BBFA U16 v Dorset FA

The Berks and Bucks U16 Rep side beat Dorset FA at Thatcham Town FC

Sunday 2nd Nov 2014 saw Thatcham Town’s Waterside Park as the venue for the South & West Counties Championship clash between Berks & Bucks & Dorset FA’s U16 Representative Squads.

Both sides went into this game with differing levels of success so far this season. Dorset had lost their opening 2 fixtures to Devon & Gwent whereas, the home team had opened with a hard fought victory away to Devon.

Berks & Bucks started the game far quicker and brighter than their opponents, playing neat incisive football and passing the ball around particularly well. The striking partnership of Nesbeth and Colverd were creating panic in the heart of the visitors defence every-time they received the ball and on the evidence of play, the opener was surely on the way.

Berks & Bucks having dominated play in the first 15 minutes got their just rewards when, Calverd burst into the box only to be brought unceremoniously down for a “stonewall” penalty and from the resulting “spot kick”, Colverd confidently converted with nonchalant ease.

This should have been the signal for the home team to go on the rampage. However, no one had told the visitors. From a rare corner kick, and with the aid of the upright and some woeful defending, the visitors equalised.

Dorset now began to grow in confidence whilst the home side looked visibly shocked and “out of sorts”. The football they had played in the early stages seemed to have evaporated and replaced with panicky, kick and rush football. The half-time whistle could not come quick enough for the home team management in which to get the players in and regroup. Half-time 1-1

To play at a high level of football, an individual needs skill, passion, desire and intelligence. There is no doubt the B&BFA Squad have the first 3 of these essential attributes, but to break down awkward sides (no disrespect to our opponents) who are full of running and enthusiasm but little else, a lot more “savvy” has to be used. It was explained at half-time that, patience, composure and economic use of the ball were needed to be employed in the second half if the boys were to gain a positive result.

As suspected, Dorset came out for the second half to play the spoiling game and employed a 4-5-1 defensive formation whilst trying to get something on the break. At U16 level “parking the bus” is a dangerous tactic to play and needs ultra-team discipline, non-stop energy and concentration, if a team does not want to concede. The tactic for the visitors worked for about 15 minutes of the second half. Defending defiantly the visitors were becoming “a tough nut to crack” with the Dorset keeper pulling off some heroic saves to keep the score level and Berks & Bucks squandering several gilt-edged chances to once again grab the lead.

However the home team were again not to be denied. From a rare second half Dorset corner Berks & Bucks broke out and with a fast free flowing attack culminating in Colverd slotting home for his and the team’s second. 2-1. As Dorset tired mainly due to the way the home team now kept the ball and started to use the width of the pitch to their overall advantage, a far more confident and relaxed attitude began to develop in the home side’s play and more goals were now in the offing.

Berks & Bucks dominance was again duly rewarded when, George Asamundu was on hand to nod in the third from close range and Colverd completed a much deserved hat-trick with only a few minutes remaining. Full Time 4-1

This was a game that the home side should and did win against a side that was full of enthusiasm and running but without any real end-product to really threaten or cause a major upset. The score-line does not truly reflect the amount of chances or the overall superiority the home side overwhelmingly enjoyed.

The real lesson learnt by the Berks and Bucks Squad is that if you use the ball intelligently, keep possession and use the pitch to your own advantage then you will always receive positive dividends!!!

I would like to thank the 3 officials for the way they conducted and controlled the game and kept any likely controversial incidents in their true and proper context.

To the Youth Chairman, committee members &, Management, Players & Supporters of Dorset FA we hope you enjoyed the hospitality offered (if not the result!) and that your journey home was a safe & pleasant one and sincerely wish you all the very best of luck for the remainder of the season.

Finally, could we take this opportunity to thank the Committee and staff of Thatcham Town for the generous use of their facilities and equipment during our brief but enjoyable visit – Many thanks!

Berks & Bucks U16 Representative Squad’s next fixture is away to Wiltshire on Sun 30th Nov Kick-off 2-00pm Venue is yet to be arranged.

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