Moyles Court took part in a closely competed 8-a-side fixture versus Buckholme Towers in what proved to be an enjoyable afternoon. Moyles Court started with Alfie in goal, with both Callum and Joe providing a defensive shield in front of him. Henry, Josh and Alex added steel, determination and pace in midfield with Edward up front, supported by Harrison playing an advanced midfield role.
Moyles Court saw a lot of the ball in the early exchanges but struggled to form any coherent attacks in the opening half due to a few misplaced passes and the ball not reaching the more advanced players. Buckholme struck early on with a finely worked goal from their left hand side which found its way into the box and was slotted in by their chief striker. Moyles Court however responded very strongly and were level within seconds. Henry Howe dispossessed the ball off the opposition in midfield and found Alex on the right wing, who in turn provided an excellently driven cross into the box which was expertly dispatched by Edward.
Disaster then struck as Moyles Court conceded a penalty after a clumsy mistimed tackle in the box. However, they were handed a lifeline as Alfie, who is enjoying a fine run of form in the team and is regarded as one of the best shot-stoppers in the school, saved the penalty by diving down low and kept hold of it to prevent the on-rushing Buckholme team from sneaking in a rebound. Moyles were in very high spirits after this and now started to show off some sharp, quicker passing and created several decent chances of their own.
Buckholme were given a boost before half time when a poor goal-kick was intercepted by the Buckholme midfield, who promptly found the net within two passes. Moyles Court were down 2-1 at the break despite being the better team at the end of the half.
In the second half, a tactical change saw Henry play a slightly more advanced role on the right with Josh now driving from the centre of midfield. William now replaced Harrison and Jimmy also made an appearance for Joe, as the team took advantage of their ability to play rolling substitutions. Jimmy gained in confidence as the half progressed and made a number of key interceptions, whilst William carried on his good form and enabled Moyles Court to pass the ball better. Moyles Court created more chances in the second half and found the net with a superb volley from Henry from outside of the box.
Buckholme were reeling from the now cohesive, confident and dangerous Moyles Court attack. Alex had an opportunity and, with his back to goal, spun around in the box and would have found the net if not for some superb goalkeeping from the Buckholme keeper. Moyles Court then hit the
bar after another fine save from the goalkeeper and Josh was now becoming the most dangerous player on the field thanks to his driving runs. He almost capped off a superb second half display with a goal, but was tackled at the very last moment before the trigger was pulled.
All of Moyles Court’s work was seemingly undone in the final quarter of the game when another poor goal kick saw our defence quickly dispossessed and the ball found its way into the net for the third time in the match. Buckholme now led 3-2 despite Moyles Court dominating the match. However, the players kept their hands up and continued to create chances. As the half went on, Moyles Court couldn’t find that clear chance to grab the equaliser as both the goalkeeper and his defence defended well in the closing exchanges. Hearts were in mouths as Buckholme broke quickly from a corner and found themselves one-on-one with Alfie, who dived low to put off the Buckholme attacker and saw the shot dragged well wide.
In the final minute of the game, Buckholme grabbed a controversial goal as the Moyles Court defence were adamant that the ball had gone out of play before being headed in. However, the goal stood and the match finished 4-2 to Buckholme Towers, despite Moyles Court enjoying most of the possession and creating the better chances. Court were positive in defeat and have outlined a number of ways in which they will improve in the next game, notably by becoming more clinical with their chances and by tightening up their defence in order to prevent sloppy goals, as was the case today.
Men-of-the-Match: This goes to both Alfie and Josh. Alfie provided an excellent penalty save and gained in confidence with his shot stopping abilities, whilst Josh grew in stature during the second half and was at the heart of most of Moyles Court’s great play.