22 March 2024  |  Sven Wardle  |  Posted in: ,

Mr. Beresford, coach and manager of Richmond School’s Year 10 football squad, reports from their recent Area Cup winning match:

“This year’s Year 10 Area Cup final was a repeat of last year’s semi-final where Richmond School were victorious over Easingwold 3-1, seeing us into the final against Thirsk, which we won 4-0. The precedent had been set!

Having played Easingwold before, the Year 10 team  knew this wouldn’t be a walk in the park and they would have to dig deep and put in a solid performance. As defending Area Cup Champions, they were determined to do this. 

The team started full of determination and grit. The boys got stuck in from the first whistle, with some dominant displays from the Richmond School midfield three of Isaac Tate, Harry Davis and Rudi Sartini. All three managed to secure the ball and start attacking moves playing up to the three forwards, Owen Dickson, Joseph Mahwinney and Tima Borshchenko. These three created plenty of movement upfront and started to cause the Easingwold defence some problems. 

Despite this, the game was a stalemate for the first 20 minutes as Richmond School struggled to capitalise on their chances when going forward. Resolute defending from the Richmond School back four, Rhys Hyatt, Michael Turner, Rory Wilkinson and Jay Bramley meant that Easingwold didn’t come close to Pietro Percovich in goal. 

The game was not shy of tough tackles from either side: a foul on the half way line gave Rudi an opportunity to put the ball into the opposition box to dangerous effect. A cross to the back post, Isaac Tate saw his header saved by the keeper who could do nothing about the tap in that followed from Isaac. Richmond School had broken the deadlock and took a 1-0 lead. 

As the game progressed more chances fell to Richmond School’s forwards. Owen made a fantastic run in behind the Easingwold defence and found the ball at his feet inside the Easingwold box. His shot took an almighty deflection that looped the ball over the Easingwold goalkeeper and defenders and into the net. Richmond School took a 2-0 lead into the halftime break. 

At half time changes were made. Thomas Porter went in goal for Pietro, Ben Mckinley joined up front replacing Tima and Seth Brown went into midfield with Michael coming off and Rudi dropping back into the defensive line. 

The Year 10s came out fighting in the second half showing unbelievable maturity and grit to dominate the game. The defenders shut out the Easingwold attack, limiting them to only two shots on goal for the entire second half with Thomas Porter only needing to save one of them. With an outstanding back line, Richmond School could press forwards freely, and some fantastic one-two touch football saw plenty of attacking chances. Midway through the second half Richmond won a corner, Harry Davis swung the ball in from the left hand side deceiving the Easingwold defence, leaving Seth Brown to header in the third goal of the game. 

At this point another substitution was made bringing Calix Caldwell into the game for Joseph. Calix got himself on the scoresheet swiftly after coming on as Richmond played some fantastic football down the left hand side of the pitch – Jay Bramley jinked past two Easingwold defenders before crossing neatly into the box for Calix to header the ball into the bottom right corner. 4-0 up with the trophy in sight!

Richmond could have added more to the scoresheet with Harry and Rudi having some chances but they were either blocked well by the Easingwold defenders or saved by the keeper. A special mention goes to Rory Wilkinson who put in an exceptional player of the match display: cool, calm and collected on the ball in defence, winning every ball that came his way to relieve the pressure on the team. He also did not concede a single foul – which he has been known to do on occasion!

In the end a strong 4-0 display from the Richmond School Year 10s saw them win the Area Cup for the second year in a row! 

The steps the Year 10 players have made as a team, working for each other, encouraging and supporting each other through every game is fantastic to see. The work put in from the boys this year has shown a real maturity in their development not only as footballers but also as young men. The morale within the team is at an all time high – we want to take this into Year 11 and go for the hat-trick of Area Cups: three in a row is our target! 


Back Row: Thomas Porter, Jay Bramley, Michael Turner, Ashley Watson, Rudi Sartini, Isaac Tate, Owen Dickson, Joseph Mahwinney, Benjamin Mckinley, Pietro Percovich. 

Front Row: Harry Davis, Seth Brown, Rory Wilkinson, Rhys Hyatt, Tima Borshchenko, Calix Caldwell

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