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Report by Andy Hornsey
Sunday 21st October 2007
Under 13s - Burton Junior Football League - Trent Trophies Division One.
Rocester Elkes Eagles 3 Winshill 'A' 2
Rocester Elkes Eagles met Winshill A in the BJFL Div 1 U13’s on Sunday.
Playing conditions during the first half were not great as the morning mist caused poor visibility, but that didn't affect Winshill as they started well and played most of the first 15 minutes in Rocester's half, and the Eagles had to defend 3 corners and try to attack on the break.
One of the Winshill strikers made for difficult marking and managed to receive the ball just outside the 18 yard box whilst in acres of space, he made use of the time and took a well timed shot at goal which crept in just below the crossbar with the Rocester Keeper helpless to save as it was out of his reach.
Rocester stepped up a gear after conceding the goal and played good football for the remainder of the first half, during which they created plenty of chances but were always struggling for time on the ball such that the shots at the Winshill keeper were generally lacking in power and direction.
In the second half, Rocester made good use of the downhill advantage and played a much more attacking game than Winshill.
With George Pauley moved from midfield to striker, Rocester looked the more dangerous and equalised from a George Pauley goal after 10 minutes,
Rocester continued to create chances and battle hard despite injuries to Adam Smith & Reece Brown, and then a poor challenge from Winshill in the Rocester half lead to Rocester winning a free kick. The Rocester players all lined up along the 18 yard box and the free kick was taken by James Hornsey who fired the ball over all the players and past the Keeper to put Rocester into the lead.
Winshill managed to equalise with 15 minutes remaining and both teams looked dangerous going forward, however, Rocester continued to put in one of their better performances and with less than 10 minutes remaining managed to regain the lead with a shot from Marco Peach which lobbed the Winshill keeper to put Rocester 3-2 up.
The remaining minutes of the game saw the Rocester defence working hard and both Jon Lee & Gavin Hall being tested as Full-Backs and showing the Winshill team what a determined pair they really are.
At full-time, Rocester thoroughly deserved their victory which was helped by another fantastic performance by their centre-backs Jack Wain & James Hornsey who shared the Man of the Match for their solid partnership at the back.