PPFC U11s fifth consecutive league win finally saw them hit the top of the division after a breathless 3-2 win against an excellent Walton Casuals Tigers side on the Village Green this morning. It was fitting reward for a sterling second half fight back in which the lads produced a massive team effort.
Missing both influential captain Jacob and defensive rock Jonts the boys nevertheless struck first. Joshua’s terrific footwork in the area drew a foul from a visiting defender and the same player converted from the spot. But Walton – who like Pirbright had won all of their games so far this season – went on to dominate the first half. Playing some quick, clever passing football in the final third Walton pinned the home team back for the rest of the opening period. The boys contributed to their own downfall by sitting very deep and tackling without conviction as Walton scored two goals and looked by far the better and more organised outfit.
A tactical switch and an instruction to re-double their efforts paid dividends in a frantic and entertaining second half. Pirbright scored a tremendous equaliser when Cally played a splendid ball down the channel and the marauding Asa held off his opponent to poke into the far corner. Then Joshua burst through only to be felled by the goalkeeper. Cally slid home an ice-cool penalty for what proved to be the winning goal.
Walton came back strongly but couldn’t find a way past a fantastically hard-working Pirbright defence in which full-backs Dean and Jack were simply outstanding. Well done boys; who rose to the challenge magnificently in the second half – particularly in the absence of two really important players. Huge credit to Walton too, a very good team who contributed to a really entertaining game of football.
PPFC: Conor, Jack, Adam, Dean, Thomas, Arthur, Asa, Olly, Joshua, Cally
Scorers: Joshua (pen), Asa, Cally (pen)
Man of the Match: Jack – Tireless, outstanding; great stuff Jack!