Year 7 Football Match Report
As a coach it is always important to focus on publicising your teams matches where they performed fantastically, often making references to iconic sporting moments and sighting parallels with your own teams’ formidable actions. However, in recent weeks the year 7 football team have suffered somewhat in finding such links. All I can say is that it was a learning curve; rather steep curve when hosting KAS and positively vertical while away at Haygrove (my maths was tested to the limit).
However, this evening BCA hosted the year 7 district futsal tournament; an indoor 6 aside round robin against 4 other teams. Our first match was against BCA an originally thinking that it was a 5-a-side tournament, I stood on the side of the pitch with our only substitution Micky to then be told it was a six-a-side match and that he was required to play thus reducing my squad to zero subs. This also added a second complication: Micky had forgotten his trainers! He had to make a quick exit off the pitch and borrow from our hosts’ store cupboard. And so we were off.
The game was a highly charged, fast-paced, back and forth match and before I knew it, Jakub had slotted in a fantastic half way strike. One nil. BCA started their counter attack but Alfie controlled the defence with great ease stopping many of their attacks, feeding the ball to Oscar D in the midfield. He then slotted the ball through to Micky, who scored our second goal of the game. Forty seconds later, Jakub and Oscar D set up Micky for the third goal. The full-time score was 3-0 to Chilton.
My post-match analysis of the students’ performance went like this: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
Game two: after finally overcoming the nightmares of playing Haygrove last week, I was faced with them again and the boys were apprehensive about playing them. However, they needn’t have been because we managed to set an early lead with a fantastic top bins shot from Jakub. After this point, Haygrove started to put on the pressure and I instructed the team to park the bus and slow the game right down which they did in emphatic style. Final score was Chilton 1-0.
Game three: KAS. After our first two games, we realised we were in with a chance of getting through to the next round. King Alfred School had proved a worthy opponent in a previous game and this worried us. They started with multiple attacks which our goalie, Jenson, had to work hard to deflect. Oscar J retreated into defence to help Alfie and between them they locked down the attacking players from KAS. KAS became frustrated, pushing all of their players up to attack. This gave us two chances which we made good use of with Jakub scoring two goals in quick succession to win the game. Chilton 2-0.
Game four: With a victory in sight, we entered our final game against Blake who had also won all of their games, effectively creating a final. Blake’s goalie was worked very hard in the first moments of the game, preventing us from scoring twice and their counter attack did catch us off guard. Alfie steered the midfielders to mark their attacking players and with some fantastic footwork from Oscar D, he threaded a fantastic pass to Jakub, allowing him to score the opening goal. At this point, the intensity of the game increased and Blake fortunately made a mistake, giving Micky the opening to score our second goal. At the dying moments of the game, Blake managed to get the ball past Jenson to make the final score 2-1 to Chilton.
A big congratulations to the team who are now through to the county finals…… And to the BCA staff for lending Micky a pair of trainers to score his three goals.