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Feb 16, 2022

Under 14 Boys v West Midlands - Match Report


On Monday 14th February, our Under 14 boys defeated West Midlands 3-1. Manager Neil Davies provided the following match report:

Staffordshire U14 Boys 3 West Midlands 1

Staffs went into the game against West Midlands still searching for their first win of the season after some encouraging recent performances, but quickly found themselves a goal behind when West Midlands' Will Etheridge fired in a great strike from just outside the area after just 5 minutes. The Staffs boys settled back down and began to play some excellent football but despite several good opportunities to equalise Half Time came with the score still 1-0 to the visitors.

The Half Time team talk was all about staying patient and the goals would come. The players, coaches and supporters didn’t have to wait very long as Stan Straw drove out of defence to bend a beautifully weighted through ball for Clayton Malbon to run onto and fire home the equaliser. Staffs then dominated for a period with wing backs Ryan Bridgett and the excellent Travis Cane driving forward at every opportunity and causing West Midlands some problems. Staffs got the goal their play deserved when Stan Straw forced the ball home following a great corner from Ryan Bridgett, the pre-match corner practice paying off!

The game was by no means over though and Staffs had to be thankful to keeper Finley Jones on several occasions, one flying save from a long range shot that was moving lots through the air was truly remarkable. With the match reaching the closing stages Staffs got the goal that gave them some breathing space in strange circumstances as Stan Straw’s long clearance caught the wind and deceived the West Midlands keeper as it bounced over his head and into the net. The boys then comfortably saw out the remaining few minutes.

This was a much improved display by the Staffs boys, since changing formation to a back three they have looked very solid in their last two games and with Skipper Harrison Smith pushing the team forward from midfield and Clayton Malbon and Alfie Hancock developing their strike partnership nicely it looks promising with Shropshire the next visitors to Stafford Town on March 7th.

Thanks as always go to Stafford Town for their superb hospitality and to all Parents and spectators on a particularly cold and wet evening.