Year 8 boys football
St Peter’s 2 – 4 Smestow
Smestow Year 8s finish the season with 100% record
On the 27th March, Smestow Year 8 lads headed over to the Wolves Training Ground to play against St Peter’s where they were looking to confirm their second league title in as many years.
The game started just how the boys needed it to with Connor Parker cutting out a back pass from a St Peter’s defender and calmly slotting home past the keeper as early as the second minute.
Even with this early goal, it took a long time for the boys to adapt to the massive pitch. Whereas St Peter’s having played their games on it throughout the year were used to it and this told in the first 20 minutes of the first half.
St Peter’s levelled after 10 minutes with a free kick which Billy Roberts had no chance with because of the size of the goals to match the size of the pitch. It was another free kick not long after which took St Peter’s into the lead and left Smestow scratching their heads and entering panic mode.
It wasn’t until the last five minutes of the first half when Smestow boys put some passes together and moved the ball that they realised how much time they had on the pitch and how to be successful in the game. Half time came and it was St Peter’s 2-1 Smestow.
A lengthy team talk from Mr Webb and what turned out to be an inspired substitution proved the difference in the second half. The second half started and Smestow were instantly on the front foot, with a much better tempo to their play and much more quality when on the ball.
The much-deserved equaliser came from a fantastic corner from Tom Lane who was excellent all match, the corner was met by Saif Mohammed who poked home from close range and Smestow were level.
The next two goals then came from the inspired sub Josh Parkes with two similar goals. His first came from a fantastic interception from Lewis Fellows on the half-way line who then had the composure to pick a pin-point pass through the defence to Josh Parkes who excellently poked home past the on-rushing goalkeeper.
The boys now had the lead that their second half performance deserved but could not stop there and let St Peter’s back into the game. Dan Webb who was outstanding all game won the ball on the half-way line and played a ball over the top of the defence for Josh Parkes to use his pace and latch onto.
Josh then had the quality to fire the ball over the keeper into the roof of the night first time on the half volley; a great way to put some breathing space in-between the two teams.
This second half performance gives the boys the ascendency going into the final next week against Heath Park again at the Wolves training ground!
The seventh win out of seven league games against St Peter’s topped off an impeccable league campaign for the boys which they should be extremely proud of.
The same quality and mentality needs to be shown in order to finish the season with the league and cup double for the second year in a row.
The Cup Final takes place on Thursday 2nd April, 2:00pm at Wolves Training Ground. All support welcome!
Josh Parkes (2)