Thame U16 Colts 0 Risborough Rangers U16 4
By Tim Darch
Visitors vanquish U16 Colts in Saturday morning friendly
Risborough Rangers kept the U16 Colts sharp during the half-term break between league fixtures with a hastily-arranged friendly at Meadow View Park. Risborough were sharp and incisive from the off, their number 10 in particular causing problems with his running on the ball and off it and the first goal wasn't long in coming, the home defence caught out by a through ball and outpaced, leaving Reuben exposed. Credit to those at the back though as the visitors only created two further clear-cut chances in the first half, one a carbon copy of the first goal which Reuben saved well to his left. However the aforementioned number 10 showed his class with the other, receiving the ball, controlling it instantly and hitting a swerving shot from the right hand edge of the box which gave Reuben no chance. Although playing some decent stuff the Colts passing was slightly wayward at times, and opportunities to threaten the Risborough goalkeeper were scarce to say the least, the first real opportunity of note falling Tom E's way on 38 minutes as a curling effort from distance sailed just high and wide of the far post. 0-2 at the break.
The second half started positively, Ioan lobbing just over 3 minutes in. Despite spending more time in and around the away penalty box the game was effectively killed off when Risborough went 3 up via another great finish on the half-volley after some defensive hesitancy. They then hit the bar shortly afterwards, but following this Thame had their best spell of the game, Ioan denied by a great tackle as he was about to pull the trigger, Adam volleying over after good build up play by Tom F and Ioan and a great cross from Cameron, and a goalmouth scramble that came to nothing with seconds to go. After this Risborough found time to break and find the net again with a looping effort from 25 yards with the penultimate kick of the game. Final score Colts 0 Risborough 4.
The Colts will probably play less well than this and win this season: the opposition provided a stern test and one or two players in particular really stood out. Some loose passing and poor choices in the first half were disappointing, but the boys kept going, improved in the second half and on anther day the scoreline could have been different. The game was played in exactly the right way, superbly refereed by visiting coach Malcolm and hopefully both teams will have benefited from a run-out. Next up for the Colts, league leaders Wantage Town visit MVP on Sunday 5th November...