U14’s finish the season on a high
The Under-14’s finished their season on a high after a dominant and clinical display.
After their 15 game season in the Sunday League, Mildenhall U14’s finished off by beating Swavesey Spartans U14’s in which was a great way to finish the season.
Swavesey were a side known for ‘parking the bus’ and defending deep, which credit to them as they do it extremely well and it’s earned them results. Throughout the U14’s season, they’ve focused on dominating possession and trying to do it consistently to a high standard has been the struggle until the last few weeks.
Everything they’ve done in games has been based around dominating the ball - from dominating to stop the opponent scoring, dominating to be patient building up play, trying to break down opponents. Everything was done with the ball and has benefitted the players massively all season through developing their technical ability, decision making and various social skills.
Throughout the season, the boys have been complimented by endless sides for the way they’ve dominated the game, from playing out from the back, quick combinations through the thirds to threaten in front of goal.
When the Under-14’s previously played against Swavesey, they were beaten twice by narrow margins with Swavesey defending deep and minimising space for Mildenhall to play. Again, Swavesey came with a similar game plan and Mildenhall managed to beat it through dominating the game again, but an improved and mastered style from the previous fixtures. Players stretching the pitch and receiving the ball in between the lines to break down the Swavesey defence. These were the key messages after a 0-0 first half and within the space of 10 minutes of the second half, Mildenhall took a 2-0 Lead. With 10 minutes to go, Swavesey attacked the Hall and scored from a deep cross which led to a tense finale. The Hall managed to hold out and finish the season with a dominate and expressive performance and result.
“I thought it was an excellent result, playing against a side who are extremely difficult to break down. We knew the way Swavesey played and went in focusing on dominating and trying to neutralise any threat Swavesey would cause us on the counter attack. At half time, the key messages were to get wider, work the ball patiently and try and get our No.10 in between the lines more to receive and work our wide players inside from there. Boys executed it excellently.”
The game against Swavesey finished the U14’s season off on a Sunday, with 4 more games left to play on a Saturday. A season that Mildenhall U14’s can build from with lots of potential for the future.
Credit to all the players and parents for all their commitment and energy to the league campaign this season.