During September, the boys returned to training following their break with a number of friendlies against teams from the Under 11 league. This was in preparation for the Crowborough League in which the team are playing a year group above their age. With news rules including offside and the increase in playing number to 9 a side, the team had a lot to prepare for and think about. It was pleasing to see that they picked up the 2018-9 season in the same way they ended the season before. At the conclusion of the pre season period the boys had played four games winning each. We now look forward to the start of the CDL season which opens on the 15th September against Langton Green.
September brought about two games in the CDL league and only one fixture in the SSYL. The team coped well with the change to 9 a side dominating their older opponents in the first match and outscoring them by 11 goals to nil. The second game proved to be a frustrating affair and despite dominating possession the boys fialed to creat many clear cut chances. Having got themselves ahead with ten minutes to go the boys conceded an injury time penalty. The game ended in a draw with the team left regretting missed chances. In the SSYL the first game was very comfortable for the boys and meant an underbeaten end to September.
October brought more games in both the CDL and the SSYL. Many of which were played away from home. The boys played three games in the CDL league winning two and drawing the third. The boys scored 22 goals across the three games only conceding one. The team have grown in confidence in this new format of the game which is pleasing to see especially when considering they are competing in the Under 11 league. At October half term the leagues were redistributed which should provide an even greater challenge in November.
Within the SSYL more cancellations resulting in only two games being played, both of which resulted in victories. The 7 a side format is working well in giving all boys more playing time and allowing players the opportunity to rotate and change positions. A key part of the development process.
The most pleasing part of the journey this year to date is the positive comments the team have re