Saturday saw the U18 Tornadoes play their penultimate match in Youth Football against AFC Charvil. Tornadoes only had 10 players to start the match and withstood 20 minutes of relentless pressure from Charvil, who could not turn their chances into goals.This was due to the defence of James McCellan in goal, Daniel Grantham, Josh Jackson as fullbacks, Finley Tonkin & Jordan Curtis as the centre back duo. On 23 minutes Tornadoes midfield of Josh Cook, Lucas Reynolds, Samba Jallow & Ryan Asher started a well worked break from defense to attack which saw Josh Cook pass to Ryan Asher to score Tornadoes first goal. Tornadoes then decided to start to play and play some really good football. Leaving Alex Stevens to battle away up front on his own.Then on 38 minutes, more good work in midfield and a defence splitting pass from Alex Stevens saw Josh Cook score Tornadoes second goal. Second half started and Tornadoes continued to play where they had left off and it was hard to believe that they were the team with only 10 players!! Chance after chance came Tornadoes way but unfortunately they didn't have their scoring boots on.With 15 minutes left to play a poor refereeing decision resulted in a Tornadoes player being sent off, after he was the player fouled!! The last 15 minutes were now going to be a battle with only 9 players. Then in the 89 minute again a decision resulted in yet another Tornadoes player being sent off, for a player questioning the decision of having a penalty awarded against him. Law 12 says it should have been an indirect free kick!! Tornadoes held on as the penalty was awarded and duly scored, then the referee blew the whistle for full time. This now puts Tornadoes in an unassailable position of finishing runners up in the East Berks Division 2 with one match to play. A win next weekend will put them top until Bracknell play their final fixture. If Bracknell win they are League winners. A draw or loss will see Tornadoes win the league on goal difference as Bracknell's goal difference is 13 and Tornadoes is 22 with one match to play. A great way to end the season.
Yours in Sport
Chairman, Sponsorship Officer, Head of Under 18 Age Group & Manager of Under 18 Tornadoes