Shinfield Rangers 4 v Woodley Hammers 1 Under 12

Normally when you play against a team at the bottom of the Division, you face 10 -15 minutes of pressure, hopefully get an early goal and go on to win comfortably. Whatever their coaches are doing with these Woodley boys they certainly haven’t been coaching from the same manual as most of the rest of us. Woodley Hammers are a new team, many of there boys have never played competitive football before. But they certainly make up for lack of experience with passion, tenacity and a will to play the game in the right spirit. Shinfield Rangers came off at half time wondering what they would have to do to score. Shinfield played well, a particularily nice move came when J’Zsiah played a short ball to Joe, who in turn feed Luke, who found Liam with a slide rule pass, create another chance. Time and time again Shinfield threatened, but the Woodley goalie seemed to have magnets in his gloves.

U12_080214Eventually in the second half the breakthrough came, Will going on to grab a hat trick and Liam grabbed a fourth. Man of the Match Ben was unlucky with a few chances, I feel sure his first goal is coming soon. Ethan played really well in the middle, playing a nice short passing game. With the score at 4-0 the manager made the decision to put Liam in goal and given JZ’siah a run outfield for the first time this season. Shortly afterwards Woodley counter attacked at speed and pulled a goal back. The tension was palpable as the Chairman wondered what the manager was playing at. There could be some grovelling needed if the manager doesn’t end up with Michael Laudrup on the scrapheap!

But to finish I must remind people than a lot is made of what makes a good coach, many even lambasting the quality of grassroots coaching. I would suggest people take a walk over to Woodley Hammers and have a look Paul Ferris, his enthusiasm is contagious and it is reflected in his players outlook. A good coach needs to inspire his players and I have no doubt that the future of this team is very bright.

Also bright is the new Marks & Spencers sponsored kit the Shinfield Rangers boys were sporting today.

Ryan Blandville