Following last week’s disappointing performance it was important that we bounced back in style on Saturday. We purposely arranged a game against the best team in the league over the last 18 months in Blackburn Eagles Red as we play better when we know the opposition will be a tough proposition. The Eagles have only lost one league game since they joined the league in September 2018 and that was when we beat them in October.
We decided to play three fifteen minute thirds. We came out of the traps really quickly and scored a couple of really good team goals through Dom and then Louie. Eagles were always a threat though as they have some good players but our defence coped well with this in the first third.
The start of the second period wasn’t great as we started to look a bit shaky at the back as Eagles pulled a goal back. They could have scored another couple but luckily Will (who had taken over from Charlie E in goal) made a couple of good stops. Once we had settled down we soon began to exert our authority on the game and Louie bagged a quick fire three goals to add to his individual tally.
Another shaky start at the start of the final period saw us concede quick goals but the boys didn’t let this affect them as we hit back in style with more goals for Dom and Louie and an own goal which in the end sealed a comfortable win despite a late reply from the Eagles.
A great win in the end with Louie hitting a great 5 goals and Dom a hat trick. Henry took the Parents’ Player of the Day, Louie took my Player of the day and no one got the Top banana award because to be honest I wouldn’t have given that to my worst enemy. The boys have been magnificent this season and all year to be honest. The progress in the boys is amazing and the lads that have joined us in 2019 have fitted perfectly. See you all in 2020!
They say all good things must come to an end, and they certainly did on Saturday. The Tigers have been nothing short of exceptional all season so we went into the final cup group in good spirits. We knew it would be our toughest game against Blackburn Eagles Blue and it certainly proved to be the case.
It was a close first half with not a great deal of goalmouth action but a lovely goal by Andrew steadied the nerves and gave us a lead going into half time. In the second half we scored another lovely goal through Joel but almost immediately gave away a soft penalty. The Eagles' player made no mistake and buried past Charlie E. The Eagles were now rampant and were firing in shots at Charlie left, right and centre and were forcing a number of corners. Charlie E in goal was having his best game for us. The Eagles also hit the wood work at one point and eventually their pressure told as they added further goals to seal the win.
In summary, we came up against a good, very well organised team who thoroughly deserved their win. We weren’t quite at it and the passing wasn’t as crisp and things didn’t just drop for us. The boys have been a fantastic group to coach all season and as someone once told me, you win or you learn! :)
The U8 Tigers are on something of a roll right now, heading into the game against Rosegrove Sharks on Sunday confidence was high. We were missing Henry on Saturday but the boys stepped up to deliver another quality performance.
To be fair to the Sharks they are a good side and pass the ball about lovely but the defence of twins Charlie and Will stood firm and didn’t really allow Rosegrove to get a sight of goal. The boys eventually took the lead with a fine goal from Louie. This seemed to settle the Tigers down and we now started to play some fine football and got back to the excellent passing football that has served us so well . We were now in control of the game and added more goals from Charlie F, Will and Andrew
The second half saw the Tigers put in a much more dominant display, the passing was better but we still weren’t pressing like we can do. Having said that though we still managed to find a few more goals. Louie, Will, Dom and Joel all managed to score and Rosegrove themselves got a goal following a defensive mix up. I think we also hit the post/bar 5 or 6 times this half and also missed some sitters as well. However the sheer number of chances that we calved out against a fellow Top Division side was fantastic.
So, 58 goals scored and 8 conceded in the cup. Next week will be our final group game in the cup versus Blackburn Eagles Blue and this will be our toughest game
This week saw the Tigers take on a Great Harwood side who, like us, had a 100% record in the cup to date. We were dealt an early blow with the news that Louie would be missing the game due to illness. Get well soon! However, right now, the Tigers have such a strong squad that if anyone is missing we know all the other lads will step up.
The first few minutes of the game were quite an even affair and we did take a bit of time to get into our stride. We managed to win a corner which was floated in by Andrew and Charlie F planted a header into the corner. Charlie was making a rare start up front and before long he had doubled our lead with a smart finish. By this point we were attacking at will and it was only a matter of time before we added to the score. Further goals followed by Dom, Andrew and Will, who joined his brother on the scoresheet. By now Great Harwood had added the extra player courtesy of the Power Play and were probably relieved to hear the half time whistle.
At half time, Henry asked if he could go in goal so regular keeper Charlie E got another run outfield.
The Tigers carried on where they left off and soon got another couple of goals from Will and Joel. Credit to Great Harwoood though and they did offer more of a threat in this half as it looked like their extra man was having an effect. They got a couple of goals themselves but further goals were added by Charlie E, Dom and Will. Dom absolutely rifled a couple into the top corner that no U8 goalkeeper would have kept out and one of Charlie E’s efforts, in his hat trick, was an outrageous ‘scoop shot’ over the keeper after he had taken it past a couple of players to leave him one on one. In the end it was a huge win for the Tigers to stretch the winning run to ten games.
Another brilliant performance and a win that will guarantee the Tigers a quarter final spot with two games left to play. The Tigers first three cup games have yielded an incredible 49 goals with every single player getting on the scoresheet. Bring on next week!!!!
The Tigers played their second cup game in ADJFL yesterday with the group starting to take shape. Following last week’s record win, the Tigers went into the game against Brierfield Celtic in good shape with just Joel missing from the squad.
The first half began as last week’s game finished with the Tigers rattling in the goals. Charlie E in goal had little to do other than field a few through balls. Before long the boys had a commanding lead which they never looked like surrendering. First half goals by Charlie F (2), Will, Andrew, Louie (2) and Dom (2). Henry, although not getting on the scoresheet, put in a commanding performance and didn't give the Brierfield boys a sniff.
Half- time and Coach Eddisford rang the changes, Henry took over from regular goalkeeper Charlie E to give Charlie a rare run out. Despite the changes the goals continued to flow with further goals from Will F (2), Charlie E with his first of the season, Charlie F, Dom (2), Louie and Andrew. The fact that Brierfield didn’t manage a single shot all game speaks volumes for how well the Tigers played. However, the Brierfield team, coaches and parents can hold their heads up high as their team, kept going, never gave up and that attitude will hold the team in good stead for the coming seasons.
In summary, a great performance from the Tigers, a winning record margin and their 10th ADJFL victory in a row, also a new record. Next up are Great Harwood Rovers which will be a tougher test but if the Tigers carry on playing like this then most teams will struggle to live with them.
This week marked the first round of cup games for our U8 teams in the Accrington & District Junior Football League. All teams held a minutes silence in memory of our fallen heroes and the behaviour of all the players was impeccable, well done!
Our U8 Tigers, who have been on an impressive winning streak recently, once again performed brilliantly in their game against Wilpshire Blue. They amassed their record number of goals as they swept aside their opponents with ease. This was particularly impressive given that Wilpshire also play alongside them in the top division of the league.
The Pumas, playing their first official ADJFL match, also recorded a comfortable victory against Rosegrove Tornadoes. After a comfortable first half, credit has to go to Rosegrove who worked really hard. Feedback from this new team has been excellent and we’re pleased they’re enjoying their RVJFC experience.
The Sabres took on Blackburn Eagles Black and also ran out comfortable winners with a very assured performance. It’s great to see the boys developing week in week out. The Sabres were another of our teams to record their highest number of goals since they came together in the Summer.
Our other two teams, the Wasps and the Lions, faced off against each other in a very competitive derby match. Both teams put in very good performances with the Wasps eventually seeing off the Lions in a close game. The Wasps and Lions train together and it’s great to see them all getting on so well.
Our U8 section is particularly strong at the moment with over 40 boys involved. We have moved from two teams last season to 5 teams now. We train Friday evenings at Marl Pits in the winter and play matches on Saturday mornings. If you are interested in getting your son or daughter involved and they are currently in year 3 at school please get in touch
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