A First Look in 2017-18 – Cray Wanderers U11s Sharks
Selkent League U11s Division D West
Cray Wanderers U11s Sharks 4 Baldon Sports Red U11s 1
The first look this season at Carl Newnham’s U11s side as they took on Baldon Sports at Foots Cray Rugby Club.
Playing in very windy conditions the Wands have had a decent start to their league campaign and after a difficult start to the game where they went behind they fought back well and scored four goals and had three other goals ruled out for marginal offside calls.
The game started at a fast pace and Alesandro Ariza-Ferro hit the underside of the crossbar for Cray and the Baldon no 10 shot just wide.
Cray came close when Daniel Jermackovs shot over the bar but Baldon broke away to score an excellent goal when the no 10 made a great run down the left and laid the ball across to the no 3 who scored with a neat finish.
The Wands though bounced back and levelled when Connor Redman who had a great game throughout worked his way down the left and into the area and his cross was pushed out by the keeper to Marcin Talaska who prodded the ball over the line although Marlon Wilson could also have got a slight touch.
Cray then had two goals disallowed before half time both scored by Wilson but were ruled out for close offside calls although the second could also have been for a foul on the keeper.
Half Time: 1-1
The second half saw Cray take control of the game and the Wands went ahead when the ball was played down the right to Oliver Raghip who ran into the area, took the ball around the keeper and from a fairly tight angle squeezed the ball into the net.
Redman was unlucky not to score when he turned well int the area and his effort was saved by the keeper’s and then Talaska shot wide. Then Raghip was denied by an excellent save from the Baldon keeper and then Jermackovs saw a shot deflected behind.
In the 48th minute Cray were given breathing space with a third goal again scored by Raghip when the ball was worked through the middle and he latched onto the pass to gently guide the ball into the net.
Baldon to their credit kept on going but Cray ended strongly and Redman set up Wilson who turned the ball in but was once again denied a goal by a close offside call.
There was to be no denying Redman a goal he deserved seven minutes from the end when he showed good control to dribble his way into the box and then placed a shot at the near post to make it 4-1 and complete the scoring.
The Wands team are another good Cray side that show good tenacity after going behind and in Connor Redman they have a very talented play maker and Oliver Raghip took his chances excellently when they came and is very composed in one on one situations.
Team: Archie Attridge, Bartosz Macudzinski, Armani Cross, Marlon Wilson, Luca Murray, Oliver Raghip, Connor Redman, Daniel Jermackovs, Marcin Talaska, Alesandro Ariza-Ferro
A First Look in 2017-18 – Cray Wanderers U14s Sharks
Cray Wanderers U14s Sharks 0 Academix Advance 6
Today I also saw for the first time this season James Taylor’s always good to watch U14s side who kicked off against Catford based Academix Advance at Foots Cray Rugby Club.
The Wands had started the season with three league defeats but had won two cup ties to keep their season ticking along.
On a windy morning, the U14s were up against a very good side who move the ball quickly and are extremely strong defensively and Cray were always going to be up against it.
They battled hard as they always do and looked to play good football despite the conditions but they conceded an goal after three minutes when a corner from the no 16 out on the right was headed in by the no 9.
It looked like it would be a long morning but they battled back but their best opening came when Flynn Odell made a strong run down the right but his shot was off target.
The Wands were defending very well under pressure but were rocked back when Academix were awarded a penalty when the 16 was brought down by keeper Josh Floodgate. The keeper seemed to injure himself with this challenge but incredibly well with a bad leg to save the penalty from the no 15 and then follow up to save the rebound. He unfortunately had to go off and Louis Spinks went in goal and did extremely well.
Cray trailed at half time and came out and gave it a real go and Tommy Samani was unlucky and fired just wide after a neat build up.
Nine minutes into the second half, it was 2-0 when the no 16 who played well throughout set up the no 6 who turned the ball into the net and from here, the visitors took the initiative and Cray found it hard to live with them for a while.
Two minutes later, the no 11 made a good run down the left and squared the ball to the no 12 who made it 3-0.
Cray looked to get back into it and from a free kick out on the left, Ethan Taylor curled the ball wide of goal.
The visitors then scored three goals in five minutes to give the score a rather harsh look first when the no 12 scored his second scoring in off the keeper.
Then it was 5-0 when the no 9 scored his second of the game from close range.
This was followed by a sixth goal when from a free kick the ball came to the no 11 who followed up a rebound.
Although a difficult morning for the team they kept on going and there is always a refereshing feel about watching them play and the way they are coached by James Taylor. No histrionics or overly aggressive, he just talks to his players and they seem to acknowledge him and his methods well. Although their league season hasn’t started as the would want you feel that they will start getting their rewards soon.
Team: Josh Floodgate, Sid Chandler, Malcolm Dixon, Louis Spinks, Josh Lee, Ethan Taylor, Michael Loomes, Tommy Samani, Charlie Langford, Flynn Odell, Harvey Shelley
Here are the rest of the results from today