National Trust Under 11s – Boys

On Thursday, 8 boys from Year 5 and 6 traveled to compete in the National Trust Cup for the first time. Excitement was high when the team heard this competition came with the chance to play on the hallowed turf at Wembley Stadium. After a delayed start due to the weather, we had our first game was against Westbourne, who we had previously played in the league competition. A great finish from Xavier gave us a 1-0 victory in the first game and started us up nicely for the competition. Up next was the always challenging Cheam Park Farm. A very even start to the game soon opened up into an end to end contest and our attackers peppered the goal with shots and produced 3 outstanding saves from the Cheam Park Farm goalkeeper. Unfortunately, they scored soon after and then added a second with moments left in the game and we looked for an equalizer. Deflated we started the next game against St Elphege’s very slowly and found our-selves 2-0 down. This kicked the boys into action and we dominated the second half of the game but only managed to find 1 goal back, losing the game 2-1. Even though our hopes of progressing now looked slim, the boys picked themselves up and started to show what they were capable of.  In the next game against Cheam Fields, we started quickly and some fantastic football was finished off by Xavier. The confidence then grew in the boys and we scored 2 (Louis and Alex) more goals to help our goal difference and give us a chance going into the final match. This game was against Harris Academy (who we had not faced in many years) and we started with great intensity. Shot after shot was saved by their goal keeper with an effort from Alex tipped onto the post. The finish whistle went and we believed that was our tournament over. Luckily, the 3 0 win had given us enough of a goal difference boost to just edge us into the semi-finals. A quick turn around and collecting some players back who were on their way out saw us up against Stanley Park – who had been on fantastic form all year in football. A frantic start saw chances for both teams, before we had to defend for long period before attempting to hit them on the counter attack. Zac was outstanding in goal; collecting corners, marshaling his defense and pulling off not 1 but 2 top quality saves. One such counter attack saw Louis hold the ball up brilliantly before laying it off to Alex who took on a player and put the ball in the top left hand corner. A nervous final few minutes saw us progress to the final against last years champions Cheam Common. A fast start saw us put their defense under pressure whilst Oliver and Dylan did not let their tall striker get any time or space on the ball. As we continued to attack it was only a few last gasp tackles that stopped us from scoring before finally Alex put a bobbling ball away low into the bottom left hand corner, with wild celebrations from the team, parents and teachers. The boys knew they had a few minutes to hold on but instead to continued to put pressure and looked for another goal, which came in the last seconds of the game after a run and strong finish from Xavier. Huge cheers greeted the final whistle and each child fully deserved their winners medals. Mr Brown and Mrs Scammell were even more impressed with the fantastic attitude that the children took towards Cheam Common and how supportive they were when they were gutted about the result.

A fantastic afternoon all round despite the rain and the cold. Onto the next round. Wembley we are coming for you…..

Player of the Tournament: Xavier

Special Mention: Dylan for his cameo up front and giving his all for the team

Outstanding performance in a match: Zac for his saves in the semi final