01 Nov WWSET U18’s win again
Crawley Green 2
Wycombe Wanderers SET 10
WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN……..You Start 10 U16s in an under 18 fixture on Halloween Night?
An accident packed M1 meant that Wycombe Wanderers SET’s travel to Crawley Green took over 1hr 30mins which disrupted the pre-match preparations – But once the boys took to the pitch they put on a show and a performance that will certainly catch the attention of the Southern Counties.
WW SET started the 1st half with crisp flowing passing, with the set move seemingly to exploit the wide areas through Liam Lock and Max Bowles. With the two winger’s stretching the pitch this also gave the technical midfield players Ben Peters, Pat Coyle and Seb Asare space and time to work and be at their creative best. The Centre-back pairing of Archie Goodliff and Tom Roberts had a solid feel to it thus allowing the fullbacks to join in attacks frequently.
WW SET opened the scoring after 12minutes with a Ben Peters diagonal ball finding Liam in space on the right wing, Liam beat his fullback and delivered an inch-perfect cross for Loius Fountain to head home 0-1. Just 5 Minutes later the visitors doubled their lead when Seb Asare effortlessly drifting past two Crawley players before squaring a pass for Max Bowles who thundered a right foot shot past the Crawley Keeper 0-2.
WWSET, however, seemed to slow the tempo of the game and a few bad decisions in possession resulted in Crawley Green gaining some good attacking opportunities of their own and it was of no surprise when the hosts halved the deficit when a through ball was not dealt with and the Crawley striker slotted calmly past Aron in the WWSET Goal 1-2
Despite their early dominance, quite amazingly WWSET could have lost their lead altogether had Crawley not missed a golden opportunity to level the game from the spot after being awarded a penalty for a mistimed tackle. However, the Crawley striker hit the post and the ball was cleared.
Whatever Coach Asare said to his players at halftime, certainly had the desired effect as WWSET scored twice in the opening 3 minutes of the second half. The first was a great team move involving 6 players resulting in striker Louis finding an unmarked Max Bowles 20 yards out, who fired home his 2nd of the night 1-3. A minute later Pat Coyle timed a wonderful run into the box and guided a volley past the keeper from a precise Lewis Patrick delivery. 1-4.
Crawley Green scored a header from a whipped cross to once again keep them in touch on the scoreboard 2-4 on 56mins, but that was to be their last threatening moment of the match, as WWSET just upped the intensity and precision of their possession.
On the hour mark Pat Coyle received a pass from half-time substitute Josh Kurton and from the edge of the box he used his left foot to guide a shot into the bottom right-hand corner of the net. 2-5. Minutes later Max Bowles latched onto a beautifully weighted pass again from Josh Kurton, before opening is hips and curling a shot past the Crawley to complete a well-deserved hattrick. 2-6.
Then a real moment of class from the WWSET after another flowing passing move left Louis in the box with only the keeper to beat, but before he could execute his shot he was bundled over for a stonewall penalty kick. Whilst there were many players wanting to take the kick, Manager Asare suggested that the chance be offered to Pat Coyle to complete his hatrick, the players agreed and he duly slotted past the keeper 2-7
Emotionally this was draining on the Crawley players, but the WWSET U18s were relentless in their smooth possession play exploiting the wide areas. From such a move Ben Peters was on hand to slot his 1st goal in a WWSET Shirt when he converted a Kyle Kerr-Miller cross. 2-8
with 7 minutes to play Left Back Lewis Patrick went on an amazing run down the left wing before cutting inside and lobbing a deflected shot over the keeper 2-9 and finally Sebastian Asare who had been very elusive for the Crawley Green defenders all night ghosted past 3 players in the box before unselfishly squaring the ball for Ben Peters to score his second of the night and conclude the scoring 2-10.
Coach Asare: -This was not about the scoreline – our possession and ability to pass through the lines and exploit wide areas was breathtaking, and in front of goal we were exceptionally clinical tonight. Our philosophy is about player development before results, with the attitude that if you coach the players correctly and develop them both technically and tactically in an out of possession, the results will inevitably follow.
Next Up; Boreham Wood (A) Monday 5th November