Our weekly round up of Youth and Community matches, via reports sent from Managers and Coaches:
Nantwich Town Under 8 Reds
On the weekend of the Emirates FA Cup First Round Proper, the Reds were privileged to get the opportunity to represent Nantwich Town development teams and lead the first-team out as mascots.
Onto Sunday and derby day, as the Under 8 Reds played against Nantwich Blue Under 8s. The Reds continued their unbeaten form with a draw where despite numerous chances for Jake, Leigh and Oscar, a resilient defensive display from the Blues and several great saves from their goalkeepers, meant the game ended goalless.
The Reds’ Man of the Match was awarded to Harry, because in a game where the reds were on the front foot, when called upon, Harry kept his concentration and pulled off a couple of important saves.
Nantwich Town Under 8 Blues
Andrew Jones, manager of Nantwich Town Blues u8s team with Sean Mulliner as assistant, sent in the following report.
We played our first fixture in a good few weeks now against Nantwich Town Reds U8s.
In a tense, tactical affair the game finished 0-0 with both sides hitting the woodwork (us twice and the opposition once). But an excellent game of football all round.
Our squad is composed of Teddy, Ben, John N, Josh F, Bobby, Sam, Ryan and Leo.
Today’s squad was missing Teddy only and the rest of the boys played.
Nantwich Town Under 10 Yellows
Nantwich Town Under 10 Yellows were made to fight all the way this weekend by a determined and well organised Crewe Allstars .
In perfect playing conditions, Nantwich started well with Zac forcing a fine save from the Crewe goalkeeper after just a couple of minutes. The game went back and forth after that and Crewe took the lead on 14 minutes. It was a great header from a right wing cross, and probably deserved on the balance of play.
Nantwich didn’t let their heads go down though and went for the equaliser straight away. Zac having his ankles clipped in the area two minutes later and slotted away the resulting penalty himself.
The second half was a tight affair with few clear cut chances made by either side, and the winning goal came from from Zac on 36 minutes . On one of his many mazy runs in to the Crewe half, he created a half chance for himself and placed a neat left foot shot in to the bottom corner to the delight of the fans behind the goal. The boys then held on for a hard fought win.
Man of the match went to Dylan who covered every part of the pitch with his usual energy and enthusiasm, a real all round performance.
A special mention also for Louis who had a fine game in goal making some good saves, and for his vision and distribution setting up some swift counter attacks.
The excellent record for this season is now extended to played 8, won 7 and drawn 1 with 28 goals scored and 10 conceded.
Nantwich Town U16s
The U16’s played Newcastle Town in the league at home yesterday & we expected another tough game.
After the first few minutes of good possession we ended up scoring a good goal on 5 minutes from a pass by Oliver into a late run from Thomas, who slotted the ball coolly past the keeper. We continued in the same manner for the next 15 minutes or so, but Newcastle started to get a foot hold in the match & we became a little sloppy in our decision making & passing. A few minutes before half time, Newcastle equalised at the back post from a corner & that’s how the half ended – 1-1.
We started brightly in the 2nd half & again 5 minutes in, we re-took the lead through Oliver, breaking free 1 on 1 with the keeper, he slotted the ball home calmly.
We generated a number of chances but didn’t take any of them to extend the lead, then on 65 minutes, Newcastle broke into our penalty area & from a very tight angle, the player shot into the roof of the net – 2-2.
We never let our heads drop & 4 minutes later after good work by Toby & Matty down the right hand side, Matty beat his marker & squared the ball to Oliver in the box, who turned & struck the ball into the net – 3-2.
As the game progressed, Newcastle gained more possession & put us under pressure, but we managed to stay calm & hold them out to win the game 3-2.