Goalkeepers in Preston impressing every week
Harry Waddington has been attending Just4keepers for just over a year now. When Harry first came along to the coaching he was very shy with little knowledge of goalkeeping. Now Harry is like a different goalkeeper who works hard in every session wanting to improve.
Below shows a description of his first game for his new club from his Father.
The newly formed North Lancs team were at home to Lytham Town, an established member of the league, the match being played at Galgate Football Club which is the venue for their home fixtures.
Harry was on the bench, as the coach preferred the other goalkeeper in goals, although surprisingly he did not bring any gloves with him and had to borrow Harry’s.
Lytham started the stronger and had several early chances but North Lancs held firm.
Against the run of play, a through ball was latched on to by striker Will who despatched it superbly into the roof of the net to give North Lancs a 1-0 lead.
But the lead only lasted six minutes as the centre back dwelt on the ball, was dispossessed and was left trailing as the Lytham player then crossed into the box for an easy finish past French.1-1. When half time arrived, North Lancs were lucky to be level.
Five minutes into the second half, a real mix up in the home defence resulted in the penalty area being like a pinball machine as shots were blocked and two follow ups were cleared off the line, as the ball went for a corner.
From the resulting corner, the ball sailed over the head of the keeper and at the far post it was an easy free header as Lytham made it 2-1.
After the goal, our goalkeeper signalled to the bench that he had a twisted knee and would have to come off, so Harry got the nod from the coach.
Lytham’s second goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of North Lancs and the away side poured forward to put the game to bed.
The first save that Harry made was to his left low down as he tipped it on to the post and as it bounced back out a defender cleared it.
The second save was when a cross shot was pushed to the side off Harry’s right glove.
Then a Lytham attack got behind the back four, the striker was one on one but Harry blocked it with his legs.
Then Lytham were given a penalty after a foul in the box. This gave them the chance to wrap up the match as the minutes ticked by. The penalty taker ran up and opened his body at the last second which meant a kick to Harry’s left glove. Harry went the right way, and the ball caught the outside of the post. Lytham had failed to score, and this let off seemed to galvanise the North Lancs team who realised they still had a chance.
The rest of the half was more even and a cross from the right resulted in a great header and a North Lancs equaliser after 85 minutes. 2-2.
However, North Lancs still had to hold on to this position, and straight from the kick off Lytham went on the attack with the right winger putting in a cross into the six yard box. Harry gathered the ball cleanly as the boot of a Lytham striker caught him a glancing blow to his head.
In added time, Lytham tried to win it with a dangerous cross which Harry caught above his head with the Lytham forwards in close attendance.
The match ended at 2-2 and Harry had kept a clean sheet and received the grateful thanks of his coach who said that Harry had listened and followed instructions, particularly showing good distribution with short goal kicks taken quickly which enabled possession to be kept and attacks to start.
I as his father would like to thank Lewis at Just4Keepers for training Harry since January 2014 at Preston which has resulted in Harry making great progress in the very difficult art of goalkeeping.
Days like Sunday 20th September make it all worthwhile.
This is why we all coach to hear that the goalkeepers we do coach have some success. Even if its winning man of the match, getting signed at a pro club, building their confidence.
If you would like to attend a goalkeeper training class in Preston, Blackburn or Blackpool then contact Lewisbishop@just4keepers.co.uk and have a FREE taster session.