England strikes and Brixington United youngsters turn game on its head.
PUBLISHED: 10:21 08 September 2011
Brixington United under-13’s first game of the new season was a potentially difficult fixture against West Hill at Tipton St John.
United had lost both games against Wasps last season and had also had a disastrous pre-season losing both their warm ups heavily. One of which was a 7-1 thrashing by Wasps!
With a strong team talk from coaches Ian Horne and Julian Young ringing in the boy’s ears, and some harsh words about their previous performances, the young United side got the new football season under way.
United were immediately put under pressure. An early Wasps corner resulted in a badly directed defensive header and wasps were one up, courtesy of an own goal. Things went from bad to worse, and, within 15 minutes, a breakaway goal doubled the Wasps advantage.
It would have been understandably if heads had begun to drop, but the united boys dug deep and began to carve out a few openings for themselves.
Liam Gallagher and captain Jack England began to make some inroads down the left hand side and a great cross resulted in a Wasps defender slicing into his own net.
United began to battle and close down their opponents and Wasps began to lose their shape. England found himself in space 25-yards from goal and cracked a wonderful shot into the top corner to send the sides into the break all square at 2-2.
United kept up the pressure in the second half and West Hill started to become ragged at the back. Livewire Luke Bailey picked up the ball after the wasps defence had been dispossessed and rifled another-25 yard screamer to put United into a 3-2 lead.
By now Luke Young and Jack Parsons were causing havoc down the right and it wasn’t long before united were 4-2 up thanks to a sweet finish from Luke Young.
Wasps then broke away again and pulled one back for 4-3. United then hit the bar and the post but could not finish the hosts off and had to rely and their back four to keep West Hill out for the final ten minutes of a pulsating contest.
The boys biggest challenge now will be to perform like this all season!