Match Report: Crookham Rovers U15 Youth vs Sutton United Youth
Rovers Youth played their last home league game of the season on Sunday v Sutton United Youth.
The game started with Rovers really looking sharp and up for the game today and wasted no time in taking an early lead through Sam Whitehead from close range, 1-0. A second soon followed when Ethan Smith slipped a great ball through for James Baxter to coolly slot home past the onrushing keeper, 2-0. Sam Whitehead soon made it three when he lobbed the ball brilliantly over the keeper from the edge of the area, 3-0. Lewis Wall was then brought on from the bench , fresh from his long trip from Dorset to make the game! His first touch of the ball was to put it in the back of the net from 8 yards to make it, 4-0. Rovers were playing some of the best football we have seen from them all season and James came close from 18 yards, but his rasping drive hit the bar. The possession, movement off the ball and desire to win it back when they lost it, was simply a joy to watch. The first half was rounded off with yet another cool finish from Sam and completed his well-earned hat-trick, 5-0.
Rovers were playing some of the best football we have seen from them all season and James came close from 18 yards, but his rasping drive hit the bar. The possession, movement off the ball and desire to win it back when they lost it, was simply a joy to watch. The first half was rounded off with yet another cool finish from Sam and completed his well-earned hat-trick, 5-0.
Half time: Rovers 5-0 Sutton
Despite all the best efforts from the management team of Rovers at half time, to not get complacent and think the game was won, the message did not seem to register, as Sutton came out all guns blazing for the second half and were enjoying a lot of possession for the first time in the match. In a crazy twenty minute spell , Sutton to their credit scored not once, twice but three times to make it 5-3, game on! Suddenly Rovers started to realise this game was not won and started to find their rhythm once more. The ball was suddenly being moved much quicker again and Rovers were looking the more likely to score.
Sutton were playing their part in what was becoming an enthralling watch. James came close but once again was denied by the bar. Much to Rovers relief Jack Dean picked the ball up 25 yards out, side-stepped a challenge and buried the ball into the top corner, 6-3 and game over!
Final score: Crookham Rovers Youth 6-3 Sutton United Youth
A big well done to the team today and another well earned three points. Next week Rovers play their last game of the league season away v Shelton Athletic, when they could extend their winning title points margin to an incredible 16 points!