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4th November sees the Minis tournaments kick off

By Mark Hopper

Blair 10s NKYL team still on fire!

4th of November weekend saw under 10s NKYL team keep up their unbeaten record and all the Invicta Primary League teams start their autumn tournaments which mean we can post some scores. Here are some of the teams games, highs and lows enjoy!

North Kent League U10's saw them play a home fixture Vs Northfleet Eagles White.
The coaching team for Blair had no Bradley Norgate, Kieran Robertson or Thomas Planson available to choose from for this fixture so Had just the 7 players with the team picking itself.
Blair started the game slow & was under pressure for the 1st 10 minutes of the game with Jack Trice having to make a wonderful double save to keep the ball out of the net.
After that Blair settled & got a few chances of their own but it was from a smart bit of play from Ethan Williams & Liam Stephenson playing a corner short then one two passing between each other that helped Liam find the net with a neat finish.
2nd half Blair seemed settled into the game & battled well over all the pitch with no subs to turn to the boys all dug in & worked hard, Tayo Olagbemi managed to get on the scoresheet as well in what was only his 2nd league game for his new side.
Managers Man of match went to Liam Stephenson which was a good all round CM performance & Coaches man of the match went to Alfie Page who not only played a solid defensive performance to keep northfleets strikers shots to minimum but he distributed the ball very well from the back.

Under 11s Thunder


At half-time in this contest, only a very brave or a very reckless punter would have put their money on Thunder coming home with all three points.
2-1 down and barely able to string two passes together, the boys looked low on confidence, scared of the ball and generally heading toward a demoralising defeat. The only high point of the first half was a well-worked goal from Dexter Davis, who ended a length-of-the-field move with a neat finish.
It wasn’t that Kings Hill looked that much better than Blair, it was simply that the boys had none of their usual fluency and there were lots of individual errors.
Only coach Liam and the boys know what was said at half-time but whatever it was it had the desired effect as Thunder looked like a completely different team in the second half.
Archie Rutherford set the early tone, opting for a ‘shoot on sight’ policy which saw his positivity rub off on others. Zach Tydeman, who worked his socks off all game and was denied what looked like a nailed on penalty when he was clattered by the opposing goalkeeper, was rewarded for his persistence when he nicked an equaliser early in the second half.
Blair were hitting their stride now, thanks to Joseph Watling’s usual guided missile-like controlled aggression in the middle, some fantastic defending from Max Barwick, Ben Phillips and Fin Langthorne and some neat work on the wings from Oscar Colyer and Freddie Bullimore. Fred’s persistence paid off when he scored Thunder’s third with a tidy finish and Zach made sure of the points with his second goal late on.
The result proved the value of hard work as the boys took the game to Kings Hill with energy and enthusiasm in the second half. They’ll need to reproduce that next week when Maidstone United Rangers are the visitors to Brompton.

Under 11s Lightning


The Lightning boys started their campaign for the cup at Home to Kings Hill who have had a solid start to the season. Sean Okoronkwo was making his debut.
Lining up in an unfamiliar formation Lightning showed their intent creating the first clear cut chance after some great build up play from Josh Carter and Liam Hughes, James Barnes-Farnham went racing through one on one with the keeper. His slide rule effort was well saved and chances after that were few and far between as Blair continued to try and play through the thirds and were met by a stubborn defence who were content with clearing the ball away from danger.
A scramble in the Blair penalty area lead to the away sides first chance which was blasted narrowly wide into the side netting after a loose ball bounced off of the keeper. A warning for the home side.
It was a warning that came shuddering back as in similar circumstances and a goal mouth scramble saw the away side take the lead shortly before half time.
The second half again saw Blair trying to play and build possession. The away sides long ball tactics presented them with another chance which lead to a late lunging tackle which was slightly mistimed handing a chance to double the lead to Kings Hill from the penalty spot.
The penalty was struck solidly in the bottom corner and it left Blair with a mountain to climb.
Blair continued to try and play football and build chances and after some superb build up play and and inviting cross, top scorer for the season so far Lewis Inkpen scored the goal of the game with an acrobatic volley which sparked a big push for the last ten minutes.
Another long ball forward sent into the Blair box saw a 50/50 challenge for the ball which Liam Sherriff bravely rushed out to claiming the ball but sadly in the process saw him injured with a sprain to his hand after the impact. Unable to continue James Barnes-Farnham went between the sticks for the last few minutes.
Blair pressed hard for an equaliser but were unable to create any clear cut openings away from set pieces and the game ended in a narrow defeat.
The competition continues next week Away to Woodcombe.

Once again fantastic reports from Terry, Richard & Ben, you can sense their passion for football just reading their write ups, look forward to next weekend’s fixtures.
#UptheBlair #foundationsareforever

Updated 07:58 - 4 Jun 2019 by Mark Hopper

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