Football Premier Division Fixture 1|
After promotion last year, it was important to get off to a good start with our first game in the Premier Division. We came up against Queens' Drive on a cold November night at Fulwood Academy. The boys had been working hard in training and had made great progress since the EFL Kids' Cup. We started well, with some great one-touch passing and moving to work the ball forward patiently. An early goal from Rayhaan, who got on to the end of a lovely passing move saw us go 1-0 up. A second goal followed from Finlay, who followed up a shot from Jack N that the Queens' Drive 'keeper could only parry - another aspect that we had been working on in training. Rayhaan's second of the game wrapped up a comfortable 3-0 win and a great start to our league campaign.
Mr. Bentham said: "The boys did everything that was asked of them. I was impressed with the win, but even more impressed with the clean sheet. The defence was outstanding, with midfielders working hard to win the ball back and Saq staying focused in the goal. We played out from the back superbly - it showed me the boys had been listening in training. A very happy football team goes back to Broughton tonight."
Team: S. Iftikhar, W. Jones, J. Stirrup, S. Willingale (C), F. H. Delaney, J. Needham, M. Ward, T. Swan, E. Cowell, R. Mohamed.
Scorers: R. Mohamed (2), F.H. Delaney.
Broughton through to second round after emphatic win!|
After a cancelled fixture last term due to a traffic jam on the motorway, we were able to make the short trip to Greenlands Primary School to play our first round fixture of the Harold Slater Cup. Traffic did intervene again this time, with three of our players stuck until half time, meaning that we had to start the game with no subs!
Even with all of the rain it has put down, Greenland's pitch was in good condition and we started off brilliantly, putting some fantastic passes together and we ended up going 1-0 up. After our initial push, Greenlands pressured us with more of the ball, but our defence of Jack Stirrup and debutant Oliver Bunker stayed strong and weathered the storm. Then came a crazy five minutes, with Jack Needham scoring a second goal, and then we scored three more within two minutes - straight from their kick off each time! The three boys finally made it and we made substitutions before half time.
With the light fading, the game was quickly started again and we very much started the way we left off in the first half. We dominated possession and got two more goals through Will Jones and Rayaan Mohamed. Saqlain was hardly tested, but a Greenlands strike from inside their own half showed that he had not switched off, pulling off a great two handed save right before the final whistle. An emphatic win and a great performance - we meet Kennington in the next round.
Result: Greenlands 0-7 Broughton.
Team: S. Iftikhar, W. Jones, J. Stirrup, S. Willingale, M. Ward, J. Needham, O. Bunker, J. MacRae, T. Swan, R. Mohamed.
Scorers: R. Mohamed (3), J. Needham (2), M. Ward, W. Jones,
EFL Kids' Cup 2019|
Wembley Just a Step Too Far This Year!
The annual EFL Kids' Cup kicked off with a bang, with teams from across the area hoping to progress and gain the opportunity to represent their district and eventually reach the finals at Wembley Stadium. This year, the cup was organised with ranked groups from each league, rather than teams from all divisions at random - Queens; Drive, Barton St. Lawrence, Cottam, Sherwood and Kennington made up the rest of our group.
Unfortunately, we did not go through on goal difference, having won 2, drawn 1 and lost 2 games in our group. However, I was extremely proud of the team, they worked hard, played together and showed fantastic sportsmanship to players and teachers of other schools - so much so that one teacher came up to me and commented on how well-behaved our children were and how they showed fantastic sportsmanship and character.
A special mention must go out to Rayhaan of Year 5 who scored 3 goals on his debut for the UKS2 Football team - I hope that there is plenty more where that came from!
Well done boys, I am really proud of you and you should be proud of yourselves.
The day ended brilliantly, as the schools were greeted with a special appearance from some of Preston North End's top players - it's a good job the boys weren't wearing orange!
A nice touch from Preston North End F.C and PESSPA!
Team: J.Stanley, J.Needham, J.Stirrup, S.Willingale (C), W.Jones, F.H.Delaney, M.Ward, R.Mohamed.
Top Scorers: F. H. Delaney (3), R. Mohamed (3).