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Tremendous teamwork by our Year 8 and Year 10 footballers

18 November 2021  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in: ,

Our Year 10 football team took on St Bedes School in the third round of the English School’s Football Association under 15’s school cup.  The students put in tremendous effort and showed unbelievable resilience to continue to play in an extremely competitive fixture, unfortunately losing out 7-1 on the day.

Joint Man of the Match went to Mason Amsing, the goal scorer on the day, and Jamie Bennett (both pictured). They played with their heads held high at all times, working tirelessly to regain possession of the ball and move the team forward when other team mates’ heads started to drop. Coach Harry Beresford said: ”Mason and Jamie showed unbelievable sportsmanship and determination to play for everyone else on the team, demonstrating exceptional teamwork”.

The team will spend some time now training, working harder than ever in preparation for their next competition, the Area cup.

Richmond School’s Year 8 football team took on Harrogate Grammar in their ESFA schools cup third round tie, unfortunately losing out 3-1. The team went behind by two quick goals early in the first half, there wasn’t much keeper Justin Burgess could do about it. The team would have conceded a lot more if it wasn’t for Justin’s courageous goalkeeping, saving shot after shot.

Throughout the first half, Rudi Sartini controlled the ball in the midfield making life difficult for the opposing team, passing the ball to our forwards, Owen Dickson, Joel Harrod and Harry Davis – all of which created chance after chance against Harrogate, however they were just struggling to score in the first half.

Bring on the second half and Richmond School came out swinging, with Joel Harrod scoring early, breaking the defensive line and finishing coolly against an on-rushing keeper. After this, the pressure was on, the back four of Michael Turner, Seth Brown, Ryan Buck and Jack Sturdy stayed strong stopping the attack whenever they could. Harry Vietch and Isaac Tate finished the midfield alongside Rudi, putting in the work to win the ball and get it forward. However Harrogate Grammar managed to ease the pressure by scoring against the run of play making the score 3-1 to them.

This didn’t stop the young Richmond School team as they continued to work hard and resiliently to try to win the game. In the end, it wasn’t meant to be as Harrogate progressed into the next round.

Coach Harry Beresford had this to say: “The team showed tremendous teamwork for each other, demonstrating fantastic work ethic and a strong mentality to work together despite the result going against them. There were some fantastic individual performances, especially Harry Davis and Isaac Tate who, throughout the game, showed consistent resilience to battle against the opposition defenders trying to get Richmond School forward in order to score. As well as Justin Burgess who made his debut for the school team in goal who, despite the score, did really well to be as commanding and strong in goal as he was.

“I am really proud of the team, considering how far they have come in terms of school football, especially as their first year of secondary school was disrupted by the pandemic and they didn’t get any competitive football for the school last year. We are all excited for the next competition that we will be participating in”.



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