Saturday 10th April 2021 @ Vale Stadium, Castle Vale
Erdington and Saltley A 1-8 Wolverhampton
Team: Jack, Rhys, Myiano, Younussa, Yaw, Lennon, Omari, Kyle, Dylan, Uzi and Rion
Man of the Match: Jack – Despite seeing Wolves score eight goals, the Lea Forest shot stopper made a string of stunning saves
A game of two periods. For the first ten minutes, we were the better team. Unfortunately, Wolverhampton were the better team for the second period of 50 minutes! Ah well, football hey?!
The boys started the game like a steam train. They were first to every ball. They pressed Wolves all over the pitch. They created three really good chances, scoring one of them. They were brilliant.
However, after Omari bagged the opening goal of the game, Wolverhampton regrouped brilliantly to exert control over the boys in white. They were everything that we were during the opening stages of the encounter and we simply failed to match them.
There is nothing wrong with losing to a good side like Wolverhampton. Once the dust settled and the boys got over their disappointment, they were able to reflect and take much valuable learning from the game.
Erdington and Saltley B 1 – 2 Gloucester B
Team: Bryan, Tobi, Shaun, Sean, Shane, Cairo, Jeremiah, Mahliq, Kyle, Omari, Daniel and Mathaar
Man of the Match: Cairo – Determined and resilient in everything that he did!
Playing on the grass pitch parallel to the stadium, the B team locked horns with Gloucester B in a more even affair.
The end-to-end nature of the game kept the captive crowed enthralled for 60 minutes as both teams battled for victory. The first two goals of the game arrived in quick succession, although I can’t remember the exact order so lets just say Gloucester took the lead! Within a matter of minutes, The Ton equalised following a weaving run and finish by Omari.
Unfortunately, despite their best efforts to find a second goal, The Ton boys were hit by a superb lobbed finish by a Gloucester sharp-shooter.
Yet the boys refused to give up and flooded forward in search of an equaliser. After being fouled on the edge of the area, Omari picked himself up to launch a free kick at the Gloucester net. His rasping drive evaded the keeper only to meet the head of a Gloucester defender perfectly positioned on the line!
Despite slipping to a narrow defeat, the boys showed huge character throughout the game and did themselves proud! The battling qualities of Tobi, the leadership skills of Shane and Shaun, the fearless play of year five dynamos Daniel, Mathaar and Cairo – the whole team put in a real shift!
Well done boys!
Up The Ton!