The match started with the ever reliable Steve Derrick in charge of the whistle. A great flowing game of football started from the stingrays with some good distribution from the back two Oliver and George. With Freddie yawning in goals, it was clear that he didn't have much to do in the first half, other than be alert.
The midfield trio of James, Ollie and Zach are now feeling comfortable in their roles and duties with and without the ball. And with Ryan up front we would always be a threat. So, it didn't take long for the opening goal.
Zach ran down the left wing beating a couple of players and then pulled it neatly back from the touch line. Bringing it back towards the area allowed him to unleash a powerful shot with the goalkeeper glued to his line.
A second quickly followed by Ollie W, following good build up play from Zach and feeding the ball into Ollie's path to fire home. Then, with Zach dribbling between two players, he passed the ball to Ryan who was 'up-ended' by one of the Pirates to give Ryan a scoring opportunity.
With a calm head, Ryan side footed the ball from the resulting free-kick straight into the right side of the goal. A cracking 'Ronaldo-esque' style free-kick which quickly brought the crowd to their feet. Half time and the boys were on fire, despite the hot weather and no subs.
The great effort continued as James went in goals and Freddie up-front. There was an element of determination in Freddie’s eyes this half as he pressed forward and put Hatfield under pressure.
Little could be done from conceding a goal in the second half as the opposition pressed, but nothing the boys couldn't handle. Let's call it a lapse in concentration or maybe just a bit of well deserved rest time, as the sun pounded down.
Then came some excitement towards the end of the game. Freddie took a penalty after a hand ball in the box, only to see it shot wide. Then, Zach ran from the half way line beating 4 players, before feeding the ball through the eye of a needle to Freddie who was rushing through.
His sheer determination saw him get to the ball first and get his well deserved goal. Stingrays continued to press even further and you could say that we continued our dominance. When Zach picked the ball up from outside the area, his first thought was to try and break the net, which he nearly did with a rasping shot.
The game concluded with wonderful cheers, good sportsmanship between the two clubs and one set of happy boys. WELL DONE STINGRAYS!!
Thanks to the referee, Steve for his perfect performance, allowing the game to flow. And to the supporters and boys for putting on a fine display. No training/game next weekend.
Happy Easter to everyone!