Our First Win
By Rik Stewart
A formidable strike force saw BTYFC U7/6’s take victory over Edwalton Cavaliers in the first game and penalty shoot-out.
Edwalton Cavaliers 4 - 6 Bingham Town Youth FC FT
1 - 6
Ewen 3’, 4’, 8’, 9’
Lewis 5’, 10’
The game started with a frantic pace with Ewen making a darting run up the right wing. Ben controlled the goal well with Finn and Oscar supporting the defensive formation. Strong runs from Lucas in the centre of the park, assisted Ewen and Lewis tearing through the Edwalton defence. Dan and Morgan also played significant roles in defence and midfield when they came on from the bench, leaving the visitors 6-1 up at half time.
The second half started with three early goals from Edwalton despite some good man marking from Morgan and Finn. It took a few minutes for Bingham to settle in the second half, before Bingham fully regained control with strong a tackle from Daniel in the 16th minute giving Ben the space he needed to run the ball up field. Oscar made a superb save in the 17th minute to ensure Edwalton’s brief hope with a counter attack was cut short; followed by Lewis making a strong tackle in the Cavaliers’ box, pounced on by Ben who narrowly missed out on a chance for a goal. Seeing Ben a real threat, Edwalton felled him with a hard tackle, leaving him on the deck; but Ben brushed himself down and got straight back into the action. The 19th minute saw Daniel make a surge to goal but unfortunately he was unable to capitalise. Lewis desperate to increase his tally was denied in the dying minutes, before a last ditch counter attack was checked by Oscar, who prevented Edwalton taking a consolation goal.
Edwalton Cavaliers 5 - 1 Bingham Town Youth FC
3 - 0
An early goal for the home side had Bingham on the back foot. Josh made a strong tackle to halt Edwalton’s attack with Robbie going on only to be robbed of a chance on goal in the 4th minute. Following an Edwalton attack, Lincoln produced a superb first save but Edwalton snuck in behind the defence of Arun and Fletcher, with darting runs into the box, to put the Cavaliers 2-0 up. Maisy came off the bench and made a perfectly timed pass to Tom in the box, who was unable to steady himself sufficiently to put the ball in the back of the net. Maisy then continued with driving play with a powerful run through a helpless Edwalton defence. The 7th minute saw Tom denied by the woodwork (inflatable post). A strong save from Lincoln in the 9th minute kept Bingham in the mix and a rocket from Tom was frustratingly close to evening things up, but was stopped by the Edwalton keeper in the 10th minute. Fletcher denied Edwalton a 4th goal in injury time with a brave clearance off the line, which Josh then knocked up the field with a long ball to Robbie. The half finished with a Fletcher clearance keeping the score to 0-3.
Arun made a great block at the start of the second half, followed up by a diving save from Fletcher. An injured Lincoln had to come off briefly to seek medical assistance, following a flair up of an existing injury (a nasty scab on his right knee). The 16th minute saw Josh drive from midfield to take a shot on goal but at full stretch he could not stay on his feet to pick up the rebound. Great footwork from Robbie left him dancing through the Edwalton defence with some nice little touches. A spritely Lincoln shook off his injury to play havoc with the Edwalton midfield and defence, but he could not manufacture the space needed to unleash a shot. Logan was able to make a tight pass to Tom who was then able to put Bingham on the score sheet with a great finish. Well into injury time, and with tiered legs and aching lungs, Bingham conceded two final goals despite Fletcher’s best efforts and making a great first save.
The day concluded with a penalty shoot-out. Robbie and Fletcher both took turns in goal to face the Edwalton strike force. Bingham looked sharp from the penalty spot, with shots peppering the goal and Edwalton’s keepers tested and beaten with an impressive success rate; however, with the scores all level and with only Josh left to take a penalty, what would be the outcome? Suffice to say, a focussed Josh unleashed the full force of his penalty taking to leave Bingham victorious by a single goal.
Bingham once again showed themselves to be hard working, great sportsmen and women and played football which was both a credit to them and to their club.
A great day had by all, and thanks to our hosts who made us very welcome.