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Kidderminster Lions U12 vs WCFC U12 Colts (16/05/21)

Kidderminster Lions U12 vs WCFC U12 Colts (16/05/21)

By Chris Wilds
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Tenacious performance undone by 2nd half lapses

After a chastening result against an improved Droitwich team last time out, Colts looked to bounce back against top-of-the-table Kidderminster Lions at Wolverley High School.
Lining up with a 4-3-1 formation with Elton in goal, Glazzard, Fisher, Sivaharan and Beale forming the defensive backbone, Perks, Heywood and Coopey across the midfield and Conner James up front, (with Davies, Johnson & Bousfield on the bench) Colts started brightly against a team that had only been beaten once so far this term.
Both teams looked to play attacking football as an entertaining first half developed without any real clear-cut chances at either end. Lions’ star player on the left-wing was well shackled by Beale and Perks provided some decent forward runs in a similar role for Colts. Fisher and Sivaharan both looked composed in defence and James was industrious up front.
Heywood was replaced by Davies who slotted in up front and James retracted to midfield in a mid-half reshuffle. Bousfield came on to replace Coopey, and as the half drew to a close Davies had the most clear-cut chance for Colts but was foiled by an errant bobble and the ball sailed over the bar.
Half time saw the teams come off at 0-0 – Colts more than holding their own against an accomplished team. Davies then replaced Elton in Goal and Johnson came on in place of Glazzard who’d looked largely untroubled in the first period
Lions came out of the blocks quicker in the second half, and a brace of early carbon-copy goals saw them 2-0 up within 2 minutes of the restart, the home teams midfield contingent slicing their way through the Colts rearguard almost unchallenged. This spurred the away team into action, and an even end-to-end contest opened up with Bousfield and Elton both having half-chances. The reinstated Heywood also looked to impose himself with a combative midfield display. 2 more lapses saw Lions move out of sight, a long range shot going in off both woodwork and Davies, and a freekick slammed into the corner of the goal. Kidderminster had effectively taken all the chances given to them in a ruthless second 30 minutes. Despite battling on to the end, Colts had little to show for their efforts and can consider themselves slightly unfortunate at the final 4-0 scoreline.
Managers man-of-the-match: Ollie Beale
Players man-of-the-match: Harry Davies
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Sun 16, May 2021