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City News

28th October 2018

Saturday the 20th brought one home game and one away game for Nottingham rep sides. The home match was the first fixture for the U12s as they organise their squad for the season - a Junior Star league fixture with traditionally strong opponents Sheffield who have an A team and a B team in the league. This was the A team and proved a tough but useful start for Nottingham. Playing the three twenty minute periods which are customary in this league the City Boys held their own for much of the first period but found their work cut out defending the quick Sheffield attacks. This was not helped by a dearth of natural defenders with several midfielders pressed into an unaccustomed role.

Both sides played some good football and attacked with purpose, though Sheffield proved hard to break down as their back line consisted of several very assured defenders who, as well as performing their basic job, played the ball out of defence impressively. However in one of Nottingham’s attacks into the visitors’ area a threatening move was stopped with a trip that resulted in an eleventh minute penalty which was converted superbly by Dorien Sulkowski. Sheffield weren’t behind for long however and a few minutes later one of their rapid attacks produced an equaliser they deserved five minutes before the end of the period.

With their tails up they went ahead four minutes after the restart and though neither side added to their tally, the rest of the game was an entertaining battle as Nottingham tried to get back on terms and Sheffield always looked dangerous. A draw would not have flattered the City but the 2-1 defeat from an enjoyable match bodes well for the future U12 season and Sheffield were worth their win.

The U13s meanwhile travelled to play East Riding in a West Yorks league fixture. They started slowly, allowing the Yorkshire outfit to dominate and soon found themselves 2-0 down which remained the score at half time. The half time talk did wonders however and a much improved performance saw Rio Charles put a loose ball away in the box after just a few minutes. Despite being on top however they conceded a penalty to go 3-1 down but still had much more of the play with Ben Smith and Donte Fuller running the midfield. The City were unlucky not to score as they dominated the last quarter of an hour and were disappointed to lose 3-1 but with some new faces performing well and a strong finish to the game the signs are good.

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