Spitfires back to wining ways
By Chris Squire
Dylan double wins the day
It was the first game of the year and it was a delight to see the lads do so well. After an early pitch inspection, we the pitch a bit soft and lumpy. The side started really well, beginning to win the ball in the centre of the pitch, with good strong pressure and closing down from Harry and Alex V. This allowed some decent link-up play and movement particularly down the left flank, with Alex Sutton and Dylan pressing forward. Overall the team was getting to the ball first which allowed for some free flowing football and switching the play, which frustrated the Henley team early on. Within 20 minutes the Spitfires began to control the game and establish their dominance. The team looked to capitalise on the keeper’s lack of confidence with some direct football, although the finish wasn’t quite there. The crowd sensed a goal was deserved for the team’s efforts, although the defence needed to stay alert and cover for any counter attacks. On 30 minutes, the Spitfires were awarded a free kick outside the area, which Dylan fired and looped over the Hotspur’s keeper into the back of the net, a very well deserved goal. 1-0 to the Spitfires! The game continued to be close but with Spitfires edging it, having an effort cleared off the line before squeezing a second goal past the keeper after a scramble in the Henley 6 yard box. 2-0 to Spitfires and a brace for Dylan who showed persistence throughout the half.
The second half started with the Spitfires looking composed but not complacent. Overall it was a closer half, Leon being forced into a one-handed save and the Hotspurs hitting the Spitfires woodwork as they tried to work their way back into the game. There were chances at the other end too, with the Spitfires continuing to pose and threat, twice hitting the woodwork, once from a direct corner and once from a close range effort that smacked the crossbar. The match settled into a pattern and as the game drew to an end, both teams tired as the size of the teenage Christmas dinners began to take their toll. The game finished 2-0 to Spitfires, a really positive effort from everyone.
Some really strong performances in the team and the Spitfires will face stronger opposition in the coming weeks. This time, Dylan was Man of the Match for his two goals, constant running and for leading the team by example. He scored, never gave-up and didn’t stop running.