Ups and downs of the first games of the season

Heaton Falcons U11s 1 Morpeth SC Pumas U11s 4

WITH the games coming thick and fast, the Pumas travelled away to Heaton Falcons for their second league game of the season on a bright midweek evening.

Having enjoyed the extra space on offer in the previous game, they found the going a little tougher on a small and tight pitch. The passing that had seen them play some really good football over the last few weeks was slow to get going in this game as every time one of the players got the ball, they were immediately surrounded by opposing players.

Nonetheless the Pumas were once again looking the better team and deservedly opened the scoring with new striker Moon’s first goal for the club.

With Heaton trying to deploy a high line defensively, the Pumas were looking dangerous by running into all of the space left behind and, after another two goals from the impressive Coates, they went in at half-time 3-0 up.

The second half proved more of a struggle with Heaton pressing for a way back into the game. After appearing to have weathered the early second half pressure, the referee awarded what appeared to be a harsh penalty against Yates and although Walker made a valiant effort to stop the spot kick, Heaton pulled a goal back.

Not to be denied consecutive hat tricks, Coates managed to poke the ball home after a goalmouth scramble in which the Heaton keeper will feel harshly done by after making three great saves.

The scoreline remained 4-1 with another man-of-the-match performance by Coates stealing the show.

Pumas squad: Walker, Eadington, Eke, Telfer, Coates(c), Sanderson, Henderson, Barry, Moon, Brunton, Jordan, MacDonald, Yates.

Morpeth Pumas 0 West Denton U11s 6

AFTER a great start to the new season, the Pumas were confident of continuing their good form in this league game against a West Denton side that had also started well. However, a disappointing first half display saw this game put beyond their reach by half-time.

The Pumas dealt well with the initial threat by putting the ball out of danger but were slow in marking up again for the second ball and saw themselves 0-5 down by the time the referee blew for the interval.

After being reminded of the need to get back into position as quickly as possible and that defending started from the striker back through the midfield, the Pumas improved greatly in the second half.

In addition to the increased team performance, the Pumas also created a few chances of their own which were unfortunately either saved by the West Denton keeper or snuffed out by their defenders.

The opposition did manage to add to their first half goal tally which made the final score 0-6 but this will have been a valuable lesson for the Pumas as they look to progress through the season. Man-of-the-match was keeper Walker.

Pumas squad: Walker, Eadington, MacDonald, Eke, Jordan, Sanderson, Coates (c), Barry, Moon, Brunton, Priest, Telfer.