By David Mann, Teacher of PE & Games
The team left early to start their first match of the Hampshire Trophy Tournament – against the Churcher’s B team – at 1.30pm. We quickly went 1-0 down, before having numerous opportunities to equalise, which we could just not convert. Despite Anthony White’s miraculous efforts in goal, we went 2-0 down, before Ed Marshall-Smith and Cartier Clothier combined for a brilliant breakaway goal that took everyone watching by surprise. Churcher’s closed the match out with another skilful effort, but Bedales were the moral victors, and we took confidence into the next match against Ryde.
This proved to be a dogged affair, with the play travelling from end to end without either team being able to break the deadlock. Big praise for Jamie Price and Arthur Lingham, who were resolute in defence ahead of the brilliant Anthony White.
A rest match followed, but the Bedales squad stiffened up and were unable to combine as effectively in the next match against King Edward’s School, Witley. Our heaviest defeat, 4-0, was perhaps flattering to our opponents.
In our last match against the undefeated Peter Symonds College we were on the back foot for most of the match. Midfield running was limited on both squads as the players began tiring. Anthony White was simply unbeatable in goal, with so many top-drawer saves that it seemed we might just draw the game. Everyone worked till they had blisters, but on the final whistle, Peter Symonds squeaked a goal and we lost in a valiant effort 1-0.
It was an excellent day. Many thanks to the junior players who filled in on the day.