Well done to the 3 football teams who travelled to Millfield Prep School. A trip to Millfield is always a stern test of sporting ability and many of the players were doing it for the first time.
The girls were involved in a testing Under 12s Somerset Cup Match. The Millfield team were well drilled, skilful and physical. Right from the first whistle they forced us onto the back foot and that was how it remained for large periods of the match. The girls did regroup and manage to make some purposeful attacks. Poppy and Grace really applied themselves and Eleanor ran the channels tirelessly looking for the ball. Talia can also be proud of how she conducted herself as Captain. She never gave up and kept encouraging and looking for the ball. It is a credit to Millfield that they did their bit to make a contest of the game and in the closing minutes it seemed like every spectator was willing Hugh Sexey to score a deserved goal. Sadly, despite repeated forays into the opposition half it wasn't to be. The girls should be very proud of their efforts and the way they conducted themselves. For many it was their Hugh Sexey debut and it was evident that there were some pre match nerves. Hopefully this fixture serves as an extra impetus for more of the pupils to attend the scheduled football practices.
The two under 11s boys teams put in impressive performances on the pitches at Edgerly Manor. Coaches Mr Kemsley and Mr Banwell were immensely proud of how the boys played and it was great to see how much they enjoyed the games. The team captained by Xavier lost 4-3. The game was of a very high standard with both teams showing real variety in their play. Zak chipped in with a trademark goal running off the shoulder of the last defender and beating the keeper with a precise shot. The two Noahs also scored goals after good approach play from the midfield. The boys were very disappointed at the final whistle. Losing can often be hard to take but it is important we remember what Mr Kemsley said afterwards. There are a lot of lessons to be learned from losing a close game against high quality opposition.
The team captained by Flinn put in a very powerful performance on the opposite pitch. Flinn was an inspiring captain. He showed constant energy and worked really hard to keep all of the players motivated. He also grabbed two goals in the win after ghosting into the box. Henry was also amongst the goal scorers and Frankie was a creative force in midfield.
I hope all the players are really proud of their efforts and continue to work hard on developing their game.