Wellingborough Town I Huge Performance Against Diamonds
Huge Performance Against Diamonds
Our young under-18 side had the daunting task of taking on Senior Youth League leaders AFC Rushden & Diamonds at Hayden Road on Thursday night.
Huge Performance Against Diamonds
Published - 6th Mar 20

The hosts - a full-time academy - had been battering everyone so far this season and had won all of their league games to date, registering wins including 7-0, 12-0, 6-1, 7-1 and 9-0, so it was a real test to see how far our young squad had progressed.


Well, the answer was a long, long way as we really gave them a game acknowledged by their management and the match officials afterwards.


And the home players relief at the final whistle and the fact they were holding the ball at the corner flag at the end tells the story of how close we ran them.


Kicking down the slope on a heavy, tacky pitch, we started really well and put them on the backfoot without really creating clear-cut opportunities.


Our defence of Oli Anderson, Nat Allam, Brady Stratford and skipper Vikram Mazumdar had their hands full, especially with the league`s top scorer Will Jones, who has been in the Diamonds first team squad this season.


But they coped magnificently, with the two young centre-backs Allam and Stratford especially outstanding.


And it shows our strength in depth now with under-16 skipper and centre-back George Coleman back to fitness and raring to go.


The home side began to get a grip on the game and took the lead midway through the half with a terrific strike from Tom Binder which flew past keeper Alfie Whitchurch.


We managed to keep Diamonds at bay after that and shortly before the break had a great chance to equalise when a fine through ball from the outstanding Henry Langley found Will Russell, who netted four against Irchester United last week, but he had his shot smothered by the onrushing Diamonds` keeper.


The discussions at half-time were positive and it was all about winning individual battles and working hard for each other.


We suffered a blow at half-time when our influential young midfielder Zac Arnold had to be replaced due to a groin injury and I gave new signing from Kettering Town, Charlie Whitchurch, his debut in his place.


Charlie is a striker but was asked to do a job in the midfield and, until pushed forward later, did a decent job in an unfamiliar role.


And in the second half we were terrific kicking up the slope.


Lively winger Max Wynne caused problems for the home full back and Mason Jackson worked hard on the opposite flank.


With Langley and Adam Huber now getting on top in midfield, we really started to cause them problems and Mazumdar hit an effort over the bar from the angle of the edge of the box and Wynne and Anderson also had efforts well saved by the home keeper.


Russell had another great opportunity to equalise and on his favoured left foot but he screwed the chance wide of the post.


The home side had a few chances themselves in a game which was a real credit to the league, but more good defending and one fine save from Alfie Whitchurch saw the score remain 1-0.


And the site of Diamonds being told to head to the corner flag to keep the ball as the game entered stoppage time proved just how well we had played.


Proud of all of them disappointed I couldn`t give all the lads on the bench longer on the pitch which I hate but the game was just so close and the boys` attitude to that was outstanding.



Alfie Whitchurch, Oli Anderson, Vicram Mazumdar, Nat Allam, Brady Stratford, Zac Arnold, Max Wynne, Henry Langley, Will Russell, Adam Huber, Mason Jackson. Subs all used; Charlie Whitchurch, Jack Cawkill-Robins, Alfie Bowdler, George Coleman, Dan Bates.

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