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Match Reports Yellow

Burton Joyce Blue v Sherwood Yellow 19/04/15

The Yellows wrapped up their inaugural season on Sunday morning against the team it all began against back in September - Burton Joyce Blue.

The early exchanges saw a clash of styles, as Sherwood's neat and patient possession game was put to the test against the type of Route One football that would have had Cloughie spinning in his grave.

First quarter goalie, Alex, dealt with the Up 'n Under's fired straight from his counterpart keeper admirably, however, and was probably calmer than the coaches and most of the away contingent present, as balls bounced around in front of him in the box.  His distribution was also excellent, short and accurate, in complete contrast to his opposite number.

Bailey was holding the line well in front of him, whilst George and Morgan were pressing and passing well in midfield, with Aryad leading the line with some storming runs, one of which lead to the opening goal - fired in from an acute angle after being put through by Morgan.

BJ hit back though, and won a penalty, which was converted despite the best efforts of Alex for 1-1.

Another accurate through ball from Morgan and another powerful run and shot from Aryad gave Sherwood the lead again however, on the stroke of quarter time.

Into the second quarter and BJ abandoned the long ball tactics, bringing instant rewards when an early chance was put away to make the score 2-2 - new keeper Miriam standing no chance.  Despite some neat possession from Caden, sweeping passes from Alex, strong running from Jack and typically gritty battling from Billy, the new look BJ side were exerting some decent pressure and took the lead for the first time in the match midway through the quarter.

Some brave saves from Miriam kept further BJ goals at bay, before Caden pounced on a mistake at the back, calmly rounding the keeper to send the sides in level at 3-3 at the halfway mark.

Quarter three began with some intense pressure from the Yellows, fantastically defended by the BJ defence.  On another day, Miriam, Morgan and Aryad could all have scored - their excellent forward play made possible by some outstanding defending from Bailey, who was almost single-handedly thwarting any BJ counter-attacks.

As is so often the case though, against the run of play in the last minute of the quarter, BJ again took the lead - a long ball (what else) knocked past George, who had hardly touched the ball up until this point.  4-3 to the hosts.

Sherwood were straight back level as the fourth quarter kicked off - a lovely ball from Billy fed Jack, who beat two men and scored to make the score 4-4.  

It was soon 5-4 to Sherwood when, after some lovely moves involving all players, Caden robbed a defender and unleashed a rocket into the bottom corner.  In the ensuing celebrations Caden's tooth fell out!

Moments later, following the restart, a defence-splitting ball from Alex found Jack clean through, one on one with keeper.  His first attempt was saved, but he made no mistake with the rebound, to put the visitors 6-4 up.

Further chances to make the game safe were well saved by the BJ keeper before, with only a couple of minutes to go, BJ got one back to set up a nervy ending.  The good passing continued, however, and that, combined with some last ditch defending and an important save from George right at the death meant that the Yellows held on win their final match of the season 6-5.

So the first season came to an end with a thrilling climax.  The passing, defending, marking, running and all round teamwork has improved so much throughout the season, and was all on display in abundance in this performance.  The players had enjoyed it, the parents were all smiling and the coaches were as proud as punch.  It's been absolutely brilliant - roll on next season.