On Friday 23rd February, a team of 6 boys from Years 5 and 6 arrived at the chilly Gallagher Stadium, home of Maidstone United, to take part in a tournament, the Under 11s National League Trust Cup. Much was at stake, with the winning team of the event going through to represent the local area in the National competition, with the potential of a final at Wembley!
With 26 teams signed up to take part, we knew it wouldn't be easy, although having previously beaten most of the teams in our group, we knew we were capable of playing well. Unfortunately, our team was missing players due to illness, meaning we had 6 players to play in each of the 10 minute games.
Our first game was against Palace Wood and the team started really strongly, creating some good chances. Cody played in goal and made some fantastic saves, which other schools complimented us on. We were very pleased with a result of 0-0 and a well deserved clean sheet.
We then played Allington and, although we beat them at the boys tournament at the start of the year, the boys were nervy and let a goal in. We were fouled in the opposite penalty box and were awarded a penalty...which we missed. Allington continued to battle strongly, putting 3 more into our goal.
Our next match was against Greenfields, a local derby, but again, we struggled to find the back of the net. Louie was in goal for this game, having found some smaller gloves to borrow from another school. After a foul in the penalty area, Greenfields were awarded a penalty, but Louie managed to SAVE IT! Although we lost the game 3-0, we were showing signs of improving team work, passing and possession toward the end of this match.
We saved our best performance for our last game against St Francis. With Cody back in goal, the boys on the pitch just seemed to click together, making some good passes and were able to attack with greater confidence and defend more strongly.
A KM photographer was in attendance, so you may have seen photos of the boys in the local paper. Also, a thank you to the family members who helped take the team to Maidstone and return them back to school after for the remainder of the afternoon.
The boys all tried really hard and played well, developing their skills as a team. All will be presented with a medal in assembly for their participation.