Burlington Jackdaws U11 2
Batemans U11 2
NEARLY two months after their last competitive game of football, Jackdaws were chomping at the bit to get the game underway against Batemans on Sunday morning.
The heavy pitch and windy conditions didn’t prevent the Jackdaws from putting in a fine display and they maybe deserved more than just a point from the game.
The game started at a frantic pace but most of the play was concentrated in the middle of the park where Olly Beckett and Olly Brown were at their dominant best.
Jack Pannhausen and Joel Ellis-Beesting out on the wings were starting to find their feet and cause some real problems for the visitors defence.
It was a pacy break down the right from Pannhausen that saw Elliot Brown put Jackdaws into the lead after 10 minutes with a fine half volley from eight yards out.
Batemans came back strongly into the game but the Jackdaws defence stood firm.
Ryan Petre and Harry Ellis were allowing the Batemans’ front line no time at all in and around the box while Zach Hunter and Jordan Booth were as tenacious as ever in the tackle.
The game remained a midfield battle throughout the first half and on the rare occasion a Batemans’ front man found himself with a shooting opportunity he was superbly denied by the shot stopping of Sam Goacher in the Jackdaws goal.
The second half saw both teams continue at the same tempo as they had finished the first, but still chances were at a premium.
Jordan Ball had joined Lewis Lamb up front and they were beginning to show real quality in their build up play but they found themselves up against a strong Batemans’ defence.
Connor McKinnry had also come off the bench to make a great contribution down the left wing with his ability to dribble the ball at pace.
Jackdaws slowly began to gain the upper hand and their pressure finally told after 45 minutes when the outstanding Ryan Petre latched onto a loose ball just inside the penalty area and curled an unstoppable shot into the top corner to make it 2-0.
This should have made the game safe for Jackdaws but yet again Batemans responded the better of the two teams after the goal and slowly began to put the pressure on. They were rewarded after 50 minutes when a deflected shot left Goacher helpless and all of a sudden Batemans were in with a real shout of getting something out of the game.
The remaining 10 minutes were played entirely in the Jackdaws half, however a combination of great goalkeeping and resolute defence looked to have given Jackdaws all three points.
But right on the stroke of full time a goalmouth scramble saw the ball break loose to the head of a Batemans front man who made no mistake from two yards and the game finished 2-2.
The lads left a little disappointed that they hadn’t collected all three points but after so long without a game they can be proud of their performance.
Man of the match: Jordan Booth – put in an outstanding defensive display yet again and has really made the right back position his own.