U13A v Wisbech Score: 7-0
The team began slowly and gave the ball away too easily. As they started to get their passing game going, they scored from a flowing move that Elliott covered with aplomb. The second then followed by Nathan, involving most of the team. An excellent passing game continued, creating numerous opportunities which allowed Elliott to complete his hat-trick and Arthur to also bag three goals giving us a 7-0 victory.
Team: Danny W, Joel F, Luca P, Elliott H, Arthur C, Isaac B, Nathan M
U13B v Wisbech Score: 5-4
A hesitant start from the U13B allowed Wisbech to score 4 quick goals, before goal-machine Campbell clicked into life, scoring one before half time along with Alfie S who slapped it halfway up the goal. We talked at half time about what we needed to improve in the second half. The boys certainly listened with Alfie and James feeding Ryan who in turn passed to Campbell for his second. Campbell quickly grabbed his hat-trick making the score 4-4, before a fine-flowing move down the right again involving Alfie, James and Ryan led to Campbell scoring the winner and his 4th goal of the game.
Team: Ryan W, Charl M, Alfie S, James C, Campbell T, Daniel G
U13C v Wisbech Score: 4-2
The game started off with high intensity and in the first 10 minutes, LPS@TH went 2-0 up but Wisbech fought back to make it 2-2. After half time, the boys were playing much better and had started to understand how their opponents were playing, observed through the many interceptions made by defenders William and Joseph. Standout performances from Le’Sean, who played as a strong attacking midfielder dominating the game; Elliott scoring 4 goals, and wingers Harry and Austin, who had great energy throughout the game, especially in the second half and pressed on the counterattack well. Charlie as keeper made a number of good saves and kept us in the game before the first half ended.
Team: Charlie B, Joseph G, Austin K, William B, Harry H, Elliott S, Le’Sean S
U13D v Wisbech Score: 4-6
The U13Ds faced a competitive Wisbech side which have been so far undefeated this season. LPS@TH started strongly with lots of possession however fell behind to an early goal against the run of play. LPS@TH then managed to equalise with an early goal from Brady. Despite the continued possession of the ball, Wisbech managed to score 2 goals on the counter attack to have the score 3-1 at halftime. LPS@TH replied with an early goal in the second half, however, frustratingly against the run of play Wisbech added another 2 to make the score 5-2. The boys showed good determination and resilience and managed to pull the score back to 5-4, setting up a tight finish. However, in the final moments, as LPS@TH searched for an equaliser, Wisbech counterattacked well to end the game 6-4. Although there are a number of positives, the defensive transition is an area that needs development. Special mentions to Miles for a strong midfield performance and Brady, Tafadzwa and Hugo for their clinical finishing.
Team: Joel F, Brady M, Tafadzwa S, William N, Myles M, Freddie M, Harry S-C, Hugo G.
U11As v Beeston Score: 5-2
Although this wasn’t the best performance of the season, the boys still dominated large periods of the game and took their chances when they came. Beeston battled hard through the match and it was a number of great saves from Lennon that prevented them from taking the lead.
Luckily, Archie and James M were ruthless in front of goal and some put the game beyond Beeston’s reach.
Team: Lennon T, James A, Oliver B, Bertie C, James M, Riley B, JC M, Archie C
U11B v Beeston Score: 4-0
The U11Bs made it 2 wins from 2, as yet again they overcame Beeston at Taverham. The game started well for LPS@TH as they attacked the Beeston goal early on, with Harry and Arthur both looking dangerous on either wing. Ethan scored the first goal and Harry the second as LP@TH led 2-0 at half time. Coach Mr Tom Ling asked for more position awareness in the second half as our style of hockey and the way we play is more important than trying to score as many goals as possible! The team responded and played much smarter hockey in the second half with Oscar scoring a third goal and Ethan scoring his second and LPS@TH’s fourth. The score line could have been more convincing had it not been for some great saves by the Beeston keeper.
Team: Oliver D (GK), Oscar M, Sebastian L, Toby C, Ethan C, Henry S, Arthur C, Harry S, Sam G.
U11C v Beeston Hall Score 5-1
This was a much closer game than the last time the two teams met, and Beeston raced into a 1-0 lead. The boys battled back and prevented Beeston from extending their lead with some great defending by Shai and Charlie. Sam finished off a flowing move to make the scores 1-1 at half time.
The boys came out with renewed purpose in the second half and made passes into space rather than trying to run with the ball. This stretched the Beeston defence, leading to two breakaway goals from Zain.
Harry played really well in the second half and scored with a fine finish after drawing the ‘keeper out of his goal. Rahin played well on the right wing, and Alex played some excellent passes out from the back. Tashinga also enjoyed the space he was given and played a great ball through for Charlie to score and end the game 5-1. Well done to all involved.
Team: Archie R (GK), Shai M, Sam C, Zain B, Harry T (captain), Rahin S, Charlie D, Alex S, Tashinga M
U9A v Town Close Score: 1-4
LPS@TH started strong and dominated play in the first half, leaving goalkeeper Charles with little to do. The scoring opened when Reuben slapped a ball hard into the D and it took a deflection, catching the Town Close keeper out. Good passing and work rate in the team ensured that balls were being cut out in the midfield. The second half saw Town Close up their game and they started to pass the ball well. This made it increasingly difficult for LPS@TH to intercept the ball and despite excellent defending by Finley, the pressure on goal resulted in Town Close scoring a handful of goals. The last few minutes saw LPS@TH rally and come close to scoring again, but it wasn’t to be.
The team all worked hard and played some excellent hockey, especially as most members of the team are currently in Year 3. Exciting potential for the future!
Team: Reuben B, Charles B, Thomas H, Finely W, Theo C, Brett W, Raffy P.
U9B Vs Town Close Score: 2-0
This was an end-to-end game in which both teams had chances to score. Ralph and Ethan showed strong defending to keep Town Close at bay, leaving goalkeeper Harry with only a few saves to make. Henry showed excellent work rate in the middle and passed the ball well to forward Oliver. It was a ball hit into the D from Sam that found Oliver, who slapped the ball in the goal to take the lead. Town Close responded by counterattacking and often broke through in the D, but were unable to convert their chances. Zain played well down the left and stopped any attack down the side. The second half saw LPS@TH extend their lead when Oliver scored once again. An excellent team display of which the team should be proud.
Team: Harry L, Zain E, Ethan B, Ralph N, Henry D, Sam T, Oliver G
U9C v Town Close Score: 1-0
In the U9Cs’ first fixture of the season they picked up a narrow 1-0 victory over Town Close, in a tight and close encounter. LPS@TH played extremely well in the first half, with Jasper, Matthew, Mani and Archie all making some great passes and creating many opportunities in the first half, with Archie opening the scoring with an excellent low finish into the corner. The Town Close keeper made some excellent saves so LPS@TH were unlucky not have scored more goals by half time. In the second half Town Close improved and LPS@TH relied on some great tackles from Thomas, Alfie and Rayyan to stop them creating too many clear chances on goal, with Ollie making a great 1 on 1 save to preserve LPS@TH’s win.
Team: Ollie W (GK), Rayyan R, Thomas Z-N, Alfie H, Archie S, Jasper J, Matthew E, Mani M, Ted RP.
U9D v Town Close Score: 4-0
The U9Ds were also competing in their first fixture of the season as they took on Town Close away from home. The game started a little flat as both teams looked to find their position in the game, soon after however George opened the scoring for LPS@TH, as we led 1-0 at half time. The second half was a much more assured performance from LPS@TH as Alex, Lewis, Louis, Theo and Adam made some great tackles and started to pass the ball more, this resulted in a second LPS@TH goal fired home by Boris. LPS@TH scored a further two goals with George completing a hat-trick in his first-ever game of hockey. The game finished as Angus S in goal for the first time made a great save to preserve his clean sheet.
Team: Angus S (GK), Adam G, Louis H, Theo D, Alex S, Lewis K, Boris D, George S.