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  • Writer's pictureJonathan Powell

Keepers on top on a Soggy Sunday at Wanstead Flats.

Barkingside U10s 0 - 0 Newham Warriors U10s

As the heavens opened at Wanstead Flats this morning, it was Barkingside's and Newham's goalkeepers who made sure that this fixture ended 0-0. Newham fielded a side with a lot of height, whilst Barkingside were almost at full strength. Despite a late withdrawal from Benji, the U10s were still able to start the game with three substitutes. There was also a welcome return for Kayson.

From the outset, there was plenty of quality to both teams' approach to the game. Barkingside were playing lovely little triangles in the middle of the pitch and Lucas was instrumental in a couple of early breaks for the 10s. Ben was causing plenty of problems for the Newham rearguard and he was through one on one with the keeper on two occasions having been fed through the middle only to see a combination of both keeper and strong defending keep him out.

Barkingside were increasingly taking a stranglehold on the game. Alfie had two free kicks go close and the busy Josh had another opportunity just in front of goal. His effort brilliantly snuffed out by Neham's central defender. Savanyah was as ever, elegant in her work at the back, and was able to break the lines with some impressive forward running. Ian was once again redoubtable and robust in his approach - the Newham forward line were frustrated on two breaks as Ian snuffed out the danger with well timed clearances. . As half time approached, the rain started pouring down and it finished 0-0.

Controversy at the start of the second half. The ball was driven forwards by Newham into the Barkingside box. Lewis pulled off a tremendous save only to then be bundled off the ball in regathering it. The ball broke to Newham's seven who finished into an empty net. A foul undoubtedly. However, the ref was most unclear in his decision. The ball first of all heading to the centre spot before then going back to a free kick to Barkingside from their box. Only he will know what his decision truly was. However, it was the right call ultimately, and the game progressed. Barkingside kept forcing the pressure on Newham and chances started piling up. First of all Ben went through again one on one with the keeper - another magnificent challenge thwarted his ambitions. He then had a shot brilliantly saved by Newham's keeper after dancing into the box. Lewis at the other end pulled off a tremendous one-handed save to stop a Newham attack.

George G. was now running proceedings from defence and was finding the channels well. Lucas was hustling the Newham back three well on the left hand side of midfield and Kayson was driving proceedings well through the middle . After winning the ball in the midfield, he then fed Josh who in turn played a lovely ball out to George L on the right flank. His pace took him past the Newham left back and he swung in a tremendous ball to Alfie whose shot was well kept out again by the Newham keeper. What a move.

The match ended shortly after in monsoon rainfall. A really entertaining 0-0 draw. Barkingside were a little unlucky not to find the net but ultimately, Newham did perhaps deserve something from the game too. POTM was Josh today. Industrious and busy in the midfield with some good decision making when Barkingside were on the break. Well done to all players and spectators and a big thank you to Reagan, Zak and Tony for looking after the 10s.

Happy Mother's Day!

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