Match Report
Ellesmere College U14 vs  Wrekin College
On: Wednesday, 24 Jan 2024
Venue: Away

First away game of the season: on a windy day Ellesmere made a good start when Jesse Whale was brought down in the opening minute of the game. He converted from the spot and the home side was on the back foot. In defence we played rather too high up the field and this allowed the opposition to outflank us and equalise within ten minutes. In a somewhat scrappy first half, both sides tried to thrash at the ball rather than playing it through the midfield, but during a goalmouth scramble Alex Poole was able to find a useful touch into the net to regain the lead. At half time, however, the scores were level as the defence was caught flat-footed once more and keeper Raymond Leese's good initial save fell to an oncoming attacker.

At half time Ollie Greening took a midfield role and this seemed to give a bit more shape to the side. With the wind at their backs, Ellesmere added two more goals quickly thanks to Grayson Raybould: his second goal came from a particularly good piece of team play where the ball was switched neatly between players, going from one wing to the other where it was slotted home.

Ten minutes to go, and time to slow things down: Ellesmere had the best of the play, most of which was in the opposition half, One last break from the Wrekin players sent Ralph Cornwell in hot pursuit, and his challenge was ruled a little too solid: the resulting penalty made the score 4-3 with five minutes to go.

Summoning one last bit of grit, Ellesmere pressed towards the goal and drew a penalty in return: Harry Walker hit the ball home and everyone breathed a huge sigh of relief.

A much better second half and a 5-3 win, the MVP would have to be Ollie Greening for the way he steadied the team and allowed his team-mates the time to move the ball effectively.