Colts Soccer v Fairfield and end of season awards

On Wednesday the Colts played their final game of the soccer season, at home, against the traditionally strong opponents of Fairfield. They are fortunate enough to have around 130 boys in their Colts squad, compared to our 36.

Hence, we expected the A match to be tough and it was!  Fairfield scored within two minutes and looked very confident of getting more. However, after this early shock we settled and defended well. We looked dangerous on the break and to our delight we stole an equaliser. A powerful shot from Archie Go was parried away, but Fin pounced to smash a shot home. For a while we hoped it might be a replay of the Manchester United v Bayern Munich match, but it wasn’t to be. Fairfield got a lucky deflection to take the lead and in the last minute, as we gambled on getting an equaliser, they scored again to win 3-1.  When we discovered after the game that Fairfield were the IAPS County Champions we realised we had done well to stay in the match for so long.

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In the B match it was widely acknowledged that our boys were the better team. We passed the ball beautifully and scored three goals, two from Alfie and one from Kian. Unfortunately, Fairfield also scored three to snatch a draw.

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In the C match the boys produced one of their best performances of the term, but sadly they were defeated 0-2.

After tea the boys, parents and staff moved to the foyer for our end of season awards, in front of our new ‘Sport’ pop up display.

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For the A team Fin won Player of the Season and Hotshot (for his 20 goals), Dom won Defender of the Season and Arjun won the Most Improved Player award.

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For the B team Alfie was the Player of the Season, Matthew was Hotshot, Jack was Defender of the Season and Hugo was the Most Improved Player.

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For the C team Kian won Player of the Season, Harry was Defender of the Season and Henry won Most Improved Player.

Earlier in the week Alex B was awarded D team Player of the Season and Henry T won E team Player of the Season.

Many thanks go to all the parents who have supported the boys throughout a very successful soccer season.

Soccer Colts v Wellingborough

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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.

Colts Soccer v Great Houghton

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The Colts Soccer squad continued their run of good form, with two impressive performances against Great Houghton.  Despite the threat of wind and rain, the matches were played in good conditions.  The grass pitch was muddy, but it did not stop both the A and B teams playing their passing game and dominating the opposition.

In the first game the A IX (seen above after the final whistle) won 8-2. The goals came from : Patrick 3, Archie Go 2, Kian 2 and Fin.

Man of the Match was Archie Gi and the Champagne Moment came from Archie Go, scoring his second goal with a super long range shot.  The Great Houghton coach commented on how well Dom and Fin played, but it was also a fine team effort and everyone contributed to the result.

In the second game our B team consisted of : Alfie (captain), Matthew, Ed, Will H, Bertie, Hugo, Jamie, Jack and Oli, with substitutes Will R and Caspian.

We dominated this match even more and scored ten goals, without reply.  Ed scored four, Matthew three, Bertie two and Jack one.  Man of the match went to Ed for his superb second half performance.  He used all his turning and dribbling skills to great effect, scoring four goals in a row.  Champagne Moment went to Jack for his composure when under pressure as the last man in the defence.  Once again this was a true team performance.  

We are very lucky to have such strength in depth in the squad this year.  However, we will face a strong challenge next week, when all thirty five Colts travel away to Wellingborough to play five matches.

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