Wingrave Juniors Wasps U14 2:11 Halse United U14
By Stephen Hall
Convincing victory for U14 as Garrett helps himself to 5 and Hall scores first competitive goal for the Tractor Boys. Rayner with 2 and goals for Greenaway, Kingsley, and Capel wonder strike completes the scorers as the sun comes out to play.
What a fantastic day. The weather was brilliant sunshine, and the boys performed brilliantly to overcome Wingrave in sweltering conditions.
A good flat, but small pitch encouraged a passing game. With 3 players unavailable, Halse reverted to the 4-4-2. Giles in goal, with the back 4 of Mullholland, Sillman, Maud and Evans. Midfield of Greenaway, Capel, Kngsley and Brice, with Garrett and Rayner up front. Hall and Cox were in reserve, but all were to play a part in this convincing victory. The crowd swelled from 20 to 30 as Wingrave supporters arrived to enjoy the sunshine.
There was a slow start as both sets of players adjusted to the conditions, but on 3 minutes, the first meaningful Halse attack saw Capel slip a ball through to Garrett, who made his customary run into the inside left channel and flicked the ball into the opposite corner for 1:0
6 minutes later, Wasps were level as their winger made a run down the left, beat the defender and made a telling cross into the 6 yd box for his striker to bury the shot for 1:1
At 13 minutes, Halse were on the move again, and won a corner. Kingsley swung the ball in, towards Sillman. He was unable to finish, but found Greenaway. He turned inside and unleashed a shot which hit the back of the net to restore Halse's advantage for 2:1.
2 minutes had passed before Capel sent a perfectly weighted through ball for Garrett to run on to, and again his flick finish found the net for 3:1
The Halse attacks were always looking dangerous as the shot tally began to grow. Rayner was next to open his scoring for the morning, latching on to another good through ball from Capel and picking up the high bouncing ball, got his body position just right to bury his shot high into the net for a spectacular finish for 4:1.
24 minutes in, and Halse were 5:1 up. A Wasp foul, provided Capel the opportunity to test the keeper from long range. His shot was true, but too hot to handle for the Wasps keeper. As soon as he had parried it, the Halse attack were looking to capitalise, and Kingsley was first to the ball to tuck the ball under the keeper, before he could react.
Halse's 6th was spectacular, as a long clearance from Giles, saw a high bouncing ball over the Wasps defence. Capel was quickest to react and hit a spectacular shot over his right shoulder and, once again, giving the Wasps keeper no chance at all.
As the teams went into the break 6:1 up, it was hard to see them letting their lead slip, but the hot conditions could still prove problematic.
Halse were immediately on the attack as the second half began. Good work from Greenaway, on the break, he managed to turn the ball back into the 6 yd box for Garrett. He had his shot blocked, but the ball ricochet up, and as he advanced into the box Hall calmly got himself into the right position to coolly volley into the top corner of the net, from close range for his first competitive goal for the Tractor boys. He was immediately mobbed by his team mates, who all joined in his celebrations, and brought a tear to the eyes of 1 or 2 supporters. Halse were now 7:1 up.
Both teams seemed to step off the pace for the next 10 minutes or so as the heat began to tell, but Halse were back on the attack on 51 minutes as Greenaway found the perfect ball for Garrett to advance onto, behind the Wasps defence, and he made no mistake again as his personal tally showed his hat-trick had been completed. 8:1
Garrett still wasn't finished for the day as 2 minutes later, he latched onto another perfectly weighted pass from Brice, and his customary flick found the opposite corner of the net again for 9:1
Garrett only had to wait another couple of minutes for his 5th of the morning, and Capel was provider once again, and Garrett completed the move with another telling flicked finish. 10:1
Wasps had started to have some attacks of their own, as Halse's efforts began to tell, and a few gaps were creeping in, and substitutions were made to keep the players fresh. A corner was well cleared by Sillman, and other attacks were foiled by Mullholland, Cox and Evans. Maud showing some deft touches when under considerable pressure, but able to find his midfield and launch the next attack.
Kingsley made another shot just over the bar, but his next contribution was equally telling, as his cross found Rayner advancing from the right, who was also next to hit a firm shot into the net past the Wasps keeper for 11:1
There was still over 10 minutes to play, but Halse had done the job. Whilst they continued to create chances, the management rang the changes and gave players match time in different positions. A Halse attack was broken down, by the Wasps midfield, and a high ball over the top, gave the advancing attackers to mob the sole Halse defender. As Giles advanced beyond his area, the ball fell kindly to the Wasps attacker, who gladly dispatched the shot for 11:2 and gave them some late reward for not giving up, and received a hearty round of applause from all supporters.
At full time, Garrett's 5 goal haul earned him the MoM, and another chance to celebrate at a (not very local) food outlet to round the day off.
WINGRAVE JUNIORS U14 WASPS
GOALS: # (09); # (62)
Shots on target: 4
Shots off target: 5
HALSE UNITED U14
GOALS: GARRETT (3, 13, 51, 53, 55); GREENAWAY (11); RAYNER (18, 57); KINGSLEY (24); CAPEL (33); HALL (37)
Shots on target: 16
Shots off target: 11