Under 14 London Winter League (2004 & younger)
Final Four Play Off
Sunday 15th April 2018
The 2017-2018 Winter league competition concluded with an exciting play off final that took place at the excellent deep water pool at Whitgift school.
The first phase of the competition had seen the teams split into north and south divisions with the top two from each then qualifying for the final play off.
Worthing won the south division with Beckenham as runners up. Watford and Ealing qualified form the north division and both have been producing very competitive junior teams for a number of years.
The individual match reports are as follows; –
Worthing 9, Ealing 4 (H/T 3-1)
We made a relatively slow start to the competition against a strong Ealing team who possess a number of talented players including a very strong centre forward.
Eventually our tactics and speed of counter attack began to take control and Josh and Jamie were a constant threat alternating at centre forward.
Grace worked hard in defence to nullify the opposition attack but all of the squad contributed to a solid display.
Scorers; – Josh 5, Jamie 3, Henry 1
Exclusions; – Caitlin 1, Josh 1
Worthing 9, Watford 1 (H/T 7-1)
This was an excellent performance against a Watfordteam that includes a number of big and strong boys who can dominate a physical game. Our tactics worked really well and as a result Watford were unable to get the ball to their centre forward in dangerous areas and our counter attack was always a constant threat.
We dominated the first half of the match and in the second period we controlled possession for long periods. Owen produced a couple of good saves when required but this was a really dominant display against a strong team.
Scorers; – Josh 3, Caitlin 2, Mattie 2, Lucy 1, Jamie 1
Exclusions; – Josh 1, Grace 1
Worthing 9, Beckenham 1 (H/T 4-1)
Another excellent performance to end the day and once again our tactics meant that we dominated the opposition in both defence and attack. Jamie and Josh were a constant threat both on the counter attack and at centre forward and they shared the 9 goals that we scored. This though was another good all round team display with our defensive play offering the opposition only a small number of chances.
Scorers; – Jamie 5, Josh 4
Exclusions; – Jamie 1, Lucy 1, Henry 1
Squad in full; – Owen Street (g/k), Josh Luff, Mattie Smith, Jamie Bond, Henry Broadhurst, Grace Byford, Caitlin Silk, Ruby Rosser, Lucy Bullock.
As a result of the three wins we took the title which is the first London League championship that we have won for around 10 years. Without doubt, we were the best team in the competition playing with a combination of talented players and tactics that none of the teams that we played came to terms with. All of the squad made significant contributions and all of them have great potential to develop further in the coming months and years. The team was well supported by parents and friends and as always we are grateful for the efforts of our sponsor RoffeyHomes.
winning squad from the photo; Left to Right: Josh, Mattie, Jamie, Henry, Owen, Grace, Caitlin, Ruby, Lucy.