Poggi U9s look to the “Promise” land as new signings hit the ground running
By Darren Howlett
Impressive Reds begin the season in great fashion.
League Debut goals from new starlets Harrison, Noah and Max and a powerful man of the match display from Centre half Promise Ozoude helped Poggi kick off the new season with a 2 game victory over a very well organised Brampton United. Other new boys Lincoln Johnson and Jacob Render also impressed to round off a great start for the newbies and send the large crowd home happy after a topsy-turvy encounter on Pogmoor Rec.
After a hectic pre season for the reds, consisting of 13 friendlies, 6 new signings and a tournament victory they showed signs of over exertion in Game 1 as Brampton raced into a 2-0 lead within the first 5 minutes. Sloppy defending and a goalkeeping error meant that the Reds faced an uphill battle to get back in to the game. The fighting qualities coupled with the boys impressive passing display soon came to the fore as the Reds hit back immediately with a goal from Max Truswell and a penalty from Noah Deacey-Coulton after a brilliant run from Jake Hepworth.
The next 4 Goals were shared again as Rueben Williams coolly slotted home and Jake H edged the home side in front. The come back was complete when Poggi added a 5th to end the first game narrow victors in a 9 goal thriller. Joel Couldwell starting his first game for 2 months settled in well alongside the ever solid Dan Mckenning. Jack Eastwood impressed alongside the assured Midfield pair of Louis Britton and Lincoln Johnson. Noah DC’s work rate and energy earned himself the Man of the match award for his endeavours.
Game 2 started much like the previous game ended with both sides pressing for an advantage and it was first blood to Pogmoor as Will Farrell converted from close range. The game ebbed and flowed and Brampton got a deserved equaliser as a great effort beat Jack Smith into the corner. With only 1 goal between the sides the crowd’s tension grew as efforts from Harrison and Jacob Peace just went wide. Promise Ozoude showed remarkable composure on his debut as he continuously brought the ball out from the back with ease and his strong tackling throughout earned him game 2s award for Man of the match. Noah Pearce, Will Chapman and Louis Smith defended stoutly and impressed and were given great support by Jacob Render and JP. With the final whistle approaching it was left to striker Harrison Taylor to seal the game and the tie for the home side with a confident finish to give the Reds of Pogmoor just desserts after a hard fought victory.
Again a bumper crowd enjoyed the game which was played in great spirit and a credit to all concerned. All bodes well for the season ahead.