Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Goalkeeper injury adds to United’s woes in heavy loss

ROTHERFIELD UNITED U13s, playing their first match of the year, went down to a 10-1 defeat against HIGHMOOR/IBIS U13s.

ROTHERFIELD UNITED U13s, playing their first match of the year, went down to a 10-1 defeat against HIGHMOOR/IBIS U13s.

Despite Highmoor being two places higher in Division 1 of the Berkshire Youth Development League, Rotherfield started brightly, a last ditch tackle needed to prevent Ollie Sayer from giving them an early lead.

Rotherfield continued to apply pressure but Highmoor’s attacking prowess was on show as they netted quick goals to lead 3-0 after half an hour.

Rotherfield pulled a goal back when Charlie Douglas flicked in a Drew Preston corner just before half-time to reduce the deficit. An injury to goalkeeper Thomas Capaldi saw defender Ryhan Carey go in goal to end a chaotic 15 minute spell at the end of the first half.

Preston fired wide in the opening minutes but it wasn’t long before Highmoor increased their advantage, adding seven more goals with some fast attacking play and ruthless finishing despite the best efforts of the Rotherfield defence and stand-in keeper Carey. ROTHERFIELD MUSTANGS U11s went down to a 1-0 Berkshire Youth Development League defeat against ELDON CELTIC LIONS U11s.



Both teams came out looking to continue their good start to the year but it was the Mustangs who were rewarded first with a penalty for handball in the area. However, the strike hit the post and the Mustangs were unable to make good the rebound. The Lions continued to pressure Rotherfield’s defence with more shots being saved by the lightning reactions of man-of-the-match keeper Matthew Rylance until a cross, just before half-time, was thumped home from close range.

After the break Rotherfield remained determined, maintaining much of the possession in the second half, but were unable to make it count despite solid passing and tackling from the team.

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