Mildenhall Under-14's v Fairstead Under-14's
The Academy’s under-14’s finished their pre-season schedule with a victory over Fairstead…
The game was played in its original two 35 minute halves and was the final preparation game for the under-14’s as their pre-season concluded with a victory and a outstanding performance to provide confidence for the players.
The game started off at a high tempo for both sides but Mildenhall took a positive start with a number of quick combination plays and efforts at goal which set the standard for the rest of the game. Shortly after they took the lead after some well worked, quick build up play, put the Mildenhall forward in front of goal, who hit the top of the net.
Mildenhall continued to dominate the ball with a positive and effective intention to get in front of goal and add to their tally. Players showed selflessness to stretch the pitch and connect play across the thirds, and set up team mates to add to the scoreline.
The boys looked to maintain the ball whenever they could, and looked most efficient when play started from the back and went through the thirds via the defence and midfield. Whenever the ball was lost, the players worked as a unit to win possession back and decide whether to be patient and maintain the ball or take a risk and attempt to exploit the unorganised Fairstead.
Mildenhall, who included three under-13 players in their squad as well, scored a variation of well taken goals including long range screamers, combination plays to goal and some excellent solo driven goals. The overall performance was a joy to watch for spectators, coaches and players.
Team Manager, Alfie Tate’s thoughts:
“What the boys did today was truly exceptional - a dominant performance and Fairstead couldn't compete against us. Fairstead were a good physical side but the boys gave everything today and have set the standard for the season.”
“The way the boys maintained possession patiently and worked the ball via quick tempo and creative combination play was of the highest standard. We've found a system that works but also challenges our players. It suits our style of play of dominating the ball and dominating the pitch. I could talk for ages about what we did well today, but we also need to remember we're here to develop, so we need to look at what we can work on for future games.”
“Just on an additional note, credit to the boys who showed their character, class and selflessness when we won a penalty and decided to give the penalty to someone who had not yet scored without my input. It's easy for an individual or a team to choose the person who won the penalty or someone who is on for a hat-trick. I'm very proud to be working with these boys.”