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Match Report - Juniors 17th August 2019

Updated: Mar 12, 2020

The rain had finally stopped by the time BCFC U11s Terriers kicked-off against a strong MUSC Strikers side at a blustery Churchill Park on Saturday afternoon. Having played the Strikers already this season, it was always going to be a tough afternoon for BCFC against mature and technically gifted opponents.

With a number of absences due to illness, an under-strength BCFC kept things close into a blustery wind for most of the 1st half. Unfortunately, the strength of the wind meant that we found it difficult to get out of our own half and our own technically-gifted players struggled to get onto the ball in more advanced areas. The reduced amount of rest meant our players were always going to struggle as the game progressed. Jake Tucker was the stand-out in the 1st half with a fantastic goalkeeping performance, whilst Ash has found a new lease of life as an enthusiastic Central Defender.

Disappointingly, the wind dropped off dramatically at the beginning of the 2nd half just as we were looking forward to having it at our backs as our “extra-man”.

The team have been concentrating on trying to pass the ball out of defence using our wing-backs to create space and they produced a number of fantastic examples of this during a tough 2nd half with some lovely interchange work from Charlotte Weldon, James Underdown, Stefi Windsor and Elliot Coutts in particular. Chayne Reynolds put his hand-up to replace the ill Leonardo Goria in goal and was instrumental in keeping the unofficial scoreline respectable.

Despite the gulf in the unofficial “scoreline”, the BCFC Terriers played the game in the manner it’s supposed to be played: showing respect to their opponents, the referee, their teammates and most importantly themselves. Everyone was still smiling and having fun at the end: perhaps it was the incentive of the ice cream which had somehow been swindled out of coach Jamie Coutts by Charlotte Weldon after last week’s performance against GMAS.

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