Our fourth visit to Leicester had a start of season feel to it as The Dragons entered 2 teams in this national 6-a-side tournament. We entered two reasonably balanced teams and both sides continued to play the attractive football we have been working on in training. Neither side made it out of the group but everybody got good match time ahead of the new season.
Cardiff Dragons 1 – Amos, Muzz, Michael W, Ruth, Stefan, Darrin and Dean who was making his tournament debut for The Dragons.
London Titans 0-2
Mersey Marauders 1, 1-2 (Muzz)
Trowbridge Tigers 0-0
Birmingham Blaze 1-1 (Stefan)
Leicester Wildecats 0-3
Apart from game 1 and game 6 the results didn’t really tell the full story as The Dragons put in solid performances against GFSN League champions London Titans and tournament favourites Mersey 1. In the games against Trowbridge and Birmingham The Dragons outplayed their opponents for much of the game, but were unable to get a win.
Although we started slow and finished tired, the football in the middle was very impressive. We kept the ball well when and used it well. Our play was much more mature than in previous years. We were not outplayed in a football sense by two of the best sides in the country and caused problems as we gave Titans and Mersey a good run for their money.
Cardiff Dragons 2 – Kris, Ant, John A, Kevin, Dave F, Chris C and Mark R who was making his debut for The Dragons.
Yorkshire Terriers 0-1
Leicester Wildecats 1-0 (Ant)
London Falcons 1-2 (Dave F)
Leicester Wildecats 1-2 (John A)
Mersey Marauders1-0 (Dave F)
Nottingham Ballbois 0-1
It was a case of what might have been for team 2 as The Dragons had a solid day. Again despite a slow first match, The Dragons looked well balanced and linked up well. The football was good and The Dragons looked threatening in every game they played.
The defensive unit worked really well together throughout the tournament, building play from the back and putting in some big tackles. Going forward we worked tirelessly and were rewarded with some excellent goals. We only narrowly lost our matches but got two very deserved wins against strong opposition.
The eventual winners were Nottingham Ballbois.