South West Finals (8/12/10)
Having won the ESFA (English School’s Football Association) Gloucestershire finals back in October the Alexander Hosea Year Six (U11 – Wickwar Boys) played in the South West Final on Tuesday, December 8th @ Filton College.
Although it felt like sub zero temperatures the high tech astro turf surface was playable and the team were pitted against five other schools spread across two groups of three.
Hosea didn’t manage to win this time, but still did extremely well. With a draw and an impressive victory they triumphed in their group and qualified for the semi finals. The match against Longlevens School from Gloucester was a close affair resulting in a one nil defeat. The boys were then extremely unlucky to also lose the 3rd/4th place play off by the same margin.
Stats as Follows:
|Headly Park School, Bristol||Drew 1-1 Ellis Cox|
|Blue Coat School, Wotton -under-Edge||Won 3-0 Joe Sands, Jake Hawkins 2 (1 pen)|
|Longlevens School, Gloucester||Lost 1-0|
|3rd/4th Place Play Off|
|John Moore School, Tewkesbury||Lost 1 – 0|
As before everyone played their part, so a big well done to Daniel Allen. Enzo Bavetta, Ellis Cox, Jake Hawkins, Lucas Lingham, Declan McGettegan, Joe Sands & Jake Templeton.
Gloucestershire Finals (19/10/10)
On Tuesday October 19th, 2010 Alexander Hosea School took part in a South Gloucestershire schools 7-a-side tournament and won.
Held at Little Stoke park community playing fields the team was managed by teacher, Phil Bennett, and comprised nine year six pupils.
Eight of the nine being boys from Wanderers U11 team, namely Daniel Allen. Enzo Bavetta, Ellis Cox, Jake Hawkins, Matthew Hitchings, Declan McGettegan, Joe Sands & Jake Templeton. Player number nine was Lucas Lingham who spends his weekends representing Yate United.
Thirty schools took part and were organized into five groups of six teams. Matches
were played for a straight six minutes with the five group winners and three best runners up progressing to the quarter final stage.
Alexander Hosea were pitched against Christchurch (Downend), St Barnabus, Tyndale, Mangotsfield and St Stephens.
The boys had a shaky start losing their first round-robin game 2-0 to Christchurch. A tactical change followed and it was decided that Lingham would don the gloves and ‘keeper jersey. From that point on Alexander Hosea did not concede another goal.
They won their remaining four group matches 1-0 with three goals from Templeton and one from Hawkins and secured top spot in their group.
This set up quarter and semi final matches against St Anne’s and Park respectively. Templeton scored twice more as Alexander Hosea again won both matches 1-0.
The final was a close affair against Longwell Green. Both teams had chances and toward the end of the game Lingham kept Alexander Hosea alive by making a terrific save as he tipped over an audacious effort from the Longwell Green goalkeeper!
Extra time could not separate the sides and matters were eventually settled by way of a best-of-three penalty shoot out. Hawkins and Sands scored as did their Longwell Green counterparts. Cox then coolly stepped up and slotted home number three. This heaped pressure on the LG player who proceeded to hit the post.
The boys of Alexander Hosea School will now represent the South Gloucestershire association at the county finals in early December – date to be confirmed.
Well done to all the boys for an excellent performance.