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Rememberance Day honoured.

On this remembrance Sunday we honoured the fallen and the armed forces who have served and continue to serve.

I was lucky enough to be able to watch all three teams playing at home with some memorable football played.

First up were our U9's who took on Stoke Golding. We had the bare bones of a team, but that didn't detract from the effort that was given all match long, the team had the majority of the match with multiple attempts on goal and some excellent defensive work too and a few fine saves toboot. It's a shame they were pipped to a final goal in the dying minutes of the game, which is unfortunate as we were the better team by far.

I was impressed on the improvement they have made in such a short time. The movement flowed and the players held their positions and there were some beautiful passes forward and good challenges and lots of pressure work.

Well done to all of them, a real talent and great credit to Matt and Andy's coaching skills.

Next up were the U14's who took on GN. This was a great game today with some really fantastic play by our boys, we changed our formation completely today to help dominate the play and gain the majority of posession.

Although we were two goals down at half time, we did score another that was clearly over the line, coupled with a few dubious calls to help hinder our result. We were unfortunate their linesman who's mobile phone was clearly more interesting than the game itself today, luckily after a few stern words from parents and referee there was a marginal improvement to his antics.

The second half saw us regain two goals in the last few minutes, which reminded me of the work ethos of the boys to never give up till the final whistle.

Some impressive movement and nice one two's.

It was a shame we couldn't bury a few of our multiple attempts on goal, but when its not meant to be, It's not meant to be.

I truly believe we were the better team today with great game play from all players. The improvements are clearly visible even though we were short in numbers.

The game was ours and the boys gave it their all, the result clearly did not reflect the performance of Phoenix and possibly one of our best performances this season.

Also well done to our new goalkeeper Harvey a bit of a baptism of fire for him as he only had one training session and straight into the thick of things, learning as he played.

The third match today were the U13's against Kirby Muxloe.

Again short in numbers and trying out a new formation the boys adapted really well to it. We totally dominated the midfield with a good 70% of possession. The boys mounted a flurry of attacks, 3 mins in penalty 1awarded to us, 5 mins later penalty 2 awarded. Shortly after a third goal taking us into half time with a comfortable lead. Second half kirby managed to get one back. Truthfully they struggled with the overload by us in midfield and our movement and combination fast passing proved overwhelming for them as we hit home another three to secure a 6-1 win.

Defensively we were strong with some hard tackling and good clearances in fairness not challenged much as the 5 midfielders worked hard to play forward.

Huge well done to all, however I think the fear I would make them do laps for all of Wednesdays training, seamed to work as they played their hearts out.

Goodwork by Ikki and Gus their work on improving passing and moving starting to payoff.

So to finish off I really am proud to be a part of the Phoenix Army and to have so many hardworking children to help me enjoy the experience of grassroots football. The friendships that are being built have been tested a lot of late, but clearly evident how strong it really is between them.

Keep up the hard work it really is starting to pay off for all the teams.

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