Fantastic morning of football for the Y7 boys and a well deserved 5-4 victory against Oakwood.
The boys started well with a few dangerous attacks and deservedly took the lead after Dylan Whatley latched on to a long throw in to slot home from a couple of yards. Mid way through the first half Oakwood drew level and with the momentum on their side took the lead. Late on in the first half we got back into the game after a corner whipped in by Josh Humphries was slated in at the back post by Omar Shafia. Within a few minutes we took the lead after a through ball from Jensen Murr which was latched on to by Finley Chadburn to make it 3-2 at half time.
We started the second half like a house on fire and quickly doubled our lead with a fantastic run down the wing and a cross shot went in from Omar again. Still on top the lads continued to press on and after a procession of attacks the pressure told and got the 5th goal from Marian Ziga. More attacks followed including hitting the post and crossbar and a number of fine saves from the Oakwood keeper. Oakwood got back into the game after a number of substitutions were made converting home from a few yards after a fine save from Luke Steane. Oakwood started to push on and scored again with a few minutes left. The lads dug deep and held on for a first and well deserved victory. Looking forward to press on in the next few weeks and see how good the team can become.
Y8 had a difficult tricky encounter with Oakwood today which was really a game of two halves.
Clifton conceded early through a set piece, when the defence failed to clear their lines. This however caused a resurgence in attack, as Jamie Hartley demonstrated his blistering pace down the left flank and firing a low drive past the keeper from 20 yards.
Hartley, then turned provider, as the team captain for the day put Jack Swales through on goal as he converted a half volley from close range, Swales scoring his first of the season.
Clifton then battled hard through the first half, Tomas Sivak and Chad Carney dealt with continued pressure as centre backs, sweeping up the long balls.
Clifton conceded two late goals in the first half, one individual effort was too much for Mason Ox to handle, despite a fantastic effort.
The second half saw Clifton battle once again, Alex Ward, Karl Atkinson, Roman Bogdan and Jake Allen working hard in midfield. The lads fell to sleep at the back and let in some sloppy goals, something that the new back 4 partnership will be working on In training to improve!
They did not lose heart however, pulling back a late goal from the penalty spot where Alex Ward was brought down going clean through on goal, Hartley converting from the penalty spot.
The game finished 8 – 3. Plenty of positives to take away from the game. This team has potential! Man of the match goes to Jamie Hartley and Chad Carney for their performance!
Decent turn out of 13 for our first game. Lads played well and importantly for each other. Tried hard against a Dinnington side who had five or six subs to keep rolling on and off. They had some good, strong players too so 4-0 at half time wasn’t too disheartening. First part of second half was excellent. We were up for it and scored first through Julius Gazi (much to their displeasure) to make it 4 – 1. They then got another but we continued to battle well. Tired towards the end and it finished 7 – 1 but much more positive than last year with the lads seeming to enjoy it and definitely playing for one another. Special mention to Ibby for his tireless energy and enthusiasm in midfield fully deserving Man of the Match and Julius for his goal on full debut!!
A good performance against a strong Dinnington side. We kicked off up the slope and Rio Barker in goal was forced into brilliant early save. We took the lead through Ethan Oxborough on his return to the side. Louis Waterhouse swung in a corner for Ethan to meet with a powerful header.
We had the better of the first half but 5 crazy minutes before the break saw us lose concentration and we went in 3-1 behind.
Dinnington were the better side in the second half and only more good work from Rio in goal kept the score down. We got ourselves back into the game through a brilliant finish from last years leading scorer Josh Woodcock. We couldn’t make it count though and two further goals from Dinnington saw the hosts run out 5-2 winners.
Man of the match went to Rio Barker for his excellent work in goal.
Unlucky to lose 2-1.
Dominated second half.
Well captained by Luke Rodwell.
Excellent performances Elton Tsmuni and Ebi Baraki
Score Danny Clarkson.