Southam College 2 – 5 Kineton
The year 8 boy’s football season got off to a slightly disappointing start on Thursday afternoon. With this being their first game under new manager Mr Ginger, a team had to be put together with little knowledge of who plays where. This was made more difficult with a few commitment issues leaving a squad size of just 10, that was until late replacements Ben Loftus and Noah Chandler made themselves available with just a couple of hours notice – a special thanks goes out to them.
The game itself was a good battle between two hard-working teams. Kineton took the lead early in the first half, and then doubled their advantage soon after to lead 2-0. Southam fought back strong though and a spectacular 25 yard effort from winger James Lyth put Southam right back in the game at 2-1. However, Kineton managed to reply themselves just before the break to lead 3-1 at half-time. Southam were much improved in the second half and managed to grab an early lifeline with an excellent lobbed finish by forward Ben Loftus from close range, assisted by hard-working captain Eric Stanley. Southam were finally beaten midway through the second half though, as two quick goals from Kineton were enough to seal a 5-2 victory. Mr Ginger highlighted James Lyth as his man of the match; this not just because of his excellent long-range goal, but for his high work-rate and determination to take the game to Kineton throughout the 50 minute game.
The boys take Myton on in the cup at home on Monday, and then Campion away in the league on Wednesday so have plenty of chance to right their wrong’s. Also, with a few more faces promising to commit to the team, Mr Ginger is confident the year 8’s can work harder to improve in the next few weeks.