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Team Profile, Information and Match reports 14/15

Under 8’s Blacks

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Results at a glance: Pennine Juniors Under 8’s Blacks 2014 / 2015 Season Date





Bury Amateurs


Pennine Blacks


Thomas 2, Alfie 2, Henry 2 Brodie 1, Logan 1 Thomas 2, Alfie 2, Henry 2, Brodie 1, Logan 1, Lucas 1 Alfie 4, Lucas 3, Thomas 1, Logan 1, Henry 1, Brodie 1 Lucas 3, Thomas 2, Alfie 1, Henry 1 Henry 2, Alfie 2, Thomas 1, Logan 1 Thomas 3, Alfie 1, Lucas 1



Pennine Blacks


Middleton Lads



Middleton Lads


Pennine Blacks



Pennine Blacks




Pennine Blacks


Walshaw Sports White Bridge Hawks


Pennine Blacks






Walshaw Sports White Pennine Blakcs

Prestwich Marauders Panthers Pennine Blacks



Logan 3, Henry 3, Lucas 3, Brodie 2, Alfie 1 Thomas 2, Logan 2, Alfie 1, Henry 1 (plus OG) Thomas 2, Logan 2, Henry 2, Brodie 1 Logan 4, Thomas 2, Alfie 1


Walshaw Sports Club



Walshaw Sports Club


Pennine Blacks




Pennine Blacks

2 6 4


Rossendale Valley Tigers Woodbank Red Pennine Blacks Roach Dynamos White Oldham Rangers

Pennine Blacks Milnrow Juniors Pennine Blacks

5 4 6

Logan 2, Henry 2, Lucas 1 Henry 3, Logan 2, Alfie 1 Henry 3, Logan 2, Lucas 1

Brodie Alfie Sebastian


Pennine Blacks


Whole team

Milnrow Juniors


Pennine Blacks



Walshaw Sports Club


Pennine Blacks



Pennine Blacks


Woodbank Reds


Henry 5, Logan 3, Thomas 2, Lucas 2, Alfie 1 Thomas 9, Henry 3, Logan 2, Lucas 1 Henry 3, Logan 3, Thomas 2, Alfie 1, Lucas 1, OG 1 Henry 3, Logan 3, Alfie 2, Thomas 1, Lucas 1, OG


29/11/14 06/12/14 12/01/15

Goal Scorers Logan Thomas Alfie Henry Brodie Lucas


32 31 20 36 6 18



Man Of The Match Awards Logan Alfie Lucas Henry Brodie Sebastian Thomas Whole team

Alfie Lucas Henry Brodie Sebastian

Logan Alfie

Thomas Henry Lucas

2 3 2 3 2 2 2 1

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Match reports: Opponent: Bury Amateurs Date: 06/09/14 Venue: Drinkwater Park Result: 0-8 Match report: 06/09/14 Pennine began the season with a trip to Drinkwater Park to face a very competitive Bury Amateurs side, who were looking to exact revenge for the heavy defeat Pennine gave them at the latter end of last season. The match started slowly but Pennine soon began to get a grip with their superior passing game denying the opposition any possession, after a couple of half chances came and went it was only a matter of time before Pennine took the lead, then followed one-way traffic for the remainder of the first half, Pennine were dominant and were good value for an amazing 8-0 half-time lead. Bury came out determined in the second half and began to apply some strong arm tactics, but Pennine regained control after weathering the early storm and somehow were unable to add to their first half goals. The Bury goal led a charmed life at times but a combination of good goalkeeping, desperate defending and pure bad luck meant the game finished an emphatic 8-0 win for Pennine when double figures were deserved.

Thomas, Alfie and Henry all scored 2 goals each with Brodie and Logan scoring the other 2. Logan was awarded Man of the Match. Opponent: Middleton Lads Date: 13/09/14 Venue: Hopwood Hall Result: 9-1 Match report: 13/09/14 Pennine's first home game of the season saw them take on Middleton Lads at Hopwood Hall. Once again Pennine did their usual slow start and allowed their enthusiastic opponents a couple of sights of goal, but some solid defending held them at bay. Once Pennine got into their stride they began to take hold of the game, again the boys utilised some slick passing moves to wear down a strong opposition, in particular the short corner routines were causing Middleton no end of problems. As the half-time whistle blew, Pennine were 60 up and in total control. The second half was a more even affair as Middleton tried their best to apply some pressure to the Pennine defence, but the boys held firm and in a battling display added another 3 goals to their first half tally, a late Middleton breakaway consolation goal was the only negative of another disciplined and powerful display from Pennine.

Thomas, Alfie and Henry again scored 2 each, Brodie, Logan and Lucas each scored a goal and Alfie was named Man of the Match Page | 4

Opponent: Middleton Lads Date: 20/09/14 Venue: St Marys Park Result: 11-1 Match report: 20/09/14 Pennine travelled to Prestwich to take on a highly rated Marauders Panthers side in an eagerly anticipated game. The boys were looking to continue their 100% start to the season and Prestwich had shown in their first 2 matches that they would be a force to be reckoned with. What followed was a devastating display of passing football that left the Panthers chasing shadows for long periods and resorting to kick-outs from the goalkeeper as a method of registering shots on goal. Once again defensive solidity was the foundation for Pennine, every player covering every blade of grass to recover the ball. Panthers couldnt cope with the high tempo pressing and passing and Pennine eased to victory over a strong team whose late consolation goal was only due to a defensive mix-up once the boys had taken there foot off the gas.

Alfie smashed in 4 goals, Lucas scored a great hat-trick, Thomas, Logan, Henry and Brodie all chipped in with a goal each and Seb was a rock at the back. Lucas was named Man of the Match after an all action display. Opponent: Walshaw Sports White Date: 27/09/14 Venue: Hopwood Hall Result: 7-2 Match report: 27/09/14 The match gave us an early start with a 09:00 kick-off at Hopwood Hall, most of the Pennine boys still seemed to be in bed as by 09:05 they found themselves 2-0 down and had barely had a kick against a fired-up Walshaw Whites. The boys re-grouped though and soon began to fashion a few chances, it wasnt long before the goals came and they had managed to get a lead by half-time. Pennine really turned the screw in the second half as they finally got there passing game going, hitting the woodwork an unbelievable 4 times and seeing the Walshaw keeper pull off at least 10 top quality saves.

Lucas scored his second hat-trick in two games, Thomas scored 2 and Alfie and Henry grabbed a goal each. Henry was named as Man of the Match.

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Opponent: Bridge Hawks Date: 04/10/14 Venue: Hopwood Hall Result: 6-0 Match report: 04/10/14 Forget Rangers vs Celtic, City vs United or El Classico, this was the derby everyone was waiting for, The Norden/Bamford derby. Pennine were looking to extend their 100% start to the season against a previously unbeaten Bridge Hawks at Hopwood Hall. The match started slowly with both sides sizing each other up, Bridge were big and strong and were disrupting Pennine's famed passing game, the boys stuck to their footballing principles and started to push Bridge back, some great football and clinical finishing led to a 4-0 half time lead despite some valiant Bridge defending and excellent goalkeeping. Pennine continued to press in the second half but once again Bridge defended stoutly and were a constant menace on the break, but the boys managed to add another 2 goals to their total and ran out 6-0 winners. This was another good performance from Pennine, built on a foundation of a rock solid defence and some beautifully crafted passing moves going forward. The boys had to be at their best to beat a strong and well organised Bridge outfit and can hopefully take this form on to their next match.

Henry and Alfie both grabbed 2 goals each, Thomas and Logan both got a goal each. Brodie was named as Man Of The Match Opponent: Prestwich Marauders Panthers Date: 11/10/14 Venue: Hopwood Hall Result: 5-0 Match report: 11/10/14 Pennine hoped to keep their 100% record intact against a Prestwich side determined to avenge the defeat they suffered against us earlier in the season. The match started brightly with both teams playing good football on the pristine Hopwood Hall playing surface. As the first half progressed Pennine began to take control of the midfield and were starting to create chances, Panthers were looking dangerous going forward but the boys showed some clinical finishing to lead 2-0 at half time. The second half followed much the same pattern as the first, Pennine looking to dominate possesion and Panthers battling hard and looking dangerous on the break. In the end, the Pennine passing game came to the fore and some lovely interplay and one-touch football saw the boys run out 5-0 winners in an extremely tough game.

Thomas grabbed a hattrick with Alfie and Lucas getting the other goals. Sebastien was named Man of the Match. Page | 6

Opponent: Walshaw Sports Whites Date: 18/10/14 Venue: Sycamore Road Result: 2-12 Match report: 18/10/14 Walshaw Sports White 2-12 Pennine Black Under 8's Another early start, this time with an 08:40 kick off, saw Pennine travel to Bury to take on Walshaw Sports Whites. They boys knew that after their last meeting, they would be in for another tough match. Pennine started well but Walshaw kept on battling hard and kept within touching distance, as the half wore on though, Pennine started to crank up the pressure and went in with a 5-1 half-time lead. Pennine kept their tempo high in the second half, and despite working really hard and playing some good football, Walshaw couldnt hold the boys at bay. The final score was 12-2 to Pennine and the boys 100% record was maintained.

Logan, Henry and Lucas all scored hat-tricks, Brodie scored two and Alfie one. Thomas was named as Man of the Match. Opponent: Walshaw Sports Club Date: 25/10/14 Venue: Hopwood Hall Result: 7-1 Match report: 25/10/14 Pennine Black Under 8's 7-1 Walshaw Sports Club On a cold, damp Hopwood Hall morning, Pennine looked to maintain their 100% record against a talented Walshaw Sports side. The match was a tense affair to begin with as Pennine tried to assert their passing game on Walshaw, but Walshaw also like to play the game properly and after a quarter of the match we were still locked at 0-0. When the breakthrough finally came it was from Pennine, they quickly added 2 more and went in with a slightly flattering 3-0 lead at half-time. The 2nd half followed much the same pattern, Pennine trying to play their fluid passing game and Walshaw responding in kind, in an entertaining match with some excellent play from both teams, the boys managed to push on and run out 7-1 winners. In difficult conditions it was a credit to both teams that they managed to produce the quality of football on display at times.

Thomas and Logan both hit 2 goals each, Alfie and Henry scored a goal each and Walshaw scored a very unlucky own goal. Henry was a well-deserved Man of the Match. Page | 7

Opponent: Walshaw Sports Club Date: 15/11/14 Venue: Play football Bury Result: 2-7 Match report: 15/11/14 Walshaw Sports Club-2 Pennine Black Under 8's-7. After a couple of weeks break due to match postponements, the Blacks were back in action against a familiar foe in Walshaw Sports, The game had been moved to the all weather pitch at PlayFootball in Bury to avoid another call off, and the boys were refreshed and raring to go. In a game where both teams were playing some very attractive football, Pennine's finishing was more clinical and they raced into a 4-1 lead at half time with some well taken goals. The second half followed much the same pattern with both sides using the good surface to play some great passing football. More goals followed and the boys ran out 7-2 winners on a day where quality football was also the winner. Thomas, Logan and Henry all scored 2 goals each and Brodie chipped in with the other. Logan was named as man of the match. Opponent: Rossendale Valley Tigers Date: 22/11/14 Venue: St Peters Result: 1-7 Match report: 22/11/14 Rossendale Valley Tigers 1-7 Pennine Blacks Pennine made it 10 wins out of 10 after a hard fought game on a wet and misty Rossendale morning. On a pitch that had seen a lot of rain, the boys continued with there famed high tempo, passing and pressing game. They were made to work really hard by a talented Tigers team and held a slender 2-1 lead at half time. The boys came into their own in the second half as the hosts began to tire in the heavy conditions, some great flowing attacking moves brought 5 more goals and a good 7-1 win against a very strong opponent who also tried to play football properly. With some tough fixtures coming up, the boys seem to be hitting form at the right time. Logan cracked in 4 goals, Thomas grabbed 2 and Alfie got the other. Alfie was also named man of the match

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Opponent: Woodbank Red Date: 29/11/14 Venue: Nuttall Park Result: 2-5 Match report: 29/11/14 Woodbank Red 2-5 Pennine Black Under 8's Pennine were not at their best today but still managed to come out on top against a physical Woodbank side in a sometimes feisty encounter at Nuttall Park. The boys couldnt have got off to a better start, scoring in the opening few seconds. They then raced into a 4 goal lead but took their foot off the gas and allowed Woodbank to grab a goal before halftime. The heavy pitch was affecting Pennines passing game and despite the scoreline the boys hadnt enjoyed their usual domination. When Woodbank pulled another goal back at the start of the second half, it was the wake up call the boys needed, they took control of the remainder of the game, scored another goal and should of added a couple more to the total. In the end it was a hard fought victory against a strong side in difficult conditions. The boys 100% record remained intact with 11 wins from 11 games but with some tough fixtures to come the boys know they must keep working hard to maintain it.

Logan and Henry scored 2 goals each and Lucas scored the other. Brodie was named as man of the match

Opponent: Milnrow Juniors Date: 06/12/14 Venue: Heywood Sports Village Result: 6-4 Match report: 06/12/14 Pennine Black Under 8's 6-4 Milnrow Juniors It was the match we had all been waiting for 100% vs 100%, something had to give. With the weather taking a bad turn, the match was moved to the 3g pitch at Heywood on a bitterly cold saturday morning. Milnrow had previously crushed every team they had met, but they hadnt met a team like Pennine Blacks before. Pennine played their usual high tempo, passing and pressing game, using the 3g surface to great effect, Milnrow though weren't going down without a fight, and utilising their more direct style of football only trailed Pennine 2-1 at half time. The game opened up more in the second half as legs began to tire, Pennine again outscored their opposition to run out 6-4 winners in a highly entertaining match of contrasting styles.

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With only one more match before the winter break, Pennine still maintain a 100% record, but with the boys now being the team everyone wants to beat, they are going to have to work twice as hard to keep the run going.

Henry scored a hat-trick, Logan got 2 and Alfie grabbed the other and was also named Man of the Match. Opponent: Roach Dynamos White Date: 12/01/15 Venue: Heywood Sports Village Result: 6-4 Match report: 12/01/15 Pennine Black Under 8's 6-4 Roach Dynamos White Pennine returned to action after the winter break determined to continue their winning ways and maintain their 100% record in the NBJFL this season. Due to the pitches being unplayable the match was again moved to the 3g surface at Heywood. The boys found themselves up against a very talented team that contained a number of academy players and with conditions that bordered on atrocious this was going to be an extremely tough encounter. With the gale force wind at their backs and the hailstones directed into the faces of their opponents, Pennine raced into a 4-1 half-time lead. The boys had to face the elements in the second half and Roach pulled it back to 4-4, but some wonderful passing moves led to Pennine taking the wind out of Roach's sails and running out 6-4 winners in a great game between two talented footballing sides

Henry scored a hat-trick, Logan got 2 and Lucas grabbed the other. Sebastien was named Man of the Match. Opponent: Oldham Rangers Date: 24/011/15 Venue: The Soccer Factory Result: 3-13 Match report: 24/01/15 Oldham Rangers 3–13 Pennine Black Under 8's The boys returned to action after last weeks postponement in a game that was moved to the Soccer Factory as Oldham's pitch was unplayable. This was always going to be a tough game against a strong, well organised opponent but Pennine produced one of their best performances of the season to keep up their 100% league record. In a fast paced encounter, the boys were able to use their wonderful passing and moving game to score some incredible team goals and coupled with an amazing work ethic and a willingness to work Page | 10

hard to support their team-mates , it was a truly memorable performance against a talented opposition. Pennine were simply unplayable at times and every player produced some sublime moments of skill and showed fantastic technique throughout. Oldham's keeper produced some great stops to keep the score at 13-3 and they battled hard throughout but on days like this, Pennine are untouchable.

Henry scored 5, Logan got 3, Thomas 2, Lucas 2 and Alfie grabbed the other. The whole team were named as Men of the Match as it was impossible to split them as they all played so well.

Opponent: Milnrow Juniors Date: 31/01/15 Venue: Soccer Village Result: 6-15 Match report: Pennine visited Milnrow in what was always going to be a very tough game off the boards at the Soccer Village. The boys were full of confidence after their excellent victory last week against Oldham Rangers but knew that keeping their 100% record was going to be very hard against a team who would be desperate to avenge their only defeat this season. Pennine flew out of the blocks and raced into an early lead, utilising the excellent indoor playing surface, the boys were fizzing the ball about and attacking with frightening pace. Milnrow were strong and determined, and despite leaking a few goals they refused to back down and kept trying to attack themselves, but Pennine were solid at the back and led 8-2 at half-time. The second half followed in much the same vein, Pennine continued with their fluid passing game and produced some intricate passing moves and showed some great moments of individual skill and flair. Milnrow kept battling and did rally late on as the 5 Pennine boys began to tire, but in the end it was an emphatic 15-6 win for Pennine and the boys moved on to 15 wins out of 15.

Thomas scored 9, Henry got 3, Logan 2 and Lucas 1. Thomas was named as Man of the Match in another performance where all 5 boys were excellent.

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Opponent: Walshaw Sports Club Date: 07/02/15 Venue: Playfootball Bury Result: 3-11 Match report: 07/02/15 Walshaw Sports Club 3–11 Pennine Black Under 8's Pennine came up against an old foe in Walshaw Sports Club this week in what proved to be an enthralling game between two sides who try to play football in the proper way. As in their previous 2 matches, Pennine got off to a flying start and took an early lead, Walshaw though were not giving up easily and soon levelled things. Virtually straight away though the boys re-took the lead and began to put the Walshaw defence under severe pressure. The half finished with Pennine leading 71, some great build up play and excellent finishing were the key to this and with the boys fighting hard for each other they had managed to build a comfortable cushion. Walshaw are a talented and determined team, and they dont go down without a fight, the second half was a more even affair, with both teams playing some great stuff and scoring some quite spectacular goals. Pennine kept calm and ran out 11-3 winners in a game that football purists would have really enjoyed.

Henry and Logan scored 3 each, Thomas got 2, Alfie and Lucas got one each and there was also an own goal. Henry was named as man of the match.

Opponent: Woodbank Reds Date: 14/02/15 Venue: Oldham Academy Result: 2-11 Match report: 14/02/15 Pennine Black Under 8's 11-2 Woodbank Reds It may have been Valentine’s Day but there was no love lost as Pennine faced up to Woodbank Red in a clash of two of the top sides in the NBJFL. The last league encounter between the sides had seen Pennine run out narrow victors, Woodbank would really fancy their chances but in the form that they are in at the moment, Pennine are looking unstoppable. Both sides looked to play good football, keeping the ball on the floor and challenging each other physically but fairly, but with quality in all areas of the team Pennine had got themselves into a comfortable lead by half time. The boys kept the flowing football going in the 2nd half and managed to keep the goals coming with some breath-taking attacking football.

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Once again every player contributed to the result and the determination and desire to work hard for their teammates was in evidence again today. The boys finished as 11-2 victors to take their winning run to 17 straight games and the hope of a 100% league campaign was still intact.

Henry and Logan scored 3 each, Alfie got 2, Thomas and Lucas got one each and there was also an own goal. Lucas was named as man of the match.

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