Result: Northern House School – Solihull 3 – 6 Woodfield School
Mr Farrell’s Report
On Wednesday 19th November 2014 Northern House School (Solihull) (NHSS) travelled to GOALS at Star City, whom very kindly let us host our first sports fixture as NHSS at the impressive 3G astro-turf pitches.
Mr White, Mrs Webber and Mr Farrell loaded their cars with a very eager, excited yet slightly nervous squad to make the journey. The boys looked the part in the new gold and black kit. Upon arrival Mrs Webber made history by taking first team photograph. Then Branden and Ryan McDonagh assumed leadership of the squad taking the boys on a thorough warm-up as the tension was building with kick-off looming.
Woodfield completed their preparation and Mr White called the two sides in for a respect handshake immediately prior to kick-off, both teams conducted this in a truly professional manner which set the tone for the game which ensued.
Woodfield kicked the game off and they took control of the first 5 minutes forcing Ryan Mc into making some very good saves however it was not long before Woodfield scored the first goal.
0 – 1
Early match nerves seem to get the better NHSS but an excellent strike by Malachi drew the boys’ level.
1 – 1
Both teams began to get into their stride and this made for exciting viewing as the game ebbed and flowed with end-to-end attacking football.
It was Woodfield who regained the lead with a close range finish.
1 – 2
But NHSS were not giving up with Kieran hitting a sweet left-footed shot from long range beating the keeper.
2 – 2
Lapses in concentration led to the next two Woodfield goals which put NHSS on the back foot
2 – 4
However, the lads demonstrated great resilience and just before Mr White blew the whistle before half-time Branden hit a bullet into the Woodfield net.
3 – 4
Mr Farrell was really pleased with the first half efforts and asked the boys for more of the same in the second period.
Straight after the break NHSS gave away a soft penalty and this gave Woodfield a boost resulting in the side scoring two quick goals.
Final Score: 3 – 6
NHSS gave an impressive account of themselves and every player should be proud of their performance. They played the game in right spirit and were a credit to the school displaying great skill, discipline and more importantly they held their heads high after defeat against, on average an older Woodfield squad.
Future fixtures are in the pipeline, I believe that with more training and match practice the squad will improve and positive results should follow.
Many thanks to Woodfield School for travelling from Coventry we are looking forward to hosting the KS4 fixture on Friday.
Also the squad were very appreciative of Mr White’s generosity post-match when he very kindly rewarded the boys with McFlurries, cheers Sir!
Mrs Webber was a star as well with her technical knowledge and application of Ipad photography… thank you Miss.
Finally a quote from Ryan King (Year 7):
“I love playing football against other teams; today was the best day for me since I started school.”