Sat 26
Worcester City FC U12
Sat 26
09:30
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L & B Badgers Zenit U11
Worcester City FC U11s vs L & B Badgers Zenit U11s

Worcester City FC U11s vs L & B Badgers Zenit U11s

By Simon Fletcher
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Unlucky for some, but not for City after this clinical performance


Worcester City FC U11s hosted the L & B Badgers Zenit U11s team at Perdiswell Leisure Centre, Worcester on Saturday 26th March 2022 for a league match.

Managers Laurence Helme and Luke Morris presided over the team.

Team Sheet
Goal Keeper – Ewan
Defenders - Joel & Theo
Midfielders - Will, Ethan, Luke, Toby, Tom, Ollie & Arlo
Forwards - Max & Fraser

First Half
After an early scare in the first minute of the half, the City team went onto dominate the rest of the half and for long periods pinned the Badgers team in their own half of the pitch.

In the 1st minute, the City defence denied Badgers a goal scoring chance. The Badgers team were attacking and from a midfield position, a Badgers player executed a through ball to one of their attackers. This ball left him one-on-one with Ewan the City goal keeper, as he reached half way into the City penalty area he made a shot at goal which looked like it was going into the right side of the goal. However, Ewan had come off his line to close the angles for the player to shoot into and as the shot came to him, he made a great reflex save with his left hand to push the ball past the right post. From the resultant corner kick, Ewan was first to the ball and gathered it into his control before launching an attack up field from his kick out.

In the 5th minute, City created a goal scoring chance. City had won a corner and Toby stepped up to take the kick, his cross made it to the centre of the Badgers penalty area where Joel was waiting. The ball was still travelling through the air as it dropped to Joel and his strike at goal came off his knee and looped into the air. The ball was heading to drop into the left corner of the goal; however the Badgers keeper scrambled to pull the ball back from the line just before it dropped over.

In the 9th minute, City created a goal scoring chance. The Badgers team had won a throw-in on the left wing and mid-way into the City half. From the throw, Theo won the ball back from a Badgers player and passed the ball forward to Max who was within the centre circle. Max controlled the ball and made a run with it at the Badgers goal, as he entered the penalty area he took a shot at goal which looked like it was heading for the bottom right corner of the net but instead the ball struck the base of the right post and rebounded back into play for a defender to mop up and clear.

In the 14th minute, City opened their scoring account in the match. City were attacking with Max in possession of the ball on the right wing and deep into the Badgers half, he cut into the penalty area from this position and in doing so, dribbled the ball around two defenders before shooting low at the goal. The Badgers keeper was perfect placed to block the shot but Max had hit the ball with such power that he was unable to keep it from creeping over the line after his save (that was Max’s tenth goal of the season).

In the 18th minute, City scored another goal in the match. City were attacking with Tom in possession of the ball in the centre circle, he played a through ball forward for Fraser to run onto, however a Badgers defender intercepted it just before it reached him. Fraser quickly diverted his run and won the ball back from the defender on the edge of the Badgers penalty area, after a few steps towards goal he shot low right into the back of the Badgers net (that was Fraser’s sixth goal of the season).

In the 23rd minute, City scored another goal in the match. City were attacking with Tom in possession of the ball in the City half, he played the ball forward for Fraser who was just outside the centre circle in the Badgers half. Fraser turned with the ball and ran with it towards the Badgers goal, as he entered the penalty area he shot low right into the back of the Badgers net (that was Fraser’s seventh goal of the season and Tom’s first assist).

In the 25th minute, City scored another goal in the match. City were attacking with Ollie in possession of the ball just outside the Badgers penalty area, as he cut into the area a Badgers defender attempted to tackle him to win the ball, but instead they missed it completely and tripped Ollie in the process. The referee had no choice but to award a penalty kick and Ollie stepped up to take it; his shot went low and right into the back of the Badgers net (that was Ollie’s fifth goal of the season).

Second Half
The City team’s confidence was high following the great performance they had shown in the first half and this continued into the second half as they went on to dominate the rest of the game.

In the 33rd minute, City scored another goal in the match. Badgers had won a throw-in on the right wing near the half-way line and from the resultant throw; Max intercepted the ball and began a run down the right wing pursued by Badgers defenders. As he approached the goal line, Max cut in and headed for goal and as he neared the corner of the 6yd box he struck a shot from a tight angle which nestled into the bottom left corner of the Badgers goal (that was Max’s eleventh goal of the season).

In the 39th minute, City scored another goal in the match. City had won a corner and Toby stepped up to take the kick, Max ran from the penalty area towards Toby at the last second and Toby played the ball short to him. Max crossed the ball into the central penalty area where Arlo was waiting and he took a first time shot at goal, but a defender blocked it from close range. Fortunately for City, the ball rebounded back to Arlo and he was able to volley it into the roof of the net (that was Arlo’s sixth goal of the season).

In the 43rd minute, City scored another goal in the match. City had a goal kick and Joel stepped up to take the kick, he launched the ball up field into the Badgers half and Max was waiting just outside the centre circle. Max controlled the ball, turned and ran at the Badgers goal pursued by opposition defenders. He was now one-on-one with the Badgers keeper and as he entered the penalty area, he shot low past the keeper into the back of the net (that was Max’s twelfth goal of the season and Joel’s fourth assist).

In the 44th minute, the City defence denied Badgers a goal scoring chance. The Badgers team were attacking and one of their defenders played a through ball for an attacker to run onto, the attacker picked up the ball just outside the centre circle and ran at goal. He was one-on-one with Ewan the City goal keeper, who sensing the danger had come of his goal line and was near the edge of the City penalty area when the Badgers attacker took a shot at goal from just outside the area. Ewan managed to block the initial shot but the ball fell loose and with the oncoming attacker breathing down his neck, Ewan managed to recover and dive on the ball to thwart the attack.

In the 45th minute, City scored another goal in the match. City were attacking with Luke in possession of the ball on the left wing, he played a pass into the Badgers penalty area where Arlo was making a run and he picked up the ball and after a few steps towards goal, unleashed his shot which found the back of the Badgers net (that was Arlo’s seventh goal of the season and Luke’s first assist).

In the 48th minute, City scored another goal in the match. City were attacking with Will in possession of the ball within the Badgers penalty area, he played a short pass to Arlo who was about to advance past him towards goal. Arlo picked up the pass and shot at goal which found the back of the Badgers net (that was Arlo’s eighth goal of the season and Will’s first assist).

In the 49th minute, City scored another goal in the match. City were attacking with Fraser in possession of the ball on the left wing, he played a pass into the Badgers penalty area where Arlo was waiting a few metres out from the Badgers goal, Arlo took a first time shot at goal but it was too close to the Badgers keeper and initially he managed to block the effort but he couldn’t hold onto it and the ball slowly dribbled over the goal line in the right corner of the net (that was Arlo’s ninth goal of the season and Fraser’s sixth assist).

In the 55th minute, City scored another goal in the match. The Badgers team had won a free kick on the edge of the City penalty area and in central location. With a two man City wall in their way, the Badgers free kick taker attempted to kick the ball around the wall but Luke was standing in the perfect position in the middle of the area to intercept the ball. Luke controlled the ball and spotting Fraser in space within the centre circle, played the ball up field for him. Fraser intercepted the pass, turned and ran towards the goal and was now one-on-one with the Badgers keeper. As he entered the penalty area and with the keeper bearing down on him, Fraser shot low and left into the back of the Badgers net (that was Fraser’s eighth goal of the season and Luke’s second assist).

In the 57th minute, City scored another goal in the match. City had won a corner and Ollie stepped up to take the kick, his cross went into the central area of the Badgers penalty area and was intercepted by Fraser who shot into the bottom left corner of the Badgers net (that was Fraser’s ninth goal of the season and Ollie’s third assist).

In the 60th minute, City scored another goal in the match. City had won a throw-in on the right wing and near the half way line, Tom stepped up to take the throw and launched it down the wing for Will to run onto. Will picked up the ball and proceeded down the wing until he got to the right edge of the Badgers penalty area, where he crossed the ball into the centre of the area. Theo had made a run into the penalty area and he meet the cross a few metres out from the goal and smashed a shot into the roof of the Badgers net (that was Theo’s first goal of the season and Will’s second assist).

Well played Badgers and good luck for the rest of the season. The match was watched by a couple of dozen respectful spectators who enjoyed an exciting game of football. All the City players put in great performances in the game but it was Ewan who was awarded man-of-the-match.

Thanks to all the City parents for their help and support on match day.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 26, Mar 2022

Kickoff

09:30

Meet time

08:50