Colts D report for the Witham Hall tournament Wednesday 28th January 2015

06 Feb 2015

Match 1 (Witham Hall 2 – King’s Ely 2)

Witham started with encouraging determination and soon took a 2-0 lead but unfortunately a couple of basic errors in defence led to King’s Ely making the final score 2-2 with only seconds to go before the final whistle.

Match 2 (Witham Hall 0 – Wellow House 1)

This was the only game Witham lost and it was an unfortunate goal to have conceded because the ball trickled over the line.  The passing was improving by now but the defensive players were over committing to the tackle.

Match 3 (Witham Hall 0 – St Hugh’s 0)

Another unfortunate score line – Witham played the better football and were really passing the ball well by now.  However, a draw is always respectable, especially as the weather conditions were getting worse.

Match 4 (Witham Hall 1 – The Peterborough School 1)

The Colts D really did play well in this match, both passing and communicating with each other much better than previous games. It was the right score line because both teams were equally matched and determined to win. 

Match 5 (Witham Hall 1 – Lincoln Minster 0)

Each player was growing in confidence, particularly Otter Burford who for me was player of the tournament given his consistent hard work; he really did show control of the ball in the midfield.  A single goal separated the two teams but Witham did dominate the game.  Some excellent defending helped along the way too.

Match 6 (Witham Hall 4 – S Anselm’s 0)

This was one of the best forward performances of the tournament with Rory Pepper and Sammie Stokes linking up so well.  Moreover, they were well supplied with passes from Otter Burford, who himself scored twice; a marvellous team performance.

Match 7 (Witham Hall 0 – Laxton Junior 0)

Witham Hall was the only team not to lose to Laxton Junior School.  They played their best game against the eventual tournament winners and even came close to beating them.  It was simply down to the fact every player was determined and went ‘hunting’ for the ball.  Equally, the fabulous saves from Freddie Sumner in goal led to the result being fair.

Match 8 (Witham Hall 3 – Worksop Prep 0)

It was a fitting way to conclude the tournament with a strong performance from every player.  Freddie Sumner was fantastic in goal with Will Fairfax, Leon Steinbach and James Weldon all sharing defensive roles, while the midfield was upheld by Otter Burford and Finn Cordial and finally, the strike force of Sammie Stokes and Rory Pepper ensured Witham Hall’s goal tally was strong.

When you compare the performance of Witham Hall and the fact they did not feature in the top three teams, it highlights the strength of the tournament.

Well done to every player, you did Witham Hall very proud, particularly when the weather quickly deteriorated.

IN – 29/01/15