WUFC U16 Meteors vs AFC Aldermaston
How 5 minutes can change a match
This match saw the return of AFC Aldermaston to the Pavilion with the prelude to a close competitive match.
However, the night before saw our Goalkeeper, Charlie, injured his finger and the ideal replacement, Kieron, unfortuantely delayed by his team mate so things didn't start well
The match was very even and Kieron was making some valuable saves to keep us in the game. Then James had a shot that was cleared and was immediately pounced on by Palang, who hit it with the outside of his right foot low into the corner of the Aldermaston net. Kacper who attended on crutches after breaking a metatarsal did comment that Palang had that one planned at school the day before.
Faris was deployed to left back to keep Aldermaston's flair player in check, which he did with his usual 'slide-tackles'.
Aldermaston fought back 5 minutes before half time with an equaliser and then proceeded to fire shots at our goal. Again Kieron with a great save kept us in the game. H-T 1-1
The team talk requested more control from midfield and to use the wingers as both Jake and Jay were always looking favourites to win the race to the ball
Then with 3 minutes played of the second half Aldermaston carved a way through and scored. In the next 5 minutes Aldermaston scored a further 2 goals in the next 5 minutes, and the "wind was taken from our sails"
With changes made we saw some fine individual touches from Anson with a lovely turn in a congested midfield, from Palang with a "no-one is tackling me" forward run, and James, Jay and Jake all chasing "lost causes"
Once Aldermatson scored their 5th, Kieron was replaced by Nick, who made some great clearances and saves
An attack by the Meteors saw confusion in the Aldermaston box and Els hit the loose ball in, to provide a consolation. At that time our tails were up but as much a we tried, the team couldn't break down the Aldermaston defence.
The last 5 minutes saw a poor end to a game that we should have done better in, with additional goals by Aldermaston, a sending off and an unacceptable response to a Goalkeeping error.
Player of the match was Kieron who stepped in to play in goal and did an excellent job, but special mention to Nick who gallantly offered to take his place in the second half
After this team performance, we can't wait to put things right against Caversham next Saturday