The U11s and U10s returned to West Lancashire earlier this week to take on congenial hosts Scarisbrick Hall School. Both teams had ambitions to emulate the U9s who had returned home with an impressive win and equally impressive performance. The 8-a-side games promised to be closely fought affairs and indeed, both our teams had to work hard to get the results they were hoping for.
The U11’s game kicked off with the hosts having to field an U10s team in the first half, as an English assessment delayed the older boys getting to the fixture. Bridgewater took full advantage of the situation and pressed relentlessly to build a lead that they hoped would sustain them throughout the match. Sure enough, this is what the team set about doing, with Oliver B in fine form out on the wing, Harrison looking lively up front and Paul and Freddie dominating the midfield. When Scarisbrick did break through, George pulled off the first of what was to be many great saves to give Bridgewater the edge.
Bridgewater built up a healthy and deserved 5-0 lead at half time, with goals from Oliver B (2), Freddie (2) and Harrison. Freddie and Owen were assured at the back, whilst Tobias debuted in midfield and worked energetically before switching back to the U10’s team for the second half. Harper made the transfer the other way to shore up the back line, that was to come under constant threat in the second half from the now U11s from Scarisbrick. Bridgewater found it difficult to get out of their half for much of the final stages of the game and were forced to defend throughout. They managed to do this brilliantly and with George in inspired form when the attacks did get through, Bridgewater held on for an impressive 5-1 win.
Meanwhile, the U10s were far too strong for their opponents and were in control from the first whistle to the last. Luca C in goal was rarely troubled in the first half, but when called upon late on he was too agile and brave for the Scarisbrick forwards. Thomas and Harper were solid at the back, whilst Matteo and Craig bossed the middle of the park. Up front, David was a constant threat to the hosts goal, with Jaydon and Toby offering width and creativity from the wings. Toby in particular demonstrated an ability to drive crosses in with pace and power, causing no end of problems for the Scarisbrick defence.
Bridgewater scored at regular intervals throughout the match and ran out comfortable winners in the end. The Scarisbrick goalkeeper kept out as many as he let in and prevented a cricket score being imposed on the team. Bridgewater finished up 11-1 winners with goals from David (5), Craig (4), Matteo and Toby. Both schools can take pride in the sporting manner in which the games were played and Bridgewater can be delighted with the hat trick of wins for the U9s, 10s and U11s. A big thank you to Scarisbrick for their hospitality and we look forward to returning for some cricket later in the summer and the return football fixtures next year.