Bedworth United U15 MJPL v Harpole Elite

Bedworth travelled to Harpole on Saturday morning to face a team who were on paper very equally matched with the wins losses and points columns all reading the same.  Bedworth were looking for their first away points of the season.  So far Bedworths season has stuttered with good results at home but poor performances away leading to a zero in the away wins column.

Bedworth went in to the game very light on players with Travis, Owen and Raees all unavailable due to injury, that left us with a bare 11 and the still recovering JT as our only sub.  The game started with both teams having good spells of pressure but neither really tested the keeper.  On the 11th minute mark though a well delivered corner by Luke Stewart was met by Kyle who bundled the ball across the line to give Bedworth the lead.  The rest of the first half was played out mainly in the midfield with neither side really testing the oppositions keeper.  Both defences were solid with Bedworth playing a back 3 of Nash, Alex and Josh P with Josh B and Luke doing really well as wing backs Bedworth looked like a solid unit and didn’t look like conceding.

Half Time: Bedworth U15 MJPL 1 – Harpole 0

The second half started with Harpole looking for that all important equaliser but the back 3 of Bedworth were defending well and didn’t look like they were going to concede no matter what Harpole tried. On the hour mark Bedworth were forced into a change bringing JT on in place of Josh B who after an awkward landing had to go off, after a visit to hospital it was confirmed that he had fractured his collar bone.  As is the ruling in junior football if after a serious injury the affected team do not want to carry on the referee has the power to abandon the game and the result would be a draw,  We were offered this but decided that we would carry on the game to its natural conclusion. Bedworth knew that at 1-0 the game was still in the balance but on the 68th minute Bedworth doubled their lead in fortune circumstances.  A free kick just inside the Harpole half out on the left was floated in by Luke,  Kyle made a run across the keeper who thought he was going to get a touch on it but the ball missed everyone and curled into the far post to make the score 2-0 and give the lads in green a bit of breathing space.  With Harpole pushing forward to try to get a foothold back in the game Bedworth started to exploit the space that was appearing and after a good piece of 2 touch football in the 72nd minute Kielan found space in the Harpole penalty area and finished well to put the game beyond the home teams reach.  Bedworth learnt from last weeks game and managed the final 8 minutes well not allowing Harpole any chance of a grandstand finish.

Full Time Bedworth U15 MJPL 3 – Harpole 0

Bedworth will be happy to have picked up their first away points of the season and break their run of away defeats, It was also pleasing to keep a clean sheet if we can continue to play at this level every week then we will start to move up the table rapidly.  It is unfortunate that we have lost Josh B for up to 6 weeks with his collarbone injury and we all wish him a speedy recovery.  It was pleasing to see JT get a little bit of game time but he is still a little off the pace, his introduction will have to be slow to break down the mental block he has about trusting his knee after being out for so long.

Man of the match went to Luke Stewart who had a hand in the first goal and scored the second but the key thing was that he kept Harpoles danger man quiet for the whole game and ensured that he could not dictate play for them.

Bedworth United U15 MJPL v Wolverhampton Olympic

Bedworth travelled the hour to Wolverhampton Olympic to face a team who had a similar run of results to our own. Bedworth again started slow allowing Olympic to take the lead after only 9 minutes.  This sparked the Bedworth boys into life and within 5 minutes had equalised through John Patten. Bedworth were buoyed by the equaliser and within 7 minutes had doubled their score to put them 2-1 in front when Kyle expertly finished a great team move. Things got even better for the boys in Green when on the half hour John Patten hit a sweet shot that firmly put Bedworth into the lead.  With the time ticking on towards half time it was again Bedworth that shot themselves in the foot when the ball was given away cheaply in the midfield to allow Olympic to break at pace against the 2 centre backs and the ball ended up nestling in the Bedworth net.  It was Olympic this time that were lifted by a goal and with the last kick of the half equalised after another mistake by Bedworth.  Half time the score was 3-3 and Bedworth were deflated as they knew that they should have gone into the break firmly in the lead.

The second half started an even affair with neither team troubling the opposition keeper. It was Bedworth though that would break the deadlock again when Kyle was one on one with the Olympic keeper and finished well to put Bedworth back in the lead with time nearly up it looked like the lads would get their first points on their travels but it was not to be with only 3 minutes left on the clock. Olympic were awarded a penalty which Harrison did well to push onto the post but Bedworth didn’t react and the rebound was put into the empty net with Harrison still on the floor after his fine save.  Things then went from bad to worse for the lads in green with less than 30 seconds left A Wolverhampton player picked the ball up 30 yards out let fly and watched the ball soar into the top corner of the Bedworth goal.  With just enough time to restart the ref then blew his whistle to end the game.

Yet again individual mistakes cost us not just at the back we had chances to put the game to bed which we missed, the midfield were slow to react at times and were waiting for the ball rather than coming for it as a team we need to concentrate and be on it for the full 80 minutes as we are getting punished by switching off.

Bedworth United U15 MJPL V Solihull Moors

Bedworth were smarting from the defeat the week before and came into this match with a hangover from that result.  Bedworth started well when on 16 minutes Luke Allsopp netted from a shot just on the edge of the box which found the corner of the Solihull net.  The rest of the first half was a very cagey affair with neither team really being able to stamp their authority on the game.  Bedworth rode their luck at times being thankful that Solihull had forgotten their shooting boots.  Bedworth went in at half time 1-0 up but on the balance of play they were lucky to be leading.

Solihull came out in the second half determined to get the equaliser and to possibly go on to win the game but until the hour point Bedworth had defended well and it looked like they would keep their second clean sheet of the season.  Until a wayward back pass to Harrison in the Bedworth goal was pounced upon by the Solihull centre forward who rounded Harrison to put into the empty net with time ticking away it looked like the game was heading for a draw until Nash Asquith pounced on a through ball to lift the ball over the Solihull keepers head to give Bedworth the win with the last kick of the game.

Bedworth United U15 MJPL v Aylestone

Bedworths visit to Aylestone was definitely one to forget for the boys in green,  Ayleston who are perennial top 4 finishers in the MJPL showed why.  Being a feeder club for both Leicester City and Derby County the Aylestone team was packed with youngsters who are on the fringe of going to Academy football.  The Bedworth lads started the game quiet well keeping Aylestone at bay for the first 15 minutes but when the first goal went in the heads dropped and.  Aylestone added 3 more to their total before half time to go into the break 4-0 in front.  The Bedworth lads were deflated but went out for the second half and showed character to hold Aylestone until the hour mark when their rear guard action was breached by then the Bedworth lads were willing the game to end and conceded 2 more to make the final score 7-0.

At the end of the day the lads were beaten by a much better side with players either just being released by academies or pushing to get into them.  The Bedworth lads need to take from this no matter what the score is they must still compete 100% and not go into games with the mentality that they are beaten before a ball is kicked.

Bedworth United U15MJPL V Aylestone Park

Saturday sees the Lions on the Road again this time with their first trip into Leicestershire to face Aylestone Park Youth who finished 2nd in the league last year with a record of played 22 won 15 drew 5 and lost 2 amassing a total of 50 points.  This will be the sternest test that the Lions have faced so far they should not be going into the game though thinking they can’t compete the first half of last weeks game against Billbrook proved that.  Unfortunately Raees is unavailable for the game with his back.  We do have good news though on the injury front Kyle is available and both Nash and Luke are passed fit to play after their knocks they picked up against Billbrook last week.  JT is still out and is seeing a specialist next Thursday which will hopefully then give us a prognosis as to whether he will be returning this season or not. New signing Owen Evans will probably not feature as his registration is still pending with the league.

Aylestone so far this season have played 2 games winning both coming from 3-2 behind against Abbey Hulton Youth FC  to run out 6-3 winners and then beating our old foe Alvis 5-3 they are currently sitting 10th in the table with a 100% record.  The Bedworth lads need to go into this game fully committed and if each player plays to their full ability then we will give them a game.  We have stuttered so far against teams through individual errors which unfortunately have cost us goals and we have also been wasteful in front of goal.  If we can convert the chances we make and cut out errors then no doubt we can do well.  Aylestone have conceded 3 goals in their last 2 games so we know that they aren’t tight at the back and chances will come.  On the flipside of that though they have scored 9 so they obviously have players who know where the net is if we defend like we did in the game against Allscott as a unit from the front then we will be hard to break down.

For those of you travelling the address is Aylestone Park

                                                                          Saffron Road

                                                                          Leicester

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Bedworth United U15 MJPL v Billbrook

Bedworth come up just short.

Bedworth travelled up the M6 to face Billbrook knowing that they are an accomplished MJPL side who have finished in the top 5 for the last couple of seasons.  Bedworth were without the ever energetic Kyle Rogers due to an injury sustained at school so the Bedworth team were already a man light.  Bedworth suffered another injury blow within 2 minutes of kick off when Raees Vorajee had to come off with a back injury . Saying that though lads started the game the strongest and bucked the trend of recent games and took the lead early on when John Patten was put through one on one with the keeper and slotted home to put Bedworth in the lead with only 3 minutes played.  the lead though wasnt for long as Bilbrook equalised in the 10th minute when a mistake at the back allowed the BIlbrook striker too much space and he picked his spot leaving Harrison no chance.  The lads playing in their away strip of red soon took the advantage again within 3 minutes of being pegged back the ball bobbling around in the Billbrook area fell to John Patten who lashed it home to put the Greenbacks back in front. The lead like the last time only lasted 2 minutes with Bilbrook again capitalising on a defensive mix up to again equal the score.  with only 15 minutes gone and 4 goals scored it looked like the game was going to be a very high scoring affair, The rest of the first half was played out with both teams having opportunities but not being able to beat either keeper.

Half time 2-2

The next goal was always going to be important to the game and it looked like Bedworth were going to capitalise,  A poorly timed tackle by the Bilbrook centre back on Nash Asquith give Bedworth a chance to take the lead within 2 minutes of the half starting from the spot. This led to another injury as Nash landed awkwardly and had to be replaced due to him struggling with his hip,  With Luke Stewart also struggling with his back that left us no options on the bench.  Unfortunately for the Bedworth lads the keeper was equal to the penalty and kept the scores level.  They didn’t stay that way for long though as Bilbrook won a corner which was swung in and headed home to give Bilbrook the lead for the first time in the match.  Bedworth huffed and puffed and it seemed like the penalty save had took a bit of the belief out of the Bedworth boys that they can compete with the better teams in this league. With Bedworth pushing forward looking for the equaliser gaps were appearing and with 18 minutes to go Bilbrook sealed the win with a 4th to make the final score 4-2 to the home side.d

The Bedworth lads can be proud of their performance today if we cut out the individual errors and be a bit more clinical in front of goal the scoreline could have easily been reversed against a side that have always done well in this league. Next week we look forward to a trip to Aylestone giving the Greens their first trip into Leicestershire.  Aylestone will be another tough test having finished forth last season but if the lads all perform as we know we can and cut out some of the mistakes and all work hard we no doubt can give Aylestone a game and maybe spring a surprise on them.

Bedworth United MJPL U15 v Bilbrook Jnrs

Bedworth make the journey up the M6 to face Billbrook FC who on paper look to be the strongest opposition posed since joining the MJPL. Billbrook with a record of 14 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses amassing 45 points finished 5th last season. So far this season though Billbrook have had record similar to ours picking up all 3 points in a 6-0 win against Droitwich Spa Boys and Girls but then losing 3-1 o league newcomers Basford United Community and Youth in their second game.

Bedworth will be hoping to build on their first win of the season last week however will need to start stronger than they have been thus far as chasing games in this league is extremely difficult, we need a performance like last week when we worked our way into the game and kept it tight early on.  If the boys go out with the right attitude and mentality then every team in this league should fear us BUT if the lads aren’t committed from Friday night going to bed early then we will struggle.

We have a full strength squad to pick from and will be looking to rotate constantly to keep everyone at as close to 100% as we can,

Bedworth United U15 MJPL v Allscot AFC U15

After last weeks defeat in the first outing in the MJPL the lads knew what they were up against and were much more prepared themselves mentally, the nerves that were shown the week before in the changing room had gone and normality resumed with the normal characters full of banter and laughter and in familiar surroundings the game had the potential to be an entertaining one.

With a slight tweak in formation the team was set up to not concede early and to grow into the game.  The game started off with both teams having their share of the ball but neither team really troubling either keeper.  It was Bedworth though that should have been in front squandering some good chances.  The lads were doing exactly as we had talked about keeping calm and not trying to win the game in the first 10 minutes.  The first half went by with Bedworth by far the better team but just couldn’t find that cutting edge in the final third.  The back 4 marshalled well by Harrison who is now adding a voice to his game were more than equal to anything Allscott had to offer.

Half Time:  Bedworth United 0 Allscott AFC 0

At half time a few changes were made and the Bedworth lads were told to put that extra 5% in and then they would win it took them 17 minutes of the second half to get on the score sheet even though by that point they could have been 2 or 3 up already.  It was John Patten that  broke the deadlock to put the boys in green in the lead, the first goal was always going to be crucial as the team that conceded it would then have to chase the game and leave gaps.  It was one of these gaps that allowed John Patten again to break free from his marker and just as he was about to pull the trigger the defender could do nothing else put push him to give Bedworth a penalty which John himself converted,  there were no complaints from Allscott it was the most obvious penalty you could have seen. then with 3 minutes on the clock left Bedworth broke again for John Patten to complete his Hat trick.

Full Time  Bedworth United 3 Allscott AFC 0

 

It was good for the lads to get their first 3 points in the MJPL and especially with a clean sheet to bring back some belief that they deserve to be here and can compete.  The lads will only get better the more they play with each other and you can see that developing.  Playing on The OVAL will be the difference in a few games being used to the surface will help us and it works to the style of play we are aiming for.

 

Bedworth United MJPL U15 v Allscott U15

First MJPL Home Game

After not having the start to life in the MJPL the U15s wanted they have been handed a second game against Allscott.  Allscott finished 46th in the MJPL last year with a record of 6 wins 5 draws and 11 loses gaining 23 points.  With 2 tough games to follow, this is a game that we are looking to get points out of.  With a full squad to choose from, apart from our long term injuries, plus the additions of recent signings Travis Lane and Luke Alsop we go into this game fully prepared. After the start to last weeks game the lads know that they cant rest on their laurels and start slowly as they will be down and out before the game has even got going.

If we bring our second half performance into this game and the attitude that was shown in the second half then we shouldn’t fear anyone.  Back on home turf at The OVAL for the first time in the MJPL we will be looking for a disciplined performance from everyone of the lads we have to make sure that we play our football and don’t turn the game into a scrap but use the surface and the size of the pitch to our advantage.

Allscott started their campaign with a 3-2 home win against Wyrley Juniors who finished 14th last season so you cant really take much notice of last years league positions.  If the boys in green can play to their full potential then we have no doubts that they can compete with any team in this league.

 

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