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Launton Boys vs Bure Park U13s 25th Jan 2015

posted 25 Jan 2015, 09:44 by Dave Tyrrell   [ updated 26 Jan 2015, 05:42 by Graham Keeble ]

After the recent cold spell the weather turned mild for today's fixture against Launton Boys at Launton Playing Fields. A good turnout of friends and family saw the Launton Social Club well occupied for pre-match lubrication. This was our second visit to Launton this season, the first was versus Launton Athletic in the cup.

The game had more riding on it for the boys than most, with both sides containing former players of the other, and many of the boys knowing each other well.

Bure Park kicked off and almost immediately conceded. Zac held on to the ball for a little too long and was dispossessed by a Launton player, with Sam coming out to try and clear. Sam's clearance rebounded towards the goal, but William raced after it and cleared the ball off the line.

Despite the shaky start, Bure Park took the lead on the 3rd minute. Good work down the left wing between Tommy and Luke saw the ball eventually come to OJ, who crossed to Callum who finished confidently.

On the 10th minute Luke fired over after good work from Aiden who was causing Launton problems with some tireless harassing.

Two minutes later and Aiden almost scored a wonder goal, with an overhead scissor kick attempt. Seconds later and a chance fell to Joe who shot narrowly wide.

Bure Park doubled their lead on the 17th minute when Callum absolutely rifled the ball into the top right hand corner with a left foot volley, after OJ had driven into the box.

It was now all Bure Park, with Launton struggling to get out of their half.

On the 21st minute OJ found himself with space to shoot and he tried to lob the keeper. From the spectator's point of view it looked as though OJ had cleared the bar, but he had actually timed the shot to perfection and the keeper was picking the ball out of the net.

Stung by the the three nil scoreline, Launton started coming back in to the game, and were particularly threatening at corners. On the 28th minute a Launton corner was superbly headed off the line by Zac. Another attack saw a last ditch sliding tackle from William to prevent a shot on goal.

The second half started with Launton trying hard to get back in to the game, with former Bure Park player Ben putting in a very hard working performance.

On the 40th minute Aiden took the ball out of defence, playing in to Zac who passed on to OJ whose shot was cleared for a corner.

Launton were putting much more pressure on Bure Park now. However, Bure Park were defending as a team, with every player making tackles around the final third. Oscar in particular started putting in tackle after tackle to stop Launton from getting a clear view on goal.

The second half had being going for 15 minutes when the next goal came. Tommy threw back to William, who moved the ball over to Zac who decided to chance a long range shot, which bounced wickedly in front of the Launton keeper, who spilled it in to the net. Four nil.

The final goal of the game came when OJ played in Ethan on the right wing, who looked like he would shoot, but very selflessly dragged the ball back and passed across goal to Aiden who could not miss - and did not miss.

Credit to Launton who still clearly wanted to score. Despite the pressure that they had applied during the game, Launton had not managed to make many goal scoring chances, which was down to the absolute determination of the Bure Park defence and midfield. On the 31st minute however Sam made a fantastic save and somehow managed to keep hold of the ball, with Launton attackers bearing down on him. A couple of moments later and he was forced in to action again, turning the ball round the goal and smacking his head on the post for his trouble.

Final score was five nil, and a fantastic team performance all round. There were multiple candidates for man of the match, including Callum's first half brace and Oscar's second half defensive display. It was handed to Zac for his huge work-rate, putting in tackles across the pitch, heading off the line and creating and scoring chances at the other end.