Just like watching Barcelona!

Year 8 Boys’ Football
Highfields 5-6 Smestow
Wednesday 28 September 2016

After a very shaky and lethargic start to the match, Smestow found themselves 3-1 down at half time.

The lads started much better in the second half, really looking for the all-important next goal that would get them back into the match. That came not long into the second half when Connor Parker delivered an excellent corner from the right hand side to find Josh Cooke, who volleyed home from close range.

Smestow had the momentum with them now and it wasn’t long that they scored the equaliser, after some Barcelona like football Josh Parkes found himself through on goal and made no mistake. Smestow were really pushing on now looking to get their noses in front in the game, it was Connor Parker the supplier again with another pinpoint corner, this time from the left hand side, after a bit of a scramble the ball fell to Ellis Carter who volleyed home from close range and spark wild celebrations on and off the pitch.

It was vital now the lads kicked on and kept Highfields on the back foot, they did that exactly. Mid-way through the second half, the referee awarded Smestow a free kick, Josh Cooke stepped up and from 20 yards out bent the ball round the wall and into the bottom right corner. The boys now had breathing space!

However, Highfields did not give up and got themselves back in the game shortly after the restart, 4-5. This did not dampen Smestow’s belief, who again looked to kick on and with 10 minutes left it was Josh Parkes who completed his hat trick by beating the goalkeeper from close range after brilliant build-up play from the team. With not long left, Smestow now looked to hold onto this 2 goal margin and see the game through to the end. However, they were in for a nervy last few minutes as a terrific free kick from Highfields striker bent into the top corner and it was 5-6 to Smestow. Fortunately, the defence stayed strong and Smestow held on to win the game 6-5 and finish a pulsating game of football.

Every single Year 8 should hold their head up high after this win because they all played a part in getting us back in the game and holding on for a precious second league win from the same amount of games. No league fixture next week means the boys will start their ESFA National Cup adventure, a new competition for the boys but one in which Mr Webb has high hopes.

Line Up:
Aidan Jhally
Tom Lane
Avery Livingstone
Lewis Fellows
Lawson Taylor
Ellis Carter
Josh Cooke
Lucas Westwood
Saif Mohammed
Connor Parker
Josh Parkes
Karam Sidhu
Sagarr Jawanda
Dan Webb

Goalscorers:
Josh Parkes (3)
Josh Cooke (2)
Ellis Carter (1)