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Hall of Fame: Maidenhead United Juniors turn on the style difficult autumnal conditions

Neil Maskell

The autumnal weather made conditions less than perfect for Maidenhead United’s Junior teams this weekend, but there was still plenty of good football played in this week’s Hall of Fame.

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The u7s Blacks enjoyed a fine match with the Spencers Wood Avengers despite the driving rain and the howling gale - our youngest players are clearly made of tough stuff! The u7s Colts played at home against Windsor Kites Whites.

Colts played well throughout and dominated the game from start to finish.

Philippa was delighted with the team: “It is great seeing the boys progressing each week and that showed today with some great passing and strong tackles made.

“POTM goes to Rory for his hard work and constant effort. He made some great tackles and was on the score sheet twice. Fantastic job boys!”

Byron was beyond proud of the u8s Whites:

“We have had three really difficult previous games and this time we were up against a strong Ascot team who beat us last season,” he said.

“It took a while for the boys to switch on after watching the rugby together.

“The boys were behind going into the final quarter, however, they showed superb determination and character to turn the game around. Each boy deserves an individual mention for their performance this week. Dylan for his runs creating space and early shooting, Henry for going in goal for the entire game after a pre-match fitness test had ruled him out from taking up his usual outfield position. He made a number of excellent saves including a vital penalty save.

Fahad came in to his own in the second half with a number of incisive tackles and through balls. Joe for his link up play, two assists and calmly taken goal. Finley for pressing high and winning the ball in their half throughout the final quarter and coming away with another hatrick. And finally Dougie, who played his heart out, he timed each tackle perfectly and scored 2 cracking goals. A brilliant performance boys, well done.”

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There was a great match for the u8s Juniors who rather bucked the trend by enjoying a beautiful morning to play football! The boys were successful against Burnham Junior Cubs Blues in a very balanced game. The team are growing together every week, showing great passing skills and positioning and it was impressive how they changed positions to cover for each other.

The POTM went to Hayden who lifted the team in almost every position, passing and supporting other players at all times. Also special mention to Thomas who kept his centre-back position and was almost impossible to pass through. It was a great team work from all. Well done!

u8s Blacks also played over in the sunshine in Arborfield! They started on the front foot and pressed at every opportunity, some good tackling saw the Blacks have most of the ball in the first half. Blacks capitalised on this possession with two goals each from Jude and Luke and a first goal of the season for Bobby. Arborfield played a different game in the second half and put the Blacks under more pressure but the team held out brilliantly. Another great effort from them all. Player of the Match went to Hayden who made his goalkeeping debut, pulling off several fine saves.

The u8s Braves enjoyed a high scoring encounter away against Delaford Colt Whites. It was a great game to be involved in and the teams were equally balanced which made it a very competitive game played in a good spirit.

The Braves were always in the game despite only having had the bare minimum five players today due to half term. POTM went to Arian who fought really hard for 40 minutes and covered every blade of grass. Special mention to William who was ultra competitive in midfield.

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The u9s Diamonds also had a thrilling encounter against Binfield Celtics in an end to end game where every player on the field played their hearts out in blustery conditions that even toppled the goalposts over backwards in the first quarter!

The game could have gone either way but neither side gave up and all coaches agreed at the end that it was the most competitive league game that both sides have had all season.

Although the whole team showed a great attitude throughout, particular praise goes to Jesse for putting the gloves on in place of Jack who got injured in quarter 3 and producing a string of magnificent saves to keep us in the game.

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The u13s Whites were over in Teddington today and got back to winning ways with a fantastic 5-1 win against NPL. There were two goals each from Lennon and Connor and 1 from Daniel.

Connor was POTM for an unreal  second half where he was unplayable, scoring 2 fantastic goals with one being a 30-yard free kick.

Big shout out to the back five for shutting out one of the most talented forwards in Division 1.

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There was a great 3-2 win for the u14s Vipers against a well organised Ruislip Rangers side.

A brace for Thomas with Dan getting the other goal. POTM was Freddie for a faultless display at the back breaking up countless Ruislip attacks and ensuring Vipers got the win they deserved.

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The u15s Panthers played home to Totteridge, a very strong team of players that looked a couple years older. However that did not phase Panthers today with clinical play, work effort, team spirit that put them ahead 2-0 in the first half.

Second half Totteridge did strike back and looked to have the momentum for a short time but the final score was a 5-1 win.

Manager David added: “With 16 players this result is even more impressive as every 13 minutes almost half the team were rotated off, which in past has meant the focus was lost, not today however.

Player of the Match was Edwin, not only for his goal-of-the-season contender, but for his hard work at which point was shown by his run of almost the length of the pitch. Special mention to Matt for his debut game for Panthers today, he slotted in as if it was its 100th.”

U15 Colts March on with a 6-1 win against Hurst YFC and remain unbeaten this season. Six matches in, 38 goals scored, top of the league, eight points clear!

In a late kick off after the Rugby, The Colts quickly went one nil up with a goal from Patrick rounding the keeper and slotting home with his left foot. The Colts were beginning to play the football that the coaches and parents have been accustomed to seeing this season. Hurst however equalised against the run of play and the teams went in 1-1 at half time.

Manager Gaz told us: “If there is one thing I am proud of this season it is the resilience of the Colts and their second half stamina and never give up attitude. A brilliant brace from Samee, A superb hatrick from our captain Patrick who led the line immensely well, the Colts were getting stronger and stronger and the shots rained down on the Hurst goal. There was some great defending from Hurst and yet another goal from Chiba.

"A great debut from new signing Morgan on the right setting up a goal and showing his range of passing that will no doubt help this wonderful group of boys. The game was over another six goals and three points, is there anything that this team can not do? I can not praise this team enough for their passing in transition to attack and defence, they get better with each game that they play!”

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