Boston United youngsters face Liverpool
16th September 2020
What a fantastic evening and experience for Boston United’s Under 15 academy team after being invited by Liverpool F.C. to take part in a friendly fixture at their academy training ground.
There was a mixture of nerves and excitement before the game, and this was apparent in the first 10-15 minutes of the game where the Pilgrims found themselves 2-0 down.
From there the game settled into a pattern reminiscent of Liverpool’s first team games, in that the opposition’s pressing was relentless and in possession and they were cool, calm and calculated.
The Pilgrims players contained the opposition well and some of the combination play was top quality and they really took it to Liverpool. However with a couple of missed chances and a worldy save by the Liverpool keeper alongside plenty of changes to give players minutes in the game, the fluidity was interrupted and we were disappointed to come in at half time 4-1 down.
Coaches Dan and Jack made further changes at half time, and the Pilgrims battled well, but with it being only their fourth game as a relatively new team, it started to show. They played some great football but they weren’t able to maintain the energy levels.
Liverpool, as expected, were a well run, clever and professional outfit, and worked the ball well to tire the lads legs and minds.
More opportunities came in the second half but the Liverpool keeper pulled off numerous very good saves and their defence was able to step in and clear the ball.
Coach Daniel Bratcher, said “I am really proud of the lads – they worked hard as a team and there was some great individual performances on show. The end result was flattering but not important, and we are very proud of how the lads represented the club at Liverpool’s academy…
The biggest thing for me, and what highlights the competitiveness and winning mentality of this new group, was seeing the disappointment in their eyes afterwards and the fact that they felt they could have got more from the game. It is this fire and determination that I want to take and implement in to our league fixtures. Overall this was an amazing, positive experience and one that we can learn and develop from for our season ahead.”
Youth Development Phase lead Mark Thompson added, “As a club, Boston United pride ourselves in getting professional academy level fixtures as part of our high level games programme, as well as regular competitive fixtures in The Junior Premier League…
The Liverpool staff, coaches and players were brilliant from start to finish and we would like to thank them for their hospitality.”
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