Campion 3 – 3 Southam
The year 8 footballers travelled to Campion on Wednesday evening for their second game of the season.
Boosted by the increased availabilities from last week’s loss, Southam started strongly on the front foot, dictating the play with lots of possession play. However, it would be Campion to strike first and put themselves into an undeserved 1-0 lead, scoring from an incisive break-away. It did not take long for Southam to respond to this though, as brilliant wing play and crossing from James Lyth set up captain Eric Stanley to level from close range. Disappointingly, Southam fell behind once again after another counter attack from Campion to trail 2-1. Once again though Southam were quick to level the scores with an almost identical goal to the first, mesmerising wing play from James Lyth to take on the defender and cross brilliantly to the far post where Eric Stanley was once again waiting to tap home from close range – the best goal of the night. The referee brought an exciting first half to a close with the scores locked at 2-2, Southam left rather frustrated with several chances going begging.
After a team talk encouraging the boys to take control of a game that was very much in their grasp, Southam started very well in the second half. This was capped by Jack Barley-Morey’s controlled finish from the edge of the box with Campion’s goalkeeper out of position. Southam were into the lead for the first time in the game. After tightening up and controlling the play for the next 20 minutes, Campion drew the scores level once again with a shot from 35 yards managing to creep over goalkeeper Matt Cartridge. Despite all of the effort and possession from Southam in the closing minutes, a winner could not be found and the boys had to settle for what might have been.
Mr Ginger drew lots of positives from the performance despite the result, and highlighted that the team had clearly improved from the performance last week against Kineton. Man of the match was given to skilful winger Leyton Sidhu, who twisted defenders in and out and set up numerous opportunities for Southam throughout the entire match. Next up for the boys is St Benedicts on Tuesday (26th October), we encourage lots of supporters to come down and try and help the Y8’s record their first victory of the season.