There were mixed fortunes for Fjordhus Under-16 teams last weekend when taking on North Berwick side Fidra at Tweedbank.
The boys’ team faced a tough test with the visiting outfit on average two years older than the young Reivers team and, man for man, about two feet taller.
This didn’t put the young Borderers off and they started with some good passing play.
It was not long, however, before the ‘big’ boys realised they could intimidate the Reivers by hitting fierce balls through the middle of the zone. The home lads stuck to their task in man-to-man marking, doing well to contain the opposition.
The boys were given tasks for the second half and the game was much more even.
Six goals were conceded in total which, without some staunch defending and the ever-alert Gavin Ross in goal, could have been a lot more.
Straight on after the boys were the Fjordhus girls and with eight of the club’s U16 players on national duty it was up to the less-experienced U14s to take up the challenge.
The young ladies played with real composure and confidence, while slick passing, sticking to the game plan and a tremendous work ethic saw the strike force pepper the opposition’s goal with shots, and some selfless defending kept the scoring down at the opposite end.
Goals from Chloe Richardson (2) and Alex Bell (2) saw Fjordhus finish with a 4-1 win.
Senior ladies’ coach Janet Jack, taking over under-16 duties from Pippa Bell for the day, said: “This young team showed some real quality on the pitch and I am very excited about the talent coming through.
“The senior players had better watch out!”