Tattenhoe U14 Whites 2 : 1 Halse United FC U14
By Stephen Hall
An even first half, and a dominant second half display, but the Tractor Boys were undone, by an injury time sucker punch
Another fantastic day. It was tee-shirt weather as Halse travelled to Tattenhoe, for this away fixture in blazing sunshine.
The pitch was true, but played with smallish looking goals, and Halse continued, starting with the (now becoming standard) 3-5-2 formation. Capel back in attack with Garrett. With Giles in goal, the back three were Silman, Mullholland & Brice. A packed midfield, of Haskins, Kingsley, Greenaway, Cross and Rayner for the second game, left Hall, Taylor, Maud, and Evans starting from the bench.
Halse were quickly on the attack, and an early corner saw a a couple of corners in quick succession with a Capel header cleared. Whites were quick to attack on the break and had their own corner, which saw a shot too high over Giles' cross-bar.
Whites too the lead on 6 minutes, as a quick break saw them free their right winger. He drove forward and delivered a perfect cross for the forward to bury for 1:0
Another Halse corner saw Kingsley feed Silman but his effort was just wide. Halse continued to drive forward, and an effort from Haskins was just past the post. Play was broken up with Drinks break midway through both halves, as the players took on liquid in the hot conditions.
The "second quarter" began with Tattenhoe pressure on the Halse defence, as they pushed forward looking to double their lead, but with Halse midfield dropping deeper in defence, was able to resist their advances.
On 26 minutes, a customary move through the middle, saw an excellent through ball from Silman, finding Garrett behind the Tattenhoe defence. His typical pace took him clear of the defence, and the customary flick saw the ball nestle in the corner of the net for 1:1
Tattenhoe and Halse traded attacks, but both keepers looked large in their goals and the target was proving difficult to hit for both teams, as they headed into the break with honours even at 1:1
The second half followed a quite different pattern. Halse picked up their levels, and spurred on by feeling hard done by on a few decisions, as the foul count seemed to reflect Halse being overly physical, they really upped the ante. An excellent move down the left, saw Taylor finish the move with an excellent shot well saved. Taylor then turned provider as he fed a cross to Cross, but he was blocked, just as he was looking to bury the ball. Another Halse corner saw Kingsley land the ball on Capel's head, but he was under pressure and couldn't find the small target. Haskins was next to have a shot blocked, closely followed by Capel again, but Halse just couldn't find the finish their play deserved. Kingsley and Greenaway were next to see their efforts thwarted.
A neat move down the right saw Hall release a quick pass to Haskins inside the full back. His dangerous cross, saw the Whites defender nearly put the ball into his own net with Halse forwards in attendance, but the ball was clawed away for a corner.
Just when the game headed into stoppage time, and Whites were looking relieved to finish the game with a point, they summoned up a sucker punch. In a rare forage into the Halse half, a throw was flicked on, and the Whites attacker found himself behind the Halse defence, and he was able to drill the ball into the net for an unlikely winner at 2:1
There was barely time to get going again, and Halse had been undone at the death, and finished on the end of a 2:1 defeat, where a valuable away win, looked the likeliest result.
A lot of the team then took advantage of the summer conditions at a local food retail outlet, as the team bonded following a terrific performance, where they clearly didn't get the result, their all round play and dominant second half performance deserved.
TATTENHOE U14 WHITES
GOALS: # (06); # (72)
Shots on target: 4
Shots off target: 4
HALSE UNITED U14
GOALS: GARRETT (26)
Shots on target: 12
Shots off target: 9