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West Bridgford 4th XI 2-1 Yardley 1st XI

This week, Yardley 1st XI faced a trip to West Bridgford in their last pre-season friendly before the new season.


Arriving early pitchside, the team gathered on a warm but windy day to prepare for what will be a tough season. The side, unchanged from last week’s win, got underway to immediate pressure from an energetic opposition. West Bridgford tried to force play down both flanks with Noah and Edan doing well to keep attacks at bay. The midfield trio of Zach, Alex and Kyle saw much possession, turning over play with help from the wingers to force attacks. West Bridgford opening the scoring 15 minutes into the half. Yardley continued to press with Jeevan seeing his reverse shot saved and Jahed’s follow-up, parried away. Islam and Noor continued to support attacks with Jordan winning the ball and squaring up Jeevan who won a short corner. Alex saw his shot saved but Yardley continued to pile on the pressure with the keeper making several key saved.


1-0 down at the break and the team talk, much the same as last week was to press as a team and show we wanted it more. And the opening minutes, we did just that. Alex and Zach combined well to find Jeevan who turned his two defenders and slotted home a reverse shot to equalise. Mat then fed the ball out from the back to Alex who played a lovely aerial into the “D” for Noor to receive, with his shot crashing against the post and going out. Kyle would follow up moments later with another effort going agonisingly wide. A turn of possession saw Yardley in control for 15 minutes in the opposition half, Noor going wide from a short corner and Jeevan forcing an excellent save from the keeper.


In the final 5 minutes, West Bridgford found themselves and put pressure on the Yardley defence to find the winner in the final two minutes at the back post. 2-1 the final score, with much to ponder had the earlier chance have been put away.


Next week, Yardley start off the new campaign away against Old Halesonians.


Goalscorer: Jeevan (1)


Yardley 1st XI 7-1 Cannock 3rd XI

Yardley fielded the same team as last week, strengthened by the return of Zach.


On a gloriously hot end of summer afternoon. Yardley soon set about their task, forcing the pace to win an early short corner that unfortunately, could not be converted. Cannock settled into their game and forced their own early short corner that was put away to establish an early lead for the visitors. Shortly afterwards, Neal was called upon to make a great save to prevent a second goal. Jeevan produced a run on goal but his effort went just wide. Zach was able to hold the midfield and set up several chances that ought to have earned a better outcome. A scramble in the visitors D ended up with skipper Alex scoring to level the game. Yardley created another great chance just afterwards. Yardley were having most of the attacking play and Cannock limited to few chances, but were not out of it by any means. Just on the stroke of half-time Yardley managed to edge in front when Noor got on the end of another chance.


Yardley’s slender half time lead was fair result for their efforts so far.


Yardley continued on the offensive right from the start of the second half. It was not too long before a surging run forward by Jeevan resulted with a shot on goal that gave the keeper no chance. Noor added a fourth to put the home side well ahead. A somewhat scrambled effort from Jeevan gave Yardley their 5th. By now, Cannock’s efforts were few and far between as their efforts were well defended, with Noah prominent at the back. Another rampaging move forward saw Noor’s fierce shot well saved by the visiting keeper. Yardley’s sixth goal was crashed home by Jeevan as part of a well worked short corner routine. To complete a thoroughly comprehensive performance, a great finish to another speedy Yardley attack saw Jeevan on hand to claim his fourth and the team’s seventh. A super end to a game that saw all players settling down into the season.


Next week, in the last of the pre-league games, Yardley travel to West Bridgford.


Goalscorers: Jeevan (4), Noor (2), Alex (1)


Yardley 1st XI 0-4 West Bromwich 2nd XI

The first match of the season is always a bit of an unknown affair. This one proved to be no different. Yardley’s team must have been one of the youngest and least experienced ever to set out on the new season. The team included a couple of lads who, last season, were propping up the Badgers defence, one lad returning to the club after several seasons away. Some players playing in different positions as needs demanded. Some were missing through non availability. It also contained a player playing in spite of injury, oh and a new captain at the helm!


Facing a more experienced set of players, Yardley set out with positive intentions. Both teams made early probing forays forward, with the visitors creating a good chance. However, Yardley’s youngsters, ably supported by the few remaining stalwarts of the team, were holding their own during these early exchanges and certainly giving the visitors something to think about. Mid-way through the half, Neal kept the team level when he saved what looked like a certain goal. With Neal, Mat and Noah holding the defence, Alex, Kyle, Jeevan, Jordan, Jared and Islam working hard in midfield. Jack and Ethan were finding that life after Badgers is not going to be easy. Up front, Noor went close after a clearance from defence but his shot went just wide. Jeevan was showing no sign of his injury as he gave his usual energetic performance helping out in defence and pushing forward whenever possible.


West Brom’s sustained pressure brought reward right on the stroke of half time when a Neal smothered an initial shot but the ball squirted free to be pushed home. West Brom had always looked the more likely to score first, but Yardley’s spirited efforts had kept them at bay for long periods during the first half. An early West Brom attack, early in the second half, led to a fierce shot on goal that struck the crossbar. The early part of the second period produced chances for both sides, Neal being called into frequent action to save his side, Jeevan had a couple of chances saved too. Later on in the half, West Brom’s greater experience and strength began to tell and three more goals were scored to give the visitors a comfortable win.


Although it seems like a heavy enough defeat, Yardley’s patched up side produced a spirited display from which they can gain some comfort.


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