Last night at Heron Hall Academy our Elites under 14s played a match against Enfield Borough. We travelled with a squad of 19 players with a number of player’s making their debuts, as well as a few on trial. The boys were extremely sharp in their warm up, moving the ball with real pace and intensity. However the whistle blew for the start and we found ourselves three nil down within 15 minutes. Although one was particularly dubious – did it cross the line ? Where’s VAR when you need it! Following this shaky start, we settled and got a good foot hold in the match and soon got ourselves on the scoresheet. NCF Elites were now growing in confidence and this was visible in the football they were playing. The match was now like a ‘cup tie’ ebbing and flowing from end to end. A great watch for the supporters.
Half time came and this saw a change in formation, moving from a 3-5-2 to a more orthodox 4-5-1.
Nick said ‘ We spoke about the importance of becoming more compact and being aggressive with our passing, not forcing the issue but playing forward as quickly as possible. There were a number of opportunities to play passes in behind Enfield to turn them’.
We came out of the blocks for the 2nd half like an Olympic sprinter. Pressing high, winning back possession and creating a number of scoring opportunities and a few that we converted. One goal in particular, stood out. It started with Tommy in goal, he played out to a rampaging Kaya, we combined in midfield, played out wide, a cross from Ciran was finished off by hatrick hero and man of the match Kerron. This was a very exciting performance against a very good, technical team from the Eastern Junior Alliance.
Huge credit to the NCF Elites boys as there were a lot of changes during the match that unquestionably can effect a teams rhythm but they handled it well.
At the end Nick said ‘Overall a very pleasing performance, barring a shaky start. However that was possibly to be expected. Thank you to the players for their efforts. Big thanks to parents for the fantastic support and thank you to Enfield Borough for hosting us. Best wishes to them for the rest of the season.’
Goals from Kerron 3
MOM – Kerron