U14 Boys lose to well organised Oxford
Half term holidays take their toll
The U14 boys lost an end to end game against Oxford Hawks, with the final score of 6-1 not reflecting how close the game could have been. Man of the match again was Freddie in goal keeping Maidenhead in touch through excellent save and clearances through out the game.
Maidenhead began slowly, many recovering from late returns from holiday the night before, and this showed as Oxford quickly went 2-0 up with quick passing and strong dribbling skills into our D. The back 4 of Declan, Zac, Flynn and Cleve (supported by James through the match) gradually started working together and began to contain the attacks letting the midfield of Vyaan, Marc, Luke, Scott and Kyle begin to break. Our lone striker, Hector, showed the energy the rest of the team needed however the Oxford midfield quickly closed off any attempted attacks.
The second quarter Maidenhead showed better energy and speed with the goal coming from a great tackle and clearance from James in defence, creating a free hit in midfield which Hector quickly took forcing the nearby Oxford team to back off 5m, finally allowing enough space for a 30m through ball which Vyaan picked up and 1 on 1 with the Oxford keeper slotted home with great skill.
Second half, although Maidenhead were beginning to link better a few errors from too much individual dribbling and not enough scanning and passing allowed Oxford to make it 6-1 into the final quarter.
The game was now end to end and despite the score the Maidenhead team broke forwards and secured a number of short corners however could not close out any more goals, with Hector particularly unlucky hitting the post and having the Oxford goalie scrabbling across his line.
Although a big defeat the game was played with great spirit on both sides, if only we could start with the final quarter!