On Wednesday the entire Colts squad travelled away to Wellingborough and they ended up playing their 7-a-side matches in some fairly extreme conditions. It was great credit to our boys that, despite the rain, the mud, the strong wind, the cold and the hail, we did not hear any moaning. They just got on with it and tried to win their matches.
The A VII (featured in the photographs above) produced the performance of the day. They took the lead at the height of the storm, with a goal scored by Dom. Then there were chances to both teams and some stout defending was required by Dom, Arjun, Henry and Archie Gi. In the second half Wellingborough hit the post twice, equalised and then missed a series of chances to take the lead. However, the drama of the day was not over. Having weathered this second ‘storm’ we broke upfield and Fin scored in spectacular fashion to record a 2-1 win. It was a victory for determination and tenacity as the work ethic of the whole team, in trying conditions, was superb and Wellingborough were the better side for large parts of the match.
The B VII produced a fine performance to record a 1-1 draw. Mr J reported that they outplayed their opponents in all aspects of the game, apart from on the scoreboard. Despite the mud, they still put together some fine passing play, led by Matthew, Alfie and Ed. Hugo and Oliver were the key members of our defence. Matthew scored our only goal of the game.
Our C VII, D VII and E VII encountered strong opposition, as Wellingborough’s larger year groups took effect. The boys worked hard and showed some fine footballing skill, but we suffered three defeats. Our defences struggled to clear the ball in the poor conditions.
The C VII lost 1-6, with a goal from Will H. Harry took the ‘Man of the Match’ award and Kian, Tom and Will H all played particularly well.
The D VII lost 0-6, with key performances coming from Karan (‘M of M’), Sidd, Alex and Monty.
The E VII lost 0-9, with Josh taking the ‘Man of the Match’ award and Jake and George making strong contributions.