Junior Academy Match Report V Old Halesonians (L) (Away) Sun 26/09/2010 

Old Halesoneans 14 - Moseley  61 

North Mids U17 Central League Match - Sunday 26/9/2010


 With thanks to Geraint Lewis for this report.

 It was the lad’s first foray into a structured League system and everything that entails; also added to the mix were the facts that it was only our second game of the season and we had players missing through North Midlands trials.

 The score suggests something of a one sided affair but the game was competitive throughout and although Moseley took their collective foot off the gas early in the second half Old Hales kept battling and proved a good opposition in all aspects of the game The Moseley tries came from all over the park and they were spread evenly throughout the team, so much so that tries were shared by both props through to all the wings that got game time.

 There were some newish faces to the team, a couple that have been summer recruitments, a couple that stepped us from the 16’s and one that is making a very welcome return after illness at the end of last season. It’s to their credit that they came in and found their feet rapidly and all added something to our team.

 All through the summer we have been striving to add aspects to our game to harness the team’s abilities as footballers and their desire to run from anywhere and we started to see the fruits of our labours in this game.  Some of the offloading was of the highest order and the way that we took some of the scoring opportunities were very pleasing.

 Looking at a score line such as the one that we posted its easy to think that everything in the Garden is rosy, however, as much as there were positives there were elements that need to be addressed if we are to continue to improve and place ourselves for the latter stages of the competition.

 We need to be more aggressive at the breakdown, remember that as much as we want an open, expansive game, structures must be maintained when we have the ball and when we don’t, and we need to up our break conversation rate!

 The next League game pitches us against Bromsgrove: nothing like a local derby to get the mind and body focused!

Geraint Lewis