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Chipperfield Corinthians Under 7s

19th of April 2005

Having recently been installed as coach for the Under 7’s, it has been my job to assist Melanie Roberts in preparing the clubs youngest team for league competition next season and for a number of friendlies this season. We have been training the boys on Wednesday afternoons after school on the St Paul’s playing field and have built up an enthusiastic squad of 15. The matches are only 7 a side at this stage, so a good squad-rotation system is essential (a bit similar to Chelsea’s.) All the boys take part in the games and at this stage we are working on who plays in which position and who wants to play where. We are gradually eradicating the “swarm of bees routine” which even I admit was part of my first footballing years, and the boys are now spreading themselves out across the pitch and passing to team mates instead of all chasing after the ball (like a swarm of bees!)
Training includes teaching the boys to pass, dribble, how to mark players at corners and how to take up important positions when defending and attacking. I think we are getting there and this was shown at our latest match a few weeks ago at Borehamwood. After not too long we found ourselves 2-0 down and we all feared the worst but a real determination took hold,(as did my sore throat from screaming instructions) and soon, after a Borehamwood own goal and a strike from our own George French, we found ourselves level at 2-2.
Of course the worst feeling after coming back into a game from behind is to go behind again but that’s what we did, 3-2 down. Perhaps the boys spirit would be broken after such a fight back but a superb strike from Jacob Blacker pulled us level again. Honours were shared and the boys attitude and performance really was superb.
Man of the match went to Jack Grover who had a fantastic game in defence for us and showed excellent positional sense, but all were heros and we cannot wait for the next match at Kings Langley on 12th March. The previous match against KL ended in a 5-0 reverse (but of course this was before my appointment!). Please come along and give the boys some support – we would all love to hear the sound of Chipperfield Corinthians reverberating around the terraces. Haway the Lads!
Barry Coleman

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