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WRYFC U12 Vs Swanage Town and Herston Colts 1-3 (28/9/14)

posted 28 Sep 2014, 12:51 by Simon McCabe   [ updated 28 Sep 2014, 12:55 ]
Wareham learn that if you don’t score, you don’t win!

A virally-depleted Wareham Rangers U12’s were thwarted by Swanage Town and Herston Colts in the local derby, given extra spice this year by most of the lads being at the same school.  In a classic ‘game of two halves’, Wareham were dominant in the first but were unable to convert a myriad of chances.  After an opening shot by Samuel, Wareham continued to create scoring chances throughout the half with Harry, Christian and James forcing a series of good saves from the Swanage goalie.  A great shot by James hit the post.  Ethan, Gabe and Luke were holding firm at the back; Nathan in goal held his concentration well and made two saves on the rare occasions that Swanage made progress.

The second half was a different story.  Wareham started brightly with Christian and Harry and then Ethan and Harry combining well.  George at right midfield was covering the defence well; Ethan, Gabe and Luke continued to be strong.  However, pressing forward has the potential to leave the back exposed, and Wareham fell into that trap with Swanage scoring a breakaway goal against the run of play.  Nathan made a great save from the initial shot but Swanage scored with the rebound.  Swanage added to Wareham’s problems with a second goal, direct from a corner.  After a subdued phase to regroup, Wareham picked up the pace and Joe scored a great goal, beating two defenders before slotting it past the advancing Swanage goalie.  With Wareham coming back, Swanage responded and Nathan was forced to make another save, and Joe a tackle after tracking the Swanage player down the length of the pitch.  Wareham continued to press for the equaliser with Samuel putting James though with a great pass.  However, the game was effectively wrapped up when Swanage were awarded a penalty, which they duly converted to win 3-1.  

There were positives to take from today: the concentration by Wareham from the start, the refusal to give in and the ability to create chances.  However, the lads learnt the hard way that if you don’t get the ball in the net, you don’t win.  Manager Darren Mears said ’A great performance by the lads in what was a tense local derby.  Unfortunately, our inability to take our chances in the first half came back to bite us in the proverbial in the second’.