Great Eight For Aylsham U13s In 4Sports Trophy
Match Report 03.03.19
Aylsham FC U13 v Hellesdon FC U13, Hellesdon High School
Aylsham FC U13 travelled to face Hellesdon FC U13 at Hellesdon High School this morning (Sunday 3rd March) in their 4Sports Trophy First Round fixture.
In wet and windy conditions Hellesdon kicked off and immediately Aylsham looked to press high to win the ball with good play between Brad and Mitchy giving Alfie a chance to shoot, forcing a smart save from the home keeper. In the 3rd minute Aylsham took the lead after Freddy’s corner was flicked on by Brad and Tyler was on hand to cleverly let the ball run across him to finish into the roof of the net on the turn.
The visitors were dominating possession but Hellesdon were well organised and defended well under pressure. In the 10th minute Aylsham doubled their advantage after a pass forward from Jude was diverted into the path of Mitchy who checked his run before lifting the ball over the advancing keeper and into the net with his left foot. Aylsham continued on the offensive and went close to adding a third as Alfie curled in an effort from outside the box but was unlucky to see it rebound off the bar and away. Mitchy retrieved the ball to start a slick incisive move involving Jude, Josh and Alfie setting up Brad to side-foot home but the goal was ruled out for offside. In the 23rd minute Alfie burst through following a long throw from Mitchy and forced a brave save from the keeper as Aylsham continued to threaten.
In the 24th minute the visitors did score their third goal following a dangerous corner from Josh that the keeper did well to punch away under pressure, but the ball dropped invitingly for Brad who beat three defenders to it and drilled home from close range. Aylsham made a double substitution in the 27th minute with Jack and Ronnie replacing Mitchy and Brad respectively. Jack was straight into the action latching onto Josh’s through ball but the keeper made a great diving save to keep his curling effort out. Two minutes later Josh tried his luck from distance but another smart save on the bounce kept the score at 3-0 to the visitors with the rebound just evading Tyler in an advanced position.
Aylsham went close again with two minutes of the half remaining as Adam’s throw found Alfie down the right channel. Alfie’s neat turn and dangerous left-footed cross-shot was just too far in front of Freddy as he stretched to reach it and the ball bounced agonisingly past the far post. The visitors finished the half on the attack and a fantastic pass from Jaiden sent Jack away down the left and he beat his man before cutting the ball inside to Josh who squared it to Alfie but his shot went narrowly wide of the far post. The whistle blew for half-time with a dominant Aylsham three goals to the good.
Aylsham kicked off the second half with Denver replacing Adam at right back. The visitors won a free-kick midway inside the Hellesdon half early on with Alfie picking out Jude who met it with his head but the keeper gathered well. In the 39th minute Freddy was first to a clearance from Josh’s corner and struck it powerfully but his shot rose over the bar. Four minutes later an incisive move from Aylsham started by Ronnie on the right led to some neat interplay between Jude, Denver and Josh. The ball was switched across to Jack who played a searching ball inside a defender to send Alfie into the left channel and his cross was met on the volley by Ronnie but his effort clipped the bar and went over.
In the 42nd minute Aylsham scored again after Josh showed great strength to keep possession but, finding his path forward blocked, laid the ball back to Jaiden who picked out Ollie to his right. Ollie drove forward before playing a beautiful ball into space for Denver to chase. The full back’s first-time cross into the box was controlled perfectly by Ronnie on the run and, while his shot was parried by the keeper, Jack was on hand to blast the ball home to make it 4-0 Aylsham. Three minutes later Hellesdon created themselves a chance but Bailey confidently saved a shot from distance.
In the 47th minute the visitors had another chance after Jude was first to a clearance to pick out Ronnie, playing a lovely ball across to Jack who turned his marker before teeing up Alfie who forced a smart stop from the busy Hellesdon keeper. A minute later Aylsham made another change with Mitchy coming back on to replace Josh. Moments later the visitors furthered their advantage after Tyler broke up a Hellesdon attack to find Jude who drove forward before setting Alfie clear and, although his marker put him under pressure, the striker stayed strong to cut back inside and finish clinically into the far corner of the net. Two minutes later Hellesdon pulled a goal back with a neat side-footed finish from inside the box.
In the 55th minute Aylsham made it 6-1 with Alfie tucking away a penalty after Freddy was brought down in the box. Straight from the restart Jack set Brad away and he was tripped as he looked to go round the keeper, Alfie completing his hat-trick finishing low down to the keeper’s right from the spot. A minute later Aylsham were through on goal again with Ronnie picking out Brad with a great pass but the keeper made a brave double save to keep his efforts out. Shortly after Tyler won back possession and a slick move involving Jack, Mitchy and Brad created an opportunity for Jack to shoot but a great diving save prevented another visitor’s goal.
In the 61st minute Bailey was called into action, pulling off a brilliant diving save to tip the ball round the post from a swerving drive from just inside the box. With seven minutes to go Aylsham made it 8-1 with a well worked team goal. Ollie was first to a clearance and played a neat one-two with Denver before sending a perfect ball through to Ronnie who set Brad through into the area. While Brad was guided away from goal he put in a dangerous centre that Jaiden helped on to Jack, cutting it back first-time for Alfie who took a great first touch past his marker before burying it into the corner of the net for his fourth goal of the game, taking the striker back to the top of the goal scoring charts for the season. Alfie took a well earned break with Josh coming back into the action. The rest didn’t last long as Alfie came back on for Tyler with two minutes remaining.
There was still time for Aylsham to create further chances, firstly Jaiden striking just over with a powerful drive and then on the next attack Ollie accelerated into the box but he screwed his shot inches wide. Just before the final whistle Mitchy struck a shot from distance that rose up over the bar as Aylsham finished the game in their opponent’s territory. A dominant performance by the visitors against a team that never gave up and worked hard, Aylsham advancing into the next round of the 4Sports Trophy winning the game by 8 goals to 1.