Alfred School's football teams are crowned county champions!
football teams from Highbridge's King Alfred School are celebrating
becoming county champions.
school's Year 9 team took on Nailsea in the Under 14s Somerset
County Cup Final at Street Football Club.
lost to Nailsea last year in the final the team knew that they
would have to be at their best to be successful.
game began with KAS playing down the hill and, after some early
sparring, were able to fashion their first attempts on goal, which
included the goal frame being stuck on more than one occasion.
It was proving to be a very tight affair and this was reflected
by the 0-0 half time score.
a half time team talk from Coach Mr Tipler, the team got out of
the traps very quickly and took the lead after two minutes thanks
to a fine strike from Ryan Stiles from outside of the area. This
was quickly followed with a second from Jordan Cann and the KAS
team were able to dominate possession and with it the game. Two
further goals were scored by Finlay Paul and Fred Berry and the
team ran out 4-0 winners.
special mention goes out to the defensive unit who kept a dangerous
Nailsea attack line quiet for the majority of the game.
win this cup is a fantastic achievement for all of the boys and
captain Paul Grant can be very proud of his team, as we all are!"
the school's Pete Harris told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
watched the Year 9 team lift the County Cup, the year 10s were
determined to match that achievement. However, they knew that
the game would be far from easy, as they came up against the same
Backwell side that had knocked them out of the National cup earlier
in the season.
first half of the In the Under 15s Schools Final was a very tight
affair, as both teams pressed the ball and limited the time that
the players had on the ball.
Harding tested the goalkeeper with a long range free kick, but
it was Backwell who had the first clear opportunity. After a rare
slip at the back, Fraser McDairmid had to be alert to save at
the feet of the opposition striker.
half time, the team emphasised to each other the need to keep
concentrating in defence and an opportunity would present itself
at the other end.
almost as soon as the second half had started, KAS took the lead.
After good work from Charlie Hughes and Scott Fouracres, Dan Rosser
picked up the ball on the edge of the penalty area. Using quick
feet, he beat two defenders before firing past the on rushing
goalkeeper into the bottom corner of the net.
expected, Backwell responded and as the half progressed applied
more and more pressure the KAS backline. However, Jack Thorne,
Charlie White, Kyle Durrant, Ben Gates and Joe Kew demonstrated
superb organisation and willing to repel most of Backwells
the two occasions when Backwell did manage to create an opportunity,
McDairmid was again on hand to maintain a clean sheet. It wasn't
just one way traffic, however, as Matt Ellis and Kieran Moores
proved useful outlets and still maintained a threat to the Backwell
goal. The final whistle was greeted with a huge celebration from
both players and supporters. The boys can be extremely proud of
their efforts this season.
The school's year 9 and year 10 teams celebrating becoming county
champions. The team in white shirts are the Under 14s