Match Reports 2014 - 2015
Under 11 Football Reports
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE UNDER 11 TEAM - BACK TO BACK CHAMPIONS!
The Year 6 football team have been crowned league champions for the second year running. Following their run-away title success in Year 5, this season they amassed a very impressive 18 points from 7 games, losing only once and racking up an impressive goal difference in the process. To finish top of the league again is an excellent achievement for the team. This season was far more competitive and we had to play very well to beat some strong teams - the boys deserve great credit for maintaining their focus throughout.
Congratulations also to the Under 10 team who finished as runners-up in the league in their first season, winning 4 games out of 6. I am hoping this gives the boys confidence for next year as I'm sure we can improve further. Well done to everyone.
MATCH REPORTS 2014-2015
After winning the Under 10 league in convincing style last season, the Year 6 boys started the campaign for glory again in October. The big question everyone was asking was "Would they be able to live up to expectation and deliver back to back titles or would they simply turn into Man City and make a complete mess of the whole thing?" Confidence was high, perhaps based on the fact that we have the backing of a big home crowd each game and our supporters don't come dressed as blue seats. And so, we began with a home 'local derby' against near neighbours Ongar Place which saw a terrific performance against a spirited Ongar team. The 6-0 victory was well deserved.
The next game saw Pyrcroft Grange arrive to play on our new carpet-like playing surface. Whilst Man City were scouring the world for more Brazilian midfielders with 'Fernand' in their name, we were securing an excellent partnership with local charity 'Grass Roots' to manicure our pitch. Grass Roots is the perfect name when dealing with school footballers so we were optomistic but little did we know how spectacular the pitch would look under their care. Starting work early in the morning, by lunchtime the pitch looked like Wembley, leading the boys to shout "Look, we've got stripes" which I expect is what that herd of white horses said when they woke up one morning to find they'd become zebras overnight. The pitch certainly inspired the boys to produce a superb display of attacking football against a very competitive side. Joseph prodded us ahead midway through the first half after a goalmouth scramble that resembled the rush for the exits at Old Trafford last season. Lucas then hammered in a second with a ferocity level equal to that of a satellite launch before Kian came off the bench at half time to score the goal of the game. After a sweeping move downfield, some beautiful passing released Amit on the left. He fired the ball low and hard into the box and Kian arrived right on cue at the far post to drill the ball home. Classic stuff! More fantastic football led to Jacques getting in on the scoring act before Lucas raced clear of the defence and bore down on goal. The poor goalkeeper stood rooted to his line like a turkey resigned to the onset of Christmas and Lucas dribbled the ball to within a yard of the goal before thundering it...wide of the post. On the touchline I pondered that it is not always wise to reach for the Paxo too soon whilst Lucas attempted to melt into the ground in a move reminiscent of Dynamo at his best. Shortly later he more than made up for the miss with another thumping strike but it left us with something to smile and share a private joke about. At the back Sam, Conor and Akindu had the barricades well and truly locked down meaning there was no way back for a determined Pyrcroft team. Another clean sheet and another win.
Game three saw the boys on the road to Englefield Green for a tricky looking away game with St Cuthbert's under their new coach Mr Taylor (from St Paul's). Despite changing schools, it was incredibly reassuring to see that in amongst all the cold, drizzly rain, he was still wearing his customary shorts. It was lovely to see that the move to the Catholic sector has not made him go soft. With the light rapidly fading we kicked off and launched onto the attack immediately. Within 6 minutes we were ahead after a lovely move ended with Kian lashing a right foot shot across the keeper into the top left corner of the goal - a brilliant finish. Kian then set up Joseph for the second with a wonderful deep cross leading me to comment "He's flying up and down that wing like Jesus...Navas". Top scorer Lucas then got into the act with another shot that nearly blasted the goal out of its sockets and Conor claimed the fourth with a shot that seemed to me took about 173 deflections then was smashed into the net by a defender. Oh well, it will give the dubious goals panel something to look at I suppose. Lucas slotted home another before half time leaving him on the verge of a hat-trick prompting me to adopt the modern day strategy of 'taking him off for a rest...we've got big games coming up!' The second half turned into a little bit of an exhibition where we added a further goal through Amit. With Lucas prowling the touchline like a tethered tiger, he was then unleashed back onto the field and within minutes a chance fell his way. He packed the full dynamite into his boots and hammered the ball goalwards...and over the bar where it was last reported by NASA to be heading towards the European Space Station. A little shake of the head showed he wasn't overly concerned about galactical damage and just as well too as another chance was created and this time his thunderbolt right boot beat the keeper and rippled the net. There was still enough time for Lucas to grab a fourth and the team's eighth goal to make it 3 wins out of 3. At the back Sam was marvellous and played like a youthful Franco Baresi whilst Conor and Joseph controlled the whole game from the centre of the field. Another great team performance!
Game Four report v Thorpe Lea coming soon!