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Another bitterly cold day at Grace Academy Darlaston saw the Warriors play two games against tough opposition.

Wednesfield FC were quick to break away and score early on. However, Warriors showed determination and sparked into life. The defence became more effective with Carter making the opposition strikers’  lives  difficult. In goal, Jack kicked one ball clear and saved another from reaching the net. The pace of this game was fast with both teams moving  quickly from end to end. Hayden was able to take a shot but it was saved by the Wednesfield goalkeeper. Finally, persistence paid off as Isaac equalised after storming down the wing.

In the second half, Hayden replaced Jack in goal and Alfie and Sam came on. Although Hayden made one good save, two shots got past him. Warriors were a little unlucky in this half with Jack and Cole having shots on goal but not scoring.

In our second match against Tipton Town, Alfie bravely volunteered to go in goal as he is not a usual choice for this role. He was unlucky not to prevent Tipton scoring when the ball only went in the net from a rebound. He stopped the next shot and almost managed to catch the one after that as it went rolling into the net. When Tipton were awarded a free kick, Hayden managed to clear the ball off the goal line.

In the second half , Warriors had two good chances when Hayden broke away twice on the wing and Isaac swept round Tipton’s players towards the goal. However, the opposition scored their third from a   deceptive free kick into the back of the net. Towards the end of the game, Sam came close to clawing one back and meanwhile Isaac took a nasty knock in the face.

In this game Isaac, Sam and Hayden were making every effort to pass the ball to each other and Sam on more than one occasion  played the ball to other two, setting them up to be in a good position to attempt to score.

Lee commented that the team played better this week than the previous two. He reminded the players that they are a team and must pass to each other and pointed out that at this level this is the way games are won. With this in mind, he rewarded Hayden, Sam and Isaac. Hayden achieved man of the match for working hard all morning, displaying good footballing skills and for passing the ball. Sam received the match ball for his efforts to pass the ball and Isaac was also man of the match for his skilful footwork.

Rob Smith

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