Whitchurch Ds Vs Llanishen & Caerphilly A – 4th November

Whitchurch 9 – 0 Llan & Caerphilly

After three wins out of three, the Ds took on bottom of the table Llan & Caerphilly at Treforest.

Whitchurch started strong from the push back and dominated possession in the Llan & Caer half. Whitchurch played through the midfield and made plenty of chances down each wing, with Mark making some good overlapping runs from left back. But Llan & Caer had parked all players in front of the goal and Whitchurch couldn’t find a way through them. Some great individual skill and wild tackles in the area resulted in a number of short corners that Whitchurch couldn’t seem to convert. Llan and Caer’s attacks broke down very quickly as the Whitchurch back three camped on the half way line for the majority of the half with a very bored keeper only getting the ball from off the pitch after desperate clearances from the Llan & Caer midfield. Shane and Jake controlled the midfield and eventually the constant pressure resulted in a penalty flick as Shane took the ball in to the area and was collected by reckless defender. Tom took the flick, placing almost directly in to the keeper’s chest. Shortly after, he was able to make amends for his mistake and opened the scoring, putting Whitchurch one up going in to the second half.

Llan & Caer must have felt confident with their defensive performance from the first half as they started to play a little more attacking hockey from whistle. This opened up the defence and allowed Whitchurch more room in the Llan & Caer 25. Constant pressure and some short, sharp passing broke through the defence and every movement in to the area looked likely to end in a goal. Tempers in the Llan & Caer side were rising as Whitchurch started to run away with the game on their way to score eight goals in the second half. Llan & Carer made a few attempts down to the Whitchurch goal but only managed one shot on goal, from a wide angle that rolled harmlessly wide. A number of great shots from Tom took his tally to five by the end of the game, meaning the missed flick cost him a double hat trick. Shane and Karl added one each, teaming up with Gary to pass through a failing defence. Deiniol added the goals, driving in towards goal from the right. Owen made some excellent movement on the left and eventually got his rewards with possibly the tamest slap towards goal all day, but the defence couldn’t get a stick on it and the keepers seemed to be glued to the spot as ball rolled past him.

The D’s are starting to gel as team, with the younger guys coming in and adding some great movement and finding their place in the formation. The team has shown some real strength in all areas on the pitch and move to joint top of the table with great prospects for the rest of the season.