Frustration as U10 Hotspurs Let Their Lead Slip

Hotspurs-Reading-MascotSometimes it is just not your day, and today was one of those.

Hotspurs started strongly yet again, putting passes together and attacking with pace. It was not long into the first quarter when they took the lead. However, Whitegrove were not phased by Hotspurs’ fast start. They started to win some of the tackles in the middle of the field and put together some attacks themselves. They managed to equalise from one of these attacks after Hotspurs found themselves short-handed at the back and Whitegrove were first to a rebound. Hotspurs continued to look comfortable in attack, though. A second goal came when it looked as though a Hotspurs player had been fouled in the area, but a well taken strike from outside the area restored Hotspurs lead. Hotspurs then continued to attack and could have had several more goals before the first break, but continued to look comfortable.

Hotspurs control of the game started to slip in the second quarter, with the Whitegrove players controlling possession in the middle of the field and their front players looking strong and attacking with intent. Whitegrove got in behind Hotspurs defence several times and it was only some strong goal-keeping that kept them at bay. It was no surprise, though, when Whitegrove finally equalised.

Hotspurs changed their shape for the second half and increased their intensity. They managed to put the Whitegrove defence under pressure more and started to win some of the 50/50 balls. However, they continued to struggle to kick-start their usual wide game and create chances. A well-taken free kick from Whitegrove took a deflection close to goal and Hotspurs found themselves behind for the first time in the game.

Hotspurs front three flooded forward in the final quarter, but Whitegrove defended strongly and few clear-cut chances appeared. A lovely move down the left almost brought the equaliser, but the final touch was just too far out of reach to deflect it goalwards. Another attack created an almost open goal, but the goal bound shot unfortunately hit another Hotspurs player and Whitegrove managed to clear the scramble that ensued. It was then that it became clear that it might just not be Hotspurs’ day. As much as they tried, Hotspurs could not fashion another chance.