Match Report
Salisbury Cathedral School Boys-U13B vs  Sandroyd
On: Wednesday, 19 Jan 2022
Venue: Away

What a stellar start to the season and everyone can be tremendously proud of winning our first match against a very strong Sandroyd year group. Reflecting on the number of clear chances we created against what they did, it was a convincing and worthy victory too.

Sandroyd started playing surprisingly high up the pitch and this suited our tactics of keeping our width and having Joe roam in oceans of space behind the defence.

Joe had a super first game and whilst he was disappointed to miss several clear cut chances, the fact that he was getting into those goal scoring positions is due to his excellent movement and work rate. Henry swapped with Joe in the first-half and having had only one training session this term, will want to be working hard to push for an attacking role in this squad.

Michael was exceptional today. His speed is phenomenal and Toby, Ethan and Zeeshan particularly enjoyed threading balls for him to run onto. One of these lead to his goal; he powered onto the right side of the D, one touch and his hit rocketed into the corner, the goalie could hardly have seen it.

Toby will always give 100%, loves competing and always wants to make himself available for a pass. He is ideally suited with his role in central midfield and was instrumental in the quality of the team’s performance today.

Elliot played with typical intelligence, is a natural competitor and is one who will surely grow into a complete player this term. He held his width really well and in the second half had plenty of space to be a threat down the left hand side.

Matthew swapped with Elliot for a half of each half. Despite playing with an injured foot, Matthew looks a really versatile player who appears to have time on the ball and be highly adept at tackling. As well as get himself fully fit, his target is to stick to the position he has been given and be mindful not to drift into combat on the field. Trust your teammates and be the passing option they need.

Zeeshan was outstanding. Playing at CDM, he was timing his tackles and intercepts superbly. He revelled in his role as captain and looked positively euphoric at the full time whistle. “I’m SO proud of everyone!” he beamed.

Ethan instills terrific confidence in those around him. He reads the game wonderfully and the Sandroyd players, who looked utterly crestfallen at the end of the game, had run out of ideas of how to get past him. It was a masterful performance as sweeper.

Jack’s input during the half-time talk was “it says a lot about how well you’re all playing that I’m bored!” He did have a few saves to make in the second half and cleared the ball with great conviction. We are indeed very lucky to have such a classy and able keeper who has an exciting season ahead of him.

Thank you for being magnificent today Chaps! Zeeshan and Ethan share Man of the Match and a special mention should go to Nathan, who after playing for the thirds, stayed behind to support the seconds instead of going to match tea. It speaks volumes of what a team player he is and, as Mr Hawker’s assembly message was, epitomises the corner stones Kindness, Empathy and Generosity and the building blocks of who we can choose to be.