The Braishfield Bees u11s team pulled off an incredible feat by securing their third TWYFL trophy event of the season, completing a clean sweep of the age group In the process, by winning the TWYFL Lion Cup, following their Oak Cup and River Ice Ladder event successes this season.
The teams arrived at the venue for the final at Bishops Waltham to find the pitches were overdue a cut, but the heavy conditions underfoot didn’t seem to hamper the team’s play too greatly as had been feared before kick-off. The Bees made a bright start and with a light breeze at their backs soon had the bulk of the play in the Alderbury half. Early impact was coming down the flanks, with Sam Johnson on the right showing good control and delivery, mirrored by George Lindley on the left. The Bees had made a habit of getting an early goal against a team they were playing for the 4th time this season, in a repeat of the Oak Cup Final played in December, when the Bees had won 2-0. Once again, the Bees delivered an early blow as a fine move involving Thomas Osborne, Samuel Payne and captain Henry Gray was expertly finished by Lindley, cutting in from the left.
The Bees continued to press, as their opponents struggled to get a foothold in the game. Osborne, supported by Tommy Tubb were winning the midfield battle, and the Bees peppered the Alderbury goal from all angles. Payne and Osborne both had confident long range efforts on target. Johnson did well down the right and set up Payne to tuck home the Bees second goal with only 15 minutes gone, and they were looking comfortable.
Alderbury had shown in previous matches that they are never out of the game, and as the half progressed they started to have some impact in the Bees half, however the defensive maestros Harry Taylor and Louis Bates proved a constant thorn in Alderbury’s side, intercepting and clearing with consistent class. The long grass was having an impact on the players’ stamina though, and the final five minutes of the half did see the play stretch and become a little end-to end, and Bees ‘keeper Jimmy Palfrey had to be alert to make a couple of clearances before the ‘greens’ got their first good effort on target and Palfrey made a fine low save. The half-time break was much needed by all the players.
Alderbury looked to make a fast start to the second half and with the light wind behind them sought to replicate the Bees’ first half impact. The Bees’ defence stood firm though, with Freddie Dart adding to the Taylor and Bates shield. Frank Pile and Isaac Osborne both made an impact from the subs bench keeping the Alderbury defence on their toes as both sides battled in a lively and exciting second half. The two-goal advantage didn’t quite feel enough and if Alderbury had been able to get one goal back, then it would become a very nervy finish. The ‘greens’ threatened, and had a couple of good chances off-target when well placed, but time and again, through balls were cut out by the impressive Bees defending. Bates in particular making a couple of superb sliding tackles with pinpoint accuracy when the ‘last man’. But for all their endeavour going forwards, Alderbury were still having their own defensive challenge. The Bees had a number of close efforts themselves. Lindley’s header from another outstanding Payne corner saw an excellent goal-line reaction save from the ‘keeper. Tubb found himself well placed but the ball tangled in the long grass and he wasn’t quite able to get his shot away before the gap was closed, before having a thumping volley from the edge of the area tipped around the post. Inside the final ten minutes, and the Bees finally made the game safe, as Thomas Osborne, who had had an outstanding match anchoring the midfield let fly from outside the box. The ball took a slight deflection and looped over the ‘keeper, but was no less than the Bees deserved.
The Bees closed out the last few minutes and despite being exhausted from their incredible effort, celebrated their success at the final whistle, along with their delighted coaches, parents and the support of two injured teammates who had played their part throughout the season. Three trophy event wins out of three capped an incredible season for the youngsters as they dominated the TWYFL u11s. They can now enjoy some Summer tournaments and a well-earned break before the action starts again in September.
|14th May 2016||10:00 am||Lion Cup U11s||2015/2016|
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