MATCH REPORT | CAMBRIDGE UNITED U12 v MILDENHALL TOWN U12
Mildenhall Academy U12’s were compete in a fixture against the most prestigious professional academy in this area, Cambridge United!
The match, which was broken up into four 20 minute quarters, was arranged by the club's Head of Youth Development Jimmy Unwin. Following the game, he said how impressed he was with the players: “I'm extremely pleased with the never say die attitude and the work rate from the boys tonight. Another pleasing aspect was to hear the players explaining what they had learned following the game as of which was the idea behind the desired outcomes from the fixture.”
The four quarters was ideal for the team, which allowed them to keep the intensity high during the shorter periods and also to break the game up where it could allow the match to be evaluated together with the coaches and players, who spoke about ways to improve their individual and team play over the course of the next 20 minute period.
Throughout the game, the first for the under-12’s as a group together, showed ruthlessness throughout all areas of the pitch. The defence and midfield showed excellent aggression and physical presence to win the ball back, and the forwards being clinical in front of the Cambridge goal. As a team, the boys showed excellent game intelligence and decision-making to maintain possession and work the ball forward effectively.
Alfie Tate, who coached the under-12’s on the night, believed the player’s performances progressed over the course of the fixture: “I thought the boys were class tonight. They showed an excellent team chemistry which allowed them to play as a true team on the pitch. Their performance was exactly what we want to see from a Mildenhall Academy team.”
“After each interval of the four quarters, we spoke about various areas for us to work on in the next part of the match and the boys took our information and points on board and transferred it into the next quarter. By the last part of the game, we were quite dominant over Cambridge and bagged a few goals in the process. They showed a clear understanding of how we wanted to play with and without the ball. As Jimmy said, we certainly got the outcomes we wanted prior to the game.”
Thank you to Cambridge United for the fixture!
The next game for Mildenhall under-12’s is this Sunday (6th August) against St Neots Town Academy under-12’s. Kick off is at 2pm.