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Battling Performance Earns Excellent Point
It`s not often I go overboard about a drawn game. However, the under-18`s 1-1 outcome at Compton Park against Cogenhoe United was a terrific result.
Battling Performance Earns Excellent Point
Published - 7th Feb 20

Starting the game with eight under-16s and three more on the bench and against a team full of second years, we were under the cosh early on.

 

But good defending from our outstanding back four of Brady Stratford, who was man-of-the-match, Nat Allam, Oli Anderson and skipper Vikram Mazumdar restricted the Cooks to limited chances, although they did have a few shots that went high and wide but little to really test `keeper Alfie Whitchurch.

 

We battled and scrapped from front to back but I was disappointed with the way we conceded the opening goal in the 38th minute when a corner wasn`t dealt with properly and the visiting attacker seemed to have too much time and space at the far post to fire home.

 

But we kept it an 1-0 at half-time so were still in the contest.

 

The second half was one of the best in terms of battling, spirit and effort I have witnessed from one of my sides for many years.

 

At the start of the season, with so many youngsters in the squad, I wasn`t expecting to be able to compete against the likes of Cogenhoe, AFC Rushden & Diamonds or Bugbrooke, but the way these boys have progressed means I have re-adjusted my thinking, and while we`d do amazingly well to beat those any of those three teams this term, we are now showing we can at least compete with them.

 

And that`s what we did in the second half especially at Cogenhoe.

 

The defence, who had performed so well in the opening 45 minutes, held firm again and the midfield of Henry Langley, Adam Huber and Zac Arnold went toe-to-toe with the opposing trio.

 

Alfie Whitchurch was called upon to make a couple of decent saves but he wasn`t overworked - testament to how well we defended as a team.

 

Joe Hobson and Filip Kulinowski came on and worked hard down the flanks but we weren`t looking like equalising.

 

So, I put pacey striker Eman Kyeremeh back on alongside the hard-working Max Wynne and went 4-4-2 and it paid dividends when Kulinowski was pushed over in the box and he dusted himself down to coolly convert the resulting penalty.

 

We saw out the final few minutes and deservedly earned a battling draw which seemed like a win at the end!

 

Everyone contributed to the draw, but Brady Stratford was simply outstanding alongside Nat Allam, who had played a game of rugby in the afternoon and was clearly knackered but kept going.

 

Oli Anderson and Vikram Mazumdar also defended well, although I had to take Oli off with 15 minutes or so remaining after he had been booked and looking likely to get sent-off if he committed another offence, but young Dan Bates slotted in well in his place in only his second appearance for us.

 

An excellent night and now three under-18 games unbeaten derby at Whitworths next week!

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