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Match Report NMJFC U6s - 08/06/24

Match Report NMJ U6s vs Spurley Hey Clarets U6s -SMJFL Summer League

Stockport Powerleague 08/06/24 9am KO

New Mills Carnival Day for the Mini-Millers but before representing the club at the parade, game 6 of the Stockport Metro Summer League took place that morning against our very first opponents, Spurley Hey Clarets.  

This would be a good opportunity for us coaches and parents, to see how the team has developed since starting matches.  As always, we spoke as a team before kick-off and this week the focus was about confidence.  

Confidence is so important in football, belief in what you can do and we spoke to the players before kick-off about believing in themselves, having confidence in their abilities and in each other.  

We started the first half with Jude leading the line, Lexi and Elliott in midfield, Logan and Kit at the back with Lily taking the gloves for the first half.  

With a couple of absent, Leo and Alistair were ready to be our game changers from the bench.  The game kicked off and immediately New Mills started on the front foot – an early attack down the left resulted in a corner.  As New Mills pilled into the box Logan took the corner but it was well defended by the Clarets.  

Spurley Hey started to push forward with both teams going on the attack.  Lexi was trying to pressurise the opponents and feeding Jude to run forward with the ball.  After winning the ball off their defence, the ball broke to Elliott to score a placed left footer into the corner.  

The goal however spurred on Spurley Hey and they went on the offensive. Lily was called into action time and again, and showed amazing skills between the sticks.  

Kit and Logan were doing their best to get their tackles in and try and push us forward.  

With the introduction of our game changers from the bench, Leo and Alistair continued their hard work.  

We continue to try players in different positions with Leo and Alistair at the back with Kit having a break, Logan then pushed into midfield.  He immediately got himself on the ball and tried to work with Jude, Elliott & Lexi to push us forward.

The Mini-Millers continued to try and move the ball forward and the effort continued right up to the half time whistle.

During the break we spoke with the team again about belief but also remembering what we mentioned last week about wanting the ball more than the opposition.  With a determined vigour, the Mini-Millers started the second half as they always do with effort and determination. Kit jumped back into defence and made sure that Leo had very little to do as he took his turn with the gloves.  When he did have shots to save, Leo stood to be counted with superb saves to protect the goals.  Kit had help at the back from Alistair and Lily, who fresh from her first half skills in goal, showed exactly what we miss when she isn’t outfield.  Lily was as tenacious as ever winning the ball with almost every tackle and pushing New Mills forward.  After taking a break at half time, Logan came on in midfield and was linking the play well.  He and Elliott’s dribbling pushed us forward allowing us to get more shots at goal.  As ever, Elliott had his shooting boots on this week bagging himself some more goals but the headline today was how much confidence the team showed as the game wore on.  

Alistair on the left of defence gave his best performance so far, really believing in his tackling ability and stopping Claret attacks.  

Lily was not only tenacious with her tackling, she is getting more confident with the ball at her feet and in her passing ability.  

Leo was up to the challenge in goal and grew into the first half getting more tackles in than anyone.  Logan’s dribbling and passing drove the team forward.  Lexi continues to grow every week, her belief in her tackling and passing really showed this week.  Jude was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet today but his belief in his ability to put pressure on the opposition to help his team win the ball further up the pitch grows every week.  

Although Kit likes to play further forward, his confidence as a defender is growing week on week but his ability as free-kick taker was seen again.  His superb effort hit the back of the net the first time but his fantastic celebration was cut short as the referee wasn’t ready.  His second effort unfortunately went wide but he still believes in that right foot.  

Elliott every week doesn’t seem to stop running, his confidence in his ability to run with the ball, shoot and score are evident but his confidence in helping the team keeps growing as he keeps tracking back to help his defence when needed.    

A second half full of belief, effort and teamwork with the variety of celebrations growing each week.  Another fantastic performance from the Mini-Millers this week – keep going and growing on your football journey U6s, we love watching your confidence grow.


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