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Report by Andy Hornsey
Sunday 28th October 2007
Under 13s - Burton Junior Football League - U13s Knockout Cup.
Rocester Elkes Eagles 4 Uttoxeter Juniors 0
Rocester Elkes Eagles U13’s played Uttoxeter Juniors U13’s in the BJFL U13 Knockout Cup on Sunday at home at Loxley.
Rocester started with downhill advantage on a very wet and windy Sunday morning which made for difficult playing conditions. They made a great start to the game, passing the ball around and creating chances which were not taken until Joe Ring calmly beat the Uttoxeter defence in the 9th minute with some nifty footwork and a well placed shot past the Uttoxeter Keeper.
The next 15 minutes of football from Rocester were not as fluid as they produced prior to the opening goal, and the ball seemed to be knocked into the air far too much for a while.
However, despite this Rocester had most of the possession and continued to make chances for themselves with good passing through the midfield and crosses from the wing to keep the Rocester strikers busy.
Rocester then scored their 2nd goal with 10 minutes of the first half remaining through George Pauley, who netted with a header from a corner.
Uttoxeter Juniors seemed to crumble after going two goals behind and they quickly conceded two further goals in as many minutes, both of which were scored by Bradley Erasmus - his first coming from open play and his second from picking up a rebound.
Rocester also saw a shot hit the post just before half-time, but in the second half Uttoxeter Juniors upped their work rate and managed to improve their possession and keep the Rocester defence busy.
However, Rocester were not really troubled and managed to create more chances for themselves including scoring a 5th 'goal' which was unfortunately flagged offside.
At full-time, the 4-0 win was a good result for Rocester and sees them through to the 2nd Round of the League Cup.
Man of the Match was shared by Olly George and George Pauley, who both put in another good performance for the team.