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U11s - Match Report

Good Form Continues...

(Rowan Kitton 15/10/2019)

Congleton Rovers JFC U11s  Vs  Winsford Colts   (Score Withheld)

(Match Date: Saturday 21st September 2019)
Congleton Rovers made the trip to Winsford to play the Colts on a beautiful sunny morning and looking for the same level of performance as the opening week. The pitch was very overgrown which, with the way Rovers like to move the ball, made for a difficult surface to play quick passing football.

During the first half Winsford didn’t provide too big a threat which allowed Congleton to take a grip on the game. They tried hard to compete but Rovers were stronger and quicker to each ball. It wasn’t the free-flowing football we all enjoyed watching the week previously but it was effective and they were soon rewarded for their efforts.

Goals were scored in similar fashion during the half. Battles were being won in midfield and the forward line was played through to goal with some clinical finishes displayed. Other than 1 good save made in the first half by the Rovers’ keeper, Congleton looked comfortable throughout.

When the second half kicked off it was immediately evident that Winsford were not going to lay down and allow Rovers the same time and space they had enjoyed. Their number 9 looked a different player and he posed lots of problems for Rovers’ defence with his speed and directness. Fortunately he was unable to convert all his efforts on goal, partly due to missing the target or further fine stops at the last line of defence, GK Teague Forward-Martin. Deservedly, they did get their reward and showed Rovers that they were still competing.

Rovers didn’t maintain the same positional discipline as the first half and this made the game a little scrappy and disjointed. With the long grass too, it was definately a game leveller.

When Rovers did break forward they still looked like there were more goals to come and so it proved. This wasn’t without further reply from Winsford however. Credit to them, they matched the Congleton scoring in the second half. The second half was honours even and was proof that concentration and discipline is needed throughout the whole game and that games aren’t won after 30 minutes.

All in all this was a good performance on a difficult pitch and with the gulf in class during the first half, it was always going to be enough for Rovers to continue their great start to the season. 5 different goalscorers for Rovers also bodes well and with a well taken hat-trick by Samuel Brightwell, the new season has started very positively. Well done all.