Scarborough and District Schools U13 Football v Derby

Whitby lads are back row third from left Jeremiah John, Sam Spenceley (fourth from left), Sonny McDermott (fifth from left); Luca Mastrolonardo (front far left), Sammy Hall front row third from left

There are five Whitby boys in the team and the home games are held at Caedmon College Whitby.

On Saturday 24 February we played Derby at home. After a mixed season the boys resumed after the Christmas break against Derby .The Scarborough lads have so far played: Harrogate, Knowsley, Leeds, Stockton, Nottingham, Sheffield, York, East Riding, Wakefield, Harrogate, with wins against Harrogate and draws against Leeds, Knowsley and Nottingham.

Scarborough boys were on top throughout the game. Scarborough and District constructing many chances and containing the visitors efficiently. The local side were disciplined and well organised with their 4-2-3-1 shape and looked to play from the back whenever possible. Decision making was far better in this match. Use of ball was very good – short, long and combinations. Kitula and Mastrolonardo (both Lady Lumley’s school) were particularly threatening and combined to open the scoring. Sam Spenceley (captain) and Sonny McDermott (both Caedmon College Whitby) were well in control of things in the heart of defence for Scarborough and District limiting Derby to very few clear chances if any. However at the end of the first half, a free kick  from 35 yards and out wide for the visitors saw the ball float over to the far post then rebound off the Scarborough and District goalie’s back to equalise and make it 1-1 at halftime. As the game wore on Jeremiah John (Eskdale) had more and more of an influence and had a fine game in the middle of midfield.

When Sammy Hall (Eskdale) was later deployed in a more central role alongside John; he looked much more comfortable and scored with a fine shot into the bottom left hand corner from just outside the box to make it 2-1 to Scarborough and District. Luca Mastrolonardo fizzed a shot over from a tight angle and had a well struck left foot shot from the edge of the box bound for the corner excellently saved by the Derby goalkeeper. An error at the back saw Scarborough and District gift the visitors a second equaliser against the run of play. Scarborough continued to attack and were rewarded when the hard working Sam Besau (Malton School) moved from full back into midfield and gave Scarborough and District a 3-2 lead with a spectacular half volley into the corner of the net giving the visiting keeper no chance. With time almost up  Derby had a corner that the home side debated – this was then bundled into the net for a last minute equaliser. Final score 3-3.

Scarborough and District Schools’ Under 13s, after playing many of their matches away to begin with in the Yorkshire and Midlands League, have their next match against Leeds at Caedmon College Whitby on 3 March. They then face Barnsley on 10 March and Calderdale on 24 March – all at Caedmon College Whitby, 10.30am KO – before travelling to play York for the second time this season on 21 April. ​

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