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FOOTBALL MATCH REPORTS – YEAR 8

QEGS Horncastle 4 – 1 Banovallum

Tuesday 19th September 2017

It was a warm sunny day at QEGS. Spectators gathered for the first match of the year 8 season against their local rivals Banovallum. A few changes from last year’s team, Mason Bassham who was formally the captain of Banovallum's team last year and the quick Ethan Ntiforo.

The game started with Banovallum scoring from an over the top ball however QEGS fought back and Oliver Fields scored his first of the game from a 1 on 1. The score 1-1. QEGS soon made it 2-1 with a beautiful cross from Jonny Caswell which was driven home by Matthew Hunter.

Will Coveley slotted in a third just before half time. The players walked of the pitch at half time feeling reasonably happy but hungry for more goals. Only one goal was scored in the second half by Oliver Fields with yet another assist from Jonny Caswell whose efforts on the pitch earned him Man of the Match. An all-round good performance from the Year 8s.  In their next match they are facing Skegness Grammar away.

Written by Jamie Cull

Skegness Grammar 1 – 10 QEGS Horncastle

Wednesday 20th September 2017

On Wednesday 20th September, the QEGS Y8 football squad travelled by bus down to Skegness Grammar School to play their second league fixture of the season after winning 4-1 against Banovallum in their previous fixture. This meant that QEGS had a positive mentality going into the second game. They travelled with a squad of 12 players meaning only one substitute.

The game kicked off and QEGS dominated instantly. They had the majority of the possession for the first five minutes but couldn’t find the net with close efforts from Will Coveley and George Spencer. However, the game didn’t stay goalless for long as Jonny Caswell broke the deadlock with a near post finish, helped in by the opposing goalkeeper. Soon afterwards, Lewis Janney had a long-range effort which rebounded off the crossbar into the path of Charlie Wilkinson who slotted the ball into an open goal. Everything was going QEGS way until the SGS striker tore through the QEGS midfield and defence on an amazing run until brought down by Callum Kiss in the area resulting in a penalty.

The same striker sent Will Cheer the wrong way and suddenly, the momentum was with SGS. They had a few opportunities but none of them resulted in goals. But, after a 15-minute drought, QEGS began to turn up the pressure with a few dangerous attacks until George Spencer went one-on-one with the keeper, hit the post, but calmly placed the rebound into the bottom corner making it 3-1 to QEGS. Minutes later, Jonny Caswell got his second and QEGS’s fourth with another good finish, right on the stroke of half-time. After a quick change around, QEGS went into the second half with full momentum and the mentality to score as many goals as possible. In first ten minutes of the second half, QEGS created countless opportunities but just couldn’t get it right, close efforts from Ben Ward and Will Coveley. After a long period without a goal, George Spencer squared the ball across the six-yard box to Lewis Janney who tapped the ball in whilst the helpless keeper tried to scramble from one side of the goal to the other. This goal seemed to open the floodgates for QEGS as opportunities and goals soon started to come left, right and centre.

The team’s captain, Jamie Cull, proceeded to move to striker and made an instant impact, slotting one past the keeper to make it 6-1. Then Jonny Caswell received the ball from a short corner, shaped his body as if he were to cross it but tricked everyone and smashed it at the near post, completing his hat-trick. Moments later, Jamie Cull got himself on the scoresheet again with a good effort from inside the box into the far-left corner. QEGS were now embarrassing SGS with the completion of Jamie Cull’s hat-trick with a good ball into him in which he proceeded to let bounce, the dink it over the keeper who had raced off his line far too early.

The final goal scored was by George Spencer (his second) with a spectacular effort from the right corner flag, all the way into the bottom-left corner. QEGS then proceeded to settle down and control the game for the minute or so left before the final whistle went. Overall, a fantastic performance from QEGS in a game where SGS just weren’t up to their standard. The man of the match went to Jonny Caswell because of his powerful and skilful runs down the wing and spectacular hat-trick. This game will put QEGS into a good mind-set for the coming game and beyond.

By Lewis Janney