Tough weekend for all the Blair teams here are write ups from the U11 teams:
A busy weekend of football for the Lightning players who had the pleasure of being mascots for the first team game on Saturday before game 6 of the mini season saw them travel away to Vinters Park, whose season so far has been dogged by injury. Vinters managed to get a side together on what was forecast to be a wet morning but turned out to be perfect footballing conditions.
Blair welcomed back to the side Callum Spittle after his lay off recovering from an operation for his first league start of the season. Ronnie Horner failed a late fitness test and sat this one out.
A sluggish warm up was carried into the start of the game for the away side who struggled to get going. Vinters pounced on that with a long ball forward taking the lead after just 6 minutes which gave Blair the shot in the arm they needed.
The remainder of the half saw numerous good chances where Blair pressed for an equaliser and a number of players going close but found the Vinters goalkeeper in excellent form.
In the odd chance for the Greens after a long hopeful ball forward, Liam Sherriff did superbly to prevent Blair going further behind but suffered a shoulder injury in the process. He Valiantly played on and continued to be a tough nut for the home side to crack.
Vinters recent struggles have given them a resilience and lessons in game management in recent weeks and that was clear to see in the second half.
With Vinters playing 5 at the back at times and filling the midfield, Blair went three up top and continued to try to break the stubborn home side down.
With 42 minutes gone a ball into the box wreaked havoc and there to pounce was Harrison “Posh” Liddle who managed to bundle the ball home for the equaliser.
A second injury, this time for Timi saw him struggle off with a problem with his back.
Blair pressed forward for a winner pinning the home side in. With 10 minutes to play, a long boot from the goalie and some indecision from Blair saw a hopeful shot from the home side creep in the corner.
In the process of diving for the ball, The Sherriff did further damage and had to submit to his injured shoulder leaving Blair a man short but that didn’t stop them pushing for an equaliser.
Josh Carter showed his Captains attitude and went between the sticks, looking like a seasoned professional playing out from the back.
Unfortunately on the day, the result eluded Blair so after a magnificent start to the season, the 100% record has gone.
However, on a positive note, due to other results and fixtures remaining, this fantastic group of lads has secured there first mini league title of the season. Congratulations to all the players for their efforts.
Thunder stumbled to their first defeat of the season despite a brave, battling performance away at Staplehurst Monarchs.
In the first half, Blair just couldn’t get going as Staplehurst built a 2-0 lead. Passes went astray and the boys could not get the ball to stick, with Archie Rutherford’s long-range effort the only real shot of note.
But it was a different story in the second half as Blair came out fighting. Charlie Firth started the comeback, slotting home a loose ball after a corner from the right. Blair were soon on level terms courtesy of a sublime direct free kick from Fin Langthorne, which sailed over everyone and tucked in under the bar.
At that stage the game could have gone either way, with Joseph Watling exerting his authority with a series of crunching challenges all over the pitch and Franki Hillier and Fin shoring things up at the back. Zach Tydeman combined well with the hard-working Freddie Bullivant but they just couldn’t conjure up a third. At the other end, Harry Lawrence was his usual brilliant self, pulling off an astonishing triple save to keep the Monarchs out.
Staplehurst scored twice in the dying minutes to put the game beyond reach but the boys deserve a lot of credit for the way they worked hard for each other against a very strong team.
Once again thanks to Ben & Richard for great write ups, keep them coming appreciate all the input. #uptheBlair #foundationsareforever