Another win on a cold and windy Sunday morning.
With a full team available we were optimistic of getting a positive result, The game started with Jack in goal, Jake, Josh, Liam and Harry, with Elliott and Freddie on the subs bench. After the game started the sharks were trying to impose themselves on the game, We managed to take the lead this came from Elliott with a powerful run from the middle of the park, brushing off a number of the opposition challenges in the process to send a rocket of a shot into the back of the net not giving the opposition goalkeeper a chance to save it. We thought that this was going to be a platform for us to go on a score more goals, as Jake, Freddie and Josh were creating so many chances but failed to take them due to lack of accuracy or the condition of the pitch. But it made me proud that the team kept trying.
As we have come to expect the opposition never gave up, and with some brilliant play from one of the oppositions players they managed to draw the game level, Jack in goal he was again trying to play as a sweeper keeper again, but this time lady luck wasn’t on his side, even though to his credit he never changed his style and managed to pull of some excellent saves that drew applause from the parents that had gather to watch and support their respective teams.
With the score level and both teams pushing to take the lead the opposition began to get on top and would have taken the lead before half time, if it wasn’t for Elliott and an excellent sliding tackle. On a personal note this type of defending was as good as scoring a goal in my eyes as it showed the determination to pervert a goal being scored too. so well-done Elliott and the rest of the team for your efforts.
With the first half finished level, and the half time oranges handed out, we changed goal keepers too. Thanks to Liam for being brave and taking on goal keeping duties. We started the second half in positive form. Scoring two goals in quick succession. These came from Freddie, and Jack respectively, Freddie being the Sharks fox in the box, picking up a loose ball and smashing it home to score his seventh goal for the club, well done; and Jack, well Jack doesn’t seem to score normal goals, he picked up the ball on the left hand side of the pitch, tried to dribble through, but got blocked off by some robust defending, so with a smart turn ran with the ball across to the other side of the pitch, round the outside of the ongoing defenders and struck the ball true and hard, it finished in the back of the net, this was his sixth goal for the club, and I think there is more to come as he has only been play half a game out on pitch for most of season to date.
But the opposition wasn’t laying down, they struck back again, this time Liam pulled off a great save, but just couldn’t prevent the ball from crossing the line just. If we had VAR I think maybe the ball hadn’t crossed the line completely, but it was very close either way.
This gave the opposition hope, and they managed to draw the game level trough some smart play and a scramble in our box, is was a shame that the shot took a wicked deflection of Jake who was defending so well to see the ball end up in the back of the net. But the Sharks never gave up, and that makes me proud to see that.
It appeared that some of our training was beginning to pay off, because the boys were passing the ball well and defending as a team… As the game continued we managed to take the lead again, this time through Harry, I mention this as this was Harry’s first ever goal for the Club. As he celebrated and the away supporters cheered for him loudly, I hope he remembers this moment because it was a good goal and up until that point this was Harry’s best display in a Sharks shirt to date.
We were hoping to get a cushion and then see the game out but as always we made things a little more difficult on ourselves, with some confusion in the Sharks defense the opposition managed to draw level and we were heading to a hard fought draw, but as I have begun to expect, the lads battled forward again, with Jake and Josh playing well without getting the goal they deserved, but in the process they managed to set up Elliott to score his second goal of the game, and decisive goal that won it for the Sharks, a toe poke it was but just as effective as they all count.
With the Sharks winning again, everybody played well, and we have a rare match report where Jake hasn’t scored, but I have no doubt he will make up for this in the next game. Harry walked away with the Man of the Match award, for his involvement, his goal, and hard work for the team stood out and well deserved.
Well done to the other lads, you all played brilliantly and as this is a team game none of this could have been possible. Without them Well done Sharks.