Wolverhampton u10’s fielded a record number of substitutes against a strong Erdington side which obviously affected our fluency at times but we managed it well and it was heartening to see so many lads getting game time.The whole squad did well to keep the standard so high against a lively Erdington team who initially posed the greater goal threat. Indeed,they took the lead after just 5 minutes and it was midway through the first half before a speculative effort by Ben Johnson really tested the Erdington keeper. He just managed to stop the ball going in over his head but it acted as a spur and as the closely contested first half drew to a close Zac Myers put in an excellent low cross that enabled Ben Johnson to level the scores at the far post. Half Time: Erdington 1 Wolverhampton 1
Wolverhampton introduced a number of subs after the break and Jaxon Boulton had an immediate impact on the game and almost put us in front after the Erdington keeper was pressured when trying to play out from the back. On this occasion the keeper was able to atone for his error but he had no chance minutes later when Jaxon burst through the defence to put us ahead.Jaxon continued to cause all sorts of problems for the opposition with his tireless running and when he was brought down in the area we had a great opportunity to go further ahead. The impressive Aarav, despite making his debut for the City schools' team, took on the responsibilty for the penalty, and drove the ball powerfully only to see it unfortunately go just over the bar. This was a pity because this versative player who started the game in defence, got moved into midfield and at this stage was playing as a forward was just begining to have a real impact on the game. He wasn't finished however, and a brilliant early ball from Toby Hughes found him in a good forward position. Aaraf confidently created space for himself, before smashing the ball into the net to give us a 3-1 lead. This should have been sufficient to see us home but Erdington played really well from this point and after they had pulled a goal back we found ourselves under increasing pressure.They dominated possession and even had a goal disallowed but eventually our luck finally ran out and they equalised with the very last kick of the game. This was probably a fair result as this was a good, close, competitive game but it was more than a little disappointing not to win after Wolverhampton had done so well to establish 3-1 lead.
Ben Johnson,Ishmael Price, Ceaser Robertson, R’Khi Price,Toby Hughes,Aarav Wilkhoo,
Lucas Dicken, Zachary Myers,Ayomide Ogundairo,Harry Ashbourne, Jaxon Boulton,Josh Ruby,
Harry Bradley,Reegan Johnson, Harry Gillett.