An impeccable start
Kettering U14 boys :14/0: Welford U14
Upon the warm and pleasant morning of the 24th of September , Kettering displayed their first monumental performance of skill and co-ordination in the new season, lavishing the luxury of playing within their own (new) backyard– Bishop Stopford. Brimming with confidence, the team of youthful individuals participated in an intense, warm up drill, gifting us a chance to Psyche ourselves up for the battle ahead…..
Right from the precise moment the whistle blew, Kettering completely domineered, moving the ball about the pitch with tremendous ease and fluidity. However, despite many spontaneous and well-constructed assaults upon the opposition’s goal, we were initially unable to experience the satisfying crash of the ball hurtling towards the backboard. Caleb, making his debut appearance from the club, looked promising in the midfield– reinforced by the persistence of Monty; their combined efforts contributed to some glorious passages of play. Despite this, Welford were potent in defence and difficult to disperse.
Luckily, the heavens opened and James Hogg (utilizing the excellency of a first class player) sent the ball cruising into the bottom corner, derived from an accurate injection from William Middleton in an organised short corner. This boosted our moral and from here on in, Kettering were in complete control. By the conclusion of the first half, Sahil, Thomas Storey, Archie Colwill and James were all comfortably sitting on the score card, particularly with Archie on 2 and James on 4.
Then, in the expositional phase od the second half, Welford valiantly retaliated, winning a short corner for themselves. Unfortunately, the ball whizzed past the right post, kindly gifting Kettering the option to counter; as a result of this, William, composed as fine piece of classical music, sprinted energetically into the D and slammed the ball into the side– netting. Further goal scoring opportunities rose as Thomas Story made numerous, devastating runs on the right wing, before crashing it into the centre, giving the forwards an opportunity to increase their score tally further. Due to the collaboration of the under 14’s, accompanied with the promising capabilities of Sahil– who is also a new addition to the side, Archie colwill left the pitch shining with a hat-trick, while James Hogg was merely satisfied with seven goals.
It is important that we recognise Welford’s humble spirit and sportsmanship– especially considering they were dispossessed of a Goalkeeper. Furthermore, Man of the match goes to Alistair (Kettering’s rising star in goal) for, although he was not directly involved in the majority of the game, his helpful moral support was fundamental to our success. Infatuated with our win, we are excited about the daunting clash with Rugby hockey club next week. Bring it on!!!!!!
Written by James Hogg