Match Report
Forres Sandle Manor School Boys-U13A vs  Clayesmore School
On: Saturday, 25 Sep 2021
Venue: at Home

1st team v Stroud and Clayesmore

With key players away, it was time for our boys to (once again) stand up and be counted. Firstly, we played Stroud and the pace was fast and furious. With fewer players on the pitch there was plenty of space (and plenty of running!) which favoured passing football. The boys worked hard and the score remained goalless for the first few minutes of the game. Stroud maintained most of the possession and eventually created a well worked opener before adding a second soon afterwards. Alex and Stanley were working hard at the back and Charlie and Toby were up and down the pitch like…( I struggle for an appropriate simile) the random dog that bounded onto the field mid match! We continued to look for a goal but ran out of time. With my wife working at Stroud, this was not the result I wanted for family bragging rights!

After a short break, we then faced Clayesmore who (unsurprisingly) were fresher and put plenty of early pressure on our goal. Ethan made some great saves from short range and we were a little under the cosh. It was time for some counter attacking football and after a long ball, Thomas scampered through and found himself one on one with the keeper. He is not known as ‘Aguero’ for nothing and he showed his poacher’s prowess with a calmly slotted finish, sliding the ball past the goalie and into the back of the net with his left foot. This lead came rather against the run of play but we weren’t finished there as Cody, who had his best game in an FSM shirt, created a great break for Thomas, who was closed down quickly by their goalie, only for the ball to come out to Toby who finished with an audacious long range lob. It wasn’t quite Zlatan for Sweden v England but it was a great finish...or a ‘boomer’ as I heard him describing it after the match. We could have done with the final whistle blowing then as we were blowing ourselves. Unfortunately, we rather flagged and Clayesmore scored five goals in relatively quick succession. After being 2-0 up, it was a shame to lose 5-2 but in all honesty, we couldn’t argue with that result.

Once again, although outnumbered, these boys showed plenty of heart and did themselves and the school proud. Ethan was picked out as having a decent game by the Clayesmore coach but for his battling efforts, both in attack and defence, my man of the match goes to Cody.