Match Report 16.03.13 Junior Premier league u12’s
WBA 1-1Worcester City
Today saw Worcester travel to Studley, home of WBA. The first quarter saw both teams settling in and getting comfortable. There were limited chances created by both teams.
Worcester's Sam Clarke did well holding up the ball with both sides trying to bring in other players in a very evenly matched quarter.
The second quarter saw WBA come out of the blocks very quickly, closing down Worcester and stopping them from being comfortable in possession. A series of corners to WBA saw the games first chance, a corner from a WBA player was met by a WBA striker who narrowly headed wide.
Worcester were organised at the back thwarting several WBA raids with Will Mahoney, Oliver Millard & Louis Smith strong and disciplined. With Morgan Monks in the Worcester Goal organising, he made made an excellent save that many other goalkeepers would not have made, by tipping the ball over the bar.
Worcester had several chances also that forced a number of corners that they were just unable to affect and score from with the run of the ball not being great on an artificial surface.
WBA were limited to long range efforts after failing to break down the excellent defence of Worcester and any chance of scoring were minimal.
The third quarter saw both teams speed up the tempo, WBA were first to break the deadlock and after a moment of hesitancy from the Worcester defence saw the ball break out to the edge of the area for a WBA player to score with a shot that was low and seemed to bounce awkwardly in front of the diving Monks and score.
1-0 WBA. Following the Goal Worcester stepped up their game playing down the channels and kept probing with some excellent play from Jacob Saul, Alex Hunt, Ben Fisher, backed up with some good work from Jake Cavens in midfield and George Watkins, trying to find Sam Clarke up front who was proving to be a constant threat to the WBA Defenders and continued to provide an attacking threat all through the game.
The third quarter ended 1-0 to WBA.
In the fourth quarter Worcester increased the pressure on WBA by changing formation with Captain Dan Sutton joining Sam Clarke up front. The partnership made WBA's defence work extremely hard and the pressure was building on them .
The hard work paid off after the Worcester duo combined to slot the ball past WBA keeper who was beginning to have some shaky moments with so much pressure coming from Worcester.
Worcester continued to pile the pressure on going for the win and were unlucky to be thwarted on several occasions by excellent defending. Worcester being on top continued to play good football with WBA finding it ever increasingly difficult to get out of their own half, a ball from Olly Millard on the right hand side found a large gap in the WBA defence and as Dan Sutton was about to shoot to win the game with a minute left The excellent WBA centre half threw himself at the ball to block the shot.
The game ended with Worcester Unlucky not to have won and credit to both teams for an excellent game of football.
Full Time 1-1. Man of the match Oliver Millard, Outstanding
Saturday March 9th 2013 Junior premier League Under 12’s
Cheltenham Town 1- 3Worcester City
On a drizzly Saturday morning both teams arrived feeling confident. As the rain eased off, the match got underway. Cheltenham started very well passing the ball around on the slick pitch. The first chance however fell to Worcester after Cheltenham failed to clear the ball Alexander Hunt latched on to the loose ball to fire low past the Cheltenham keeper. Cheltenham kept up the passing but really lacked any penetration around the box and the Worcester keeper did not have to make a save. after 20mins it was still 0-1 to Worcester.
The next period Worcester began to get their passing game together and look the more threatening team but was kept at bay by Cheltenham defenders and keeper. At times Cheltenham seemed to be chasing shadows that Worcester were excellently creating but with nothing to show from it.
HT 0-1 The third period began is scrappy fashion with both teams not able to pass the ball around. Cheltenham did start to fire some shots in on the Worcester Goal and likewise Worcester tested the Cheltenham keeper. after 60mins still 0-1
The 4th quarter got underway and the visitors again utilised there superior passing to create several chances that were dealt with by the goalkeeper. with 8mins to go again a sloppy clearance fell to a Worcester player who slid in James Francis to dink it over the on rushing keeper to give Worcester a 2-0 lead.
Cheltenhams battling spirit did not desert them and got a goal a minute later when a whipped in cross was superbly headed in by Nathan Davies to give the hosts hope. 1-2 with 5 minutes to go! As Cheltenham pressed, Worcester again used their composed passing to keep the ball and frustrate their opponents. With 2 minutes left a poor defensive header in the Cheltenham box fell Mitchell Butterworth who managed to slide the ball past the Cheltenham keeper after his initial effort was saved.
FT CTFC 1 - WCFC 3 On the whole a great mornings football. With great passing, great passion and great enthusiasm. Well done all the players.
Worcester City 3 v Cirencester Town 0
Worcester City and Cirencester Town were privileged to be playing at St Georges Lane. The pitch was in good shape despite the last few days heavy rain and both teams started brightly with chances at both ends. On 5 mins it was City who broke the deadlock following an incisive pass from centre back Joe Billingham, Kyle Taylor collected the ball jinked passed two Cirencester defenders and stroked the ball past the keeper. City stretched their lead on 15 mins when Taylor was upended in the box and Cameron Mathewson stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way. A Declan Juliff strike put Worcester City three up as they controlled the game. Overall a solid performance from Worcester City which takes them up to 2nd in the Junior Premier League and with a Cup semi to look forward to v Hereford United.
Hereford Utd under 13s 0 v Worcester City under 13s 3
Worcester City under 13s made the trip across to play Hereford Utd knowing it would be a tough encounter following Herefords previous week 4 1 demolition of league leaders WBA. Hereford started the brighter of the two teams with their fluid passing and great movement but it was City who took the lead with a fantastic finish from Eli Bray. Worcester City came out stronger in the 2nd quarter with their high tempo pressing game stopping Hereford Utd from playing their passing game, and it was City who went two up when Kyle Taylor was upended in the box and Cameron Mathewson coolly finished from the spot sending the keeper wrong way.
Worcester City's work rate and ball retention gave them the upper hand and with Hereford pushing to get back in the game City went 3 nil up when Kyle Taylor crossed for Reece Bufton to bullet a header passed the helpless Hereford keeper. A great team performance from Worcester City against a very good Hereford Utd side and a great advert for JPLS football with both teams set to meet in the League Cup semi final in a few weeks time
Match Report Sat 2nd March 2013 Junior Premier league under 12s
Worcester City 12 – 3 Leamington Spa
Worcester City welcomed Leamington to Battenhall, the day was bright and sunny which was a welcome break from the recent bitter cold weather we have all experienced recently.
Worcester were quickly out of the blocks and within 5 minutes were 3 nil up through some great forward play from Sam Clark and a very competent midfield display from Jake Cavens.
The game was a little one sided, although Leamington worked extremely hard and earned themselves a penalty after some rash decision making from the Worcester Goal keeper.
Worcester added a further 9 goals to the tally making the score 12 – 3 at the final whistle.
Goalscorers were Sam Clark 4, Jake Cavens, Jacob Saul 4, Dan Sutton 4.
Man of the Match – Jake Cavens – a very competent midfield Display with great discipline.
Match report Sat 23rd Feb 2013
Worcester city U12’s 2 – 1 Burton Albion (1)U12’s
Worcester welcomed another Burton side that have been flying recently in the league and this was a match that had all the ingredients to be a close encounter with some quality players on show.
The game Started in bitterly cold conditions that Players simply shrugged off and got on with all watching were about to witness a very close good game of football which would turn out to be a great advert for Junior Premier league football.
The first quarter of the match was shaded by Burton with some well drilled play and discipline that demonstrated how well they had been coached and Burton came close on a few occasions after some sloppy passing at the back from Worcester and allowed room for the Burton players to play their neat passing game.
Morgan Monks in goal for Worcester made a couple of excellent saves early on and Worcester made a few raids on the Burton defence themselves, but both teams failed to convert and there was no score by the end of the first 20 minutes and the score remained at 0-0.
The second quarter got underway and both teams were by now upping their games and after Worcester had threatened a few times only to be thwarted by the excellent Tom walker in goal for Burton, it was to be Burton who drew first blood with a great cross that the Burton player was allowed time and space to send in to the Worcester area and the excellent Luke Rowe leapt and nodded a header towards the Worcester goal which Monks in goal for Worcester parried onto the post only for it to rebound and hit him in the face to end up in the goal. 0-1 Burton.
The score remained 0-1 to Burton for the end of the second quarter with the play being pretty even for both sides.
The Third 20 minutes started and Worcester upped their work rate and began to get time on the ball in midfield with Jacob Saul and Jake Cavens keeping their shape and looking for the hard working Oliver Twigg and Sam Clark who chased everything down with the two Burton central defenders giving very little away but found themselves under increasing pressure which was to tell eventually and a through ball from Twigg for Worcester sent in Clark who in turn saw a great run from Cavens who found himself one v one with Walker in goal for Burton and initially after a difficult bounce Cavens was able to slip the ball past the burton keeper to equalise, 1-1. With several more chances being spurned by Worcester the third 20 minutes ended. 1-1
The game watched by City Assistant Manager Mtt Gardiner entered its last 20 minutes of the 80 in total and Worcester showed determination and spirit mixed in with excellent technical ability and clearly their tails were up.
This pressure was to tell and Ben Fisher for Worcester found himself on the right side on the edge of the area where he looked up and found a diagonal ball just behind the defence and there on the run was Dan Sutton to take his time and finish the effort low and hard past the Burton keeper to take a well-deserved lead for Worcester. 2-1, game on with 2 minutes to play.
There was to be one last chance to fall to team training as there always is and it was Aaron Brett of Burton who broke free from his shackles and found himself almost through one v one with the Worcester keeper only to slice his shot wide after he tried to hit it hard instead of maybe placing it. The final whistle went and a very close game ended with Worcester the victors taking top place in the league from Burton.
Man of the match Oliver Millard – Worcester City, superb technical ability with great awareness.
Match Report 16th Feb 2013
Worcester City FC u12’s 5 - 0 Burton Albion u12’s
The Under 12’s welcomed Burton A to St Georges Lane, on a cold misty morning that lifted in time for the game to be played and the surface was perfect for football with a nice zippy feel to it. Worcester started brightly and were closed down quickly with the burton side working extremely hard to close Worcester down.
There were several chances spurned by Worcester in the first 10 mins but the deadlock was broken after a well worked corner saw Harry Cotterill power a header past the excellent Burton Keeper Hawley Ellicott. 1-0 Worcester. The score remained 1 nil after the first quarter.
The second quarter started and with a few changes of personnel Worcester started a bit brighter and found their passing with a bit more tempo and it was a ball from the excellent James Francis from the back that saw him pick out Sam Clark who played an excellent pass out to the right side for Olly Millard to square an excellent low and hard cross that was met with great timing from Alex Hunt. 2-0 The quarter ended
The third quarter commenced with Burton again upping their workload and trying to pressure Worcester. The Third Quarter remained at 2-0 and we entered the last quarter with a couple of changes of personnel that saw Worcester have a better shape with the introduction of Oliver Twigg, who began to pick up passes in and around the last third of the pitch and some excellent link play saw Clark link up with Twigg and run off into space that Clark made the most of with a one v one chance on the keeper and he rounded the keeper to score an excellent goal. 3-0 By this time Burton were flagging a little after the enormous hard work rate and to their credit never gave in although one of the moves of the match saw the ball played out from the centre midfield area from George Watkins that was then met by Ben Fisher who got to the by line with and delivered and excellent cross that saw Twigg Leap like a Salmon at the back post to head in 4-0 Worcester.
Another great move starting from the excellent Will Money at the back pick a great pass to Twigg who swivelled and put Jake Cavens in on the left wing who darted in from the wing and cutting inside finished with his left foot past the keeper to make it 5-0 to City and that was the final score.
Junior premier league
Evesham Utd FC 1 – 10 Worcester City FC
Worcester City visited the fantastic new Community Football facilities at Evesham Utd and on arrival were greeted like royalty with a smile and a welcome cup of tea.
The Conditions were dry and bright for a change, however a bitterly cold strong wind attacked all across the open academy pitches.
It would be fair to say the cross wind did affect the quality of the start of play but once the players adapted some neat passing football was played by both sides on a lovely surface.
Worcester began to impose themselves on the game and after several near misses they scored through a well taken set piece that saw Sam Clark leap above all others to score a powerful header that the defender could only deflect into the top corner of the net.
Worcester by now were fully in control of the game with Jake Cavens having a terrific start to the game pulling the strings in the middle of midfield. A second goal was to follow shortly after with a lovely move from the back down the left side and Oliver Millard delivered a superb low early cross into the area of uncertainty behind the defence and in front of the keeper which saw Alex Hunt come in off the back post to slot past the Evesham keeper
A third was added through Hunt after a similar move from the second but this time Hunt struck the ball from deeper and with more power to secure his brace.
Evesham then gathered themselves and produced a good 10 minute spell that saw the Worcester Keeper Morgan Monks make 2 fantastic point blank saves that saw one effort scooped over the bar which seemed a certain goal.
Once Evesham had committed themselves forward Worcester were then able to exploit the space in behind and with this Worcester attacked down the right side and a great Cross was swung in for the Evesham to volley high into the net for an own goal
Evesham then gathered themselves again and won a corner which with the wind was driven in and flew in past the reaching hand of Monks in goal for a goal to Evesham
The last 20 minutes of the game were to be the most devastating with Worcester’s lethal finishing they made it 1-10 with goals from Jacob Saul, Dan Sutton 2, George Watkins and 2 from Jake Cavens.
The game finished with some high quality play from both sides but with Worcester City being overall the stronger team that finished clinically.
Man of the Match
Oliver Millard, Superb display in two positions for his team.
Well after much deliberation we were granted the opportunity of getting a game of football on courtesy of Worcester University and the use of their 3G Astro pitch. The Weather gods smiled upon us and with the heavy rain cleared any snow that remained on the ground and the Footballing gods allowed us to play with the sun shining brightly upon all to the point where a feeling of warmth was quietly satisfying. Gloucester were the visitors to Worcester and the game got underway with Worcester pressing and playing the majority of the football in the Gloucester half, with Gloucester breaking out on the counter, however it was to be Worcester that scored first after some neat play involving some great hold up play from Sam Clark who held off the defender the lay a short pass back to the on running George Watkins who struck the ball cleanly and the ball flew into the roof of the net for Watkins first goal of the season, great strike great goal 1-0 Worcester. The Second period started and Worcester were continuing to be the force in the game with their movement and passing and Dan Sutton Ran through after a great ball from Louis Smith to score strongly past the advancing Gloucester keeper. 2-0 Worcester. A third Goal was added shortly after, after some lovely passing that started from the left back Louis Smith playing into the Left wing where Oliver Millard found time and space and linked up with Alex Hunt who in turn passed the ball out to the midfield and was moved across to the central third of the pitch where Oliver Twigg picked up the ball and slid an angled pass into the path of an oncoming Jake Cavens who had made a great run into the right side of the box and Cavens cut the ball back for Ben Fisher to strike first time into the net a move that was in most opinions the goal of the game 3-0 Worcester The Third Quarter started which saw an improved Gloucester side that saw the excellent Saugat Rai start to impose himself on the game and Rai was starting to make some great runs however Worcester were to score again after a superb ball From Jacob Saul on the right side of midfield pick up the ball in his own half lift his head and picked out Dan Sutton with a superb long-range pass that Sutton ran through one on one to fire past the oncoming Gloucester keeper.4-0 Worcester Gloucester really knuckled down and had a couple of excellent chances one v one v the Worcester Keeper Morgan Monks who made himself big and made two fantastic saves. This was to serve a warning to Worcester and Rai this time was not going to let anyone get in his way to score a great individual goal that was smashed into the net with venom. 4-1 Worcester. The last quarter saw Worcester react and it was an excellent run from Ben Fisher who ran down the right flank and cut the ball back for Sutton to complete his hat trick and strike first time 5-1 Worcester, the game finished shortly after and Credit to Gloucester for the excellent attitude & great sporting behaviour. Best of luck for the rest of the season to Gloucester and to Sean & Adam the two Gloucester coaches.
MAN OF THE MATCH : DAN SUTTON
Hereford Utd (u12) 2-1 Worcester City (u12)
Worcester City travelled to Hereford for the first league game of 2013 on a dark cold morning that was good for nothing other than playing a high tempo skill full game of football that we all enjoy.
This game was to not disappoint at all with some fantastic quality play from both sides that had all watching totally enthralled.
The game started with Hereford playing some very neat passing play and Worcester comfortably defending in the last third and threatening on the break with some fantastic counter play, passing and moving.
Both teams were playing at a very high tempo on a lovely 3G surface that saw the ball move quickly and true with no deviation.
First blood went to Hereford who scored after a break in play where a Worcester player got caught in possession. A corner was taken after a delay and it was clear Worcester’s concentration lapsed and the Worcester Keeper got caught with a deep corner that was partially cleared and being the good side they are Hereford made the opportunity count after some poor attempted clearances The Hereford number 7 shot from the edge of the area just inside the right hand post to beat the Worcester Keeper 1-0 Hereford (12 Mins)
Worcester responded very well and immediately sought the equaliser after some superb play down the right side from Olly Twigg linking up well with Ben Fisher and Dan Sutton who was making some great runs from central midfield. There were a number of chances squandered but equally well saved by the Hereford keeper. But with 18 minutes on the clock this time the combination worked and a superb volleyed cross from Twigg was sent into the Hereford area and Sutton ran onto the ball to head a great equaliser hard and low to the keepers left.
The Game continued end to end and it was at the halfway mark in the game Hereford scored a second that saw the ball break free on the edge of the area and somehow the ball seemed to hit the players shin and spin high and over the despairing Morgan Monks in the Worcester goal.
Again Worcester responded and it was Worcester that had the remaining play of the game with some excellent possession play and attacking play with George Watkins tidying up as a defensive midfielder and making marauding runs to join in the play.
Great chances were created and unfortunately not taken due to a little overplaying and the players wanting too many touches when one v one against the Hereford keeper who remained excellent throughout.
The final 5 minutes saw Worcester throw everything they had to try and take something from the game that they deserved and it was a corner that broke free on the edge of the area for Worcester where Watkins ran onto the ball and smashed it with superb power only for the Hereford Keeper again to fingertip the ball onto the bar, this typified the quality of the game and eventually after deservedly seeking something from the game Worcester came out of the game with nothing but pride in a superb performance that surely will see them match or even better their opponents for the rest of the league campaign.