On Wednesday night the Year 7 boys played Malet Lambert in a friendly as a warm up match before the play off final after Christmas.
The boys showed great character in get a 3-3 draw.
We were 3-0 down at half time and getting pulled all over the pitch by a very skilful and good Malet side. Adam Kelsey in goal kept the score at only three with some outstanding saves showing why Hull City regard him so highly. The team was not playing its usual passing game and were losing to many 50-50 ball.
At half time we had a chat and they talked amongst themselves, we made a couple of tactical changes and the boys went out with the plan of upping their own game and winning the second half. We started much better being stronger in the tackle and moving the ball to our wide men. The it happened Alexs Appleby and then Joe Boxall won tackles they had no right to win and the team instantly up its game.
After about 10 minute Joe laid the ball done the left wing with a great pass to Alfie Pougher. He turned their full back inside out and was through on goal and he buried it. We made some quick substitutions with Connor Morgan-Hanson and Charlie Morris coming on for Jak Langley and Martin Jude who had both run themselves into the ground.
Charlie’s introduction changed the game. The pace of Connor and brought Dominic Llitwinski to life and their combined pace now started to turn the Malet centre backs and it was one such move which lead to our second goal. Josh Jarvis laid the ball on to Harry Knight who beat his man with a great trick, he looked up and with a slide rule pass laid the ball into the path on rushing Connor. Connor was through on goal and smashed it into the top corner 3-2.
It was all Sirius now with us really pressing but Malet stood firm the tough tackling Nathan Voakes was replaced by the fresh legs of Stephen Pougher and the exhausted Harry Knight was replace by Harry Storr. Harry and Stephen closed off Malet biggest threat down our right hand side.
With about three minutes left a defeat looked likely until Connor Morgan-Hanson won the ball in midfield and played a great pass to Joe Boxall. Joe looked up and played Alfie Pougher in behind their right back. Through on goal Alfie’s touch was excellent and he shoot low in to the near corner 3 all.
Malet then piled forward and we were lucky to have calm heads of Callum Baker and Alex Appleby who organised our defence, won everything that was thrown at them and clearing our lines.
At the final whistle the boys were shattered and rightly very proud of themselves.
They deserve huge credit for the character, belief and teamwork they showed.
Man of the Match Alfie Pougher