Blackwater and Dengie League Division 2
Sunday 15th October
Meadow Youth Lions 5 – 2 Woodham Radars Jets
It was always going to be a difficult game against a team that had spent last season in Division 1 and with 3 of the team unavailable for this weekend’s game. Radars got off to a very positive start with play being confined to the middle of the park – each team cancelling each other out. Chris could not get the ball away with his customary pace and Jake, Nathan P, Tom, William, Shaun and Luke all got decent touches of the ball. The defence of Nathan L, Marcello and Nathan W were all largely untested and whilst Ben was called upon to make some saves, they were all quite comfortably handled. The Jets came close when William’s corner kick found Jake’s head only for the Meadow Youth keeper to make a decent save. Down the other end Meadow Youth also came close – the crossbar acting as the 12th man.
The deadlock was broken with 5 minutes left on the clock for half time. Marcello was brought down – play was not stopped and Meadow Youth scored. Followed quickly by a second. 2-0 half time and a little flattering to Meadow Youth.
Alfie and Ishkaar came on for the injured Marcello (who took no further part) and William. Alfie immediately got stuck in getting the ball away from danger and the whole team defended well against a Meadow Youth onslaught. Meadow Youth however didn’t have it all their own way in the second half. A foul on Chris saw him score from the penalty spot but as the game became more and more physical the Radars found it increasingly difficult to stop Meadow Youth. Ishkaar showed off his speed running back to make a timely challenge and Luke showed off some nifty footwork down the wing. With minutes to go for full time the ball was played to Chris who got his second of the day with almost the final kick of the game.
Thank you to Scott for stepping in to act as linesman and thank you to our sponsor The Retro Quiz.
Woodham Radars Jets are Ben, Marcello, Nathan L, Nathan W, Jonathan, Luke, Alfie, Nathan P, Chris, Tom, Jake, Ishkaar, Shaun, Haydn, William, Jack
10 Radars Men put in a shift against Notley despite loss:
Woodham Radars 2-3 Notley
The initial moments of the game were largely dominated by Notley. Radars kept a good shape and looked organised but failed to get hold of the ball.
Until, at 15 minutes when a high, long ball had the better of central defender, Dan Potts, a failed clearance set the opposition striker through on goal with Radars goalkeeper, Ian Hayward charging out to meet the striker. Unfortunately, a mistimed challenge meant Radars would continue the game with just 10 players on the pitch with holding-midfielder, Jack Avis filling in as goalkeeper.
Just 5 minutes later an excellent through-ball set the away striker through on goal before finishing well. 1-0.
Despite the odds, Radars appeared to take hold of the game. At 35 minutes, the opposition's long-ball was wisely anticipated by central defender, Josh Long who cut in front of the opposition striker to intercept the ball and clear to safety.
From this clearance, Radars striker, Alex Swan won the ball from the away defence and took a touch on the edge of the box. If anybody felt an earthquake in South Woodham Ferrers at around 11:10 this morning it was thanks to what Swan did next:
The epicenter, his right boot, unleashed a tremendously powerful strike - the ball clattering the cross-bar before hitting the back of the net.
Early into the second-half Notley regained their lead; the counter-attack resulting in another excellent finish at the Radars end. 2-1.
At 60 minutes in, the ball bounced in front of central midfielder, Ryan Lupton. From circa 30 yards out, an unbelievable hit gave Radars the equalizer - a controlled half-volley with the outside of his right foot sending the ball straight into the top right corner of the goal. Certainly a major contender for goal of the season already. 2-2.
Despite a superb effort from the depleted Radars line-up, Notley went on to score a third and win the game. A long, high ball was not dealt with at the back and the away striker capitalized.
Man of the Match was awarded to right-back, Lawrence Sewell - an excellent performance, winning tackles and always making himself an option for the simple pass throughout.
A shocking start for Radars saw the away side take the lead inside the first couple of minutes; a long pass setting the opposition striker in on goal to coolly finish in the bottom right corner.
Moments later, a similar long pass created another chance for the away side who seized the opportunity yet again with another relaxed finish. 2-0.
Throughout the next 20 minutes or so Radars failed to really get involved in the game. Hatfield Peverel dominated possession and created multiple opportunities with the simple ball over the top meeting young pacey attackers to beat the offside line. The away side forced a handful of important saves from Radars goalkeeper, Ian Hayward and came close to a third when they struck the woodwork.
At 30 minutes central midfielder, Ryan Lupton played a ball into the opposition area where winger, Nathan Naylor superbly anticipated the center backs missed clearance, chasing the bounce and beating the keeper with the header.
Despite pulling a goal back Radars remained the lesser of the two sides. In the second-half the away side created several opportunities yet again. Radars were unfortunate to concede an own goal when a powerful cross was delivered low into the box not allowing time for Radars defender, Josh Long to adjust his feet, the ball deflecting over the Radars keeper and into the back of the net.
With around 10 minutes to play super-sub, Ryan Chapman gave Radars a second goal. Some excellent passing down the left-hand side of the pitch saw Radars enter the opposition box before the ball was played back to Chapman arriving late - a gorgeous controlled curl sent the ball over the keepers stretched arm and into the top right corner.
FT: A lackluster performance finished with a 4-2 defeat.