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Banbury United (MJPL) U14's
Kettering Town U14's
Sat 27 Oct 10:30 - Friendly Full time

Banbury United (MJPL) U14’s v Kettering Town Elite U14’s

MJPL U14's

Banbury United (MJPL) U14’s v Kettering Town Elite U14’s

Saturday 27th October 2018

On a dry but cold, late October morning, with the superb Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium pitch looking immaculate as always, Banbury United (MJPL) U14’s welcomed Kettering Town Elite U14’s for what proved to be a competitive, exciting, and enjoyable game.

First half

Kettering Town’s youngsters settled into the game better than the home side and moved the ball from back to front quickly resulting in the early play being mostly in the Banbury United half.

United’s defending was good with a lot of passes down the away teams left being intercepted smartly by Jenson Locke and Elijah Pinkney. When Kettering Town were able to get balls played into United’s box keeper Luke Slater and centre back’s James Keane and Elijah were able to deal with them comfortably whilst attacks down the right were being stopped by good 1 v 1 defending from Triston Marriott.

Banbury United struggled to get any possession in midfield where Luke Fuller, Sam Jackson, and Harry Treml always appeared to be outnumbered, but when they did they moved the ball well picking out George Mullis and Tyler Berwick in wide areas.

The pressure from the away side earned them a couple of corners and free kicks, and they finally they got the breakthrough they deserved when although Triston made a great tackle inside the area his clearance was blocked and fell invitingly to the Kettering Town player who gave Luke no chance.

The United youngsters responded well to going behind and good work on their left allowed George to get behind the opposition defence but unfortunately he couldn’t get his shot away and soon afterwards a good shot from Tyler came back off the post with the keeper beaten.

Half Time: Banbury United (MJPL) U14’s 0 v 1 Kettering Town Elite U14’s

Second half

The first 15 minutes of the second half was United’s best period of the game where their “pass and move” football gave them more possession and allowed a number of promising attacks.

Banbury’s midfielders, Harry, Luke, and Sam, were now retaining and moving the ball well, making good decisions on when to pass and when to drive forward with the ball, and Kettering’s defence were being tested but they proved strong enough to halt Banbury’s progress to keep the home side away from their goal.
Some good, quick passing between Barney Timms, Harry and Luke led to a number of opportunities for the home side to attack down the Kettering Town right hand side but again the defenders were able to stop progress into the away teams penalty area.

The best chance for the home team in this period came when good movement from James Hermon left him with a 1 on 1 with the Kettering keeper but the keeper pulled off an excellent save to smother the United striker’s shot.

With the game now stretched Kettering Town had a number of attacks all of which were well dealt with by good Banbury United defending and some very good saves from the home sides keeper Luke Slater.

Eventually the pressure paid off and Kettering Town scored their second when United were unable to clear the ball and it was driven past the keeper from inside the area.

Once again, showing really positive character and attitude, Banbury United reacted well to the second goal and were able to get the goal that their performance deserved when Tyler moved the ball out of his feet and got his shot away quickly to score from the edge of the Kettering town penalty area.

Final Score: Banbury United (MJPL) U14’s 1 v 2 Kettering Town Elite U14’s

For United’s youngsters this was always going to be a tough test against a strong, well organised Kettering Town Elite team but the coaches will be pleased with the whole squads attitude, work rate, and, in particular, the way that they were able to get over their early nerves and start to apply what they have been working on over the couple of months that they have been together, progress is definitely being made!

From a wider perspective it was great to see club officials, coaches, and other young United players, giving their support and in particular everyone involved with the MJPL U14’s would like to say a big thank you to U9/U11 coach Craig Wearing for stepping in at really short notice and doing an excellent job of refereeing the game.

Squad: Luke Slater, Jenson Locke, Triston Marriott, Elijah Pinkney, James Keane, Sam Jackson, Harry Treml, Luke Fuller, Tyler Berwick, James Hermon, George Mullis, Barney Timms

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Team selection

Slater, Luke Slater, Luke
Locke, Jenson Locke, Jenson
Marriott, Triston Marriott, Triston
Berwick, Tyler Berwick, Tyler
Pinkney, Elijah Pinkney, Elijah
Keane, James Keane, James
Jackson, Sam Jackson, Sam
Treml, Harry Treml, Harry
Mullis, George Mullis, George
Fuller, Luke Fuller, Luke
Hermon, James Hermon, James

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