Colts B Soccer v Maidwell Hall 14/1/15

On Wednesday the Colts B soccer team played their first match of the season, away in the picturesque grounds of Maidwell Hall.
The team consisted of Will M (goalkeeper), Will McE, Karan M, Sidd B (captain), Spike M, Oliver H and Kian D.

This proved to be a hugely entertaining match. It had eight goals, three changes of lead, four comeback goals, three ‘wonder’ goals, three hit goal posts, one own goal, one missed penalty and great spirit and teamwork from both sides.

In the first half the score went 1-0, thanks to a Maidwell own goal, 1-1, 1-2 then 2-2, thanks to a Spike free kick that David Beckham would have been proud to have scored (the first of his two ‘wonder’ goals). Right near the end of the half Maidwell scored again to lead 2-3.

Throughout the second half Stoneygate showed a little more skill in possession than their opponents. Sidd, Oliver, Kian, Karan, Spike and Will McE all looked calm on the ball and we developed our play patiently. Maidwell were more physical in their approach, but it was effective and they deserved their lead.
Will McE was outstanding in defence and I had decided to give him the ‘Man of the Match’ award after just ten minutes of play. Will M looked composed in goal and could do little with each of Maidwell’s goals. Hence, all of the boys contributed to a proper team performance.

Trailing 2-3 it looked like we may miss out, but the best was yet to come.
Firstly, Spike crossed in a super ball from a free kick, Kian headed it goalwards, for what would have been an early contender for ‘goal of the season’, only for it to crash against the post and to bounce away.
Minutes later Kian did hit the target, taking us to 3-3, after some fine build up play.
Then Spike picked up the ball inside his own half and set off on a dribbling run. He beat one, two, three, four players and then smashed the ball past the goalkeeper – a goal that is unlikely to be bettered all season and an event that the ‘Champagne Moment’ award was invented for. Thus the score moved to 4-3 and the lead returned to Stoneygate.
The game looked won, until almost the final play of the match when Maidwell scored their own ‘wonder’ goal. It was a superb volley from well outside the area. As the final whistle sounded the score was left at 4-4.

In the final reckoning it was a fair result, as neither team deserved to lose and ‘football was the true winner’!

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Colts B Cricket v Maidwell Hall

On Wednesday the Colts B cricket team travelled away to Maidwell Hall to play their first match of the season. The team was Archie Go, Ed B, Oliver H, Henry, Patrick, Karan, Will, Henry, Tom, Oliver M and Kai.
In near perfect conditions, the boys produced a most entertaining game, with both sides having periods where they dominated the play.
Maidwell batted first and scored 91-8 in their 20 overs. Our top bowlers were Oliver H and Archie Go with two wickets each and Harry B who only conceded seven runs in his three overs, with one wicket. Accurate bowling kept the extras to an acceptable level and as we went to tea we felt we had a good chance of winning.
The first over of our innings was the most eventful of the match. Archie Go hit six runs off the bat, but with the final two balls we managed to contrive to lose two batsman to run outs! However, we settled and some good batting from Archie (16 runs), Oliver H (6 runs) and Harry (9 runs) put us ahead of the required rate. We lost a few more wickets, but with eleven balls to spare we passed the Maidwell total to record a victory.
The ‘Man of the Match’ award went to Harry for his fine batting and bowling and the ‘Champagne Moment’ award went to Kai for his important wicket in the final over.
This was a most pleasing start to the season, with the whole team making a contribution.
DP

Colts B Rugby IX v Fairfield School

On Wednesday the Colts B rugby team of Will.R., Will.H., Archie, Oliver.M., Spike, Oliver.H., Jack, Caspian and Hugo took on a large and powerful Fairfield team. The early plays suggested that this would be a tough afternoon for our boys as Fairfield had some very strong forwards. Thanks to some good tackling by our forwards Will, Will, Archie and Oliver we managed to keep the score down to 0-10 at half time.

However, in the second half, with the wind behind us, we rallied and saw more of the ball. Good handling and alignment allowed us to use our pace out wide. Tries from Archie, Caspian and Hugo, against one more from Fairfield, left the score at 15-15 with five minutes remaining.

The result hung in the balance, but two tries from Fairfield’s star forward outweighed our single try from Will.R. ¬†Although we lost 20-25 this was a thrilling game that was decided in the final minutes and all the team deserve great credit for their courageous performance.

DP