Paddock Wood 1 U12's Tornados 4

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Tornados continued their winning start to the season and and now have a three point lead at the top of the league with a comfortable victory against a hard trying Paddock Wood team. After an even start the hosts took the lead when the visitors defence got out of shape allowing their forward to slip easily through making no mistake with the finish. Tornado are not a team to be concerned about shipping a goal. When they have gone behind in previous matches they shrug their shoulders and continue to press forward knowing that goals will come and so it proved here. The defence was dealing with the any attacks that came their way and the midfield were working hard, Josh Craddock in particular was putting in a disciplined and effective performance. They were making plenty of their own chances but were taking too much time in front of goal to get the ball into the net. This all changed before long as Marcus Overd broke down the left and rather than take too many touches he shot early and the ball flew into the net from about 15 m out to make the score 1-1. Kai Okulaja had a number of goes and Mylo Winter created a few openings but the second goal would not come until Josh Craddock found himself in front of goal. He took his time in a tight spot and finished smartly to put the Blues in front.


The score was 2-1 to the visitors at half time and they were well in control. They clearly had the measure of the hosts but one goal is easy to concede so they still had a lot of work to do to ensure they would come away with a victory. The crows cheered the home team back on with cries of “this is ours”. It was up to Tornado to provide otherwise. Predators did come at their opponents but they rarely got through a solid defence. They were reduced to taking hopeful long punts which Danny Knowles in goal dealt with with ease, he caught everything that came his way and distributed the ball well throwing and kicking the ball well to get the ball forward. All of a sudden the tide turned in Sevenoaks favour. The initial assaults of Paddock Wood subsided and as they pressed forward they allowed the visitors more space at the back, which is something that their fleet footed forwards revel in. Before long the third goal came their way from unlikely beginnings. The ball was bouncing around on the right wing, it came to Mylo who promptly lost it as it bounced off his leg but he got it back and was off. He scorched down the wing leaving his marker behind and on bursting onto the box took a snap shot perhaps catching their goalie unaware perhaps and the ball flew into the net. What a great goal it was, from mistake to 3-1 in a matter seconds as he maintained his remarkable record of scoring in every game in his debut season. That goal rather took the stuffing out of the home team. Although they were exhorted to get forward by a vocal crowd they didn’t really create much in the final 15 minutes. The defence dealt with anything that came their way with Will Ramage making some great tackles whilst the home team’s back line was run ragged by Mylo and Marcus and the rest of the forwards as they appeared to have five now. A fourth goal was inevitable and it came from Mylo again. He had a few chances previously that that the goalkeeper blocked or were over run but for once it worked as he burst through from the halfway line one on one with a defender but using his better pace and natural instinct slipped the ball into the net to the delight of his family on the sidelines. Sevenoaks had more opportunities to add to the score line but were unable to increase their total but when the referee blew the whistle to bring the game to the end the team could be very pleased with their overall performance. As with last week the lack of a proper finisher cost the other side dear, something that Tornado possessed and didn’t waste it.

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