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Michael Gonzalo - Cheltenham Town

The Battle At Willem II

06/08/12 |

Day five in Holland consisted of a single session in the morning and the rest of the day to rest and find our own thing to do in preparation for tomorrow’s game.

Again our session at VV Gilze was a gentle tactical session working on how to play against Willem II; working on our shape off the ball and holding the play up.

For the remainder of the day the rest of the boys enjoyed a relaxing afternoon in the pool and relaxing in the rooms.


The game against Willem II was by far the most important game so far, as we had earlier been told about the boys that make up their team and how 90 percent of their team shall probably receive pro contracts.

Our first encounter with the opposition was enough to get us going and as expected we started the game on the front foot and continuously kept them under high amounts of pressure.

Not long into the game from a corner our first goal came from a cross reaching Harry Williams at the far post who met it with a well executed volley. Towards the last 10 minutes Willem got back in the game and we were under high amounts of pressure, yet none of which seemed to affect our goal.

To our credit the second half we continued to match them and try to play the Dutch way with linking up between the midfield and front line and before long they did sit off us and let us play more.

Willem II

Finally the second goal came through Bobbie Dale holding the ball up for our midfield to join in with Kieran Whitehead playing a through ball for Zack Kotwica to comfortably finesse the ball into the far right.

In the evening the team moved to Delden and all are very pleased with the facilities we will be staying in for the second half of the Tour. With tennis courts and golf courses to keep us entertained in our free time, giving us more chances to bond as a team.