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Garswood Hawks U16 Pre Season/Friendlies

As always happens in junior football, Garswood had a couple of players depart over the summer but these were replaced with real quality in the form of new signings Chris Cox, Tom Bolton and Jack Moore. The lads had continued to train hard all summer putting in a gruelling pre-season and would be looking to challenge for honours in Division 2 after winning promotion the previous season.

Newton v Garswood Hawks – 2nd September

Garswood made the short journey to Newton for an early evening kick off. A healthy rivalry had built up between both teams over the years and the visitors wanted to take all 3 points, friendly or not! A mix up in defence after 15 minutes saw the hosts take the lead before Garswood levelled when a shot/cross from Ryan Eden fizzed across the box and was tapped in at the far post by debutant Tom Bolton. After a succession of corners, the visitors took the lead before half time when a fine delivery from Ryan Eden saw Jack Perret stab the ball home after a goal mouth scramble.

Ten minutes after the interval the visitors extended their lead when Captain Ollie Kennedy rifled a shot from 25 yards out which took a slight deflection and nestled into the top corner leaving the keeper clutching at thin air. Instead of seeing the game out, the visitors made a few uncharacteristic errors and were caught twice as the hosts levelled the match at 3-3. Garswood poured forward and had a few late chances but couldn’t find a winner, and a draw was a decent enough result in the end. Subs were introduced every 10 or 15 minutes to give the lads equal playing time and this was our downfall in the end as we couldn’t find a consistent rhythm. On the plus side though, it is all about fitness as we work towards the 1st league game of the season. Special mention to Alexi, Owen and Matty who deputised for keeper Dan Finney who was still supping cocktails on his summer hols!!

Final Score – Newton 3 v Garswood Hawks 3

Scorers – Tom Bolton, Jack Perret and Ollie Kennedy, Man of the Match – Tom Bolton, an energetic display capped off with a fine finish.

Garswood Hawks v Garswood U17s – 6th September

A local derby was arranged between the U16 D2 and U17 D3 teams and despite it being a beautiful morning, the micro climate at Birch Grove saw the temperature plummet and the wind whip up, creating difficult conditions to play football in. The U17s took the lead when a speculative cross from out wide caught on the wind and flew into the top corner giving keeper Dan Finney no chance. The lads didn’t let their heads drop against older and bigger opposition and were rewarded ten minutes before half time as Alexi Mellor picked up the ball 40 yards out and drove at the back four before unleashing a rocket which flew into the bottom corner from outside the box giving the Hawks a deserved equaliser.

The hosts started on the front foot in the second half and didn’t wait long to go ahead as Cam Davies hit a free kick from 40 yards out which again was taken on a ride by the wind and flew into the top corner (we know you meant it Cam)! Jay Herring then made it 3-1 as a long kick from keeper Dan Finney was clipped into his path by Owen Roberts before Jay expertly guided the ball home. After some fine interplay Alexi Mellor made it 4-1 going on a run across the box before rounding the keeper and slotting home. Jay Herring then rounded proceedings off when clipping past the keeper when through on goal to give the youngsters a deserved win.

The result will give the lads a real confidence boost going into next week’s league opener, they had to earn the right to play in tough conditions against lads who had only left school last year. Equal playing time was again split between the squad but as the subs were introduced every 30 minutes the lads seemed to have more understanding between them and played some really good football, especially when they got the ball on the deck.

Final Score – Garswood Hawks U16s 5 v Garswood U17s 1

Scorers – Alexi Mellor 2, Jay Herring 2, Cam Davies – Man of the Match – Jack Perret, commanding display at the back always seeing danger and covering when required and never missed a tackle.