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Reading Blue Coat School Boys-U13B vs  Caldicott Preparatory School
On: Saturday, 12 Jan 2019
Venue: at Home

Result: Lost 1-2.

Goal scorer: Ethan Morgan, 33 minutes.

Man of the Match: Oscar Falkentoft Hansen.

Honourable mentions: Andrew Babcock displayed strength on numerous occasions, being man-marked by his opposite number who was twice his size, while Paddy Norton’s multiple drag-backs perplexed the opposition!

Match report:

While starting a new season with a defeat is never ideal, RBCS U13Bs can feel proud of themselves following a strong display in all areas of the field. Ultimately though, Caldicott Prep’s strong physical presence was too much for the U13Bs to handle, and the visitors returned to Slough with a hard-earned victory in what was a backs-to-the-wall encounter for both teams.

Blue Coat’s defenders were made to work hard in the early stages of the game, following Caldicott Prep’s non-stop dominance right from kick off. Both Jack Leftley and Harry Smith felt the physical presence of the visitors, while Coen Djamson and captain Sam Deacon had to be completely alert and ‘on the ball’ in order to prevent Caldicott Prep’s strikers from troubling goalkeeper Barney Pawson. Several decent battles took place in the middle third of the pitch, with Edward Telling, Oscar Falkentoft Hansen and Louis Lancaster displaying strength and determination in managing to keep possession of the ball. George Foyle was provided with numerous opportunities to push forward towards the opposition’s defence, while Charlie Davies-Carr and Ben Babcock were unfortunate not to capitalise on some well-earned Blue Coat possession towards the end of the first half. James Alborough had the final shot before the half time whistle was blown, but Caldicott Prep’s keeper was able to watch Alborough’s effort sail past the outside of the post.

Half time: RBCS U13Bs 0-0 Caldicott Prep

Blue Coat started the second half with confidence, with three well-worked attacks in the first two minutes of the re-start. A weak goal kick from Calidcott Prep resulted in Blue Coat regaining possession immediately from the scuffed kick. Ethan Morgan subsequently found himself in acres of space, with sufficient time to control the ball from outside the penalty area. He still had a lot of work to do, but was calmness personified as he delicately lobbed it over the hapless keeper and the two defenders who were doing their utmost to rush back towards the goal to prevent the worst outcome from becoming a reality. However, the accuracy and power of Morgan’s shot was too much to handle and Blue Coat took the lead in the 33rd minute.

This unexpected turn of events only fuelled Caldicott Prep’s fire, and they visibly stepped up to the challenge. Within 5 minutes of going behind, a well worked move saw Caldicott Prep’s solid midfielder slice through RBCS’s defence, and jab home a left-footed equaliser, with Pawson unable to do anything other than throw himself towards the ball which had long passed his reach.

I feel that a 1-1 draw would have been a fair result, as very little had separated the two teams throughout the afternoon. However, the opposition strikers were simply too strong for Blue Coat, and an unfortunate mix-up in Blue Coat’s penalty area in the final few minutes saw Caldicott capitalise on a defensive error, with Pawson yet again left with no choice other than to pick the ball out of the back of his net, while berating his defenders for not having cleared the ball.

Man of the Match Falkentoft Hansen did his utmost to keep up the positive work-ethic that RBCS had displayed throughout the afternoon, but it simply wasn’t our day.

Blue Coat had a couple of late chances to make it 2-2, but ultimately, Caldicott Prep’s defence was too strong and the visitors managed to hold on for a 2-1 victory.

Despite the defeat, there are plenty of positive aspects to take away from this game, and a large part of Tuesday evening’s after-school training session will be dedicated to improving our defensive strategies.

The U13Bs continue their season away at Halliford School next Saturday, 19 January, kicking off at 10am.

Thank you to the many parents who came along to watch on what was a very cold afternoon. Your support is much appreciated. My particular thanks to Mr Alborough for the excellent photos.

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Señor Starr, 12 January 2019