Mildenhall U-14's v Swavesey U-14's
Mildenhall Town narrowly lose opening game
The players went out with the intention of dominating possession early on and controlling the flow of the game which they did right from the start with numbers in midfield being creative to link up with the forwards early on. This was the story of the game really as Mildenhall dominated the ball throughout the entire game, but lacking any clinical edge in front of goal.
Swavesey made it difficult right from the beginning as they sat players behind the ball with the intention of stopping Mildenhall playing in behind and creating too many chances in front of their goal, which they did superbly. They recognised when to press, when to hold, when to drop, and managed to hit Mildenhall on the counter a few times. They scored their two goals from a direct ball knocked in behind after winning the ball, with their striker running on to it both times to finish 1v1 against the Hall keeper.
Mildenhall trailed 1-0 at half time, but creating a high number of chances and totally dominating possession. The message at half time was clear: Keep doing what you're doing and the result will come. Mildenhall didn't change their game plan, but simply spoke about the little things they could do better, like moving the ball quicker, taking less touches. Minor coaching details.
Shortly after the break, Swavesey added that second goal and Mildenhall were 2-0 down. The Hall stayed patient and stuck to what they were doing and created more and more chances, more efforts at goal but became frustrated at times by taking long ranged shots at goal due to the compactness of the Swavesey defence. Shortly after, Mildenhall won a penalty which was saved by their keeper who had an outstanding performance throughout the game.
Mildenhall finally scored with 10 minutes to go following a corner with Mildenhall’s centre back meeting the ball to bring it down for Hall’s striker to volley home. 2-1 with 10 minutes left but now down to 10 men due to 2 injuries with one player coming off and then the substitute coming off shortly after through injury. Mildenhall kept fighting and stuck to their ways and attempted to stretch the pitch as much as possible but the chances didn't come and they finished the game defeated. Full time: 2-1 to Swavesey.
Alfie Tate, Mildenhall Under-14’s Manager: “I'm really gutted for the boys today. They deserved a result, simply for their attitude and the number of chances and dominance of possession that we had. Football is a harsh game like that but the boys deserve credit. Performing like that will bring the results, no doubt.
We’ll train again next week and the next, in preparation for the following game and hopefully pick up the result we deserve. I feel for the boys as they were gutted. Parents and players knew they had given 100% to try and win that game, stick to our principals and pushed for the winner right until the last minute. Credit to Swavesey though, it was like trying to break down a brick wall. Extremely well organised and compact and showed a good challenge for our boys. No doubt the boys will think about what we could have done better to break them down and so will I, and we’ll attempt to work on it at training. It's a positive start and I'm looking forward to working with these boys this season.”