Date Posted: 20/01/2017
16 January: the week at Read
U15s: Read v Hull Collegiate
by Nick Reed: 14 January 2017
It was a cold January day, though with the blue skies foreshadowing a mood of optimism in the U15 side as we warmed up for the 10 o’clock kick off. We were playing Hull Collegiate U15s at home with a skeleton crew, so no injuries or red cards would be tolerated!
We were stable in the first half, with Diljit Singh and Harry Woodall staying strong in defence. With a good level of pace Singh kept Hull’s striker at bay, not allowing him to use his blistering pace effectively against us. Owen Harker opened the scoring with a focused ball through from Jackson Gray which quickly put us in the lead. Soon after scoring our first goal, Gray was able to capitalise and score two in quick succession. Our probing attacks were putting the Hull defence under great strain, primarily with Jackson’s pace and Harker’s vision in centre midfield. Singh had a number of subsequent good runs, allowing us to put their defence on the back foot, such that we were playing mostly in their half of the pitch. We finished the half with a 3-0 goal lead.
Morale remained high for the start of the second half. However, we let our guard down during a conceded corner which enabled a messy scramble in the box to generate a Hull goal. Soon after, we were able to reassert control of the game with a further two goals: one scored by myself with a well-positioned drive into the bottom corner of the net, the other by a lucky deflection off Will McLaughlan’s knee!
The match finished a satisfying 5-1 to Read, a good game and actually a closer one than the scoreline reflected.
U15 Read vs Pocklington B
Grace Handforth making a great interception
We arrived with the usual enthusiasm, (although this could have been down to the sighting of lots of biscuits for the post match refreshments) and the girls were keen to get going. It was cold and wet but this didn't put them off so by half-time we were in a comfortable lead. Targets were set to make more goals or to practise some of the set plays we had worked on in training the previous night and it was great to see these being performed well. We were much more consistent in the second half and this culminated in a 22-8 win. We will play their A team on the return game so hopefully the girls will be challenged further.
Great second match result!
Arctic Winds Blow Football Indoors
You will no doubt have felt the wind last week, as it gusted anything up to 50mph during Wednesday and Friday of last week. Apart from the safety implications for students moving around school (you'll recall the Parentmail sent home last week about areas of the school being cordoned off after roof slates blew off) there was some disruption to lessons as well. Seen above are some of the Years 3-6 footballers going through drills and skills in the sports hall, after the howling gale put paid to any chance of outdoor play!
U13s Football: Read Vs Hull Collegiate School
Reported by Sam Stephens, 14th January 2017
Read vs Hull Collegiate at home : 2-10
On Monday morning, the Read boys strolled onto the home pitch to play Hull Collegiate, one of the best teams in our fixtures calendar.
As the game kicked off, Read grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck with Theo Chandler taking the ball and playing a pass to Sam Stephens who ran down the line and put a cross into the box for Tom Scholefield. Tom finished off the goal with a great header. However, with Read ahead by a goal Hull caught us off guard by running through our defence and scoring a goal. One-all. After this Read picked up their heads to return fire, though despite our defence's best efforts they managed to chip in half a dozen hard-fought goals before the first whistle.
The second half was kicked off with Hull taking the ball into our half and confusing the Read defenders by passing the ball all around the pitch and effectively taking the Home team out of the game. With this controlling technique, they managed to put another 3 goals into the back of the net. It looked like there was no hope for the Read boys until the last minute when Ben Abrams took the ball in defence and did an amazing run down the line which led to the final goal scored by Sam Stephens: this was a small victory for the Greens at the end of a very tough match.
For some reason Mr Garrard gave me man of the match: thank you sir, but I think that we all played incredibly well against this very strong side.