Bedford Thunder U14 boys had a shaky start to the season on Saturday afternoon at Aylesbury High School, losing to the South Bucks Comets 24-17 and AHS Gold 33-9.
Both teams were slow to get any points up at the start of the game. The game remained close until the very end with South Bucks Comets coming out on top. Thunder struggled to get settled in defense, but with the players working together, we were able to keep this a close game. In the second game, AHS Gold came out firing. They moved the ball really well and were running an offense which Thunder struggled to get under control. Thunder played with their hearts and did not let the score affect their game. Everyone pushed themselves right until the very end.
“Given that it was the first actual game for the majority of these boys, you could tell the nerves kicked in throughout both matches. We did struggle on defense quite a bit, but we now know what we need to work and improve on. There were a lot of incidences in which we did move the ball quite well, some great cuts were made, but it was the final shot that didn’t quite go our way today. Everyone kept their head up though and put 110% into both games. That’s all I could ask for. I’m really proud with these boys, and we do have a lot to work on, but I’m very confident we won’t look like the same team when we meet them again in the league”
Hats off to AHS Gold though. They showed us our weaknesses which we can now work on in training. Within 5 minutes of the first quarter, I could tell they were a very organized team. Given that the score didn’t quite go our way, that’s not what it’s all about. I could see everyone enjoyed themselves and they are eager to get back to training and build as a team.
I would like to give a huge credit to the Thunder Boys in both games, but particularly in the first game where Nick Sheriff led the team in points, his effort on offense and defense was outstanding. Also, we were down on points in the first 3 quarters but beat them in the 4th quarter. This proves how much the boys worked right until the very end.
V. Dunn from South Bucks Comets was a force to play against. He used his skill to overpower our defense taking the lead in scoring for his team with 12 points.