14-07-18 Carterton Dev v Bampton

Carterton Dev 2 - 1 Bampton

Very hot conditions for our first friendly of summer. Some new faces and some missing faces saw us have to change things round from the successful team we finished last season with.We are sticking with same 3 - 5 - 1 formation as it worked well for us last season.We played some beautiful football today, playing out of defence and through the thirds.I asked for strong supporting runs, especially from left and right full backs and that's what we got.Dan in goal is just amazing and has made our team so difficult to score against.Some great saves today.He is also very confident on the ball and coming off his line. In defence, JackC looked like he had played centre defence for years.Solid in tackle, strong in the air, with pace and great distribution.He was supported so well be Jamie and Euan.These 3 knocked the ball around and played football into the oppositions half.Jamie looked like he could play the left side of defence for a long time.Really impressed with all 3 today.In the middle Zack and Angus were strong and creative, giving everything they had.Not helped by a home referee, the fought for everything.Lachy and Toby played wide left and right and caused real problems for the defence. Toby liking up with Zack on the right for the move of the match.Thomas started his first game for us having never played 9v9 or offside before.He was excellent and linked up well with midfield, always looking for the ball and comfortable when he had it.JEB and Rowan both played numerous positions and did well when they came on.We hit bar, post so many times I lost count.On another day, we should have been 6 up at half time.I swapped things round a bit at start of second half to give players a chance at different positions.This let opposition in a bit but it was worth seeing how players coped before season starts.I though Angus, Toby, JackC and Jamie all excelled in new roles today.Goal today scored by Toby who was brilliant and is today's Man of the Match.

Man of the Match

Toby Hickman

Great link up play down the right. Amazing skills.