Witham Hall U10 Football Team Runners Up at Leicester Grammar JS Festival

29 Mar 2016

The U10 boys travelled down to Leicester to play in a Festival against 4 other very strong teams. In their first game the boys were just building their chemistry with each other seeing as though they have never played all on the same side before – the team comprised of players not involved in the school play! Although the boys played exceptionally well they just couldn’t get the win with the game ending in a 2-2 draw. In the 2nd game the boys came out and put on display some excellent football, with every player competing unselfishly and always looking for the open man, with this leading to their first win of the festival. The 3rd game saw Witham go up against strong opposition causing the game to go back and forth; however Witham were able to hold on and get a 3-1 victory to advance into the final game with a chance to win the festival if they won it!

In the final game the boys had come up against their strongest opponents yet and allowed them to take a 3-1 lead into halftime. Knowing that in order to have a chance at winning the Festival they needed to win or draw this game and also after an inspirational and motivational halftime talk by Mr Lightbown the boys came out into the 2nd half playing the best they had all day. However Witham just couldn’t get past the opposition’s backline and things were looking like a defeat, but in the last two minutes of the game Oscar Hanson and Charlie Rymer made a break and got it away to Jack Cummins for a goal to make it 2-3. In the final minute it all looked over for Witham until the last 10 seconds of the game when James Wass took a last second goal attempt from outside the box and put it right in the bottom corner of the goal to tie up the game just as the full time whistle went. At the presentation Witham had the same amount of points as another school so it came down to goal difference where unfortunately Witham lost by one goal. Overall Witham played unselfishly and with sportsmanship throughout the whole afternoon, while playing at an exceptional level, well done boys!