PTGFC Youth 1 – 5 Chalfont St Peter
On a cool day with a drying pitch Penn and Tylers Green entertained Chalfont St Peter. After having drawn away at Chalfont and showing improved form in recent matches, Penn & Tylers Green were full of confidence, although missing two regular players in Luke Cohen and Luke Graham.
The match started at a slow and steady pace. Both sides didn’t look threatening and it was very scrappy although Penn & Tylers Green were tough in the tackle and determined to get to any loose balls. Penn & Tylers Green were playing some neat and tidy football with Byron Stephens and Joe Fisher combining well but no chances were created as we looked for the killer ball. Will Brangwin and Curtis Stone were battling hard in midfield and were working tirelessly. Jonny Carpenter and Josh Barr were linking well down the left hand side and were having a number of crossing opportunities down the left wing. The game continued to be played in the midfield with neither side dominating. A long ball over the top by the Chalfont midfielder released the striker who was one on one. Conor Latta came out and did well to make the player go off balance and Josh Knight recovered to hoof it clear. Chalfont were starting to have a number of long range efforts but none really threatened the Penn & Tylers Green goalkeeper and defence. Jonny Carpenter had been solid and was working hard for the team and the effort from all the players was high.
However, the game then turned on two first half incidents. Firstly the Chalfont goalkeeper dropped the ball and Will Eustace tussled for it and scored. It came as a great shock when the goal was cancelled for a foul on the goalkeeper, a decision which surprised everybody. From the restart, play switched to the Penn & Tylers Green end where Will Eustace brought down a Chalfont player, and the resultant penalty gave Conor Latta no chance. Thereafter, Chalfont took control and Penn & Tylers Green were thankful to Conor Latta for some fine saves to keep Penn & Tylers Green in the game.
After a team-talk in the changing rooms at half-time, Penn & Tylers Green came out fired up and raring to go. A long ball by Alex Morgan led to a knock-down by Byron Stephens who fed Joe Fisher who had a one on one which the keeper tipped round the post. Then, a long free-kick by Curtis stone was flicked on by both Josh Knight and then Joe Fisher for Byron Stephens to volley in from close range. Penn & Tylers Green were playing good, confident football at this point and looked to be likely winners. Unfortunately, Will Brangwin had then to be withdrawn with an injury to his knee. This forced a re-shuffle with Charlie Whitfield coming on at right back, Alex Morgan moving to centre back and Will Eustace moving forward into midfield as Penn & Tylers Green looked for a winner.
Penn & Tylers Green were lively and balls into the channels for Ross Baker and Josh Barr were causing problems. Chalfont were still dangerous however and Conor Latta was forced into making some excellent saves notably a shot tipped onto the post and then cleared away. But Penn & Tylers Green became sloppy and a low, drilled cross from the left evaded Penn & Tylers Green Centre Back’s and Goalkeeper for the Chalfont striker to tap in. A third goal followed after a free-kick was wrongly given to Chalfont. Penn & Tylers Green failed to clear the kick which was turned in from a Chalfont’s midfielder who finished well from a tight angle off the post.
Penn & Tylers Green began to lose their shape. Mistakes were happening constantly. Passes were going astray; we weren’t winning first or second balls. We didn’t seem up for it anymore. Long shots from Will Eustace and Byron Stephens went well wide and these were the only chances we’d had after our goal. The referee made another wrong decision after a clean tackle by Charlie Whitfield gave away a free kick. The free-kick was taken quickly and went over the top of the defence and the Chalfont striker beat Conor Latta to the ball and scored. Penn & Tylers Green still battled hard with Charlie Whitfield and Curtis Stone crunching into tackles. Crosses were flooding into the Penn & Tylers Green box but were dealt with well by Alex Morgan and Jonny Carpenter. Chalfont’s fifth goal came after a long shot from 20 yards was palmed out by Conor Latta but it unfortunately landed at the striker’s feet to tap in. Shortly before this Ross Baker was booked for dissent.
The full-time whistle blew and Penn & Tylers Green, who looked promising at 1-1, had lost convincingly to a well-drilled Chalfont side.
On a personal note, the team morale today was poor. We kept having a go at each other (and the referee) and knocking people’s confidence. As a team we should encourage and motivate. It was clear that everyone was bickering at each other and that people were getting frustrated with each other. It’s fair to say that everyone makes mistakes but having a go is just the not the right thing. More encouragement is needed and it’s vital for us to do this in our two remaining games.
My player of the match = Curtis Stone
Player of the Match = William Eustace
Match Report = Alex Morgan