Match Report – U10 Boys at East Club Minis – Sunday 17 April 2016

Having fought past many strong Norfolk clubs Magpies looked forward to displaying their skills on the regional stage at Weybread.

Opening against Harpenden a nervous first half was soon forgotten when Hayden showed great composure in the D to turn and finish. Captain Charlie soon doubled the score and Magpies were on the board.

The second game was a rude awakening when the eventual Champions Old Loughtonians ran out easy 3-0 winners. This game produced notable performances by Inigo saving a penalty stroke and Jake with excellent strength in defence.

Having seen the highs and lows already it was clear the remaining two games would be close and Suffolk’s best, in the form of Felixstowe, would be next. However despite a strong start by Magpies with the two Bens and Seth pushing forward creatively no reward was forthcoming and Felixstowe took the lead. Jacob and Rory would clearly not let this situation stand and grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck with the resulting equaliser fully deserved.

So it came down to the last group game and manager Mark Ash reported a positive 2 goal victory would ensure a semi-final spot. Playing with real purpose Charlie was soon on target again, and after securing a couple of corners shortly afterwards it seemed the goal difference could be achieved. But their opposition, Saffron Walden, had lots to play for too and they would score first an equaliser and then a winner to cruelly push Magpies into 4th place in the group. Close but not to be.

Crostyx were the qualification opposition and were soon put under pressure with Nathan enjoying particular success for Magpies. But somehow the Crostyx defence stood strong and goals either side of half time would prove costly for the boy’s chances. A late surge by Magpies, with Rory converting a flowing move, would however ensure the U10s ended on a high.

Well down to Old Loughtonians worthy champions. And whilst the day may not have panned out as Magpies wanted, the development across the season cannot be doubted and the junior section was fantastically represented by these excellent young men. Well done team.

Matt Brand