Wednesday 19th December 2018
Buoyed by recent wins against Boston College and Grammar, QEGS made it three wins from three as the side extended their rich vein of form into the Christmas break. Marshall’s first clean sheet of the campaign laid the foundation for a victory earnt in a first half which saw Sixth Form Eleven score three without reply at Spalding Grammar.
Mr Cope made one (enforced) change to the starting eleven with Haskins unavailable; Timmins dropped into the back four as Wilson returned to the XI accompanying Gowshall up front. And it was LIAM WILSON who opened the scoring for the Boys in Burgundy, nodding home after the ball cannoned off the bar from Gregory’s long-range effort.
MAX GOWSHALL doubled the visitors’ advantage soon after, Dean’s short corner to Lindsey allowing the left winger to cross into the back post, for the captain bundle home his eight of the year in a congested box- to the delight of the two fans in attendance (both Gowshalls themselves).
Eight soon became nine this season for GOWSHALL as the frontman struck from an area of relative safety for Spalding, somehow finding the right corner with an audacious looped effort from 20-plus yards to put Horncastle three to the good before the interval.
The midway point arrived with QEGS dominating, importance now placed on a composed second half display Injury to Caswell forced Lindsey into left back as Carter was introduced to midfield a matter of minutes after the restart, as QEGS dictated the tempo and allowed Spalding possession without efforts on Marshall’s goal.
However, when Marshall was called upon he was quick to response, stifling a through ball with an aggressive slide to cut out one particular counter-attack. Carter saw an effort flash just wide after dispossessing the home goalkeeper before Spalding had a goal correctly ruled out of handball in the build-up.
James replaced Wilson up front as time ran down, the game increasingly playing out in QEGS’ half as Timmins and Emerson stood firm against the desperate long ball. Counter attacks from QEGS threatened to extend the lead, most notably James broke through to see his effort pushed away in the closing stages.
On balance QEGS were good value for their three points and now head into Christmas with a record of won 6 lost 4 for 29 against 19; and have consecutive home games upon return in January.
QEGS (4-4-2): 1 Aaron Marshall, 5 Angus Graham, 3 Sam Emerson, 4 Jono Timmins, 2 Tom Caswell (12 Greg Carter), 10 Oli Dean, 6 Dexter Coulthurst, 8 Harry Gregory, 7 Alfie Lindsey, 11 Liam Wilson (14 Christian James), 9 Max Gowshall ©
MOTMs: Coulthurst & Gregory- complete dominance over the middle of the park enabled QEGS to assert themselves as the midfielders got foot on ball and pulled off intelligent passes both short and long throughout the game.
Wednesday 12th December 2018
Mr Cope’s side completed their first league double of the campaign with another victory Boston College, this time 4-2 at Abbey Road.
Having beaten Boston Grammar last time out Mr Cope made two changes to the starting eleven, Timmins returning to the side in Burgess’ place whilst first choice ‘keeper Marshall reclaimed his place between the sticks. On the bench there were returns for last week’s absentees James and Wilson.
As with the away game against Boston College (which finished 8-1 to Horncastle), Horncastle began on top, dominating possession and territory without scoring inside the opening twenty minutes. But unlike the away tie it was Boston who took the lead, Emerson injuring his hamstring at an unfortunate juncture and the opposition took full advantage of the loose ball. Carter was introduced to replace the up to now ever-present centre back, filling his boots competently with a solid display in his unnatural position.
Horncastle weren’t behind for long. Dean’s free-kick ricocheted off the wall into a congested penalty area inside which DEXTER COULTHURST prodded home from close range. It was two not long after- COULTHURST again- this time sweeping home the rebound after Timmins’ shot was palmed back into play.
QEGS continued dominating but couldn’t grind out as many opportunities as they had in the 8-1 demolition job 3 weeks ago. Wilson replaced Coulthurst after the break. Burgess was also introduced in place of Graham as a more attacking option as Mr Cope altered his side in search of a third, identifying the right side as an area of opportunity.
But it was a ball down the left which crafted the third. A fragmented move created space for JONO TIMMINS, who found a way through a visiting goalkeeper now pulling off respectable saves following a shaky first half. James replaced Lindsey as Horncastle rotated personnel, now defending a two-goal advantage.
Inside the closing stages Bargh (taking Lindsey’s number 7 shirt in hope of a rare outfield appearance) persuaded his way into the game at Timmins’ expense, but the substitution proved counter-productive as College bagged a second to offer themselves faint hopes of an unlikely draw. However, it was LIAM WILSON who scored the game’s sixth and final goal, latching onto a long ball down the left flank before ignoring James in the centre to finish himself from a tight angle.
The contest marked the halfway point in the Sixth Form team’s season, the side boasting a league record as follows: won 5, drawn 0, lost 4, goals for 26, goals against 19.
QEGS: (4-4-2) 1 Aaron Marshall, 5 Angus Graham (15 Josh Burgess), 4 Sam Emerson (12 Greg Carter), 3 Oli Haskins, 2 Tom Caswell, 10 Oli Dean, 8 Harry Gregory, 6 Dexter Coulthurst (11 Liam Wilson), 7 Alfie Lindsey (16 Christian James), 14 Max Gowshall ©, 9 Jono Timmins (7 Christopher Bargh).
MOTM: Dexter Coulthurst- Two goals, both borne from a poacher’s instinct from the midfielder. Without his quick thinking it would have been a much more awkward road to three points.
Friday 7th December 2018
The annual cross country championships was upon us again and as the norm QEGS (including 3 members of staff, 54 students) travelled to Hubbards Hills, Louth on a dull, but mild morning.
On arrival it was clear that the conditions weren't ideal and something completely new to the Year 7 students, who’s only experience of cross country was running around a flat school field. The ground was wet, some parts being extremely bogging making it difficult keeping upright and that was just approaching to the course. It was safe to say trainers were not an option! However, with a job to be done all of the athletes were excited to get on the course and start moving. After setting up camp just behind the start line, the students dropped their gear and were allowed to walk the course so they were psychologically as well as physically ready for the steep hills they would face during their run. A place in the top 20 would see the selected runners qualify for the County Championships which will take place on Saturday 19th January at Burghley House, Stamford.
As midday was fast approaching, the Y7 girls were the first off the starting line. The QEGS team were made up of 7 students. After completing 1 medium lap of the course, Eve Herbert crossed the finish line, finishing in 19th place, closely followed by Sophie Wilderspin in 21st position.
Up next was the Y7 boys, with 10 boys making up the team. With the boys lined up at the start line, the starting gun fired and the boys were off trying to complete the 1 large lap of the course as quickly as possible. The standout performance within the Y7 boys’ team was Alex Dunkley who finished in 14th position, which was an excellent achievement.
Next to run were the Y8&9 girls, who had high expectations on their shoulders due to the success they achieved in last year’s competition. With some last minute changes to the team, the Y8&9 team were made up of 9 students and their task was to complete 2 small laps of the course. The standout performance was Alex Frick who finished in 13th place. This was an outstanding achievement for two reasons; first this was Alex’s debut running for the school and second she is in only Y8 and half the field she was competing against were made up of Y9 students. Another student who ran extremely well was Freya Solly who crossed the finish line in 20th place.
Soon after, the Y8&9 boys were waiting patiently at the start line. Unfortunately, the team only consisted of 4 students as many of the team dropped out in the lead up to the event; despite this the students that ran made QEGS really proud as two of the four students finished in the top 20. Oliver Cawston in Y8 finished in 4th place and Oliver Cridland in Y9 finished in 14th place. Fantastic achievement from the boys.
The penultimate race was the Y10&11 girl’s race. The go to cross country runner Ella Bennett was unable to run due to illness so the team was made up of solely Y10 students. Competing against a field of 60 runners, the team did extremely well, with four of the team finishing in the top 30; Chloe Pickering (20th), Olivia Pavey-Roth (21st), Claire Patrick (24th) and Ellie Burbridge (27th).
Finally, it was the time for the Y10&11 boys’ team to run, in total they were tasked with completing 3 medium laps of the difficult course. Competing against a very strong field, the team did really well, with two of our Y10 students producing exceptional performances; Matthew Spendlove finishing 2nd closely followed by George Parkinson who finished in 4th place.
Overall nine of our students (including 3 sixth form students) have qualified for the County Championships in the New Year. A special mention goes to Mr Cope, Mrs Wilkinson and Mrs Freeman as well as the dozen 6th formers who helped manage and encourage the different teams throughout the day. Another successful year for the QEGS students.