VICTORY FOR BOLINGBROKE
Year 8 & 9 Boys Football achieve fantastic results.
Bolingbroke 3-2 St Cecilia's
Bolingbroke's year 8 team showed every possible value associated with Being Bold this week, as they took on an imposing St Cecilia's team that tested every inch of the home side's resolve. With a break in a rather sodden weeks worth of weather, Mr Kerby's year 8 side found themselves in milder, if still soggy, circumstances. The opening exchanges were closely fought, with both sides vying for dominance through the boggy middle. The boys in blue were the first to create a meaningful opportunity, with a sweeping move finding Max Butcher, who couldn't beat the on rushing keeper. Indecision in the Bolingbroke defence allowed a rogue St Cecilia's player, who finished neatly from close range. 0-1 and still closely contested. In typical footballing style, breaking the deadlock brought a second goal, and further compounded the misery on the home side- a mishit dead ball barely left the home area, and the on rushing centre forward smashed the ball into the unguarded net of Isaac Gordon. 0-2 and optimism was flagging. In a half time that was to prove pivotal, Manager Kerby and assistant Mr Sillah refocused the group, galvanizing the team with adapted tactics and personnel changes. The new approach paid immediate dividends, with Max Butcher and Liam Campbell-Griffiths Scoring two quick fire goals to re-address the balance and shift the control of the game towards the home side. With every challenge now hotly contested with heroic enthusiasm, the home advantage began to tell, with every opportunity lauded by the gathering home crowd. It was therefore appropriate that an assembled crowd at the end of the school day were in attendance to witness the moment of the match. A free flowing move across the middle penetrated the Cecilia's defence, and Verbiest's Butcher raced through to slide the ball home. 3-2 and delight etched all over the faces of Kerby and Sillah as the final whistle sounded ten minutes later.
Bolingbroke 4-1 St Cecilia's
After the heartbreak of a penalty defeat in the Borough 6 a side championship, Bolingbroke's year 9's were back In action this week, taking on St Cecilia's in what had the potential to be a crucial match in terms of the league standings. On a perfect day for football, the game started cautiously, with both sides taking a patient, calculated approach. In what was a tight game, chances were earned and made from very little, as both teams had enough quality to make their mark on the game.
Bolingbroke were rewarded twice within the tight early exchanges, with Verbiest’s Andrew Miller netting twice after good persistence in closing the ball down, as well as teamwork in boxing in the away team throw deep in their half. With Bolingbroke finding themselves two up at the interval, Mr Kerby warned of the impending backlash, and addressed the need for focus and patience. The backlash predicted by Kerby was proven immediately, with St. Cecilia's showing a renewed determination that Kerby would be quick to praise at the final whistle. Whilst Nick Whyte was fantastic throughout, there was nothing he could do to stop a fantastic shot from a clever short corner. Bolingbroke were slightly slow to react, but determination from the away team was rewarded, making it a tense 2-1. As the match wore on, there was a palpable shift in the game, with dogged determination displayed by the home side. The fitness of the greyhounds shone through, showing great composure, support and communication to take firm control of the game. Names were being put on the ball, 50-50’s won, and focus across the board were displayed to put the game out of reach. The turning point came with Tyriq Brown, netting after a fine display that nudged Bolingbroke closer to the deserved victory. As time ran out, centre midfield impresario Luke Hedges netted the 4th and final goal, with what was identified as a ‘very tidy finish’ on the sidelines. A firm display in which all playing partnerships evidenced their skill and talent. Special mentions go out to the great understanding of the articulate and at times and no nonsense centre half pairing of Ethan and Reece, who marshalled a solid display all round.