Bedworth United U16s kicked off their 3rd year in the Midland Junior Premier league away to Bromsgrove. The junior Greenbacks imposed their style of play from the first whistle, keeping possession and fluidly playing through all three thirds of the pitch. Marshall led the line very well, bringing the other members of the front 3 into play and allowing the midfield to run beyond and eventually led to the first shot on target with the keeper narrowly keeping the ball from going over the line.
On the 30 minute mark, Marshall succesfully counter pressed the opposition in their box and won a penalty. Up stepped the returning Cameron Dunn after a pre season lay off with a hamstring injury but unfortunately couldn’t convert. The bromsgrove lads managed to get back into the game for the last 10 minutes after reacting to the penalty.
Half time 0-0.
The lads were asked to go out and play possession football in the oppositions half and boy did they. Bedworth kept about 80% possession in the 2nd half and it was only a matter of time before the lads converted their possession. Max Healy controlled the ball in the box and rifled the ball across the keeper into the far corner.
Bedworth sensed blood at this stage and a quick restart of play after a free kick on the corner of the box, a couple of interchanging passes led to Liam Watts unleash a unstoppable curling effort into the far top corner after narrowly missing a similar earlier attempt with the opposite foot.
Bedworth kept the ball comfortably, with every player getting on the ball and midfield winning the ball back on the rare occasion we gave it away. This led to a bit of frustration from the opposition and a free kick on the edge of the box. Some Burchell magic Liam asked for and Burchell magic he received, after spending all week kicking a ball into a hoop in the back garden Cole applied it to the pitch and audacity to effortlessly place the ball into the same top corner as Liam’s earlier effort with no run up.
3 goals, a clean sheet and dominant possession football. Not many better ways to kick off the lads final season of junior Saturday football.