George Walker Memorial Trophy 2012
Under 12's Orient v Under 12's South
On a mild May evening both teams soaked up the atmospere of playing in a real footballing environment.
South from the second division of the Watford Friendly League were pitted against a team from Division 3 of the West Herts League, some 5 divisions below.
From the start the Orient were put under pressure by South. However they continued to play their passing game and managed to keep the South at bay. The 2 Williams at Centre back held the defense together and protected the Goalkeeper Sam Winter as much as possible. When called upon Sam made some good saves and collected the ball well.
0-0 at half time was a result for the Orient but the size of the pitch and lack of substitutes began to tell 10 minutes into the second half. Unable to close down the South's number 10 he shot from just outside the penalty area and the ball went just under the crossbar above the despairing hands of the Orient Goalkeeper.
Orient would not give up and Man of the Match Max Saunders used his pace to threaten the South goal. However it was all in vain as the superior strength of the South converted their possession into 2 further goals.
Orient were formed this year and played well against a more experienced team, to the credit of both themselves and their Managers. Having only lost 2 games this year in the league they must surely take heart from this performance and come out next season full of confidence that their teamwork and skills will produce the results they deserve. Report by Richard Ransley
Under 12's West v Under 12's Boreal
Firstly the Under 12's West, the West started the game well and went one up when the ball was played into Samuel Ellis, he knocked it side to Gianpaolo Manzi who crossed for Matty Gallagher to volley home. A cross from the right was then headed goalwards by Max Bunting before Manzi got the final touch.
The West continued to press and Brad Slocombe got his first of the night with a header from a corner. Slocombe added a second before Max Bunting got a double shortly before halftime. With the large pitch taking its toll both teams tired but the West added further goals through Jacob Paton, Tom Harvey and Charlie Hall before Brad Slocombe rounded off an excellent performance with his third of the night.
Now from Ben Kelly, manager Under 12's Boreal, The George Walker started off very well. We had music in the changing rooms just to calm their nerves down and get the players relaxed. Made sure we were all fired up for the game. My name is Ben Kelly I coach the team. I completed the warm ups and my assistant coach for the evening Geoff Shreeves had a little chat. After the warm up we went back in the changing rooms wanting to win the the game.
The bell rang and we went out of the changing rooms with our heads up high. Once we were all on the pitch we got into a big huddle and had a chat. Final instructions were given to the lads.
Geoff and I then went into the dug outs much like the coaches in the Premiership and sat down. We tried to watch the game from the dug out seeing some good football and a few passess that was seen by both teams in the early exchanges. By half time the other St Albans team had the lead but that was not going to put my mood down in fact it made us even more determind to get fired up some more.
At half time we got the lads in the changing rooms and said “lets get out there and get stuck in, close them down and start to look for the gaps and put Harry Bell in for a goal scoring chance”.
In the second half we gave it all we had and Jack Shreeves played really well as it was his first game ever. The same can be said for Morgan Thomas Johnson Lewis Palmer as the other team had more experience than us. Other players who gave a good account of themselves were Joe Rock Alex Gates Harrison Gate both Harry’s and Demetri.
As the game came to an end we shook hands with the other players team and we were just so proud of the boys. They have all improved in every way this year and I cannot ask for more from them. Well done to every one that made this day happen.
My man of the match was Thomas Johnson. I have seen him get better and better improving week in and week out. He never stops, always helps and is such a great lad. I wish all the best to all of my players.
Then we went upstairs for a few drinks a few after match chats and discussions with Geoff and the other parents. I promised the boys that they could get me wet with a bucket of water. I was lucky it was only a little bucket but it did include some ice cubes. It got my back not my head but it was for the kids so I let them do it anyway.
I would like to thank Dave Wray, Geoff Shreeves, Lawrence Levy and everyone at St Albans City Football Club for letting us use the pitch and the facilities.