The under-nine Barmby Moor Whites played away at Snaith Red Star on a very cold wet morning. Conditions were poor, with the teams battling against a very muddy sloping pitch.
This is the first time the teams have met and it proved to be a very competitive game, full of some great football and a joy to watch, despite the conditions. Snaith controlled the majority of the first two quarters, with the Barmby Whites dominating the last two. The most memorable highlight of the match came from Archie, who scored a fantastic goal. His unstoppable 20-yard free kick flew straight into the top corner with the Snaith keeper unable to get anywhere near it.
Jake and Harry M were solid in defence making vital interceptions to break up a number of Snaith attacks and clearing the ball back up field when required. Sol worked hard in midfield covering a lot of ground. His passing continued to improve from last week’s performance and he demonstrated a new talent for taking long throws.
Toby’s goalkeeping performance was promising; he made a great save in the third quarter during only his second appearance in goal. Flynn displayed his growing confidence with a brilliant goal from outside the box. His half volley flew high into the roof of the net just before the end of the second quarter. Will worked hard to win several important challenges, demonstrated his ball control with several runs up field and was rewarded with a goal after reacting quickest to a loose ball in the penalty box.
Harry F and Tommy were committed to working hard for the team and looked to close the ball down and make challenges at every opportunity.
Frustrations were high as the Whites applied the pressure in the latter half of the match, with a few suspect challenges sneaking in. Team captain Luca remained focused and communicated well with the team to ensure their work rate remained high up to the final whistle.
It is satisfying to watch the Whites develop as a team. They are a hard-working group of players who are now starting to experience the results their performances deserve.