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Report by Andy Hornsey
Sunday 9th March 2008
Under 13s - Burton Junior Football League
Trent Trophies Division One.
Rocester Elkes Eagles 6 T.S. Sports Blue 0
Rocester Elkes Eagles U13’s played TS Sports Blue at home on Sunday in their 15th League game of the season.
The two sides last met at the start of the season when Rocester managed a 6-0 win away from home.
The first half starting line up for Rocester was decided with the forthcoming Cup Semi-Final in mind and saw a number of key players on the bench for the first half.
Rocester made a terrific start to the game and pressurised from the off, keeping most of the play in the TS Sports half of the pitch.
The first shot on goal after 3 minutes saw a cross from Reece Brown volleyed over the crossbar by Marco Peach, and the first goal came less than a minute later when a free kick from Jack Wain was controlled by Bradley Erasmus and fired into the back of the net.
With only six minutes played, George Pauley scored a second Rocester goal following a James Hornsey assist, and four minutes later it was 3-0 after a classic Reece Brown shot from the right wing that caught the TS Sports keeper by surprise.
In the second half Rocester made a few changes to the team in order to consolidate their comfortable lead. However these changes did not seem to make much difference to the overall team performance which, despite the score, was not one of the better ones.
Rocester's passing and movement was below par with the team not making the most of the available space and taking too long to pass the ball, thus inviting pressure and mistakes which resulted in possession being lost to often.
Despite the average performance the second half saw Rocester maintain most of the possession in TS Sports half and a further 3 goals were scored. Steve Whitehall (47), George Pauley (62) with a lovely run at goal through central midfield, and Steve Whitehall (64) from a pass by Jamie Ward all found the net.
Apart from the odd mistake from the Rocester Defence due to pushing too far into the TS Sport half, the Rocester keeper Adam Smith had a quiet game and Kyle Selway made an encouraging start for Rocester in his first game for the club.
Man of the Match was Kyle Selway.
Rocester now look ahead to their U13’s Knockout Cup Semi-Final away at Willington next weekend and sit comfortably in second place in the league - requiring 1 further point from the last 5 games to guarantee runners-up spot or 15 points to win the league.