BB Soccer Academy Tigers v. Lightning
2 - 9
A miserable day, a cold breeze, drizzle and rain, and a sloping pitch also used for Rugby. The result mud – and lots of it. Not ideal for football, especially as this was Lightning’s first big test of the season. The corresponding game, our very first match, was played in bright sunshine, and despite a brilliant fight back ended in defeat (See report). This would be a very different affair. The squad looked good on paper but even the warm up was bitterly cold and I genuinely felt we might struggle in the conditions.
We started playing on the downhill slope, and adopted the same 3-1-2 formation, successful from the previous week.
Lightning started well and Tigers found it difficult to get out of their own half. Tioba and Joseph were playing in unfamiliar wing back positions but showed good presence both in attack and in defence. Passing and dribbling was in plentiful supply and Riley was dominating in midfield. Luke playing at the front for the first time also showed real promise and assisted with a great pass to for Riley’s first goal. The first half was certainly the Riley show, scoring the our second and third for a first half hat trick. Tigers proved resilient and fought back to a respectable 3-2, before Louis from centre back scored another.
Half time 4-2.
A great first half, but now for the challenging uphill leg. James made his goalkeeping comeback. Lightning applied great pressure despite the incline, and a fifth goal followed, as the opposition failed to clear turning the ball in to their own net. Ben returned to the affray and scored within a minute of coming on the pitch, with a deft touch. The drama continued, Vansh working hard suffered a very late challenge and had to retire from the game. Riley came back, and scored an absolute screamer to complete a double brace. Not to be outdone Ben got his second. The boys showed real maturity in their play and possibly the best goal. A short corner from Luke to Louis, a delicious cross and a beautiful volley from Ben completing a team goal, and in doing so making him our second hat trick hero of the day.
In summary, Lightning’s best performance to date, A+ for the boys, and for parents, the most extreme washing exercise this year…mud, mud glorious mud!
Goalscorers: Riley 4, Ben 3, Louis, OG
Player of the match (as voted by the players) Riley