Tuesday 25th October 2016 @ Alan Higgs Centre, Coventry
Erdington and Saltley 1 – 0 Potters Bar
Coventry City FC 2 – 0 Erdington and Saltley
Erdington and Saltley 2 – 1 Potters Bar
Coventry City 4 – 0 Erdington and Saltley
Goals: Cameron, Tiarno and Reece
After playing Coventry City FC during the summer holidays, we were invited back to the Alan Higgs Centre by Jackson and the Coventry gang and were only too happy to accept the invitation. It’s great to see our local Midlands clubs supporting schools’ football, especially as Birmingham City had also entertained Potters Bar yesterday.
Speaking of The Bar, we started our festival by locking horns with our southern friends and couldn’t have got off to a better start. With the boys passing the ball around with confidence and showing more aggression than they did against Sutton Coldfield on the weekend, it was left to Cameron to score the winning goal. Breaking from right-back, Kian B burst down the wing before sliding Che in, who crossed for Cameron to tap home. It was a lovely move played at great pace.
Up next for The Ton was Coventry City. However things didn’t quite go according to plan with the academy team dominating proceedings and The Ton left defending for larger periods of the game. Although it is worth mentioning that we had five u10s on the pitch at this stage, all of whom gave a great account of themselves. The game ended 2-0 to Coventry, who should be commended for the manner in which they played football. Their passing and bravery on the ball are two things that I always admire in a team.
Our third game saw us square up to Potters Bar for a second time. Boosted by their 2-2 draw against Coventry City, the Bar boys looked to push on and exact revenge for the defeat earlier in the day. With our play lacking fluidity, we made a couple of changes and reaped the rewards immediately as the lads scored a quick-fire double to take a 2-0 lead. The first goal came from the outstanding Tiarno, who had ventured up the pitch from his central defensive position, before poking home from a corner. A couple of minutes later, Reece latched on to a Cameron through-ball before rifling past the Bar keeper. With the game seemingly under control, the Bar got themselves back in the game, which made for a nervy finish.
Our last game proved one game too many. With legs feeling heavy from the incredible effort during the first three games, the Ton slipped to a one-sided 4-0 defeat to Coventry City.
Refusing to have their excitement dampened, the boys bounced back to the changing rooms knowing they’d given a brilliant account of themselves and further added to the growing reputation of The Ton!
A special mention for Jonan who made his district debut today (although he is an u10s player) and in doing so became the first ever player from my own school to represent the district for me!
Well done boys!
Man of the Match: Tiarno – Cool as a cucumber in defence
Up The Ton!