The Elms U9 3 v HCJS U9 1 (Tom Skerrett)
In glorious sunshine, all of the Year 4 boys went off to play The Elms. The first half was a scrappy affair with HCJS having a lot of territory but not much of an end product whereas The Elms relied on speedy counter attacks. The home side probably had the best of the chances but Sam Yeo made a cracking save and then Matthew Tulacz cleared the ball off the line.
The second half was equally as frenetic but it was the home side who took the lead when, from a long throw, their striker, all alone, guided it past Hugo Evans. It was 2 – 0 not long after when the ball was gleefully poked home after another scramble. It was HCJS who were looking to score on the counter attack this time, and Tom Skerrett duly obliged with a lovely finish into the bottom corner. Chasing the elusive equaliser, HCJS pushed everyone forward but were caught on the break, with the ball bobbling home despite Hugo’s best efforts.
The Elms U10A 1 v HCJS U10A 6 (Aidan Webb 3, Miles Newall 2, Theo Rogers)
The U10 team underlined their promise with a good win at The Elms. It was the home side who took an early lead when a missed tackle presented the chance for the ball to be played across the box, where the striker swept the ball home. However, this just galvanized HCJS and for the rest of the half it was a relentless wave of attacks. When the equaliser came, it was the best goal of the match. A Charlie Laing corner was met by the head of Aidan Webb who directed it into the bottom corner. The rest of the half saw a mixture of scrambled goals and good strikes putting HCJS into a 5- 1 interval lead, Miles with two good finishes, Aidan claiming his second after a goalkeeping error and Theo Rogers breaking clear to calmly slot home. Charlie Laing shook the crossbar with a long range strike and Jude Gummerson also hit the woodwork after a short corner.
In the second half, HCJS played with a more challenging five players and also changed positions. This disrupted the flow of the game but it also gave Jake Harding more to do in goal, which he did well. Aidan completed his hat trick following up his own shot which the keeper had initially blocked.
The Elms U10B 1 v HCJS U10B 3 (Cody Wheeler, Elliott Thomson 2)
HCJS started the stronger of the two sides, with Cody Wheeler smashing the ball against the wood work. The early pressure soon paid off with Elliott Thomson opening the scoring. Despite the strong start, HCJS couldn't capitalize on the various chances which fell their way and they were punished when The Elms equalised on the brink of half-time. Both teams came out for the second half eager to score but it was HCJS who took the game by the scruff of the neck and pegged back the Elms into their own half. Eventually, HCJS took the lead when Joel Wheeler took his chance to make it 2-1. Soon after the restart Elliott Thomson made it 3-1, effectively putting the game beyond The Elms.
The Downs U10C 4 v HCJS U10C 1 (Oliver Mumford)
HCJS started off slowly and conceded a goal within the first 3 minutes. The defence of Bissell and Ashley-Morgan was clearly shaken but they got their positioning organised and kept the waves of attacks at bay until the 9th minute, when a mistake saw us go 2-0 down. Some hard work from Monty Alexander, who played a defensive midfield role, kept us in the game until the dying seconds of the first half when our pinball tactics were found wanting and we conceded a third.
At half time we regrouped with a fresh half orange each and looked the better for it. We upped the tempo and some quick thinking by Dales nearly saw the strike partnership of Mumford and Pillai get us back on track. McKay in midfield threaded a Ronaldo-like through ball to Pillai who set up Mumford for a fantastic HCJS goal, at which point the sun came out for a brief moment. We kept up the pressure for the remainder of the match but failed to capitalise on the high percentage of
possession we had and finally had to admit defeat at the final whistle, losing 4-1.
The players all performed well and gave their best, and, after conceding a very early goal, the match was evenly poised throughout. We will take the positives and look forward to the next match
Y5/6 House Football Tournament
A Team Tournament Results
Woodhall 0 – 1 Matthews Britten 0 – 0 Oakeley Oakeley 0 – 1 Woodhall
Matthews 0 – 3 Britten Woodhall 0 – 0 Britten Oakeley 2 – 0 Matthews
House P W D L F A GD PTS
1st: Britten 3 1 2 0 3 0 +3 5
2nd: Oakeley 3 1 1 1 2 1 +1 4
3rd: Woodhall 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 4
4th: Matthews 3 1 0 2 1 5 -4 3
B Team Tournament Results
Woodhall 1 – 2 Matthews Britten 4 – 0 Oakeley Oakeley 1 – 2 Woodhall
Matthews 3 – 2 Britten Woodhall 1 – 1 Britten Oakeley 0 – 3 Matthews
House P W D L F A GD PTS
1st: Matthews 3 3 0 0 8 3 +5 9
2nd: Britten 3 1 1 1 7 4 +3 4
3rd: Woodhall 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
4th: Oakeley 3 0 0 0 1 9 -8 0
House P W D L F A GD PTS
1st: Matthews 6 4 0 2 9 8 +1 12
2nd: Britten 6 2 3 1 10 4 +6 9
3rd: Woodhall 6 2 2 2 5 5 0 8
4th: Oakeley 6 1 1 4 3 10 -7 4