Saturdays game for the U7s went ahead despite the home team (ourselves) only having 3 players due to sickness and other issues just before the match. Melbourn were so kind to lend us two of their own players so the team could play a fun game of football, the game still ended in a draw. The 3 players that we had played so well we were so proud of them, if we could have played 3v5 they would of held their own so that’s why this weeks M.O.M went to all three!!!
The U8 Black’s were looking forward to hosting Biggleswade Greens and expected a hard close game. The away team did not disappoint us and in the first half put the Black’s under a lot of pressure playing centrally and attacking as a unit, they were fast and strong giving Hares no time on the ball to play, when Hares did managed to get forward the hard working Biggleswade worked back as a unit and defended very well. The second half started much the same as the first, all the chasing rather than passing the ball saw the visitors tire in the second half and Hares dominated the game through quick wide passing, it wasn’t long before the hosts drew level with some fine worked team goals, the switch of play was proving too much for a central Biggleswade team and the last 10 minutes Hares took over the game scoring a brilliant individual and a fine breakaway goals. MOM was awarded to the whole team, a great game by both teams.
The U8 Orange hosted Bedwell Athletic on Saturday in a very entertaining end to end game that was very close. Hares playing out from the back and were happy to play in their own half and hit the opposition on the break, Bedwell more direct getting the ball forward high and as quick as possible played into the host hands and the home team were very comfortable to play the game on the floor. A fine passing performance saw Hares coming out on top with a well earned MOM for Raffy who was solid at the back and set up several fine plays with his quick passing. I must say as a coach (and a ref today) I was really impressed with the honesty of Bedwell Athletics players, parents and coaches, a credit to mini soccer, they were a joy to play and a fantastic game from both teams.
Under 10 Black…a very tough cup game at home for the Hares this morning, against a very good Melbourn side. Melbourn came out fighting as soon as the KO was taken, which took Hares by surprise and it showed for the first 10 mins or so. The Blacks fought well and defended very bravely with the Blacks goalkeeper (Jed) making some fantastic saves, and at times managed to get the ball on the floor and play it. Second half Hares played much better and really tried to get at Melbourn, but the opposition were a much better team, they played the pressing game so well not giving the Blacks any time on the ball at all and some of their passing was fantastic. Hares did manage to get on the score sheet (Leo) after a good move from Oliver and Noah who sent Leo away. Credit to the Blacks who never ever gave up and kept trying right to the end. M.O.T.M went to Matthew.
Having moved up a League The Hares U12‘s welcomed Spartak Saffron Walden to Ralph Sadleir this week, and it was clear from the start that the quality of opposition was going to be much better than what they had been used to. In an incident packed game the home side were dealt a blow after 10 mins when a clash of heads between Barney and Jake meant that neither player would be able to take part in the remainder of the game. With The Hares down to 8 players against Spartak’s 9 it was only a matter of time before the visitors took the lead. With The home side’s backs against the wall Spartak soon doubled their lead to make it 0-2. However The Hares managed to get themselves back into the game when George Clark was brought down in the penalty box, who got up to convert the resulting spot kick to make it 1-2. It was Spartak though who restored their 2 goal cushion scoring their 3rd of the game and went into Half time 1-3 up. Although being a man down The Hares started the second half strong and George Clark’s second of the game made it 2-3. Another head injury, this time to the visitors goalkeeper, saw the player leave the field. With numbers even at 8 a side each The Hares were level when once again it was George Clark with another hat-trick to make the score 3-3. However the home side couldn’t find the winner and it was Spartak who took all 3 points by scoring their 4th and making the final score 3-4 to the visitors.
Hares Youth U14‘s continued from last weeks good performance by dominating today’s fixture against Cuffley Youth Jets. With the pitch still thawing out both teams adapted well in tricky conditions underfoot. By half time Hares had built up a 3-0 lead with goals from Austen Garrod and two from Oliver , with the only other incident being a nasty clash of heads between Dominic Garrod and their left back , both boys left the pitch to recover. With Cuffley only having 11 fit players available and Hares intent on keeping possession the opposition began to tire which opened up more space for Hares to attack down either flank. Four more goals were scored by Noah, Will (2) and Dominic with the final score ending 7-0. MOTM Will.