Somercotes Academy 0 – 9 QEGS Horncastle
Thursday 4th October 2018
The first round in the English Schools National Cup competition saw a strong QEGS Horncastle side take on an enthusiastic Somercotes Academy team away at North Somercotes, a relatively remote area just outside of Louth.
With the wind against QEGS at kick off, the start of the game saw a fiery start to the game with both teams clearly wanting to progress. Physicality was a major factor during the opening segments and the first goal would be vital for Horncastle to secure. On this occasion, the away side were quite convincingly outclassing the Somercotes side, with the first goal scored by Lewis Janney reflecting this. A further lead was created through Miles Gailbraith Rouse, an unlikely scorer however managing to bury a scramble for the ball after a corner in the back of the goal. As the first half progressed, intense 1v1 situations arose between the likes of James Cull and a tall number 8 for the academy and Oliver Fields battling against a tough number 11. The lead was then lengthened to 3-0, with a goal from James Cull to further institute the superiority of QEGS. Great play from the likes of Quin Saggiorato and Will Coveley created multiple chances for the two strikers, Hugo Hunt and Oliver Fields. Fields then scored twice to make it 5-0 before half-time, both goals showing good characteristics of determination to get past the physical left back of Somercotes, one of these goals coming by way of a penalty, neatly placed into the side-netting.
A second half sure to be further dominated by Horncastle began, with the backwind now with them as they looked to further progress their dominance. This was made easier by the fact that the side from North Somercotes discontinued their efforts to stop Horncastle and began to take the game less seriously than their creditable efforts in the first half. Within the first few minutes, Lewis Janney scored a simple goal past the substitute goalkeeper after some nice play involving substitutes Matthew Hunter and Charlie Wilkinson. Somercotes Academy then started to involve some fierce challenges into their game, with an altercation between Hugo Hunt, Mason Bassham and the Academy’s number 7, resulting in a sending off for the home side’s player, a usual rarity for school football. Quin Saggiorato then scored to reward his passing play with a great strike from the edge of the box, too powerful for the goalkeeper leading to a fumble into the back of his own net. Charlie Wilkinson then scored for QEGS in the second half with a composed finish, however was not a particularly challenging goal to score with the lack of effort from the home side. Even more absurdly for a supposed-to-be calm school game, another player was sent off for Somercotes after two rash challenges back-to-back, very disappointing for the Academy’s side. The game progressed into the latter stages of the game and in the remaining moments, yet another harsh challenge was put in on a QEGS player, however Lewis Janney used the advantage rule to his benefit; quickly getting back up and scoring from the edge of the box. The game ended relatively soon after this, a great game for QEGS Horncastle as they progress into the next round of the cup, however an extremely poor display of attitude and sportsmanship from North Somercotes, as they are eliminated from the competition.
Written by Lewis Janney