York Mitchell Sports League - Under-14
On a perfect sunny afternoon, the Aztecs were up against high-flying Selby Town, who had beaten them earlier in the season.
The lads started well, tackling hard and passing well. They played the ball on to the wing players of Cameron Coulthard and Ben Richardson. The balls into the box were good but needed someone to gamble and get their head to connect.
Against the run of play, Selby managed to score on their first break into the Aztecs’ 18-yard box. This seemed to lift Selby and, within five minutes, they added another after the Aztecs were unlucky to give away a free kick on the edge of the box. The Selby striker broke round the back and slammed the ball into Peter Fox’s face, but the rebound fell into the path of the Selby winger, who only had to slot home from six yards.
This injustice seemed to galvanise the Aztecs who pulled a goal back within five minutes. Johnny Loft broke through after a delightful ball from Nick Price-Norman. Johnny skipped into the box, but was chopped to the ground. He picked himself up and slotted the penalty into the left-hand corner to bring the scores to 1-2.
The lads continued to fight and sensed that they could get back on level terms. They continued to press and harass with stiff tackling from Aaron Fraiser in the centre of midfield. When Selby did manage a break, the defence played the offside trap to good effect. With 10 minutes to half time, Selby managed to cut through the middle of the defence. Peter Fox pulled off a great one-handed save but the Selby winger followed up to slam home. Selby managed to stroll the fourth home on the stroke of half time.
The second half started with a change in goal, with Ben Richardson stepping up and performing heroics as Selby came with wave after wave. Selby used the wingers to great effect and provided some excellent crosses for the striker to finish from varying angles. The Aztecs kept fighting and battling and were unlucky not to pull another goal back as Jack White played Cameron Storey in, but the Selby keeper was quick out of his goal to smother the ball.
An excellent first half and a cracking penalty finish from Johnny Loft. The second was more challenging but it was pleasing to see the lads keep battling and playing to the final whistle. Men of the match: Jack Johnson and Cameron Storey.