Match Report
The Manchester Grammar School Boys-U13A vs  Lymm High School
On: Thursday, 15 Nov 2018
Venue: at Home

Winter’s coming but the U13s are starting to heat up. A crucial ESFA Cup Round 3 game against Lymm had the potential to be tricky, especially given that they had beaten us 7-2 only two months ago. Yet a tweak in personnel, pushing the ever reliable Zack Stewart into midfield and the dominant Mosope Aderinto into defence, gave the team a more robust platform. The team started extremely fast with Webb tying the defenders in knots. Jacob, the smallest person on the pitch, continually outmuscled the opposition to create many counterattacks and Captain Vardon quickly got hold of the game. The first goal came soon. An excellent Livingston cross was met at the back post by the marauding Guy Stewart who thundered it into the net. Many chances followed, but profligacy in front of goal has blighted the team before, and threatened to happened again as Lymm scored a scrappy equaliser from a corner.

In the second half, the tempo remained high as Savage joined the fray, moving the ball quickly to the channels. Chances continued and a rasping Livingston drive crashed against the bar, bounced somewhere near the line, but the ref’s watch didn’t beep. Vardon and Stewart kept dominating midfield and Carter, with a great debut for the A’s, did not let their left winger have any time on the ball. As time passed the game started to fizzle out and extra time beckoned; however, one man decided enough was enough. Aderinto, despite a warm-up which did not suggest he was going to score, glided through midfield from centre-back and drove the ball into the top right-hand corner from 30 yards. The final whistle went shortly after and as the team celebrated, the ref even joined in, praising Aderinto for scoring the best goal he’d seen this season.