HAMPSHIRE COUNTY YOUTH LEAGUE
SHOLING v CHRISTCHURCH
MATCH RESULT: 0 – 3
GOAL SCORER: LEWIS COOK (3)
To end a busy week of football for the youth team, they travelled to league rivals Sholing. A game which is always closely contested but after a fiery battle, saw Christchurch ease to victory. Christchurch took time to settle into the game with Sholing starting the better of the two teams and put Church under a lot a pressure. Against the run of play, at the first time of asking, Christchurch got the ball down and played in behind the Sholing line which saw Lewis Cook easily beat his opponent and then the keeper, the game then turned quickly and Christchurch took the upper hand. Having found the weaknesses in the Sholing line up, Church changed their game to exploit them, pressing hard, winning the ball back quickly. The battle was won in midfield with Jacob Carter and Connor Cullingford winning strong tackles and driving at the Sholing back four. This created numerous amount of chances for Christchurch, playing the ball between the gap for the forward players to do the damage. Sholing failed to adapt and respond to the Church pressure and Lewis Cook made it 2-0 with a neat finish after half hour, Sholing were rattled! A knock to the head saw Lee Vint replaced by Jack Rollinson after 35 minutes. With five minutes to play of the first half, a midfield charge resulted in a pass out to the wide right and the man of the moment, Lewis Cook completed his first half hat trick.
The second half began as expected with Sholing pressing and forcing play, only for Christchurch to remain switched on and mop up the pressure. The two centre backs were fantastic and never gave the Sholing forwards an inch, which began to wind them up all over the park, they were being played at their own game. The counter attack was always on for Christchurch, but tired legs and a few poor decisions prevented more goals. Changes were made to add some energy to the team which saw Brandon Randall and Sean Wright replace Lewis Cook and Connor Cullingford and Christchurch saw the game out comfortably with a performance we haven’t seen from a Christchurch team in a few seasons.
Team from: Ben Field, Rhys Newman, Charley Dukes, Jacob Carter, Elliot Lines, Matt Dodd ©, Rhys Owen, Connor Cullingford, Lee Vint, Taylor Leonard, Lewis Cook.
Subs: Jack Rollinson, Brandon Randall, Sean Wright, Liam Goulding, Kieran Douglas, Sean O’Donoghue, Jamie Wilkinson