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Hearts FC Ligers U14's - Match centre

Whitegrove Tigers
Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
A Lepine (1', 10', 31'), A Bickley (69')
Full time
G Sinclair (20', 70'), G Lee (30', 34', 39', 45', 46'), F Pickrell (32')
Sat 24 Nov 09:15 - East Berkshire Football League - Under 13s S1-Sec E

LIGERS WITHSTAND WHITEGROVE WHIRLWIND TO STAY TOP

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George Lee hits five as U13s recover from two goals down

Ligers showed tremendous character to recover from a scintillating start by hosts Whitegrove Tigers and confirm their position at the top of the Division. Alfie Lepine, playing centre forward, twice showed the Hearts defence a clean pair of heels, tearing through the back four to put Whitegrove two goals clear inside 10 minutes. His opening goal game in the opening minute, leaving Toby and Joe sucking air as he calmly placed the ball beyond George PM, almost before the stand-in goalie had pulled on his gloves. Alfie’s second goal resulted from route one football, as he again sprinted beyond the Hearts defence. His finish was made somewhat easier by George rushing out to meet him and ending up in no-man’s land, still 10 yards short of the attacker and 18 yards off his goal line. Alfie didn’t hit the sweetest of finishes but it rolled into the corner unchallenged.

Ligers, justifiably, looked very rattled. But this team possesses remarkable spirit and they appeared to press the reset button. The back four of Kevin, Toby, Joe and Zak began to hold their line and Kevin used his pace to sweep round the back to cover for his colleagues. John and Frazer got a grip of the midfield, battling well for the second balls and in transition, enabling Gabe, George L and Ilyas to find some space in the Whitegrove defence. On 20 minutes a searching cross from Kevin found Gabriel on the left who cut inside to halve the deficit.

Dylan was causing problems through the middle and managed a couple of shots but the home keeper was equal to them. He wasn’t quite as able to deal with George L when he picked up a pass from Gabe in the inside left channel, holding off two challenges before hammering the ball beyond the Whitegrove No1. But parity was short-lived. Within 90 seconds, Alfie had completed a first-half hat-trick down the hill. Dylan took the brunt of Coach Wallis’s wrath, having failed to track back with the home team’s raiders. With four minutes of the half remaining, Dylan found himself trudging to the bench to be replaced by Sam. It was an inspired move by the Coach: in the remaining minutes, the Hearts midfield changed the game. First of all Frazer found himself with space after good work by Ilyas on the right, and pulled the trigger to level at 3-3. Minutes later, John’s excellent half on the right of midfield saw him hit a pinpoint cross to find George L in the box, and Hearts went into the half-time huddle ahead for the first time.

The second half was a very different story. The increasingly influential Frazer and John gave way to Rufus and Tommy, while Dylan returned in place of Ilyas. Joe swapped with George PM in goal, and Kevin moved alongside Toby in central defence. The terror of the first 35minutes, Alfie, found himself increasingly offside and frustrated, whilst his team mates could barely wrestle the ball from Rufus, who was outstanding, George PM and Gabriel, whose passing, movement and tackling, made the left flank their own. Dylan, with a point to prove, was rampaging in both directions and Tommy was making himself a handful whilst laying off some good little touches behind the strikers. George was quick to capitalise on Ligers’ ascendency, netting his second to create a two goal lead. But it was his next goal that was the real stand out: a short corner between Sam and Zak worked beautifully, pulling the defence out of position and Sam’s cross found George unmarked to bury the ball in the back of the Whitegrove net. It was another astonishing goal-scoring feat by George; he has now scored his 24th goal in 10 appearances.

To be fair to Whitegrove, they kept on fighting. With only one replacement to call on, and the rain teeming down, they were understandably despondent but they never gave up. Joe, now in goal, added to their frustration by reading the game brilliantly and negating every through ball in Alfie’s direction, and some that weren’t. Joe only got one wrong: as the game edged towards its denouement, Joe rushed out of his box to nick the ball away from the on-rushing Tiger, miscued his kick and then stuck out is hand to parry the ball away from Alfie, whilst still outside his area. A red card offence, exacerbated by Joe telling referee Mr. Blower that he had done it! Still, these are U13s and Joe was permitted to retreat, chastened, to his posts, only to see the resulting free-kick whistle past his right hand from the boot of Adam Bickley.

Ligers weren’t to concede the upper hand. With barely enough time for the restart, the Duracell that is Gabriel found himself bearing down on goal unchallenged. He stepped round the keeper who had rushed to the edge of his box to close the angle and Gabe calmly walked the ball into the net as Mr Blower blew the final whistle.

Ligers confirmed their credentials to be top of the table with just two league games remaining before Christmas. It was a display of character and resilience against a Whitegrove team who belied their position at he other end of the table.

There has been an incredible improvement in ability and understanding of every one of the Ligers squad that crossed the whitewash in Warfield. The passing and movement, and even the communication was excellent; once the boys worked out how to negate Whitegrove's pace, the home team's threat evaporated. Every player now appears to understand the need to battle to win back a lost ball.

Ligers maintain a two point lead at the top of the table, as all three teams below them won convincingly.

Rufus Biggs

Player of the Match

Rufus Biggs

Key moments

0:55
Goal Alfie Lepine scores for Whitegrove Tigers
9:30
Goal Alfie Lepine scores for Whitegrove Tigers
19:58
Goal Gabe Sinclair scores for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
29:26
Goal George Lee scores for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
31:00
Goal Alfie Lepine scores for Whitegrove Tigers
32:00
Goal Frazer Pickrell scores for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
33:44
Goal George Lee scores for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
38:28
Goal George Lee scores for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
44:50
Goal George Lee scores for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
46:00
Goal George Lee scores for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
69:00
Goal Adam Bickley scores for Whitegrove Tigers
69:20
Goal Gabe Sinclair scores for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers

Highlights

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70:00 Player of the Match
Rufus Biggs is awarded player of the match for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
69:20 Goal 4 - 8
Gabe Sinclair scores for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
69:00 Goal 4 - 7
Adam Bickley scores for Whitegrove Tigers
62:00 Missed Shot
Shot missed for Whitegrove Tigers
60:00 Missed Shot
Toby Chilvers misses a shot for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
46:00 Goal 3 - 7
George Lee scores for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
44:50 Goal 3 - 6
George Lee scores for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
42:00 Missed Shot
Gabe Sinclair misses a shot for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
41:00 Missed Shot
Kevin Kota misses a shot for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
38:28 Goal 3 - 5
George Lee scores for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
36:05 Sub On
Dylan Tomlinson is substituted on for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
36:05 Sub On
Rufus Biggs is substituted on for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
36:05 Sub On
Thomas Fondie is substituted on for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
36:00 Sub Off
Frazer Pickrell is substituted off for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
36:00 Sub Off
John Humphrey is substituted off for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
36:00 Sub Off
Ilyas Akhtar is substituted off for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
End of period 1
33:44 Goal 3 - 4
George Lee scores for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
33:41 Assist
John Humphrey makes an assist for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
32:00 Goal 3 - 3
Frazer Pickrell scores for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
31:42 Sub On
Sam Bates is substituted on for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
31:40 Sub Off
Dylan Tomlinson is substituted off for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
31:00 Goal 3 - 2
Alfie Lepine scores for Whitegrove Tigers
29:26 Goal 2 - 2
George Lee scores for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
28:27 Saved Shot
Dylan Tomlinson has a shot saved for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
19:58 Goal 2 - 1
Gabe Sinclair scores for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
19:57 Assist
Kevin Kota makes an assist for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
16:49 Missed Shot
Dylan Tomlinson misses a shot for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
15:00 Saved Shot
Gabe Sinclair has a shot saved for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
9:30 Goal 2 - 0
Alfie Lepine scores for Whitegrove Tigers
8:00 Missed Shot
Alfie Lepine misses a shot for Whitegrove Tigers
4:00 Missed Shot
George Lee misses a shot for Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
3:00 Missed Shot
Shot missed for Whitegrove Tigers
0:55 Goal 1 - 0
Alfie Lepine scores for Whitegrove Tigers
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Whitegrove Tigers
  • Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers
  • 0
  • Alfie Lepine Goal 0:55'
  • Alfie Lepine Goal 9:30'
  • Kevin Kota Assist 19:57'
  • Gabe Sinclair Goal 19:58'
  • George Lee Goal 29:26'
  • Alfie Lepine Goal 31:00'
  • Dylan Tomlinson Sub Off 31:40'
  • Sam Bates Sub On 31:42'
  • Frazer Pickrell Goal 32:00'
  • John Humphrey Assist 33:41'
  • George Lee Goal 33:44'
  • John Humphrey Sub Off 36:00'
  • Ilyas Akhtar Sub Off 36:00'
  • Frazer Pickrell Sub Off 36:00'
  • Dylan Tomlinson Sub On 36:05'
  • Rufus Biggs Sub On 36:05'
  • Thomas Fondie Sub On 36:05'
  • George Lee Goal 38:28'
  • George Lee Goal 44:50'
  • George Lee Goal 46:00'
  • Adam Bickley Goal 69:00'
  • Gabe Sinclair Goal 69:20'

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League round up

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2
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2
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0
4
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7
2
Woodley Saints Panthers

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Teddington Athletic Wolves 10 25
2. Hearts of Teddlothian Ligers 10 24
3. Marlow United 8 21
4. Pinewood Panthers 9 21
5. Reeves Rangers Blues 9 15
6. Caversham AFC Coyotes 9 13
7. Woodley United Hurricanes 9 12

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