Jack Barley-Morey, Joe Ward, Jack Shillito, Ethan Coulter, Louis Spooner, James Lythe, Joe Ashby, Eric Stanley
Game 1 – Southam 2 – 0 Campion B
Southam got off to a fine start with a comfortable 2-0 win over Campion. Eric Stanley grabbed both goals and the defence stayed solid with Joe Ward impressing to hand Jack Barley-Morey a well-deserved clean sheet in the first game. Mr Ginger was very pleased that the year 8’s finally gained their first win of the season!
Game 2 – Southam 0 – 2 Myton
Southam put in a brave display against league above Myton. Having already suffering a heavy defeat to the same side earlier on in the season, Southam managed to put plenty of defenders behind the ball and frustrate Myton for ¾ of the the game. However, the pressure eventually proved too much as Myton broke through and later added a second.
Game 3 – Southam 0 – 2 Shipston
Shipston proved the better side in this game, with Southam coming up short with a below par performance. Southam did have a couple of chances late on with James Lythe coming close, but didn’t have the rub of the green and were forced to accept 3rd in the group. However, this meant that they avoided an early exit and qualified for a 5th place play off against Aylesford.
Game 4 – Southam 1 – 1 Aylesford (Aylesford won 4-3 in an American style penalty shootout)
An early goal from Aylesford put Southam on the back foot. However, the lads didn’t let this beat them, equalizing two minutes later with a tremendous Eric Stanley solo goal.
This meant that the game went to a penalty shootout, and both Aylesford and Southam came to an agreement to spice things up a little with an American style shootout – this requires the shooting player to start on the halfway line and dribble it towards the goal and take one shot only. Jack Barley-Morey saved the first shot, but Aylesford scored their next two. This wasn’t good news for Southam, as they had missed their first three. Joe Ward was the first Southam player to score, and was followed up by a superb finish by debutant Joe Ashby. With the scores locked at 2-2, it was the goalkeepers turn to try and win the game. Jack Barley-Morey put Southam on the brink with a composed finish, however Aylesford’s goalkeeper matched this effort. Southam missed their last penalty, and Aylesford grabbed this opportunity to finish 5th place ahead of 6th placed Southam. This was respectable, as eight teams showed up to this event.
Player of the Tournament: Joe Ward
Written by Year 8 Football Vice-Captain Jack Barley-Morey.