Victories over Noremarsh
Congratulations to both the A and B team boys' footballers who beat Noremarsh School in Royal Wootton Bassett, 3 - 0 and 8 - 0 respectively on Monday 3rd April.
We start with the B team – As Noremarsh’s playing field is so big, they have two pitches and we can play A and B team matches at the same time. Thanks to Mr Cuss – Josh’s dad - who looked after the B team and helped them with substitutions etc. Obviously being another Liverpool supporter, the team were in safe hands and his input with a couple of the other dads made all the difference. It was like the good old days with “The Boot Room,” Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Ronnie Moran! It was a good performance (from what could be seen from distance) with some good individual and team goals scored. Some of the Year 5s “volunteered” to write a report which has now been put on the website – thanks Josh and Ryan.
But in summary, the goals were scored by: Josh x3, Liam x1, Ryan x2 and Samuel x2.
Well done to Charlie, Thomas, Owen, Ryan, Samuel, Josh, Liam and Noah (who was making his debut).
Unfortunately, across both teams we had five players who couldn't play, so the A team consisted of 7 players who had to play the whole match with no substitutes. Louis started in goal with Rhys and Peter in defence. Our strong midfield consisted of Josh, Finn (Capt) and Ollie with Jake S up front.
Having played Noremarsh in the semi-final of the previous week's tournament, we knew they would press and harry us but again we mostly bossed the game from first to last whistle – as usual for us this season, it was just if we could take our chances.
After 15 minutes we scored our first goal just when it looked like it might be one of those days..... Josh had a strong run down the left and cut into the penalty area. He produced a stinging shot that the goalie could only parry back to Josh. Josh steadied himself and passed his shot into the far bottom corner past the 'keeper who was stuck slightly out of position.
The second half was slightly closer but Noremarsh only really managed three meaningful shots all evening - most from distance and all straight at Louis. Anyway, we really needed to score a second goal just to confirm our dominance and to stop Noremarsh getting back into the game because if they had scored the second goal of the match, they may well have gone on and won.
Fortunately, we scored the second - with almost a goal of the season contender. Peter won the ball in defence, knocked the ball past another attacker towards the touchline, before pinging a perfectly weighted and inch perfect ball down the line and into the path of Ollie. Ollie ran purposefully further into the space in front of him and his two touches took him into the middle of Noremarsh territory. He turned slightly towards the penalty area before chipping/clipping a superb dinked right foot cross over the heads of two defenders and into the path of Jake, who had lost both his markers and was standing behind them in the middle of the penalty area. Jake took one touch to control it and one touch to shoot home past the advancing goalie. 2 - 0.
This took the wind out of the Noremarsh sails - Rhys fired a long shot narrowly over and Brook Field had several attempts scrambled off the line by a combination of goalie and defenders. About three minutes or so later, Jake put the game to bed with a lucky goal. He chased a long ball out of our defence and closed down their 'keeper. As the 'keeper attempted to pass the ball clear, it hit Jake's foot, ballooned up in the air, past the stranded 'keeper and into the empty net! 3 - 0.
We continued to dominate the game and had another close effort when Josh turned inside and out before firing a shot against the upright. So the game ended 3 - 0 and this was a pleasing team effort against a good, competitive team especially as both teams had no substitutes on a warm, spring evening.
Thanks to all the players and parents for their support and transport.
The Girls have a match tomorrow (Tuesday 4th April) against Shaw Ridge (H) and their final game against St Mary's RC (A) on Thursday. The Boys have a crunch game against Peatmoor on Friday before three final matches after Easter against Shaw Ridge, Millbrook and Oliver Tomkins.