Match Report
Woodbridge School Boys 1st XI vs  Royal Hospital School
On: Tuesday, 14 Jan 2020
Venue: Away

County Cup U18

Sixteen players made up the team to represent Woodbridge at the U18 County Cup at Culford. With Year 13 and Year 11 mocks very much on their minds, the players made full use of this opportunity to run as much as they can and let off some steam.

First up the team faced RHS. Having just played each other, some changes were on the cards in order to not be predictable and learn another way of playing. The players stuck to their task well and this time round the execution of defensive press was a highlight of the match. Lots of players shone in attack and defence. Barney came into his own in terms of work rate and efforts to link up; William, Henry and Charlie M were creative in midfield, while co-captains Josh and Oli led from the front in every way. Woodbridge at times were reluctant to use their numbers around the back which allowed RHS to press them more than was hoped. Transfer play got better during the course of the day and the players quickly learnt the importance of a good first touch at this level. RHS managed to score twice in the game, despite good defensive efforts. Sometimes good goals must just be applauded. Woodbridge had their chances and half chances but just could not get threating enough attempts away to get through the RHS keeper. A 0-2 loss but not a defeat so to speak as the spirits and motivation levels remained high with the players knowing they played well enough to win or draw.

Next up was the team from Culford. Woodbridge started well and Oli quickly put Woodbridge ahead with a drag flick. Shortly after, good build up play on the left saw Charlie E free on the right post. With the goalkeeper out of position Charlie stayed composed and finished the tap in to go 2-0 ahead. Woodbridge now played with freedom and confidence for the rest of the match, creating but not finishing their chances. Consensus at the end of the event from all players: We want to be more clinical to get reward for good build up play. One win and one loss sees Woodbridge go through to the Regional Round later this month. Well done to Rayan on his debut games. A number of players were in the running for player of the day after good performances: Henry, Josh, Alfie, Hugo, Charlie M and Oli. Well done to Henry who was voted player of the day.