1st XI Hockey and Football v Old Boys and Old Girls
The annual Foundation Day took place on Saturday 8th September, a beautiful morning dawned and we were set for two very competitive games with goals galore!
The football match was very close with end to end action, with the teams matching goal for goal throughout. St Edmund’s scored the winner in the last few minutes of the game and were rightly delighted to overcome what was a very strong Old Boys’ team. Many past year groups were represented and it was wonderful to see the athleticism and skill still remaining. The final score was 3-2, see full match report below.
The Old Girls put out a full hockey team this year which made for a really positive experience for all involved. Many recent leavers were involved and had clearly not forgotten their hockey power! The 1st X1 were put to the test but were able to dominate the first half, scoring 3 goals. The Old Girls showed their maturity in the second half, keeping possession well, with two goals getting past the St Edmund’s defence. But it was not enough as St Edmund’s scored again in the last few minutes of the game, winning 4-2.
Congratulations to all who came to take part. The games were played in true St Edmund’s spirit.
Football Match Report 1st XI v Old Boys
On Saturday 8 September, the 1st XI Football team took on an extremely competitive Old Boys side in the annual curtain raiser to the new season. The game was played on a fantastic playing surface, which resulted in a highly entertaining and physical contest.
The 1st XI started confidently and quickly asserted themselves against their older opposition in a first half characterised by strong tackles and a high work rate from both sides. It was, however, the 1st XI who took the lead after a great strike from distance by striker Warren Limbu, who capitalised on a defensive error in defence from the Old Boys. The lead did not last long though and the Old Boys demonstrated their greater level of experience with a quick goal in response, taking the game into half time at 1-1.
After conceding early in the second half, the 1st XI showed great character to fight back and draw level through Rob Gain. The action was end-to-end for the remainder of the game and it was a deserved goal for 1st XI captain, Paddy Jackaman, who battled tirelessly from the first whistle that settled the match to give the 1st XI team a highly credible 3-2 victory at the final whistle.
This is the first win for the St Edmund’s XI team in this fixture for many years and bodes very well for the rest of the season and the future, given the number of younger players who made their First XI debuts.