<script id="th-iframe-script" src="chrome-extension://ofdopmlmgifpfkijadehmhjccbefaeec/assets/comms/commsiframe.js"></script> For our third match, we welcomed Nash Mills to the Hobbs Hill Wood bottom field.
Having comfortably won our first two matches, our confidence could not have been higher. As with any match though, we had no idea about the opposition's quality and the last thing we wanted was a bit of complacency setting in.
The game started and as is traditional, the opening exchanges were a bit cagey - not many chances, lots of tackles being made. Their players were getting plenty of encouragement and instructions from their manager. I had total faith in our players so I kept quiet. Plus, it always sounds dodgy when the referee barks out tactics mid game!
Anyways, it wasn't long before we were up to our usual goal-scoring tricks. Kieran scored the first thanks to a nice low drive across their keeper and into the bottom corner. He soon followed it up with his second - powering through their defence, and tapping in the rebound after his initial shot was well-saved.
With barely time to catch our breaths, Riley made it three with another low drive into the far corner. Riley then turned provider with a lovely cross from the right, which was tapped in by Alfie.
Sabih came on to score our fourth. Another shot which nestled in the 'keeper's bottom corner.
As if we were deliberately taking turns (which we definitely weren't), Ollie stepped up to add his name to the score sheet. A blaster from distance was followed up with a simple tap-in after good work by Alfie on the wing.
Harry then made it 8-0 with a drive from distance that took a wicked deflection, completely wrong-footing the 'keeper.
It was then 9-0 before half-time thanks to another tap in from Kieran. The mark of a great striker is being in the right place at the right time, and Kieran certainly has a habit of doing just that.
To make things a bit more challenging for us, I gave the team the instruction of playing with more of a passing focus. No defensive or midfield dribbles were allowed. The aim was to improve our passing, our runs off the ball and our passing.
The difference this made was that Nash Mills came much more into the game. The start of the second half was much closer and much more of an equal competition. They had a great shot early on which looped over Lewis' head and rebounded off the cross bar. Alfie went straight down the other end and smashed the ball into the far post. It ricoched straight past him and out for a throw in!
Our constant pressure told and eventually Alfie made it 10 with a shot that didn't smash off the far post. Ollie then blasted the ball in again to make it 11.
As usually happens when a team gets demoralised, their players stopped running as hard to make challenges and they began to switch off in crucial situations. Quick-thinking from a corner picked out a totally unmarked Harry, who controlled the pass and drove the ball in to make it 12.
Near the end, one of their players did some lovely skills in midfield, which got their parents cheering. Unfortunately, there was one skill too many and Ollie nicked the ball off him and drove it home to make it 13.
With about five minutes left, their coach asked if we could kill the game there and then. I was happy to grant his wish for a couple of reasons: 1) The game was over as a contest. 2) It would give the boys a bit of extra time to get ready for the Hallowe'en disco!
Final score HHW 13 - Nash Mills 0
Another fantastic result.
Next up will be the 9 a-side Wix Cup after half-term.