With the end of the season in sight, Moyles Court produced their best afternoon of football all term with two brilliant performances against Leehurst Swan. In the opening game against their A team, who they narrowly lost to earlier in the season, Moyles started very strongly and very impressively. The three man defence of Tommy, Ben and Josh were dominant and allowed the midfield to put pressure on the visitors from the start. Jack and Charlie linked well with Fin and between them they kept the visitors’ defence very busy. Moyles looked like they had opened the scoring, but Sam’s curling left foot shot beat the keeper but came back off the bar to keep the scores level at half time. The second half was a similar story with chances coming and going for both teams. Fin worked hard to get himself a shot on goal, but was unfortunate to see it drift wide and a scintillating game somehow ended 0-0. “I don’t want this game to end” said one of the visiting players. It was that sort of game.
Against LHS B team, Moyles were dominant from the start, with Charlie, in particular, causing huge problems for the visitors defence. Freddie was having a superb game in defence and launched a number of promising attacks with some impressive passing from deep. However, it remained 0-0 at half time, but the pressure finally told midway through the second half. Sam picked the ball up on the right of the pitch and his cross/shot was deflected brilliantly into the back of the net by Fin’s head. Not long after, Moyles Court secured the victory with a booming strike from Sam that hit the underside of the crossbar and went in to make it 2-0. A thoroughly entertaining afternoon and two thoroughly impressive performances.
Charlie for his persistence, skill and determination throughout the afternoon and Jack for his solid performance in the first game. Well played boys.
In a highly entertaining afternoon, Moyles Court U11 played two fixtures against two very competitive teams from BCS. In the first fixture Moyles competed superbly, with another stunning performance from Ben and Tommy in defence. Lincoln provided some sublime skill and pin-point passing and despite losing this opening game, Moyles created a number of very good chances, particularly in the second half.
In the second fixture Moyles Court pushed their hosts all the way. Sam came close to opening the scoring with a booming free kick, Charlie saw his good effort saved by the keeper and Lincoln came agonisingly close to finishing off a great Moyles passing move. It was another great performance from this smashing group of boys.
Men-of-the-Match: Lincoln for his super skills and effort in the first game and Sam for his drive and commitment in the second. Well played boys.
What a Fantastic result!
The Moyles Court Under 9s produced a brilliant display football today. After a productive training session focused on passing the ball and finding space, our boys put into practise everything that they had trained on.
Lovely flowing moves, produced two early, well taken goals by Caleb and Monty. James and Ellis were terrific as a defensive partnership and limited the Ballard team to very few chances through out the game.
Bradley was strong combative and terrier like in midfield and didn’t give the opposition any time to settle on the ball.
Having won possession deep in our own half Bradley then turned defensive duties into attack. Spreading the ball out to Harry on the wing, he continued his run into the box, converting the cross into a third for Moyles Court. 3-1 Half Time.
Following the break, Ballard started well, with Moyles Court losing their shape and quickly reduced the deficit to 3-2. Having regained their composure our Under 9s settled back into moving the ball and re-established their authority with further goals from Bradley and another well taken fifth from Caleb.
Final Score 5-2
Man of the Match: Bradley Divall
Moyles Court started off extremely brightly and were very quick to gain and maintain control of the ball in midfield. Louis put in an outstanding performance, which was easily his best of the season. The team were very quick to make tackles and countered Ballard with lightning fast pace in numerous areas of the pitch. Amia opened the scoring with an excellent finish into the bottom corner of the goal. Moyles Court built on this early lead and were able to capitalise on this by scoring a further 4 goals before the stroke of half-time, to lead 5-0 into the break. Harrison Hughes provided two goals, including one from an excellently taken penalty which almost took the net off. Joaquin and Rohan contributed to the score line, with the latter finishing superbly with a thunderbolt into the top corner of the net.
Moyles Court were understandably jubilant during the half-time team talk, but understood that they had to see out the game professionally. They continued the second half in the same way as the first and quickly gained possession of the ball. Amia rounded off an awesome display with two second half goals to complete her hat-trick – an outstanding achievement and well deserved. Joaquin picked up his second of the game with a finely taken goal after some superb play by Harrison in midfield. Harrison himself had his would-be third goal unluckily disallowed following a corner kick, as a foul was called in the box – much to Harrison’s annoyance as it denied him a much-deserved hat-trick. Monty, Brendan, Joe and Leo were rock solid at the back, aided by another calm and assured display by our goalkeeper, Tom. Monty in particular showed excellent pace and determination to snuff out any opportunities for a Ballad counter attack. Overall, this will go down as one of the greatest ever Moyles Court performances and every single player today fought well for their team and for their school.
Final score: Ballard 0 – 8 Moyles Court (Amia 3, Harrison 2, Joaquin 2, Rohan 1)
Man of the Match:
Hard to choose just one after such a thrilling team performance…but it surely has to go to
Amia for her brilliant hat-trick today. Louis and Harrison were instrumental in midfield and
covered every single blade of grass on the field, inspiring their team mates in the process.
All three deserve plaudits. Well done, Moyles Court!
Fresh from their two previous victories, Moyles Court went into this fixture full of confidence and made a very promising start in front of a big home crowd. However, they paid the price for giving the skilful opposition time and space and very quickly found themselves two goals down. They impressively fought back, with Charlie and Fin linking well to create a good chance and the hosts finally started to put the visitors under pressure. Tommy and Ben were working extremely hard to contain the attacking threat of FSM but, unfortunately, Moyles conceded two more goals before the end of a frantic first half.
With some slight re-shuffling at half time, Moyles started the second half superbly and immediately started to create a number of good chances. Sam hit a post and minutes later, following a fine flowing move, Charlie came even closer to scoring and getting the hosts back in the game. The pressure was relentless, but somehow the ball just would not go in the net. Sam had another long distance shot hit the bar and Fin forced another great save from the visitor’s keeper. It was clearly not going to be their day, but their second half performance was superb, leaving their manager extremely proud of their effort and resilience. The final word went to one of the visiting supporters, who praised the quality and commitment from both teams. “That was better than watching England”, he said and I’d think all there would agree. Well played boys.
Ben and Tommy for some outstanding defending and their phenomenal effort for the team.
The final game of the season was played in extremely hot conditions and against a considerably older side, but the U11s finished their season in commendable style. FSM batted first and lost two early wickets. The first was a fine catch behind the stumps by Tommy, off the bowling of Jack and the second a wonderful catch by Ben off the bowling of Lincoln. FSM then started to score more freely and despite some tight bowling by Sam and Harrison they were able to post a good score.
The Moyles Court chase was a steady one, with all of the batsman coping well with the older bowlers. As wickets started to fall, Harrison dug in and was well supported by Sam who scored a couple of lovely boundaries to keep the opposition on their toes. In the end, Moyles Court fell short of the required total, but can be very proud of the way in which they played in such conditions. For Jack, Adam and Lewis, it was their last game for Moyles Court and on behalf of everyone, I would like to thank them for the contribution they have made to the cricket team over the last few years. Well played boys.
Sam for his impressive batting and bowling and to Jack for his wonderful captaincy in his last game for Moyles Court.
This was another fabulous game of cricket and a genuine team effort from the ever spirited U11 squad. Leehurst Swan were put into bat and made a very strong start, with their openers rapidly accumulating runs. Just when they looked on course for a huge total, debutant Lincoln turned the game around with a wonderful piece of bowling and fielding to run out one of their opening batsmen. Jack then removed the other opener soon after and Leehurst’s run rate quickly diminished. Some further excellent bowling from Ben, Harrison and Sam, backed up with some brilliant fielding from Rohan and Lewis, kept the visitors under pressure. The icing on the cake was then applied by Lincoln, who claimed his second run out of the game, with a direct hit from cover point. A fabulous effort from all of the team that limited Leehurst to just 69 runs.
However, Moyles had a difficult start to their innings, losing both openers to some impressive bowling from Leehurst. Harrison and Rohan rebuilt the innings with great patience and skill, with Rohan scoring particularly freely. However, when these two fell in quick succession, Moyles struggled to keep up with the required run rate and finished 20 runs short of the Lee Hurst total. It was a super team effort, well played boys.
Rohan for his wonderful batting and fielding and Lincoln for his two runs outs and great bowling in his first game for the U11’s.
It was a day made for cricket. The sun was shining and the Moyles Court grounds were looking at their absolute finest. In their second match of the season, Moyles Court were up against a strong Leehurst Swan side. Batting first, the hosts made a very impressive start with Jack and Sam putting on 30 for the first wicket. Freddie kept the scoreboard ticking over and was joined late on by Rohan, but some very tight bowling from the visitors limited Moyles to a total of 50 runs from their 15 overs.
Leehurst Swan made an aggressive start and looked to be cruising to victory. However, two quick wickets for Sam and one for Jack did give the hosts some hope, but ultimately, it was not enough and the visitors reached their victory target in the tenth over. A mention must go to Harrison for his excellent bowling and also to Anthony, Lewis, Abdul, Adam and Sam for showing great willingness to bowl for the first time in a competitive match. Well played boys.
Man-of-the-Match: Sam MS for his excellent bowling today and Harrison for opening the bowling for the first time and doing a superb job for his team.
The opening game of the U11 cricket season was played in typically overcast and chilly conditions, but it turned out to be a highly entertaining and exciting encounter. The Park School batted first and got off to a good start. Sam and Jack bowled with accuracy, but could not prevent their opening batsmen from reaching 20 before retiring. Harrison and Tommy kept up the good bowling, but it was Freddie who took the first wicket of the game with a beautiful delivery. Park went on to reach 93 from their 12 overs; a challenging target for the visitors.
Moyles Court made a good start with Freddie and Jack opening the batting. Jack played some lovely shots to push the scoring on and when he was joined by Sam the visitors were looking capable of reaching their target. However, following the wicket of Jack, Moyles Court’s run rate started to dwindle and they finished their 12 overs on a very creditable 72, just 21 runs behind.
Man-of-the-Match: Freddie for taking the first wicket of the season and bowling with great accuracy and Jack for hitting the first boundary of the season. Well played boys.
In their first game, Moyles Court U9’s started strongly, with some good batting from Finley and Charlie. Evan continued with some excellent shots, but some questionable calling led to three quick run-outs, which proved costly at the conclusion of the game.
In the second innings Moyles Court bowled well. Lincoln showed great improvement, as did several other players in the team, and Park struggled to score runs. Unfortunately a few dropped catches proved costly, and with the ‘Pairs Cricket’ scoring system in place, where each wicket costs the batting team 5 runs, the earlier run-outs meant that despite dominating with bat and ball, Moyles Court narrowly lost a closely fought game by a few runs.
Mr Hosking was extremely pleased with the boy’s attitude and approach to what for many, was their first competitive game of cricket. They displayed great application and the improvement with their bowling and fielding should prove promising for future games.