Team: Henry, Olly, Tom, James, Wilf R, Gideon, Wilf D, Archie.
We started today with a 40 minute training session, looking to improve our general focus, our urgency and authority in defence. This was in response to a lack of assertiveness and hesitancy costing us goals in recent weeks.
We also talked about not getting knocked about by more physical teams and choosing to be resilient over waiting for a referee's whistle. It was also a chance to work on some basic skills with some of our boys who haven’t been playing football quite as long as the more experienced players. It's vital we invest the time in training and we can gradually integrate those lads into the matches in line with managing their confidence, whilst maintaining a strong and effective collective.
Once the game started it was a tough battle and a great result in a really competitive game against a very strong and good Ewhurst side. The Loxwood team can be proud of how they played.
In the third quarter, Loxwood played with danger and were better in finding more space with Wilf R and Gideon in the attacking third. James, Henry and Tom were rocks in the midfield chasing down every ball.
Our main danger man, Gids took a ball in the face and we didn’t want to take any risks and he sat the rest of the match. From this point to the end it was a pleasing defensive battle as Loxwood were looking to play on the break and worked on meeting the danger with great shape and determination. The boys didn’t want to lose today and it was very tense as Ewhurst really went for it. Olly finished playing in goal with good handling and alertness.
Man of the match was awarded to James. He took responsibility in midfield and worked very hard on the team result and negating Ewhurst danger. Often doing the sensible thing and reading the game and situation with intelligence.
Thank you to families Nicholls and Davies for being early and helping set up. And great thanks to Chris Wait and Alan for coming down yesterday to mow and mark up the pitch for today.
Things to work on
- Our transition play, retreating quickly to avert dangerous counter attacks.
- Stretching the opposition and using the space.
- Goalies playing out of the box as sweepers.
- Focus and concentration.