings; this was a difficult ask given the conditions and tenacity of the opposition and it showed, in a very even half, and with both sides missing good opportunities it was 0-0 at half time.
In the second half the speed of Witham’s movement and passing started to tell, with Witham taking the lead early in the second half through Captain James. With this the Colts B were on top and despite the commitment of the opposition it was to remain this way for the majority of the half, with James scoring his second after a superb move and several one-touch passes. Late in the game Rafe added a third after an excellent run and cross from Toby. The Final score being, laxton JS 0-3 Witham Hall.
Another outstanding performance from the B’s in securing a fantastic win against some very tough opposition. Well done lads.
On Saturday 4th February the Colts B team made the trip over to St Hugh’s for their latest football fixture. With an experienced team Witham dominated throughout the fixture with some superb flowing football. All the boys were finding space and moving the ball around the pitch well. After a dominant first half the side was swapped around with the players all playing in different positions and with such a dominant display every member of the squad (starting goalkeeper included) managed to get on the scoresheet and a hat-trick from James.
A very good win and the Colts B continue to move through the season playing with great confidence.
The Colts B travelled to Spratton Hall for their first fixture of the season. The game started at a pace with Witham kicking off and getting straight on to the front foot. With James and Toby keeping plenty of width in our play getting up and down the wings and causing problems for the Spratton defence, with Captain James moving the ball nicely out of central midfield. Henry was proving a handful throughout and making some good runs and the two Jacks at the back were solid and played the ball out well from the back when called upon. Throughout the first half Witham remained on top playing some excellent attacking football, with goalie Atan finding himself with little to do, he did however react superbly when called upon in a one-on-one situation despite their dominance, the first half ended 0-0.
In the second half, Spratton came in to the game more, with new keeper Richard making some impressive saves in the early part of the half. Witham had to soak up pressure and this eventually told when Spratton scored on the break after a Witham corner. As Witham pushed for an equaliser Spratton doubled their lead, however the boys did not let their heads dropped and scored a well-earned goal on the final whistle.
Overall a very good performance from the Colts B, and despite not getting the result their play deserved they still emerged from the game with a great amount of credit.
The Colts C played extremely well in all areas of their game today. The defensive partnership of Arthur and Angus was solid, clearing the ball when the occasional threat arrived from Maidwell. The central midfield role of Hugo and Eddie meant that Witham maintained control of the ball throughout. George was strong on the ball and scored three quick goals as well as assisting a number of players to score through accurate crossing of the ball. Jake and Kit were strong on the ball on their respective wings. A lot of the boys got on to the score sheet but the overall team performance was terrific. Well done for 14- 0 win.
Laxton report for Colts C They played extremely well again following such a strong performance against Maidwell Hall. The passing of the ball was slick and the communication was effective. The final score was 10-0 to Witham. Hugo achieving yet another hatrick, and Eddie scoring his first goal for Witham. It was a terrific display of football at this age group. Well done to all the Colts C.
Witham Colts C v St Hugh’s – 6-3 win. I was particularly pleased with Felix who defended extremely effectively. Arthur showed his strength up front by scoring 5 goals. The whole team played some good football – communicating and moving the ball to players into space.
Witham Colts C vs Grace Dieu – 4-1 defeat. The Colts C were playing Grace Dieu’s A team and they held their own! They spent most of the time defending and the pressure was a little too much and soon conceded a goal. However, a more determined 2nd half led to a Witham goal from George. More pressure and slick passing from Grace Dieu resulted in a few quick goals. It was a spirited performance from Witham Colts C.
Colts D in Witham festival (25/1/2017)
- Played 9 Won 5 Lost 3 Drew 1
An outstanding performance on a very cold and wintry afternoon, when the fields were swathed in a thin fog and the referees’ whistles sounded eerily across the pitches. After losing the first three games to Bedford, Leicester and Bourne, a draw against Wellingborough saw a dramatic reversal of the Colts D fortunes as they recorded five straight wins to finish the afternoon with considerable élan.
To end up joint fourth was a creditable achievement as the squad was depleted to only seven which meant only one sub, Charlie suffering an ankle injury early in the tournament.
The attack of Arthur, George and Esa grew in understanding and confidence as the afternoon progressed and Witham emphatically beat Laxton, King’s Ely, Wellow, Grantham and St Hugh’s in succession.
The lion’s share of goalkeeping was performed by Henri, who showed brave resolution when called upon; in front of him, Kit and Felix were consistently resolute at in defence, ensuring that chances on goal were kept to a minimum.
Arthur was voted Man of the Match by his fellow players.
Well done Colts D!
A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon was had by all at the annual Witham Hall U10 Football Festival. An ‘A’ and ‘B’ competition saw some very competitive matches against strong footballing schools. With each team playing each other once, the Witham Hall boys had plenty of opportunities to hone their basic skills and play in a competitive situation. Although some games were very tough it was pleasing to see all those who represented the school play each one in the right spirit, supporting each other well throughout. Well done to all those who took part and a big thank you to all the parents who came to support!
U9A v Maidwell Hall
It being the first game of the season and I was really keen to see how the boys were going to equip themselves, especially with places very much open to change. On arrival Maidwell’s pitches were certainly smaller than the ones we had practiced on, which was good as it meant that they were conducive to neat, tight, close control football, all of which played to the boys strengths. Within 5 minutes Witham were 3 goals up and firmly in control. Ben by the end of the match had scored 6 and Henry 3 All the other boys, Angus, Harry, Hugo, and Oliver – who had an early contender for goal of the season (!)All added to the scoresheet. In the end it was a relatively easy 14 – 0 victory for the boys who got their football campaign off to an excellent start.
Next week St Hugh’s and we are off on the road again and hopefully for a much firmer test.
Under 9A vs St Hugh’s
Our second outing of the season we hoped would be a sterner test than the week before against Maidwell Hall. Arriving in the freezing mist at St Hugh’s both Witham teams were faced with two decent size pitches. Game on! In the first half St Hugh’s pressed but really didn’t create any decent chances in front of goal. Witham though did and there was some lovely pressure and excellent passing from the likes of Hugo, Harry, Ben and Henry up front. At the back Harry, Angus and Oliver looked as assured as the formidable Arsenal defence in the George Graham’s era. Pressure told and the goals started to flow. The pick of the bunch was from Harry who after some lovely inter-passing between the front players looked up and lobbed the keeper; definitely a second serious contender for goal of the season. The boys were the much better team and really pleasingly they all managed to get on the score sheet and attempted to play some good ‘pass and move’ football. The biggest cheer went up for Harry who finally converted a lovely worked goal at the far post. A huge ‘thank you’ to the travelling supporters for braving the cold, it is as ever, much appreciated. A second victory on the road for the boys, and we continue to look for sterner tests.
U9A and B Worksop Prep Hockey Festival
The boys travelled to Worksop Prep for their very first ever hockey match after a couple of practices. Playing on grass is very different experience to playing on astro-turf but this did not deter the boys’ enthusiasm for taking a few lumps out of the Worksop fields. All the boys played three games each and acquitted themselves really well. There were flashes of skills from all the boys and even some reverse sweep action as well. Results on this occasion were secondary and all the boys enjoyed their first outing as a hockey team. More to come I’m sure!