The Arrows played at home against the London Lions Blue team. We knew this was going to be a tough match and playing an afternoon fixture is something the boys are not used to. This was a game of long passes; tackles and skilful footwork were difficult due to the state of the pitch. The link up play between Jack Skinner and Oli Bloom paid off early, and Oli Bloom scored within minutes.
The Lions played some good football, and on occasions made it passed our defenders. Our goalkeeper Brayden Fifer denied one specific shot with a superb sliding save. Shortly after a miscommunication between the back three lead to conceding a few goals but a lesson learned is that play must continue until the ref blows the whistle.
Our midfielders George Wainright and Louis Rosenberg played the ball well in midfield. A free kick taken by Jack Skinner ricochet off the cross bar, and was finished off by Oli Bloom on the rebound to add to his goal fest.
The second half started and Elliot Scott defended well, which allowed our natural defender Tom Howarth to demonstrate what a diverse player he can be on the pitch. This formation worked well with further goals from Oli Bloom (3), a strike from Jack Skinner (1), and a well-deserved goal by George Wainright (1) lead to a final score line of 6-3 to the Arrows.
Man of the match this week and captain for next week’s match goes to Tom Howarth for playing through an injury in defence, then scoring a goal when in midfield.