SJFA U10 v West Drayton

The SJFA Tier 3 has 56 registered players, a manager, and three coaches.

From the start of this season, we have aimed to give the players more external matches to improve the players, inject a competitive spirit into them, and to give them practice of playing in challenging games.

Competitive friendly fixture

On Saturday 19 November 2016, the fourth fixture was arranged against West Drayton YFC, to whose U9 team we had previously lost.

The squad was managed by the tier manager, Abbas Ismail:

Abbas Alloo (GK)
Aqil Karawalli
Ali Rayhan Merali
Jaabir Walji
Alireza Hamir (C)
Ali Dewji
Husayn Ismail
Rohan Malik

First half

We began playing in our usual 2-1-2-1 formation, with Ali Rayhan Merali, Aqil Karawalli, and Rohan Malik making their debuts.

We did not start well and West Drayton attacked with three quick attackers and we were quickly a goal down.

The formation was quickly changed to 3-2-1 and this gave the team immediate stability with Aqil Karawalli, Ali Rayhan Merali, and Jaabir Walji in defence, as well as the safe hands of Abbas Alloo in goal.

After this, SJFA looked very strong and passed the ball around well. The trio of Ali Dewji, Alireza Hamir, and Husayn Ismail were linking up with a lot of skill.

Ali Dewji ran down the left and cut in, and hit a delightful curling shot that went over the keeper; it was 1-1 and game on!

After this, in a flowing counter-attack, Ali Dewji ran down the left and passed to Husayn Ismail on the right. Husayn managed to beat two players and get to the by-line, and crossed to Alireza who was running in at the far post to volley home. 2-1 to SJFA and probably the best counter-attacking goal we have ever scored.

Second half

In the second half, West Drayton became much more aggressive and fielded some of their bigger players.

West Drayton managed to pull another two goals back and were in the lead again, at 3-2.

However, SJFA did not let their heads sink; they have become very resilient and determined, and everyone gave 100%.

Rohan Malik was getting more and more stuck in and made some important challenges.

SJFA created two or three more chances, but just failed to put the ball in the back of the net.

SJFA were dominating possession, and got the ball to Husayn Ismail, who managed to turn a couple of defenders before slotting the ball into the corner of the goal to make it 3-3!

It finished a draw, but our feeling was that we could have snatched a win with another few minutes of play.


  • Without a doubt, the spirit and skill of our players is increasing
  • With our strongest squads we can match any team out there
  • We need to work on starting the game better
  • We need to work on defending as a unit and knowing where to stand while defending
  • We are able to come back into games when we are down

Result: West Drayton 3 – 3 SJFA

Selection for games

Every week at The Hive, the coaches will be looking out for two key qualities: ability and attitude. Such players will be invited to play in the games. At times we may only be able to field one team, but at other times we will be able to field more; this is mainly dependent upon the opposition and their own numbers and set up. We will always try to field as many teams as we can.

It is very important that the players take The Hive practices seriously, and demonstrate their skills every week.

The motto of our Tier this year is: we back our skills, no matter who the opposition. This means that we want the boys to be excellent in their technical abilities and understanding of the game, and they have the confidence to back themselves to deliver those skills no matter what the format, who the opposition, or what surface they play on.

Abbas Ismail
Manager – Tier 3, SJFA