U15 boys - 'a tactical, intelligent performance'

Our U15’s kicked off 2020 with a Friendly at Luton Town on the first Saturday of the year - & whilst having opportunities to win the Game - one 2nd half goal claimed a victory for the hosts in an otherwise outstanding Hertfordshire performance.

A Squad of 17 travelled to Luton & our Young Herts showed both a tactical understanding & a willingness to press high in an excellent opening 20 minutes. Whilst Luton controlled the possession, Hertfordshire’s organised shape & work rate limited the hosts to very few opportunities - whilst counter-attacking at will to Luton’s frustration.

Opportunities actually came the better of our Young Herts in the first half, who showed a defensive understanding that they will want to be built on over the year. However - playing for 45 minutes - the latter stages of the first half saw our U15’s camped in their own half & unable to keep the ball - whilst still restricting Luton to only one first half opportunity.

Changes to both teams at half-time led to an open 2nd half, with Hertfordshire deploying 3 strikers in a front 3 - as they looked to play higher up the pitch & ultimately win the Game. Whilst such organisation led to Luton having more opportunities in the 2nd half - it was our Young Herts that perhaps had the best opportunities in in a Game where they competed for 90 minutes.

Captained on the day by Lawson Clarke, the County Goalkeeper produced another excellent performance - and Kyrese Williams marshalled & controlled the Hertfordshire backline in an outstanding display.

An open & entertaining 2nd half nearly led to a Hertfordshire goal on the 60 minute mark – when Harrison Shaw produced a wonderful run - only to go solo when the opportunity to lay-off Josh Nathan may have produced another outcome.

One set-piece goal for the hosts ultimately won the Game, however Hertfordshire continued to ask questions in a very encouraging first game of 2020. Our Young Herts will host Bedfordshire in the last League Game of the year in January - & Head Coach Matt Reveley will be looking for the same level of performance throughout 2020.

‘Obviously today was our first game of a new year & we were absolutely delighted with the 90 minutes as a whole. Our first half showed how organised defensively we can be & we thought it was a very tactically intelligent performance.

Our opportunities in an open 2nd half showed the group the level that they can compete it & on another day we may have won the Game. Both from a group point of view, & some outstanding individual performances - it was a great start to the year.’

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