If you ever witnessed the up and downs of football the u13 Cup Final between Chilcompton and Melksham this was it.
On a very hot Saturday morning at Chippenham the match started really well for the Hurricanes dictating play up the slope for the first 15 minutes of the match. The game turned on its head when virtually the first Chilcompton attack and a speculative shot took a wicked bounce into the goal. This gave extra confidence to “Chilly” who doubled the lead with a fine header from a pinpoint cross and duly made it a treble just before half-time to knock the stuffing out of the Town.
After a stirring team talk and knowing the heat and the slope would play its part it was so important that being 3 down was to score the next goal and it arrived shortly after the re-start from Leo R with a great strike from outside the box. Pressure being applied from all attacking areas it was no great surprise that the Town scored again from a pinpoint free- kick from Ash hitting the underside of the bar and crossing the line (no need for VAR when you have a good assistant keeping up with play). The equaliser duly came from Lyndon with a superb scissor kick volley into the roof of the net. It was all one way traffic or so it would seem however the final 5 mins of normal time belonged to Chilly and a series of corners conceded and some resolute defending including a fine save from Alex meant extra time advanced.
The first part of extra time belonged to the Town again playing up the slope produced the best football of the day as legs began to tire. Both strikers who worked there socks of all day including defensive duties reaped reward. Firstly Zak scored the 4th to put Town ahead for the first time latching onto a through ball to score with ease and shortly after this inspired Tom to score a 5th with a smart turn in the box and a crisp finish. In the second period of extra time exceptional game management kept Chilly at arm’s length with Town knocking the channels for the attack minded players to latch onto, resulting in a clear penalty. The “brains and think tank” of the team decided as Morgan had not scored was to allow him to take this which he duly did and break Chilly’s hearts and a 4 year hoodoo since last taking a penalty.
A well-deserved win albeit the hard way and great entertainment for the neutral. Each player on the pitch played there part and all can be proud of what was achieved on the day. The only disappointing element once back to the stadium was that the parents had little pizza due to the hunger of the boys. I suppose this element helped us win the cup…..Thanks Steve R