Braishfield Bees bounced back from seeing their 100% winning season ended last weekend, with a morale-boosting victory in the u10s Champions League Quarter-Final against a decent Porton side, themselves used to victory in most of their games. With the frost lifting enough to start the game, conditions contributed to a slightly nervy start from the hosts. After a close opening period, the Bees started to take control and came close to taking the lead. Tommy Tubb losing his footing on the softening mud in the penalty area when about to pull the trigger, and then a second time shortly after. Samuel Payne was looking dangerous for the Bees, linking up play well and looking the key creator. Porton still had their moments, but Harry Taylor was fully committed as usual letting nothing through on the right flank. With Henry Gay on the left also growing in confidence after a tentative start, the half closed out 0-0 with the Bees having had the best of play, and the best chances.
With a half-time message to ‘keep plugging away and the goal will come’, it came sooner than expected as the visitors dawdled on the ball from their kick-off, conceded possession in the penalty area and, after a scramble, the ball fell to Thomas Osborne who made no mistake with a low finish. This lifted the hosts, who then piled on the pressure in search for a second. Porton weren’t rolling over though and still looked dangerous on the break, though Vini Blomberg-Smith was having a great game in snuffing out the Porton threat. George Lindley was moved onto the right of midfield and made an immediate impression with space to run and turn, one such move picking out Tubb who had found space in the box to control and finish to give the Bees a 2-0 lead. With the end nearing, Porton had their best chances but one effort was placed wide and Jimmy Palfrey making a fine save to deny a late goal-bound effort. The match ended 2-0 and the result sends the Bees through to ‘Finals Day’ on 28th February, where they face Fordingbridge Turks Tigers in what looks like a thrilling semi-final, with the Bees looking to defeat the only team to have beaten them this season, if they wish to progress to the final.
A development game followed, and the regular Bees keeper Jimmy Palfrey found his eye for goal with an energetic hat-trick along with a double from Vini Blomberg-Smith helping the Bees to a 5-1 win.
|7th February 2015||10:00 am||U10′s Champions League||2014/2015|
|Braishfield Bees U10s||2|