Colts B XI v Maidwell Hall Wednesday 24th July 2014 AWAY TEAM James B, Alex M, George C, Tom W, Dan R, Sidd B, Matt W, Caspian E (Captain), Bertie L, Alfie W, Max W. The Colts B team produced a most pleasing first game of the season, which was full of entertaining and skilful moments. Maidwell were playing their fifth game of the season and they settled more quickly than us, taking a two try lead. However, we then rallied and scored three tries to take the lead. James took a quick tap and set Alex free for a run in, then Alex used his power to break through the Maidwell defensive line and ran 40m to score a super try. Finally, Daniel broke through the defence and ran almost the length of the field to score a wonderful solo try. The second half was equally exciting with lots of passing and open play, combined with some good tackling from both sides. Matt W, George C, Daniel R, Caspian E, Max W were particularly strong and made key tackles. Maidwell equalised and then we scored the try of the match, when Bertie took a pass at pace and ran through the defence and the length of the field, to score and to give us the lead back. Sadly, it did not last long, as this end to end match ended with three tries to Maidwell and a defeat 20-30. However, the events of the match will be remembered long after the result and Mr P was able to make positive comments about every player on the pitch. It was a great afternoon of sport. Man of the Match went to Matt W, for his strong tackling and his adventurous and positive attacking play. We were even treated to a Vulcan fly past!
On Wednesday the Colts A team travelled away to play Brooke Priory in an 8-a-side match on grass. The team consisted of Fin, Archie Go, Archie Gi, Dom, Patrick, Arjun, Henry and Kian. The Colts A rugby team had a very close match last term, so a tight game was anticipated.
The match did not disappoint, as it was a very entertaining and exciting encounter. Both teams looked comfortable on the ball and played a positive, passing game. There was no aimless ‘kick and rush’.
Archie Gi, Dom, Henry and Arjun formed a solid defensive unit and they covered each other very well. In midfield, Fin was a constant threat, but he was marshalled very well by the opposition. Patrick offered great support and Kian proved to be a great addition to the team. Archie Go had limited chances in attack, but he held the ball up well and worked hard.
We took the lead from a rather scrappy own goal and then, late in the half, extended our lead when Fin scored a superb solo effort. He broke from our goal area, beat two opposition players and then ran, at pace, to the other end, to smash the ball past their goalkeeper.
The second half was equally entertaining with some fine attacking and stout defending from both sides. Brooke Priory scored to make the last ten minutes very tense, but we held on to win 2-1.
Player of the Day went to Henry for his solid defensive work.
Champagne Moment was shared between Fin, for his goal, and Kian, for his clever ball skills in one of our attacks.
On Wednesday the Colts A VII squad travelled to Lutterworth Soccer Centre to take on a traditionally strong and physical Maidwell team.
As our Glen pitches are waterlogged we chose to play on the rubber crumb Astro pitches at Lutterworth to encourage skilful play. We used a smaller, less bouncy ‘Futsal’ ball, with the same aim.
The A squad consisted of Fin, the newly appointed captain, Archie Gi, Patrick, Dom, Arjun (GK) and Henry B. Sadly, Archie Go missed the game due to illness.
From the opening minutes onwards it was clear that our boys had much more composure on the ball. We passed the ball with great confidence and it was a delight to watch. We raced to a 5-0 lead through goals from Fin (2), Archie (2) and Patrick.
Fin was a constant threat, showing superb dribbling skills, Patrick and Archie controlled and passed beautifully, Dom and Henry were solid and dependable at the back and Arjun was very reliable and showed developing confidence, in goal.
From this point onwards we altered the balance of the teams to make it a more even contest. The first match ended 7-2 (with two more goals to Fin).
The second match was closer from the start and went to 3-2, then 5-4 then 7-5, before we won 8-5. The most pleasing aspect of this match was that we continued to try to play a confident passing game, even when Fin was off the pitch and when we allowed Maidwell to have extra players on the pitch. Second match scorers were : Fin 5, Patrick 2 and Archie. This was a very pleasing start to the season, but we face a tough challenge next week versus Brooke Priory. Please note that this fixture is now AWAY.
Other Colts results on the day were:
B squad lost 6-9 (Man of the Match : Jack)
C squad won 4-1(Man of the Match : Kian)
D squad won 2-1 (Man of the Match : Henry V)
E squad won 5-0 ( Man of the Match : Karan)