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Sunday 17th November: Hampstead ‘A’ 1 Parkfield ‘A’ 0

17.11.2013 The U10A team put in a great team performance to win an enthralling match against Parkfield ‘A’ this week. This was always going to be a tough game with both sides riding high in the league and with many great encounters in the past. Both sides started well with good opportunities and a will to play strong football. Hampstead had great chances with Alfie having a great run down the right and shot off the post, and with Luc’s run and shot off the ‘woodwork’ (Luc and Alfie hitting the frame in the first half seems to be a recurring theme in these match reports!!). Parkfield also had plenty of the play and chances, and the bulk of early corners. Kyle was in solid form in goal coping with crosses in the style of Claudio Bravo and producing several goods saves and a fine block when Parkfield were through. Similarly, Luc had a great opportunity one on one but his first touch let him down and the goalie came out to smother his attempt really well. George worked hard on the right and produced some clever crosses, Jonathan Sol. put in a lot of effort and control on the left and Jay and Finlay were well organised at the back. Against the odds, given the attacking play of both teams, half-time 0-0. The second half continued in similar fashion with both teams showing great commitment. Parkfield were strong in the middle of the park and Hampstead were dangerous on the break. Hampstead got the breakthrough nine minutes into the second half from a corner. Despite all our efforts in training, Luc played a short corner to Joe who knocked it back and Luc’s left foot chip into the box fell into the muddle of players and Alfie was on hand to slot it home. Parkfield continued to mount significant pressure but Finlay and Joe were resolute at the back, with Joe blocking an attempt on goal and the defence riding out the pressure of a late free kick on the edge of the box. Alfie ran and tackled exceptionally well, with one or two outstanding recovery runs, and Jay played some great touches when moved up to right midfield. Kyle was solid in goal with good handling and confidence. Despite a nasty fall, Sean keep running down the left and had good opportunities. Jonathan Sp. came on for a few minutes in the right side. With several minutes added for injuries it was a tense finish but Hampstead held out. POTM – It was a team effort, with commitment and determination, which was great given our approach to recent games. Alfie was a powerhouse in midfield, Finlay was as intelligent as ever, but Kyle stepped up when required and earned the POTM “silver boot” this week. Happy Birthday Kyle and Jonathan Sol.!

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