AFC Kirk Hallam U11 4 - 1 Beaufort United U11
Awesome display in a very good match
The boys went into this match knowing that Beaufort are a very good side as they came up into division 2 with us as joint champions of winter division 3 red.
Having won two and lost just one match in their three this season, Beaufort were in a position to catch up with Kirk Hallam with their three games in hand.
The match kicked off and Kirk Hallam came flying out of the blocks with some good early attacks creating chances. The early pressure paid off as a fantastic through ball from Emin Alcin sent Ben Morley through to make it 1-0. Beaufort then came straight back at Kirk Hallam in creating some chances of their own, particularly when they hit the bar with a great effort. Kirk Hallam responded and again went forward through some good work in midfield by Wil Turner and todays captain Joel Ogden. In a typlically end to end first half, Beaufort came back strongly and forced a corner. The ball was sent in and a fantastic back post header made it 1-1. Harris Khan then had a goal disallowed as Ben Morley was stood in an offside position next to the goalkeeper as Harris' shot went into the bottom corner. Beaufort again responded and nearly edged into the lead through a shot which this time hit the post. This was followed up minutes later with a goal bound effort being fantastically saved by Caleb Topley. Harley Rose, Liam Evans and Owen Robinson performed brilliantly in protecting the score at 1-1. Having weathered the storm, Richard Frost, Lewis Smith, Keane Eyre and Finley O'Neill joined the action and immediately hit the ground running. Richard Frost linked up fantastically with Finley O'Neill to create a great chance just before half time. Beaufort had time for one more effort at goal, having been sent clear as the Kirk Hallam defence dozed, which this time hit the crossbar and the rebound was eventually cleared.
The half time team talk for Kirk Hallam was focussed around keeping the energy levels high in hot conditions, but also making use of the slight downhill pitch for this half. Again, they came flying out of the blocks and created chances. A great save from the Beaufort goalkeeper resulted in a corner to Kirk Hallam. Ben Morley took the corner and Richard Frost hammered a rocket like header into the top corner to make it 2-1 to the hosts. Beaufort seemed to have the wind knocked out of them at this point and took a while to regain their composure. They did regain it and at 2-1, they went clear and again hit the woodwork. The last ten minutes saw a second goal from Ben Morley, firing in from the edge of the box after being brilliantly set up by Harris Khan after another of his fantastic runs. Richard Frost, Keane Eyre Joel Ogden and Emin Alcin working fantastically well as a midfield unit kept the ball brilliantly between them. A final mix up in the Beaufort defence left the ball at Harris Khan's feet, who placed the ball brilliantly into the top corner of the goal to make it 4-1. Finley O'Neill, Lewis Smith, Harley Rose, Owen Robinson and Liam Evans had a fantastic second half between them at the back, while the four midfielders along with Wil Turner as well having a great game in midfield. The two lads going forward provided their usual attacking threat.
All in all, a fantastic result, but Beaufort can feel slightly unlucky having hit the post or crossbar three times in the match and are a very well organised and hardworking team. They're one of the nicest teams to have faced Kirk Hallam and huge credit should go to Duncan and Jim, their management team.
The win leaves Kirk Hallam five points clear at the top of the league, with a game to go. With other teams having games in hand, it will still come down to the last game of the season before any final league positions are decided as three teams are still in contention to overtake Kirk Hallam.
Whatever happens against Warriors in the final match and the final league standings, Kirk Hallam have had an amazing season for a team who this time last year were only just starting out.
Well done boys