U14 Titans lose out to North East Leeds

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Titans travelled to North East Leeds with a depleted squad due to a number of absentees, the most notable being influential striker Ben. NEL took a 2 goal lead – the second a simple tap-in to an open goal after keeper Luke’s clearance hit their striker and the lucky rebound fell kindly into his path. Matty almost pulled one back when his great strike from the edge of the box was tipped onto the angle of the crossbar by the keeper. But with Leeds seeming to get the run of the ball they added a third to leave the score 3-0 at the half-time whistle.

Titans seemed to be suffering a hangover from last week’s heavy defeat and a stern half-time talk seemed to shake them up. The second-half saw Jamie G make his debut in midfield as Titans reshuffled to chase the game, switching to a 3-man defence. The move nearly paid off when Matty tried his luck from just outside the area when Titans were awarded a free-kick for handball, but his well-struck shot just fizzed over the bar. But NEL extended their lead when they were awarded a free-kick of their own at the other end and a high ball left Luke with no chance of keeping it out. Titans did get a foothold back in the game when Jamie S powered home a terrific header from a Matty corner, but poor defending cost them another goal from the next Leeds attack. At 5-1 down the game appeared to be slipping beyong Titans, although defender Jack scored his first goal since 2007 when his speculative strike from 25 yards was caught by the stiff breeze and looped over the keeper and in off the crossbar. There was still time for Leeds to add a sixth before the game came to an end. Overall a disappointing performance against a team that hadn’t won in 4 games. Man-of-the-Match was Jamie S for a strong performance on his welcome return from injury.