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Grahamston dig deep to deliver fine victory over Dunblane

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Grahamston BC
Dunblane SC
U14 Forth Valley FDA
25 January 2014
Yesterday in some of the most horrendous weather conditions I’ve seen in a long long while Grahamston BC U14s continued their fantastic journey in this year’s league campaign with not only a fantastic scoreline but a 5 star performance by every player on the pitch. The pitch was sodden wet, the wind was howling and the rain at times horizontal. However, despite the extremely wet conditions this did not seem to dampen the spirit of this team. Grahamston have several league games to catch up on due to our great cup run in the Scottish and yesterday this game could have quite easily have been called off. However, once again with a supreme effort of the coaching team and parents led by our tireless working Charlie Millar the pitch was passed playable by a somewhat sceptical ref.
As this game kicked off Grahasmton took the field with only 11 fit players and some of them actually carrying wee niggles. This was due to suspensions, players being away and an ever increasing injury list. However, despite this these 11 boys new they had a job to do and boy did they do a job on the opposition. Despite a slow start and taking our time to find our feet on this slippery pitch we soon started to play football the Grahamston way and took the lead with a great individual effort from our eventual man of the match Derrick (BIG SLICK) Hunter. This seemed to ease the nerves and from there on in Grahamston camped themselves in the oppositions half and added to their lead with a goal from Ross Meikle adding to his already impressive goal tally for this season. We added to our lead to go in at half time 4-0 up with the goals coming from Robbie Fortheringham with a race and the assists coming from Jamie Millar, Aaron McColl and Ross himself for one of RF's.
What I have to mention is that about 15 minutes in to the game is that Marco Archimio's back injury reoccurred and at that point was asked by the coaches if he would go in goal and Robbie Connolly our goal keeper to fill in at right back. Basically, what I am saying is that the attitude of both these players was 100% spot on. Robbie C this week and last week has had basically nothing to do in goal. This really does say a lot for the team in front of him but RC's commitment to the team has been second to none despite having to stand between the sticks in the pouring rain like a frozen snotter. I also have to say Marco could have quiet easily turned to the coaches and said no I can't go on but both players continued in unfamiliar roles to ensure that we got the victory and get the job done for this team. A SUPERB ATTITUDE SHOWN FROM BOTH PLAYERS FANTASTIC.
We gathered the boys in at halftime and as usual praise was given were it was due for our performance but also again as last week they were told  to continue to play our football the Grahamston way with width, passing and continual movement.
As the second half kicked off within 18 seconds we added to the lead through Aaron McColl after Derrick had sent him away leaving defenders in his wake. As the half continued and despite the horrendous conditions Grahasmton continued to play football the best they could never letting up on the pressure they had put on the opposition. With that pressure both Ross and Aaron got there hat-tricks with some superb finishing and with that Del also added to his goals for a brace. The goals we scored today were excellent and made by playing football. They came from a hat-trick of assists from Derrick, and one each from Jamie, Ross and Dean allowing us to run out 10-0 victors. The second half was a non event in regards to Grahamston being put under any real pressure by the opposition and apart from a single effort in the dying minutes producing a great save from Marco we totally dominated from start to finish today.
Today our players were motivated at the start and for the majority of the game despite our depleted numbers, however as coaches we do understand and realise that at times yesterday players dropped in performance and motivation nearer the end of the game due to weather conditions. However, as player of this team you need to realise that better teams will punish you if you let motivation and drive fall despite what conditions you play in. Players will also need to realise that when you play in this team you are being given the opportunity to play and show what you can do for this team, so you must grab opportunity with both hands and give 100% from start to finish and when you realise you are dipping in your performance that it is your responsibility to lift yourself as much as it is from your fellow teammates and coaches.  
Let’s not end this on a negative but again take all the positives and take the confidence gained in our last two games and scoring a hatful of goals in those into our next game.
One step at a time Grahamston one step at a time and our time will come.
Full Time: Grahamston FC 9-0 Dunblane SC
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