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Puddletown Predators vs Wareham Rangers U12s 1-5 Win (11/1/15)

posted 13 Jan 2015, 01:59 by Simon McCabe

Back with a Bang

Wareham Rangers U12s returned to action after a long Christmas layoff.  The question posed by Wareham’s travelling fans was whether an excess of turkey and chocolate would conspire to blunt the momentum gained by the well worked victory in the final game of 2014.

Puddletown’s pitch was surprisingly dry given the recent rain, but its small size was not suited to Rangers’ passing style.  Puddletown continued their recent improvement, and although Harry set out Wareham’s intent early on with an excellent cross, Puddletown showed that they meant business with continual pressing of Wareham.  Wareham started to dominate the half with Harry and Christian causing problems to the Puddletown defence in which the goalie was outstanding.  Joe and Dannon in Wareham’s central midfield started to produce probing through balls, and Samuel worked hard on the right.  A Joe corner was headed home by Harry and followed by a series of Wareham corners from both sides of the pitch.  The Wareham defence of Gabe (in goal), Ethan, Alfie and George were rarely troubled, and looked calm and in control.  The corners continued; George heading Wareham’s second goal.  Despite the congested pitch and Puddletown’s pressing, Wareham strung together an excellent passage of play, culminating in a shot going just wide.  The half ended with Wareham leading 2-0, a score that would have been much greater if not for the excellence of the Puddletown goalie.

The Puddletown team talk must have had a galvanizing effect as the first part of the second half saw Puddletown much more in the game with Gabe forced to clear his line and make some excellent saves on a number of occasions.  At the other end, Nathan and Callum’s tireless running was continuing to cause the Puddletown defence problems, with both of them unlucky not to score.  The Wareham fans were beginning to worry until Joe slotted in a free kick from near the touchline to make it 3-0.  However, nerves started to jangle again as Puddletown scored a deserved goal when Wareham failed to close down.  Pressure was relieved when Harry slotted home a right-foot (we didn’t know that he had one!) to make it 4-1.  Wareham started to play passing football again and a move down the left flank involving Josh and Callum was excellent to watch.  Continuing the theme of headed goals from corners, Dannon’s quick corner was crossed with precision by Alfie into the path of Joe to make it 5-1 and a deserved victory.

Manger Darren Mears commented ’A good result considering the extended Christmas break against a very determined Puddletown team.  Some excellent saves from the stand in keeper and some timely goals from set pieces, of which three were headers, made for a very satisfying start to the New Year.’

Jol Mitchell