York & District Mitchell League - Under-14s
After a week off, the Aztecs were back to league matters against Pickering.
They started well with good possession and crisp tackling. It was a fairly tight battle, with most of the game played in the midfield. It was the Aztecs who broke the deadlock, on five minutes, with a clever move from Aaron Fraiser to put Ben Richardson through on goal and, as the Pickering keeper advanced, Ben had the awareness to lob the ball into the net.
Pickering equalised five minutes later as the Aztecs failed to clear the ball with enough distance. The game continued to battle in the middle of the pitch with not too many shots on either goal. Pickering moved into a 2-1 lead with a fortunate goal as the Aztecs should have let the ball go out for a goal kick but decided to keep it in and then passed the ball into the path of the Pickering striker to fire home at ease.
The Aztecs’ heads did not go down but they were scrapping for every ball and, just before the end of the half, Aaron Fraiser stole possession in the midfield and passed the ball to Patrick Wilson, who avoided two strong tackles and slotted home to bring a deserved equaliser.
The second half brought positional changes with Aaron Fraiser moving back into central defence. The game continued to be a battle of wills in the midfield area with both teams committed to the cause.
Both sides were using the offside to good effect. The Aztecs should have gone into the lead, with Johnny Loft scoring after being put through from Richard Tinson, but the referee blew his whistle for a marginal offside.
Aaron Fraiser played a well-timed pass through to Patrick Wilson who was unlucky not to score as the keeper blocked well. Unfortunately, Pickering scored on their first foray, breaking the offside trap and shooting cleanly into the bottom corner.
Jack White was battling hard at left back and playing some measured balls through to midfield and wingers alike. Cameron Storey continued to battle heroically up front but was caught offside, otherwise he could have brought the equaliser.
The Aztecs continued to pressure the Pickering back line but just could not produce the clinical final shot.
An excellent performance by all the team with good awareness of each other and some good pass and move football.
Men of the match: Jack White, Richard Tinson, Patrick Wilson.