Saturday 11th November 2017 @ Sutton Coldfield Town FC, Coles Lane
Sutton Coldfield 3 – 0 Erdington and Saltley
Team: Tyrese, Loiue, Aidan, James, Reece, Toby, Daniel, Olly, Jaiy, Cian L, Callam and Klechai
Man of the Match: Louie – a committed performance fall of heart and courage. The Oval pupil continues to make light work of the fact that he plays as a striker on a Sunday with some stunning defensive performances for The Ton.
After an uncharacteristically subdued performance against Solihull last week, the boys bounced back with a much improved showing against 2017/18 favourites and near neighbours Sutton Coldfield. With a place in the last four of the West Midlands County Schools’ FA Cup up for grabs, the boys were determined to move on from last week’s defeat and in doing so attempt to defend the trophy that we have won in each of the last three seasons.
Spirits were high during the warm up and the boys started the game brightly, creating three chances in the opening five minutes. Yet it was Sutton who broke the deadlock in a fashion that came to sum up the game for The Ton. With their first chance of the game, Ben burst into the Ton box and slotted past Tyrese who could do nothing about it.
One chance, one goal. Clinical.
The first and second thirds were played in great spirits with both teams evidently motivated and determined to march on to the next round of the cup. Unfortunately for our boys, more chances came and went, with the Sutton keeper and defence proving a stubborn obstacle to overcome.
Despite still trailing 1-0, the boys continued to produce a pleasing performance. The midfield partnership of Daniel and Toby were on good form and making a mockery of the fact that both are only in year five. The same could be said of Cian who looked dangerous up front all game, even if he found himself snuffed out of the game at times by the impressive Sutton back line. The fourth of the u10s making waves was Callam, who produced a lively performance wide on the left.
In the final third, the game drifted from our grasp as Sutton pounced to make it 3-0: a scoreline that flattered them. However despite being better than the 3-0 scoreline suggests, we can’t deny the fact that Sutton had a great game and deserved to win after taking their chances. Nevertheless, we asked for a response from the boys after last week’s washout and this is exactly what we got. Everything we asked of them, they gave us. As a teacher, that’s all I can ask.
Well done Lads.
Up The Ton!