Sports Report - Year 11 Boys Football vs Haygrove
Tonight the year 11 boys travelled to Haygrove for a semi final match to get to the area final. After feedback from the experts on the sidelines last night I was just happy not to be refereeing!
On a small pitch the play was fairly scrappy early on with Chilton battling hard all over the pitch. Kieran Dyer had a storming first half and turned the left back so often and wasn’t a constant thorn in their side. Eventually Haygrove scored as a long throw in was not dealt with and the striker allowed to turn and rifle a shot in. Haygrove had some more chances that either went wide or were saved by Bannister. Chilton had some shots tipped over the bar by their keeper and lots of crosses going in but nobody could quite get on the end of it. Half time 1-0.
The second half started well as constant Chilton pressure again from Dyer on the left meant the boys were creating more chances. However that said Haygrove scored a second as their centre midfielder was allowed to bound his way through from the halfway line virtually unopposed and hit a beauty to the far post. 2-0 and now a mountain to climb. However Chilton struck back quickly as a flick on from Clark was then crossed in the box and Brandon Date nipped in ahead of the keeper to make it 2-1 with his head. Game on.
Haygrove had a third ruled out for offside as Chilton’s linesman was getting plenty of stick from the vociferous home support for switching allegiances (kissing the badge probably didn’t help). They scored again as their main man broke free once more against tiring legs to make it 3-1. One more was bundled over the line later to make it 4-1, somewhat flattering in the end given how hard a battle it was for 50 minutes.
Most of the boys worked hard and didn’t give in. That is their last 11 a side game and shame to end on that note and not make the final but with the improvements made in the two years I’ve known them they should be happy.