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  2. Wyatt's 2018-2019 Season

    Another exciting week of weather driven practice schedules Monday they were frozen out. Tuesday they went indoors to a new place with a full sized 9v9 indoor field. They worked on building out of the back and opening up to give the keepers options for distributions other then booting the ball forward. Findihed off with a scrimmage were taking advantage of the better padding under the turf Wyatt made lots of flying saves, as well as a nice strong-hand deflection of a beautiful and cheeky bicycle strike from the stud forward. Wednesday they were indoors again at the regular place, and worked a lot on passing in tight spacing. After that they moved onto some 6 v 6 games, and finally for some reason played 11v11 on a court meant for 5v5. The coach prohibited hard strikes, but the boys pretty much went crazy and were smashing the ball at the keepers. Wyatt made lots of reflex parries and strong hands while trying to not get sloppy. He made a really nice dive to his left for a low ball and parried it, then the striker fired the rebound off the wall and then into Wyatt's gut. He got winded but stayed in it, just to get kneed in the mouth while scooping up a ball and coming away with a busted lip. He did realize it at first and kept playing until someone pointed out he was bleeding all over his jersey. No comments from the coach other then a standard line about well that is what keepers need to expect. Thursday they were back outdoors and worked more of the build out and distributions from the back. Coach focused alot on rotation of the ball through the defense and keeper to switch sides without booming crosses, then moved into scrimmages before cutting the keepers loose for club keeper training while the field players went to conditioning training. Saturday they had an additional practice, but the other keeper didnt' show up. So Wyatt got to spend a lot of time playing as a field player in the drills before gloving up for some striking and finishing. As seems to be the case lately the players reallly got into it cheering each other on as they tried to beat Wyatt and cheering him on as he made lots of really nice saves. Club keeper training focused on long balls. Lots of work on goalkicks and punts. After Wyatt demonstrated he could hit his man with fairly good consistancy the coach made him start using his left foot. While not as strong he was more accurate with it. Keeper coach did work with him a little on his rotation into his side volley, as well as working him on a traditional style drop kick that he almost never uses in practice or games. Only non-club activitity was skills training on Sunday. They focused on dealing with aerial balls and passing/crossing to moving players as well as receivinv similar balls. Ended with a scrimmage with Wyatt dominating the possession and acting as a holding mid for his squad. While he doesn't really want to be a field player, he does enjoy his time out of the net and seems to make the most of it when he can at practices and trainings. So this week it looks like another crappy weather week as they get ready to hoepfully resume their spring season versus the other intown non-MLS DA club Solar. First game fo the season they went down 0-3, before getting their crap locked down and surging back to win 6-3. Solar switched their coaches over the winter break and seem to have been retooling, tieing FCD and then having some close games versus the clubs from colorado. So expecting it to be the standard back and forth with someone loosing their cool and lots of cards being shown.
  3. Last week
  4. Bucks Returns

    Thinking of getting new boots... Can't decide what though. Always had a thing for Red boots. And love the Nike VNM Elite. But then I do like the Black / Red Adidas X18s. Not so keen on the Red X18s. Hmmm! But then the Black ones look too much like the Predator 18s I already have?
  5. Bucks Returns

    Today was doomed from the off. Players turning up 10 mins before kick off in a Cup Quarter Final, our captain and top scorer went on the piss last night and didn't turn up, the referee called five minutes before the game to say he wasn't coming, both teams spoke to the Surrey FA as neither wanted to play without a proper ref, to be told the game has to be played today. We were awful from the off, no composure, passes going astray, second to every 50/50, not reading the play and letting them play their game. I can't be arsed to go into great detail about it so here is a brief run down of their goals... Goals: 1. Penalty, which never was. Their player headed it at our players hand from a yard away and our player had his back to him. 2. Ball over the top player flicked it over and past our CB and volleyed top corner. 3. Ball over the top player beat CB and rolled it across me in off the far post. 4. Ball over the top, beat our CB, controlled with his arm so shouldn't have been allowed, fired it past me. 5. Shit defending ball fell to their CM edge of the box who curled it top corner. Half Time... 6. Foul on our CB not given, player ran through slotted it past me 1 on 1. 7. Corner no one tracked the man who ran near post and side footed it in. 8. LM ran at us, knocked it to the forward about 12 yards out, took a touch and stuck it bottom corner. So yeah. We pretty much embarrassed ourselves, and I basically conceded every shot they had. Pffff! So fucking annoying! Kit: Black Leverkusen Shirt, Red Shorts & Socks. Boots: White Adidas 18.1 SG's. Gloves: Seismic Salamander's.
  6. Bucks Returns

    Lost 8-0. We were awful from the off. :-( Conceded 8 from like 10 shots on goal. Pissed off ain't the word right now.
  7. Earlier
  8. Bucks Returns

    Oh haha, couldn't imagine football without training!
  9. Bucks Returns

    Training... What's that? 🤣 The last team I played for who trained was probably 2011/12. No joke! I'd struggle to make training most weeks if there was any as I work shifts.
  10. Bucks Returns

    Why not training?
  11. Bucks Returns

    No but I do like to give gloves a wear or two in a warm up sometimes rather than go straight into a match with them.
  12. Bucks Returns

    Do you wear two different gloves on match-day? One for warm-up and one for the game? Wouldn't recommend that, especially if your switching into a different glove model.
  13. Bucks Returns

    Not to mention that I have washed my Orange kit FOUR times and still not all the stains have come out FFS! 😫
  14. Bucks Returns

    They are ok. The grip is very good, but slightly different to what I was expecting. They don't really feel like a VG3 on hand, and they are quite a lot more padded than a VG3 to be honest. I guess it depends on preference, and to be honest I still prefer the fit and feel of the originals. I think I am going to go with the Salamander gloves next Sunday. I was only meant to wear these in the warm up yesterday to wear them in, then couldn't be bothered to change before the match. Kind of messing with my OCD now considering how poor I played. 🤣
  15. Wyatt's 2018-2019 Season

    Weather 1, Wyatt 0. Game this weekend and some practices were canceled do to the latest round of weird winter weather sweeping through the area. This time oddly enough it was south of us and the team coming up from Houston didn't want to drive in the weather so they got the game canceled. Turned out for the best though as Wyatt got sick Thursday and was out Friday as well, so despite practices being cancled those days as well, he was better off recovering then trying to play in the damp and cold. Team had two practices during the week, as well as conditioning training and a club keeper training. First practice was lots of ball movement and working on opening up, trying to re-enforce some of the good work they had put in during the games last weekend. They also mixed with the U14 team some as well for some scrimmaging with Wyatt working with a several various combinations of defenders and mids. Keeper training focused on defending crosses into the box and playing a weird little game that combined defending crosses with defending close in players/ Set up had to goals a bout 10 yards apart, ball would be served in and keepers had to try and clear or catch it. If they caught it they had to immediately place it on the ground and try and score versus the opposing keeper. Idea was the opposing keeper was supposed to learn to wait and defend patiently up close and not over commit to let the other keeper get an open shot of goal. Wyatt spent most of the early runs paired up with the reserve keeper who tried to muscle/wrestle Wyatt off the ball. As they went on it started getting pretty rough, especially after Wyatt made to saves and quick follow up goals by out jumping him and taking the ball literally out of his hands. The coach decided to seperate them and had Wyatt paired up with a U18 ECNL keeper and then one of the U18/19 DA keepers. Wyatt liked the drill and thought he learned some good stuff from it. Wednesday started with conditioning training, Team hadn't had it since the trainer was gone for two months, but he expected that they had kept up on their own and treated them that way. Wyatt didn have any issues and most the boys actually put in a good effort for once. Of course with it being a conditioning night the reserve keeper was missing, so when it came time to practice they went into striking and finishing drills and a modified one goalie scrimmage. What did well, holding his own with the field skills, and made quite a few nice saves during the shooting drills. In a pleasant change of attitude, during the shooting drills the players were really getting into it. Cheering on their seperate groups of shooters and Wyatt as he blocked shots from the other groups. Wyatt commented on it some afterwards on the ride home and seemed happy about the apparent change in moral. Only other thing Wyatt did was some skills training with the the club trainer on Sunday. Friday he missed private keeper training due to being sick and Sunday's session was cancled because the keeper coach was with his club teams for games. So Wyatt got in a long session with the skills trainer. They worked a lot on possessing and moving the ball in wet conidtions (it was cold and drizzling rain the whole time). Made for some extra effort to control and strike and ball with it being wet. They finished with small sided games with Wyatt dominating the scoring. So not a unpleaseant way to spend a part of the day. No games coming up for a couple of weeks, but the club director is supposed to be working with his team this week and we have some federation folks in town for club evaluations, so will be something differient then the regular grind for the next week or so.
  16. Bucks Returns

    How did you find the Seismic gloves?
  17. Bucks Returns

    So yesterday we faced off against AFC Rio again for the third time this season, and again we lost... Apparently both teams have been in the same division for a few seasons now and they are a bit of a bogey team. Earlier in the season we lost 3-4 in Extra Time in the League cup when they equalised with the last kick of the game, then we lost 2-3 in our Home league game which we missed about 7 great chances. After a good run recently we fancied our chances, but I just had a feeling two weeks "off" whilst on our decent run wasn't going to do us any favours. The game started pretty end to end, and I was disappointed to concede from the first shot on goal... We failed to clear the ball properly which fell to their Centre Back. For some reason both Midfield and Defence let him run with the ball like they wasn't there and from 25 yards he hit a low drive, I dived low to my right, and having gotten a good hand on it, I was disappointed to see it roll into the net 1-0. We equalised after some good play around their box and Del our CM hit a hopeful shot from about 30 yards which hit a defender and looped over their keeper, 1-1. We failed to clear a Free Kick properly soon after, the ball fell to their striker edge of the box, unmarked, unchallenged he took a touch, and I don't even know why but I anticipated him curling the ball to my left, he hit it to my right... If I hadn't taken that step I'd have caught it, instead all I could do was stick out my right arm, again I got a good hand to it but it bobbled in. I basically made his mind up for him before he hit the ball and I don't even know why, so disappointed in myself. 2-1. I didn't have many saves first half mainly sweeping up and that was how it finished. Second half was all us to begin with, we huffed and puffed and eventually the pressure told, a free kick was swung in, headed on to the bar and Jay our Centre Back nodded in from about 7 yards out, 2-2. There was a bit more end to end play, then a break, the ball played to their Left Mid, as soon as I saw the ball going to him I thought if he hits this right I have no chance... He curled the ball right around my CB, into the top left corner. I was across full stretch but he had pretty much hit it perfect power, swerve... 3-2. Again we went on the front foot, and kept them hemmed in, a few dodgy refs calls done us no favours and then with minutes to go, a penalty... Kieron another Centre Back stepped up and 3-3. Then as per always we basically gave the ball up from the kick off, let them run through again, God knows where our Midfield was. The ball was played to our Right, I came out to close the angle, the player turned back and Kieron slipped over. Realising it was now 1 v 1 I charged out, and I don't know how but the guy somehow shot, it clipped my wrist, missed Kieron who was trying to head it whilst getting off the floor and went between Jay and Marcel who were running back to the line... 4-3. I was just so disappointed with myself. One mistake and two goals I know I should have done much better with, and again a loss to a team who are not better than us. Next Sunday we play Sporting Santos Away in the Surrey Cup Quarter Final. They are in our Division, we played them opening day and lost 5-2, but we were awful then and should give them a much tougher game this time. My kicking was decent all game for once though. 😅🤷‍♂️ Kit: All Orange Crystal Palace keeper kit. Boots: Black Adidas 18.1 SG's. Gloves: Seismic Ogma Rapit's.
  18. Bucks Returns

    Stay positive and get ready for the next day weather it's training or a game. ..
  19. Bucks Returns

    Argh!!! I knew no good would come of having 2 weeks off. Not happy with how I played today, will post up a full report later, but so pissed off. Lost 4-3, probably should have done better on 2 goals, possibly 3. Grrr!
  20. Adidas URG latex

    Not worth the price point IMO
  21. Adidas URG latex

    Not a lot online about the URG latex yet. One video from Sherlock Gloves I think the guy who tested them (The 2.0 rather than the 1.0 latex), said the grip is phenomenal in the dry, but almost useless in the wet.
  22. Adidas URG latex

    I've never worn them personally, but heard they were good for the first use or two.
  23. Wyatt's 2018-2019 Season

    Got the game field super quick this week. U15 Game 9 vs Real Colorado
  24. Wyatt's 2018-2019 Season

    Finally some soccer was played after the long winter break. Team faced off Real Colorado and Colorado Rapids, two teams that Wyatt was injured in warm-up against and didn't get to play against, so he was pretty excited. Week leading up to the game weekend, team practiced 3 times. Most of the focus was on ball movement, passing, and playing as a unit. For the keepers it meant working with the back line a lot so they would consistantly open up and be available. Wyatt worked alot with the reserve back line and a player from a lower divison team which was rather frustraing as they didn't seem to be getting the hang of the drills. The coach did give him plenty of kudos though for his passing and communication, and recognized that Wyatt wasn't the issue with the completing of passes and distributions. Thursday night he spent most the practice as a field player in the drills since the reserve keeper didn't so up. He did glove up some for striking and finishing drills near the end though. He had 3 club keeper training sessions, two on one day as practice was canceled for the team, and then a third after the Thursday team practice. Keeper coach worked with them on the short game inside the 6 and reaction saves. Wyatt did really well, but took a knot Thursday night. They had a keeper from the first class who was a u12 there and he wasn't focusing well and being goofy, when Wyatt went down to make a save the kid tried to jump over him unnecessarily and wound up putting a knee into Wyatt's back, giving him a charlie horse. Friday he was over it and did his regular private keeper session to get ready for the game weekend. They worked on low, close saves and defending the near post for most of the session after some basic catching refreseher work. First game up was versus Real Colorado. Wyatt's team had lost to them 1-2 when they played them at home. Wyatt got the start and wound up playing the whole game, afterwards the coach said he let him have the whole game so he could start learning game management and how to deal with overcoming mistakes or bad turns of play. Wyatt did really well. He had a few issues with punting or taking a goal kick to fast when he forgot his cadence. He had a few saves to make, best one was a stretching out left had deflection of a shot on the line. That one got some praise for the coach as it came close after his team had scored the first goal of the match, and the coach said it was key to not losing momentum and energy. Other decent save was getting a hand up into traffic against some very big forwards to push a ball safely out on a corner for his defense to clear. He did get beat once on a corner. Kick came in short and he called away as he got jammed up in traffic on the near post. It looks like it took a deflection and popped into the goal right at the feet of two of his players. Coach got on him thinking he had called keeper, but Wyatt didn't calling away instead. One of his players apparently called keeper for him though wanting him to come out further and get it. When Wyatt told the coach it wasn't him that called keeper, the Coach said that was a lie. After the game they talked more about it, and the coach told him he needed to be more firm about responding back in front of the team, since the coach couldn't fix a problem if he wasn't told right away. He did say he was going to look into it and talk with the players about whose job it is to call things on set pieces and shots. Final score though was a 2-1 win, which was a great way to start off the spring half of the season. Next day they played the MLS Academy for Colorado Rapids. The coach opted to give the reserves some time and started the other keeper and 5 bench players. Wyatt said that the general consensus was that the coach played his best 11 for the game he though was more winnable, and then just opted to take a bath on the game he felt they wouldn't win. Sort of a crappy attitude. The players rose to the occassion and played a really hard game, keeping pressure on the opposing team. Their keeper didn't have to really do much, but was very good with his communication. Our keeper seemed to be focusing on trying to show off and while making some workman like saves, also hot himself in some really bad spots and was only saved by the centerback or the opposing player just overhitting the ball and sending it off in weird directions in front of the open goal. Final score was a 0-2 loss, but the boys had 3 goals called back, and 5 others where they had the keeper and defense beat, but just went wide or popped the frame. The first goal came off a PK awarded against the left back when he pulled a player down from behind on a header in the box. The reserve keeper made the save, but then got called for infringement that was bad enough to earn a yellow. Before the kicker had even started movement he made three short hops forward at the whistle off his line to get about 2 feet in front of it, then took for steps at an angle to cover the side he though the kicker was going for before the ball was kicked. He argued with the refs about the call, not understanding what he had done wrong. The reshoot went in, took make it 0-1. Second goal came in the second half. A forward put a shot right at him and instead of making the easy catch slapped it with both hands back into the center of the box. Follow up shot was blocked by the centerback, but the rebound from that was tap in as he watched. After the game the coach got onto him a bit about his distributions as well. He went long with everything, makes a combination of about 20 punts. goalkicks, and freekicks. Only connecting 2 times with someone on out team. The opposing keeper and coach were very loud about having their players not push up to prevent short plays and not even really covering our players becuase almost everything went to long and just went to their back line. Wyatt wasn't too happy about not getting anytime in the second game, but he understands the reason for them getting a whole game and not sharing time in the net. His mentor/skill trainers got back into town FRiday and watched him play Saturday. Gave him some good feedback on a few things he wants him to work on. Then on Sunday they started back up their skill sessions. Worked a lot of long ball striking and had Wyatt do left footed goal kicks. Told him that would give him more options for putting balls back into play in the games. So this week, no practice tonight (rest day) then back at it. Supposedly they will be working with the academy director, which Wyatt is really looking forward to. One game this coming weekend versus Houston Dynamo Youth, a team we beat in the fall half the season, but not as convincingly as they should have.
  25. Adidas URG latex

    I thought the grip on the Predator gloves was crap. A vast step down from the previous Ace Trans models.
  26. Adidas URG latex

    From what I've heard the grip on them is surreal, even better then the latex on the predator gloves, BUT the durability is meant to be a lot worse if that is even possible? I think it's a latex that will only be benefiting professionals who are only using them for 1 or 2 games before relegating them to training gloves.
  27. Adidas URG latex

    I know it's fairly quiet on here these days so not expecting a mass rush of responses, but has anyone tried this new URG latex from Adidas? The last few pairs of Adidas I have used (all the Predator range from December 2017 - October 2018) the latex used on them was absolute crap if I am honest, gripped for a game then died. Is there a huge upgrade with this new latex whether the 1.0 or 2.0 versions? Cheers.
  28. Bucks Returns

    Grrr... Due to the snow we have no game again this Sunday. Not good!
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