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TFA Crouch End, Match Report, 03/03/13

Hampstead U9A had their first draw of the season in a tough battle with TFA Crouch End U9A. The Hampstead team were again missing several players and took a little while to get into their game. TFA were physically stronger at the start, but Hampstead soon generated several chances, with George and Finlay having good efforts on the counterattack. Joe was confident in goal and produced a one-handed diving wonder-save to stop a goal-bound shot and keep Hampstead in the game. Half-time 0-0. TFA continued to pile on the pressure in the second half, but Hampstead also developed their game and were able to see more possession. Jonathan and Eric were resolute in defence and Bobby, Alfie and Finlay worked hard in midfield to cover. TFA had several good chances on goal but Joe seemed in unstoppable form until ten minutes from the end, when TFA broke through and slotted the ball neatly home. Hampstead could have easily faded but instead lifted their game and came straight back. Within minutes, George latched onto a through ball and saw his low shot beat the goalie for the equaliser. Hampstead stayed strong in defence and kept their shape well, to see out the last few minutes for a hard-fought point. Although not their best performance, Hampstead showed great character to get back into the game and worked hard throughout. Final score 1-1. Player of the Match: Joe, for commanding the box, good distribution, great positioning and above all his likely save-of-the-season.

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