Adil Hussein Walji
Husayn Ali Khimji
Saturday 27th Nov 2021
On a freezing, blustery Saturday morning on Gravel Hill, the SJFCU9 lined-up against Chalfont St Peter FC.
The first quarter started at a fast pace with both teams having fair possession and chances to attack.
Chalfont managed to take advantage and were first on the score sheet.
In the second quarter, despite SJFC U9’s valiant efforts, Chalfont raced into a commanding lead. SJFC U9’s did manage to pull a goal back and went into half time 4-1 behind.
Coaches Mustafa and Sadik used half-time to bolster the confidence and reinforce the game plan – and it worked as SJFC U9 added to their solitary goal.
Now trailing by two goals – SJFC U9 were able to gather some momentum, and some wise substations helped to keep fresh legs on pitch.
The match was marred by some crunching tackles by Chalfont including two footed challenges, some which escaped the referee’s attention.
There was to be no repeat of the previous weeks’s phenomenal five goal comeback, and Chalfont solidified their lead with three further goals.
Nonetheless, SJFC U9 continued to play as a unit – defending in numbers and attempting to attack. The reward duly courtesy of a swift counter attack, pulling a goal back to 7-3.
The game petered out in the final quarter.
The SJFC U9’s should be proud of their efforts against tough opposition and tricky conditions. Onwards to the next match!
Match report by Zahid Khimji