23/09/2014

Another sunny day, another game for the Villa's youngest crew.  This time the visit of Woodingdean Youth Claret for the much anticipated 1st home game of the season.

A capacity crowd – well, a couple of dozen sun-worshipping, proud parents! – turned out to watch the Villa U8’s parade on the perfect pitch at Falmer.  They were rewarded with some scintillating football, a hatful of goals and smiles all-round from the boys at the end.

A comfy looking crowd settle back for another footballing feast

A comfy looking crowd settle back for another footballing feast

The two teams worked hard and conjured up some great skills and fantastic goals.  From front to back there were some strong performances and the boys kept running in the heat of the Indian summer.

Five-a-side Villa U8s show their attacking intent with four up front from the kick off.
Five-a-side Villa show their attacking intent with four up front from the kick off.

A hat-trick from the lethal left foot of Sonny deserves a mention, as well as goals from Louis (one direct from a corner!) and George B (two-a-piece), and one each from Alex and Theo - to add to his three last week.

In the middle of the park there was creativity a-plenty, from (amongst others) Tom, Charlie and Stan.  Some lovely passing was on show, showing the development of the boys’ teamwork and understanding.

In defence there were stand-out performances from the likes of Spike (deservedly voted joint Man of The Match with George B), Paddy and George W, who all tackled for their lives!

Woodingdean played their part, with some particularly skilful attacking play and really hard-work from the whole team, especially as they had a smaller squad than Montpelier for the game.  Mention must also go to their keeper, who pulled off a number of super saves to much applause.

A fine game, with lots of entertainment and much to be proud of.  There was even a comedy pitch invasion at one point during proceedings, with a small child wandering onto the pitch.  “They think it’s all over... it is now”!

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This week's desperately unbiased ref: John Lucas

This week's official match reporter and clipboard-wielding supervisor: Stuart Bullen