Under-18: “They Were Ridiculous Goals”
Two very different but equally impressive goals of the highest order helped the Under-18s pick up a seventh win of the season and remain top of the table after they beat Millwall 3-1 at London Colney on Saturday (October 12).
Max Thompson opened the scoring in the first half with a header at the near post, finishing an excellent team move which began right from the back with Hornets goalkeeper Dante Baptise.
A Millwall goal pegged the hosts back just before half-time, but a Dom Hutchinson penalty restored the lead in the second half before a 30-yard rocket from Ryan Maclean put the result beyond doubt.
“We’ve gone from one six-yard box to the other six-yard box to score in what was our toughest game of the year. It was outstanding, nine passes, 60 seconds, a ridiculous goal,” said Lead Coach Simon Clark.
“The third goal was an individual action from 30 yards, and it was ridiculous from Ryan Maclean.”
Millwall presented the toughest challenge yet for the high-flying Hornets according to Clark, and the Lead Coach was delighted with how his players dealt with facing tough opposition.
“Millwall press hard, they run hard, they move the ball well and they’ve got some really good individuals. They’ve scored loads of goals and they had only lost one game this year,” said Clark.
“I pitched that to the lads as our hardest game of the season and good players play well in important games. They equalised against the run of play but in the second half we’ve come out and bossed it, we’ve absolutely controlled the game. It was a great performance, really complete in and out of possession.”
Hutchinson’s penalty made it eight goals for the Under-18s captain so far this season, but the example he sets stretches beyond just his goalscoring.
“His work rate in the game again was fantastic. There was one moment when he’s made a negative run 40 yards backwards against the opposition’s left-back, he’s won the ball and won a free-kick,” said Clark.
“To do that late on in the game, have that composure, it’s great for the rest of the lads because they look at his commitment and he sets the standard. He’s scoring goals, he’s really cool on the finishes, his movement to score and receive is really good, and he trains well.”
HORNETS: Baptiste (GK), Conteh, Maclean, Lawal, Matthews, Burchell, Harrison, Thompson, Hutchinson, McKiernan, Sankoh (Hunter 92).
Subs not used: Evans, Marriott, Hall, Manning.