STANMORE Jafferys U8s were pulled apart by set pieces as they suffered a sobering loss at Maple Cross.
The team started reasonably well against the visitors’ high press, and though penned in, kept the opposition out for much of the first period.
A screamer from distance into the top corner instigated an uphill battle for the hosts, however.
Muhammad Moosa was denied from close range on the counter attack, but the lads struggled to contain the swarming Westwood team.
SJ had their best moments with some scithing counter attacks but couldn’t convert the chances that came their way.
5-0 down at half time, the manager adjusted the tactics to allow the defensive shape to be a little more rigid.
And though Aliabbas Dharas and Mehdi Lakha defended well from open play, some excellent corner deliveries from the visitors broke apart the solidity in the middle.
SJ grabbed one late on – a deserved consolation after having numerous efforts on goal – thanks to some excellent work from Mahdi Hassan Lalji.
But it was a reminder that, despite the progress the team has made, there’s still plenty of work to be done to match up for the full match against the best teams in the league.
Manager Kumail Jaffer said: “It was a tough result to take after the highs of the last few weeks.
“We defended well from open play and kept a nice structure but made basic errors under pressure.
“The team was a little short-handed today with a few players out but the nature of the result shows we still have some work to do ahead of next season.
“Westwood haven’t lost all year but next time, we hope to give them a tougher test. Credit to our lads for playing till the final whistle and remaining in high spirits, however.”
Ali Hussain Sumar
Mahdi Hassan Lalji