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TFA Totteridge, Match Report, 09/03/13

Hampstead U9A played out another hard fought draw in this rearranged game against TFA Totteridge U9A. Once again, Hampstead were missing several key players and had to switch some boys to less familiar positions. Hampstead made a slow start, giving away the ball far too easily and finding it hard to get into their flow on a heavy pitch. TFA Totteridge put together some nice football and had several chances but ultimately took a deserved lead through a mix-up in midfield. Half-time 0-1. Hampstead got back into the game after the goal and raised their game in the second half, gradually finding their shape and form. Jonathan and Jay were strong at the back, Finlay showed creativity in midfield, and Luc and Jonathan got more involved on the flanks. George had an excellent shot deflected just over the bar and more chances came. Luc was being marked very tightly throughout the game, but managed to turn in and out of his defender to line up a left foot shot from the edge of the area that hit the back of the net. The final minutes of the game were more even; Hampstead had several chances but at the other end Joe pulled off another amazing save and Jonathan Spencer raced back to make a match-saving tackle on the edge of the Hampstead box. In the end it was a slightly disappointing performance, but a good point against a well-organised side and with several players out of position. Final score 1-1. Player of the Match: Jonathan Spencer, for some tight defending and strong tackling.

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