First game of 2020 was an 8 goal thriller with both teams playing high standard football. Collyhurst are a good technical team who pass the ball about confidently.
The first ten minutes were a bit of a wake up call for us, conceding an early goal and this prompted the boys to shake off the Christmas ‘hangover’ and get back to business. What followed was a strong and energetic team performance with every player giving 100%.
Alex continued his great form in goal with loud shouts, great kicking and fast reactions off his line. He was unlucky with a couple of the goals but kept a positive head.
Aiden was eager to get back after Christmas and put in another solid display. He went on a run that beat 3 or 4 players and was brought down just before unleashing the jackhammer!!
A big mention for Emanuel today who has shown improvement every week since he joined the team. Today his confidence really showed and he won nearly all the tackles he went in for and looks much more comfortable with the ball at his feet and played some clever balls forward. Emanuel has been with us for about 6 months and the progress he has made is great to see.
John was all over the pitch today, some crunching tackles made at important moments. John was calm when receiving the ball and then showed a burst of pace to get us on the attack quickly. His link up play with Joshua and Riley was excellent today.
Lucas showed great skill and provided some great assists. Lucas can switch it on in an instant and is a clever player. He switched positions today easily which is a great plus for the team tactically.
Daniel was superb at taking control of the game today. He keep the ball at his feet and generated space for players to run into. He also read the game very well and intercepted attacks several times.
Joshua battled against their central defender all day and didnt give him any peace. He was loud and great at giving directions out to encourage us to be quick to mark oppostion players. He showed lightning pace to run onto a great through ball and then the composure to finish easily.
Riley put in a performance today which was the best we have seen in a long time. In recent games he has listened and improved with his passing and decision making and also getting in good positions to score. It all came together today with some great link up play with Joshua and John and a very well taken hat trick, particularly the last goal which was a beauty!!! A 10/10 performance from the little smiling assassin!!
A great first game back and lots to look forward to with performances of that standard.

Man of the Match – Riley

Continued best wishes from us all to Jacob on his recovery from injury.

Finally, Alex recently celebrated his 9th birthday with some of the team attending his swimming party which they all enjoyed .Happy Birthday to Alex from the players, coaches and club.