City u12's entertained Stoke RTC in the JPL at a wet and windy Perdiswell
With the wind behind them Stoke started promisingly and took a deserved lead in the 7th minute when their striker was put through in on goal by a superb first time touch by their number 11, and he beat the advancing Zac Watkins in the home goal. With the wind dictating both sides attempted to get the ball down and play but Stoke dominated the first 10 minutes and got their second goal with some fine interlinking play down the left which ended with a thunderous strike by the number 11 into to top corner of the net. City to their credit continued to play the game on the floor with the midfield of Adam Willis, Henry Guy, Ash Doyle and Jake Brookes producing some neat passing despite the pressing from Stoke. City got a foothold in the game in the 14th minute after some great work by Kyle Clayton put Ash Doyle in the clear and he does what he does best rounding the keeper to score. From the kick off Stoke once again broke clear but they were denied extending their lead by Watkins in the home goal with a fine save. City thought they had equalised at the end of the quarter when Jake Brookes tapped home a Clayton cross but he was judged to be offside as the quarter ended 1-2
Stoke continued to press hard in the second quarter but the city defence of Josh Francis, Jay Bennet and Joe Layland battled hard and were coping with the constant pressure. Watkins comfortably saved a well struck free kick before it was the visiting keepers chance to keep his side in the game, Clayton was put in the clear by Brookes but he was denied by a fine block. Henry Guy was now starting to boss the centre of midfield and he came close after winning the ball in a tackle but his effort went over the bar. Doyle was then denied by Toby Meakin in the visitors goal with another fine block after some neat work from Clayton. City were in control but were hit at the end of the quarter after failing to clear their lines and Stoke pounced, Watkins saved the first effort but the rebound was bundled into the net giving the visitors a half way 3-1 lead
With the wind now in their favour the home side looked to press and find the goals. Josh Sanders was looking lively down the right and after a strong run his fine pass put in Rafe Green but his shot wasn't timed and the keeper saved easily. Green then found himself clear in on goal with his pace but he was again denied by the visitors keeper with another fine block. City's constant pressure paid off in the 49th minute when Joe layland combined neatly with Guy who stormed into the box and finished off a great move. Further chances were created but the final ball wasn't quite there as Stoke were relieved to hear the whistle at the end of the quarter.
A change of formation for the final quarter saw Doyle pushed up top with Green and straight away this paid dividends when Clayton found himself in the clear and put the ball in the net but again he was denied by the off side flag. The scores were level in the 61st minute when the impressive Henry Guy on one of his strong runs into the box ended with a fine finish. The home side were in total control of the game but Stoke were dangerous on the break and could have regained the lead straight away but their striker shot wide when he was clear in on goal. City took the lead for the first time in the 63rd minute when Doyle was brought down in the box and he dusted himself off to convert the penalty notching his 15th league goal of the season. The scoring and a great comeback was completed by Doyle in the 77th minute when he finished off great passing move by Guy, Willis and Green. It was a fantastic battling comeback from the boys and the victory sees them enter the Christmas sitting at the top of the league.
Gold - Henry Guy
Silver - Jay Bennet
Bronze - Zac Watkins