With the Christmas decorations barely back in their boxes the u11 were back on the training pitch in preparation for league action due to recommence the following week.
The weather was kind, dry and not too chilly either, a perfect start for 2020. An impressive turn out from both the boys and parents with coaches Andy and Simon keen to blow away the excesses and inactivity of their own festive periods !
Simon put them through their early paces, with some fitness and stamina work to follow with the dreaded ladder making it's first appearance of the season.
Some goalkeeper drills next for some working on their reflexes and distribution skills, with George impressing with some great technique and assured handling. Simon also working on ball retention and possession with the other group. Next up some ball control and first time passing drills to get used to the feel of the round thing again.
The boys were keen to get to a game and with numbers perfect for a 7 a side it was to be a good post xmas workout. The match emphasis was to be focused on attacking with pace and moving the ball quickly once in the opponents half, with limited touches going forward once in the attacking half. A confident first touch with a head up to release, movement off the ball was also going to be vital.
Raff and Ben combining well early on for the 'non bibs' only to find an injury free Angus back to his terrier like best at the back and George making some fine stops in goal. As the game went on the boys started to find their feet so to speak with the aim of the game. The goals soon came with an impressive strike from Charlie a cheeky 'left footer' from Jody, with time up the sides could not be separated at 2-2, straight to penalties to try and settle it. After some fine penalties the 'bibs' finally triumphed with George proving the hero in goal.
A good start to 2020 to ready the boys for the challenges that lie ahead in the league from next weekend.