Boys Team 1997
UFC 16's v Ossett Town
Team- Tom Goodwin, Matt Partington, Jack Buckley, George Kilgour, Josh Barlow (2),Lewis Barlow, Jack Harper(1) Elliott Connor, Ben Pullen, Tom Johnstone, Dean Davies, Tom Brisk, Danny Holmes
A slightly different approach this week to the match report. The match could have gone either way but Uppermill found themselves 2-0 down early in the game but easily could have been 3-1 up at the same time. It was one of those games, fiercely contested but fair, good football from both teams, great shots and saves and a fully entertaining game for the spectators. If you are bored of TV or sitting in the pub on a Sunday afternoon, these boys will warm your insides and give you something to think about and be proud of. Great work ethic, honest and they fought to the end even though they finished as losers at 5-3
Goodwin; Becoming a commanding presence in goal and producing fine saves over and over again throughout the season.
Pullen; Getting more consistent match by match and with a good engine ably joins in with the attacks down the right
Partington; Making the centre back role look easy, solid and reliable and disciplined in performance
Brisk; Newcomer settling in very quickly and complimenting his partner with great reading of the game
Holmes; Best game of the season so far, we hope he builds on today’s solid defensive and attacking roles
Buckley; Steady this season and reliable, in an unorthodox role today but quietly got on with the job allowing others to push forward
Kilgour; Quieter game today but still managed to start attacks from central areas after clever interceptions
Barlow L; Solid and dependable again creating two goals with pin point accurate passing
Harper; Much more confident, had a couple of fine shots andscored a looping header from a free kick by Lewis Barlow
Davies; Hard working in the lone front role and worked his socks off chasing through balls and getting in the box for crosses
Barlow J; Best game for two seasons, playing wide left he broke down the left time and time again, defended for the team and had plenty of chances scoring TWO goals. The second was a tremendous goal that had me shouting goal the minute he struck the volley. A deserved MAN OF THE MATCH.
Johnson; Came off the bench today as target man, more mobile than of late and dragged defenders around with his physical presence
Connor; Came on as a right winger today and showed some neat touches and intelligent play after a couple of weeks off
This sort of effort will see us win more than we lose, but must be displayed every week!
UFC 16's v Battyeford A
Sunday 17th November 2013
Under 16's 1- Battyeford 2
Team- Tom Goodwin, Matt Partington, Jack Buckley, Sean Bergin, George Kilgour, Josh Barlow, Lewis Barlow, Jack Harper, Elliott Connor, Ben Pullen, Tom Johnstone (1) Dean Davies, Tom Brisk, Jordan Crossley
After making a tremendous finish t last week’s game, the U16’s started this one how they finished previously. Only one word can describe the first half performance, outstanding! Tom Brisk made his long awaited debut after being delayed due to being cup tied. What a debut, classy, good on the ball and a good reader of the game, he had a tremendous match in the back 3 and will be a solid asset to the squad. Pullen was back to his more reasonable self and Goodwin had little to do except pull off a stunning 1on 1 when B’Ford finally broke our defence. In midfield the usual duo of George Kilgour and Lewis Barlow kept the passes flowing and dominated the middle of the park whilst Josh Barlow provided dangerous in swinging corners from the left. Up front Davies andJohnstone battled and chased all lost causes, ably assisted by Bergin with Jack Harper a menace down the right wing when he ran at his man. Uppermill should have opened their account after 10 mins but Bergin somehow managed not to turn the ball over the line when an outstretched leg would have done the job comfortably. Josh Barlow shot wide,Johnstone had a couple saved and Kilgour tamely shot at the goalkeeper before Johnstone blasted home his 6th of the season after Lewis Barlow had cut inside his man on the edge of the box and exquisitely chipped the goalkeeper, only to see his shot rebound off the bar. Sadly with only their second attack of the half, the visitors struck a goal back with barely a minute left on the clock. It was a cruel blow to a tremendous first half.
Crossley made his season debut in the second half and although a little ring rusty, passed the ball well. Holmes occupied a slot on the left wing and delivered a few decent crosses but it was B’Ford who were out of the blocks the sharpest. Uppermill were still relishing their half time praise when Lewis Barlow was unusually caught in possession and with the through pass that followed, the visitors slotted the ball into the bottom corner past the advancing Goodwin. Uppermill battled back and although we had several shots on goal, the second half could have gone either way as a rejuvenated B’Ford fought bravely to win. Their last minute clearance from a determined Harper cross and Josh B shot typified their determination and when the whistle finally went it was B’Ford who took the points and a 2-1 victory but both teams were treated to a round of applause after a solid, competitive and flowing game of football.
Man of the match: Partington – solid and commanding at the back again and a more disciplined approach to his role.
UFC 16''s v Battyford B
Sunday 10th November 2013
League Cup first round
Battyford B 0 - Under 16's 6
Team- Tom Goodwin, Matt Partington, Jack Buckley, Sean Bergin,(2) George Kilgour, Josh Barlow, Lewis Barlow (1), Ollie Gladwell, Jack Harper, Elliott Connor, Ben Pullen, Tom Johnstone (2), Dean Davies (1)
Another cup match, another lethargic start on a dreadful pitch! The first 20 minutes were completely forgettable as we struggled to come to terms with the poor surface. Then suddenly on 23 minutes, a breakthrough – hooray! Josh Barlow released Olly Gladwell whose shot was saved by the goalkeeper but Tom Johnstone was on hand to roll the ball into an empty net and open a lead. Lewis B set Cousin Josh B free and he forced a corner. From the corner mix up Matt P pounced on a loose ball and rolled it back to Lewis Barlow who slotted a solid left foot shot in the bottom corner. With confidence growing, Olly Gladwell went through 1 on 1 but again we were denied by the keeper. Then Lewis B freed Josh with a fine splitting diagonal ball and again the keeper denied a bigger lead to Uppermill. With Matt Partington solid and commanding in the back 3 Tom Goodwin almost took a spectator view in the first half.
In the second half we continued with the pressure and Partington headed just over from an early corner. Lewis Barlow missed the target when clean through and Dean Davis had his shot cleared off the line after a 50:50 challenge on the keeper. At this point we lost George Kilgour with a nasty cut to the eye and whilst he was being treated Sean Bergin helped himself to two magnificent goals, chipping the goalkeeper on both occasions. Dean Davies punished Battyeford for clearing off the line and after some nifty fast footwork he buried his shot to make it two goals in two games since joining. Bergin pushed for his hat trick and after being put in the clear by Lewis B hit his shot straight at the keeper. Tom Johnstone then notched his 5th of the season with a thunderous volley from 20 yards leaving the keeper with no chance. Bergin again went close but again the opposition goalkeeper denied him at the near post.
It was nice to see confidence growing again and we played some good football and left with smiles on faces. A clean sheet for Goodwin and a promising team performance in the second half saw us finish as 6-0 winners and into the second round of the cup.
Man of the match: Matt Partington – solid and commanding at the back
UFC U16's v Shaw Lane Aquaforce
UFC U16's v Shaw Lane Aquaforce
Sunday 20th October 2013
Shaw Lane Aquaforce 3 - Under16's 1
Team - Tom Goodwin, Matt Partington, Jack Buckley, Sean Bergin, George Kilgour, Josh Barlow, Lewis Barlow(1), Ollie Gladwell, Jack Harper, Elliott Connor, Ben Pullen, Danny Holmes, Tom Johnstone, Dean Davies
Welcome to winter and the woes of a terrible performance. I can imagine Alan Hansen on Match of the Day, reviewing the highlights and analysing the dreadful defending with Lineker.
(Hansen) “You canna give them that much time and not expect to get punished. The centre backs are all over the place and the full backs are not giving cover either, that’s why Shaw Lane picked them off time and time again! Look at this one, what’s the centre back doing here? He runs out well with the ball and then instead of doing the simple thing he loses it, stands and watches whilst the opposition exploit the space he has left. That’s suicidal. In midfield, they give the ball away far too easily putting pressure on an already at sorts back 4. When they did create chances there was some good play but you canna afford to miss sitters in front of the goal like this. If you keep creating opportunities the least you can do is make the keeper work. “
(Lineker) ‘They were better second half though; perhaps they had the hair drier treatment after trailing 2-1 at the interval?’
(Hansen) “Well they put in more effort but it was already 40 minutes too late, apart from the well taken goal by Lewis Barlow the first half was abysmal. True they forced Shaw Lane into errors and strung together much better movement and passing, won lots of corners but never capitalised on the possession. They canna continue to put in performances like that if they wanna contend for promotion. That’s relegation material they have served up today. Not having a wall for a direct free kick on the edge of the box is madness. That free kick for the opposition was like having a penalty. Dean Davies the new signing showed promise out wide with some good touches and turns and showed good body strength too. Everyone can have a bad day at the office so to speak, but there needs to be some serious work put in next week at training. They have a tough home fixture coming up and need to get back on track to the promising start they made. With the squad expanding I imagine several will be fighting for their places.”
(Lineker) ‘Who do you feel was the best player?’
(Hansen) “Listen, with performances like that selecting the best of a bad bunch is an insult to injury. You could see a few bright lights in the second half but it was a dull day and they did lose 3-1! The 65 year old referee covered more ground than some of the Uppermill players. I might even come out of retirement, if they allow you that much time on the ball, even a 58 year old TV pundit like me will look good Gary!”
UFC U16's v Marsden
Sunday 13th October 2013
Under16's 3 - Marsden 3
Team - Tom Goodwin, Matt Partington(1) Jack Buckley, Sean Bergin, George Kilgour, Josh Barlow, Lewis Barlow(1), Ollie Gladwell (1), Jack Harper, Elliott Connor, Ben Pullen, Danny Holmes, Tom Johnstone
MOM - George Kilgour
Well the ticket sales for this one were not as hot selling as forecast. With a heavy drizzle covering the Churchill playing field, it was a grim reminder that winter is on its way. The biggest problem here is how the surface will hold up and will we be able to continue to play a passing game? At the moment, at the first sight of rain, Churchill is holding wateralready and the grass is too long. OMBC if you are reading...inspection and immediate work required please!
Now, if the pitch let water through like our defence have decided to leak goals, it would be 100% perfect. Two minutes in and Marsden took the lead after the usually reliant Pullen mishit his clearance and we were punished quickly. Partington and Holmes quickly got mixed up and overplayed and it was 2-0 to the visitors after Partington this time miscued his clearance and turned the ball into his own net! With Josh Barlow strolling around on his Sunday walk, the tireless Kilgour was left to bolster midfield as Lewis Barlow ran effortlessly up front to test the Marsden defence. Good football flowed, both ways before Goodwin was forced to pull off another couple of saves to keep Marsden at bay. Gladwellpulled one back from a corner for Uppermill after pouncing from close range on a loose ball.
A swift rollicking was served at half time instead of the usual hot dogs and coffee. The 16’s quickly got themselves back in the game and once again Buckley and Harper both put in good performances. Sadly all the possession and domination came to a quick end when a rare slip up by Buckley and Goodwin allowed Marsden a 3-1 lead. At the other end, Lewis Barlow saw a powerful free kick tipped onto the bar before Uppermill finally got the breakthrough they deserved as Partingtonheaded home the resulting Bergin corner from close range. Uppermill continued to put the pressure on the visitors and after a fine attack down the left involving the solid Holmes, a refreshed Josh Barlow saw his shot go just wide of the post. The Marsden keeper was certainly the busier and againHolmes attacked down the left, this time releasing Lewis Barlow, who after skipping past two defenders let fly with a thunderbolt into the top corner from 30yards. This would be a match of the day closing shot if the filming in Uppermill had been in the right street! Soon after the restart the whistle blew to end the game with points shared and a fair result after good play from both teams.
There are lessons to be learned though for the U16’s and we must stop making silly mistakes and giving the opposition simple goals.
MOM; George Kilgour, building on his solid start to the season, he ran relentlessly and showed great vision with his passing from every area of the pitch.
UFC U16's v Oxspring - Match Report
Sunday 6th October 2013
Under 16's 1 - Oxspring 1
Team - Tom Goodwin, Matt Partington (1) Jack Buckley, Sean Bergin, George Kilgour, Josh Barlow, Tom Johnstone, Jack Harper, Ollie Gladwell, Elliott Connor, Ben Pullen, Lewis Barlow
MOM - Jack Buckley
Supporters were treated once again to a feast of football this weekend as the U16’s took the game to Oxspring from the first whistle. Kilgour and Josh Barlow combined impeccably in midfield with neat touches and incisive passing. At the back we were rarely troubled and the alert Goodwin quick to mop up any spillages in a tight back line. To be fair toOxspring they too played their part, with good strong play and occasionally the odd menacing challenge which left one or two Uppermill players facing a stern telling off from the referee in the odd heated moment.
Challenged with getting more shots on goal, Uppermill set about the task with Harper, Johnstone, Kilgour, Barlow and Bergin all getting shots away but rarely troubling the goalkeeper. However, it was Oxspring who took the lead from a careless error from Matt Partington. Trying to let the ball run out of play, an Oxspring forward nipped around him and with only Goodwin to beat made it 1 -0 to the visitors. Shortly after, Lewis Barlow brought a parried save from the goalkeeper and Harper’s follow up was judged not to havecrossed the line by the referee. (OMBC could have installed goal line technology when rejuvenating the playing surface but felt the extra £10k was too much.)
In the second half, Uppermill started the stronger side and worked their patterned football once more. Harper wasconsistently causing problems for their left back but sadly his final shot was just not hitting the target. With his increasing self belief and confidence he and Pullen became a real nuisance for Oxspring down the right and when his shot forced a great save from their goalkeeper, Partington was on hand to head home the ubiquitous Kilgour’s corner and make amends for his first half mistake
Josh Barlow went close after a fine through ball from the battling Lewis Barlow and when his shot rolled agonisingly wide of the post, one felt the breakthrough goal was not to come. At the other end, Goodwin kept the visitors at bay on the odd occasion the magnificent Jack Buckley was beaten in the centre of defence.
When the whistle blew the spectators applauded, a fitting reward to the football delivered from both teams and a fair result at 1-1. Uppermill have met their first target in the 5 matches played and next weekend play local rivals Marsden at home, a must see match for anyone wishing to see a good game of football. With admission free for the local derby, a bumper crowd is expected on Churchill and the police have advised spectators to arrive early to avoid the queues in Uppermill.
MOM; Jack Buckley..quiet consistent performer getting the simple things right all of the time.
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Managers: Andy Barlow & John Partington
Sponsors: Trendmost Limited
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League: Huddersfield League U16's Div 3