The U10s took on Pownall Hall Prep in Wilmslow on Wednesday, in a game that either team could have won. In the end it was the hosts who took victory with a hugely flattering 5-1 scoreline. In the opening ten minutes of the game, Bridgewater played some delightful passing football, carving holes in the Pownall defensive line and exerting pressure with a string of chances. Alfie sent in two long range strikes that the goalkeeper spilled at the feet of Toby and David respectively. Unfortunately, neither could steady themselves to control their shots and instead of being two goals up, Bridgewater fell behind to a bizarre own goal. Under pressure from the opposition striker to put the ball out for a corner, Jaydon turned towards Luca and played the ball back to the unsuspecting keeper and into the back of the net.
To be fair to the team they immediately rallied and poured forward in search of an equaliser. They did not have long to wait as Craig pounced on a poor goal kick, to muscle past the defender and fire into the roof of the net to level the scores at 1-1. The next five minutes proved to be pivotal as Pownall made the most of their chances. Two quick goals put the hosts 3-1 up at the break and stunned Bridgewater who had been very much in the game for the majority of the half.
A quick team talk and the boys were sent back out to try and get back into the game. Unfortunately, another defensive error ended any chances of a comeback early in the second half. Alfie did his best to rally the team, whilst Joshua put in a man of the match performance on the wing against a very good opponent. A brilliant piece of wing work saw Josh deliver an inch perfect cross for Craig, only to see his volley flash past the upright. The game ended with a break away goal for Pownall to rub salt into the Bridgewater wounds. On another day, the result could be so different and the team can certainly take heart from their efforts so far this season and there will be more to come from this team.