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Report by Andy Hornsey

 
  Sunday 25th November 2007

 

Under 13s - Burton Junior Football League

Trent Trophies Division One Knockout Cup Round Two.

Newhall Lions 2 Rocester Elkes Eagles 4

Rocester Elkes Eagles U13’s played Newhall Lions U13’s for the second time in as many weeks on Sunday in the League Knockout Cup away at Newhall.

After such a comfortable win in their previous encounter Rocester didn’t give Newhall enough respect and made the game difficult for themselves in the first half, which ultimately lead to them conceding an early goal after only 13 minutes of play. The breakthrough for Newhall came when a corner was fed into the 18 yard box and not cleared by the Rocester team.

Rocester were not using the wings at all and seemed to want to play the ball through the middle of the pitch which resulted in them continually losing possession.

Having conceded their first goal, it took Rocester another 5 minutes to step up a gear until they started to make more use of space and challenge for the ball.

As the pressure on Newhall increased, the equaliser finally came when Joe Ring found the net, and he followed this up minutes later with another shot wide of goal.

At half time, Rocester Elkes Eagles focussed on their mistakes and managed to step up a gear in the second half, with the team making more use of their width.

Reece Brown managed to put Rocester into the lead with a fantastic left footed shot at goal, and after taking the lead Rocester seemed to relax and the standard of their football increased with great through balls coming from both the defence and the midfield.

A third Rocester goal came midway through the half when Olly George broke through the midfield with blistering pace to shoot and score from close to the half way line.

With a comfortable lead Rocester continued to make lots of chances for themselves with through balls and further shots wide of goal. However Rocester only managed to score once more when George Pauley made the most of space in front of the Newhall Goal to take the score to 4-1.

With the game staring to look like a comfortable win, Rocester momentarily became complacent and a lack of communication in defence led to conceding a sloppy goal to make the final score 4-2, which was enough to see Rocester through to the Quarter Finals for the third year in succession.

Man of the match could have been a number of players based upon the second half performance, however, Adam Smith provided good service to the left wing and made some important clearances.