Under 7s and under 9s
U7s: Rugby Town Pumas v Lutterworth Athletic Cyclones: Pumas’ first full mini football match started off with some good attacking play from Lutterworth, but good defending from Hugo Sandiland kept the Cyclones out. Leo Jay looked bright going forward for the Pumas and after a good run forced an own goal. After some changes Daniel Pratt came on and made an immediate impression with great skills and dribbling he managed to bag two goals. Lutterworth were always in the game and could of scored more if it wasn’t for some great keeping by Billy Turner. Daniel completed his hat-trick in the second half after another mazy run. Thomas Walker, Ethan Capelett and Finley Thompson all played well in the middle of the park and helped contribute to a good team performance.
U7s Rugby Town Tigers: In their first league game of the season Zac managed to beat two Oadby players and score from 15 yards. Tigers earned a corner which went through a packed box and Addison pounced to extend the lead. From an Oadby attack, Jake ran the length of the pitch to score. Hayden was on top form, with strong tackles and runs but was denied a hat-trick when the Oadby keeper saved but Tiago slotted the rebound.
Oadby still pressed forward, with Ben and Ellis getting back to help the defence and goalkeeper.
Towards the end, from a driving cross from Jake, an unlucky Oadby player kicked the ball into his own net.
Ben, Ellis and Addison also did a very good Job wanting to take turns in goal, all making important saves.
U9s: Rugby Town Cougars v Rugby Town Eagles: Sponsored by Total Objects: In the absence of a league match, the Cougars arranged a friendly with Eagles, which was played in positively balmy conditions. This was always going to be a tough game for the fledgling Cougars, against their vastly more experienced club mates.
Captained by Joe, the team played with Reece in goal for the first half, replaced by Timmee for the second. To be fair the boys struggled a bit in the first half, although they did get stronger in the second – Ashton and Tristan were as lively as ever, and Cougars hit the woodwork a couple of times. Good solid performances were put in by Dylan and Lewis. The match also provided the coach with the perfect opportunity to try some of the lads out in new positions. All in all it was a great learning experience, with some real positives that the boys can take forward.