Sun 7th Oct 2018
Herts Under 18 Challenge Cup
Stevenage Bourough Juniors 3-1 TAFC U17 Youth Team Red

TAFC goals: Dylan Whitehead
Match Report:

Stevenage Borough Youth 3 - Tring Athletic Reds 1
Scorer: Dylan Whitehead

In Stevenage Youth, we came up against a capable, physical team who managed the game well and clinically took their chances.
We matched Stevenage in every area and were unlucky to be caught out by a single through ball mid-way through the first half, until that point Tring were very much on top - with their keeper pulling off 2 excellent saves in the first 10 minutes.

At half time, it was just 1-0, with all to play for.

Stevenage scored from another long ball part way through the 2nd half, with a third only a few minutes later.
We fought on, rewarded with a goal from Dylan W with 10 minutes to go.
We continued to force the play, creating a great many more chances from Alex, Michael, Dylan and Charlie, all missing narrowly or saved well by their keeper (who had played well throughout).

Final Score 3 - 1 to Stevenage.

With 5 boys unavailable today (and Alfie leaving at half-time), it was great to use the whole squad today.
This possibly tested the fitness of some of our boys but it was pleasing to see everyone getting an extended run-out.
Learning to play at this level doesn't happen overnight but Michael and Max both stepped up today - they were excellent.
Welcome to Charlie McLeod, who made his debut in goals, and thanks to Tom A and Harrison for filling in in a couple of different positions to cover for some of our absences.

Charlie McLeod (GK), Max Steel, Alfie Sharrocks, Charlie Thomson, Connor Fitzgerald
Tom Ainsworth , Harrison Cornick, Dylan Whitehead, Dylan McAuley, Michael Reeve
Alex Holmes. Subs, Jake Saunders, Tom Selwyn

****** Some Admin ******
We move into our own 'International Break' now.
Due to the league schedule and Bucks School Half-term, we have a break from league games for a couple of weeks.
(hopefully this is very welcome - given the boys have been training / playing solidly since late July)

The schedule for October is as follows:
Wed 10/10: Training from 6pm (Need lights - to be confirmed)
Sat 13/10: NO TRAINING
Sat 20/10: Training as usual
Sun 21/10: Currently NO LEAGUE MATCH (I have asked the league if we can have a game - to be confirmed)
Sat 27/10: Training as usual
Sun 28/10: League Match Away to Chalfont Wasps (details to follow)

8th October, 2018

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