Year 7 Boys 3 - 1 Fairlands
Midfield maestro Oliver put in a cultured and mature performance to guide Hugh Sexey to a good win in the local derby against Fairlands. You could sense the team were very focussed and determined to put in a good performance. They managed this emotion very well and started the game with intensity but assurance in possession. Michal was colossal in the centre of a 3 man defence. At times he was reminiscent of Virgil Van Dijke. He came out on top in every challenge and at one time raced back to prevent their striker from getting a shot in; but it was his calmness in possession that really set the tone. He always looked to pass the ball on and really marshalled the others around him. The first goal was scored by Oliver after some excellent inter play between him, Eric and the dynamic front 3 of Noah, Archie and Harry. After a lovely return ball he found himself unmarked in the box and didn't need an invitation to slot past the keeper. The midfield pair of Eric and Oliver played brilliantly at times with both boys complementing each others skills. Oliver then turned provider when he played a sumptuous ball for the predator- like Noah to neatly finish. Moments later his weighted diagonal ball was knocked home again by Noah at the near post but he was (rightly) adjudged to be offside. Scott came on after 10 minutes and played with energy and purpose. He played in a number of positions and worked well in all of them. Hugh Sexey kept looking for a 3rd goal and were caught out when a deflected Fairland shot found its way past the impressive George. As the game wore on Hugh Sexey were unable to grab the crucial 3rd goal with a desperate goal line clearance preventing Noah from getting another. In the final minutes Fin came on to add a different outlet and his physical presence and beaming grin clearly unsettled the Fairlands defence. After holding the ball it was worked through to the lively Harry who finished with aplomb. The game ended 3-1 and both sides deserve great credit for the way they played. It was a pleasure to watch and referee this game.