POSTED: May 09 2016 10:38:59. By Oscar Courtney - Urmston Town Vipers V U11 Tornadoes

Saturday 7th May 2016, Lostock Fields, KO 11am.

A change of weather saw the Tornadoes face Urmston Town Vipers in a scorching hot away encounter and it didn't take long for the scoreline to change either. After just five minutes of balanced play, from both sides, the Vipers opened the scoring via a powerful delivery into the box. A ball, from the left touchline, proved too hot to handle for stand in keeper Callum Looby, who unfortunately diverted the ball into his own net. This however,seemed to stir the Tornadoes team spirit. Demonstrating real character they took the game by the scruff of the neck and within minutes, with a series of precise one-­two passes Alan Kay was released through the heart of the defence. Bearing down on the Vipers' keeper the result was never in question. All square! Now playing some beautiful football the Tornadoes seemed to grow in belief. Alan's persistence, and closing down from the front, was setting the standard for his team ­mates to follow! Alan's endeavour finally paid off when he stole the ball off the Vipers defence and steered the ball to the keepers left with a snap­shot strike after 14 minutes. The game then had a period where both defences were on top, with the teams nullifying each other out through hard work and closing down. A subtle change in formation, with Jamie Butterworth operating between defence and midfield, led to the Tornadoes beginning to take the upper hand. With their confidence now growing the Tornadoes fashioned three quick fire half chances, which brought the best out of the opposition's keeper. After the break, and with a sense of solidity, the Tornadoes seemed to go up a gear. Good ball possession and intelligent use of a big pitch, alongside a very healthy work rate, saw them dominate the second half in which Alan netted again to bring his personal tally to four! The pick of the bunch saw a neat little 1-2 with Joe Hope returning an inch perfect pass, around the last defender into Alan's stride, which he guided into the goal. Realising now that they had to chase the game the Vipers pushed up and this was where Jamie,
with an outstanding performance, came into his own. The vision and execution of a slide rule pass, from Jamie, was perfection as Alan again showed great awareness to make the accompanying run and duly give it the finish it deserved. Midway through the second half, and with the Tornadoes fitness now coming to the fore, it was noticeable that the Vipers were struggling to get out of their own half. Sam Jones when placing pressure on the last defender forced a mistake and seizing his opportunity he calmly tucked a controlled left footed shot past the keeper's dive. The goal of the game shortly followed; free flowing one touch passing culminating with a Joe Hope finish, after a great turn and unselfish pass from Sam. A series of Tornado corners in the dying minutes led to the last goal of the game when Pat
Walsh, making a run from outside of the area, rifled home from 4 yards. A Fantastic team performance!.
Ricky Bass-Woodcock

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