Senior School Match Reports w/c 17 September 2018

U15A Boys Football v Archbishops School – Tuesday 18th September

The first match of the season began in a very competitive manner despite high winds. St Edmund’s School matched the more experienced opposition in the tackle and tried to play a passing style of football from the start. We were rewarded with a couple of chances against the general run of play before Archbishop’s pacey attacking line broke through and scored with a low finish. 0-1 became 0-2 just before the half time whistle. St Edmund’s had reached the break, still in an enjoyable game, against the best players from a school 3 times bigger than us.

The second half began with St Edmund’s on the attack. We forced two corners and Callum Austin rose well on both occasions without getting the connection that he wanted. Archbishop’s then had a ‘purple patch’ creating three breakaways in quick succession after hesitation in our defence. They scored all three, leaving the score at a disappointing 0-5.

St Edmund’s showed resilience to bounce back and another corner resulted in Callum scoring our first goal, with a low header into the corner. After a counter attack goal from Archbishop’s and another from Callum for St Edmund’s, a great link play from Oliver Millard (who, with Toby Paton-Smith were excellent in defence throughout), Riley Robertson (who added some physicality to our midfield at half time) and the tireless Oscar Hird led to a great third goal for Callum.

Final score, against a very good team, was a creditable 3-6. Well done to all of the players.

U14 Girls Hockey v Dover College – Tuesday 18th September

The U14 girls travelled to Folkestone Three Hills Sports Centre to play Dover College’s U15 team. It was a windy, overcast afternoon and we soon realised that this was going to be a tough match.

This was the first 11-aside game for the majority of the team and we are having to learn the nature of the full pitch game very quickly.

The team put maximum effort in all the way through and were not deterred by the strong attacking force of Dover College.

St Edmund’s School had several good chances to score, but the Dover College defence was solid.

Krishma Loksam, Chloe Dont, Honor Hamilton-West and Josie Head had to be on their toes in defence, clearing numerous scoring chances. The midfield of Anna Baker, Sneha Shrestha, Mabel Garea Perez and Freya Robertson ran tirelessly to close down the Dover College players. Hattie Pickles, Emma Gurr and Daisy Marsh made some excellent attacking runs, but Dover College, with five club players, were simply too strong and we didn’t manage to score.

A particular well done to Alice Horder in goal, who had a very busy game!

2nd XI Boys Football v Kent College

The 2nd XI started the season with an encouraging 1-1 draw against Kent College. After an even start to the game, St Edmund’s School dominated the remainder of the first half and were unlucky not to be several goals ahead, as Louis Charousset went close to scoring on several occasions.

In the second half, St Edmund’s continued to press for a goal and were rewarded for their efforts when Freddie Northover scored a goal of individual brilliance, turning a defender skilfully before curling the ball into the top corner of the goal.

Kent College soon equalised, but despite this, it was St Edmund’s who looked most likely to win the game. Daniil Crowder hit the crossbar from distance and it took numerous fantastic saves from the Kent College goalkeeper to deny the 2nd XI a victory.

U15B Boys Football v Dane Court – Tuesday 18th September

On a blustery Tuesday afternoon, the U15B football team travelled to Dane Court for their first fixture of the season. The slightly bigger, faster opposition got off to a quick start scoring 3 early goals. However, the boys toiled hard creating numerous chances for themselves. Another 3 goals in the second half saw Dane Court move to a 6-0 lead. Eventually, with the final kick of the match, a good through ball from Orlando Barton Hodges saw Sam Hodge finish smartly, to finally capitalise on the many chances they had earlier squandered. The match ending 6-1 in favour of Dane Court.