Sunday and under 11’s football a lazy morning and some apologising had to be done!! Kick off wasn’t until the afternoon and was a local fixture against Wantage town so no real distance to travel, so I set off for my run in a little pain with the calf so another slow run was in order. My fellow coaches were both away with Mark skiing and Jenny working so Chris Blake stepped in to help me with the lads. We arrived and the sun was out and confidence was high after last weeks performance, so a quick but intense warm up and some short passing drills and then the chat, “don’t think its going to be easy” you’ve still got to work hard” etc etc but I didn’t really feel the desire from the team, unfortunately this played out as the boys just didn’t seem to want it and were quickly 2-0 down as Wantage hit them on the break and some sloppy defending from long throws had Grove in utter disarray, We managed to pull one back but immediately went 3-1 and heads dropped half time couldn’t come quick enough as we held on for the last 5 mins of the half without conceding.
The boys were down and looked beaten but a Henry V type speech, some words of wisdom and some tough love was given at half time and they looked full of determination as they headed out for the second half. Then it began, they started to perform, they passed, they moved and they took Wantage apart and were quickly level through Jack Blake and Olly Hughes(an inspired substitution!!) then they just camped in the Wantage half but couldn’t score a winner!! A fantastic second half performance well worthy of praise its just a shame they started at half time otherwise they would have run away with it!! Well done lads proud of you!!!
Miles to go:532
Shoes: Saucony Omni 12