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Apr 7, 2014

Worcestershire 16 Boys Squad

Captain Jordan Lymn writes report for recent game against West Mids

Match Report

West Midlands under 16’s vs Worcestershire County Schools under 16’s.

In the quarter final of the County Cup we came up against some stiff opposition in a strong West Midlands side, despite this we got off to a positive start for the first 20 minutes of the game, pressing high up the pitch putting pressure on to our oppositions. We had a few half chances but the first goal fell to West Midlands with a searching long range shot that managed to find its way into the back of the net despite the keeper’s best efforts. As the half drew to a close Worcestershire started to slack off a bit, however we managed to keep the score down at 1-0 after an intense half of football.

At the break we had chance to regroup and recuperate for what would be a hard second half. When the second half kicked off, we began to put more pressure on West Midlands forcing them to make numerous errors, however we were unlucky to take advantage of this situation and the score line remained 1-0 for the time being. About a quarter of a way through the half West midlands caught us on the break, after we had committed too many players forward for a corner, and the striker just slotted the ball home and made it 2-0. Not long after their goal, we managed to pull a goal back ourselves, after the ball was whipped into the back post, we managed to scramble the ball home to make it 2-1. After this goal our confidence and energy was high, we started to play better but were unable to capitalise on this opportunity.

Shortly after our spurt of confidence, West Midlands managed to put another goal away, a splitting through ball penetrated our defence leaving a simple tap in for their winger to put away, now it was 3-1 and a comeback looked unlikely, however we did not give up and continued to battle right through until the last 5 minutes where we started to get tired and a bit complacent, as a result of this West Midlands won a penalty. The penalty was tucked away despite our keeper managing to get a slight fingertip to the ball. The game finished 4-1 but Worcestershire battled extremely hard and were unfortunate to lose by 3 goals as on a different day the outcome could have been very different.