Chilwell 6 - Newark Academy 1
The year eight squad conducted themselves in a sporting manner throughout as they represented the school. They supported each other well and are now into round two of both Nottinghamshire County and South Nottinghamshire Cups.
The team's performances are also worth a mention. They play fast attacking football, led by captain Isaac Mcleod who has organised a defence to play a passing game that flows through the team from goalkeeper to attack. The full backs and wide forwards whose style is defined with impressive technical skill and intelligent movement controlled these areas of the field, finding time on the ball with their movement, and denying opposition forwards with their pressing and positional play.
Alfie Whitehead once again ran his socks off for the team in midfield, exemplifying what the team continues to strive for in attitude and endeavour. From an early error, Chilwell actually conceded the first goal in the first 5 minutes, but it was Alfie who led the fightback scoring almost immediately after the restart with a determined finish from an attacking play he had engineered. And after 15 minutes it was 3-1.
Last time out Alfie provided a remarkable 4 assists for his team, today he assisted and then was back amongst the goals, rounding off the scoring with a finessed chip shot from what looked like a crossing position against an unfortunate Newark goalkeeper. Flanked in midfield by the dynamic duo of Evan Scott and Omar Altaleb, the midfield were relentlessly impressive in pressing, tackling and recycling possession.
Kheone Darby deserves a mention too, combining his remarkable pace and direct running with subtle flicks, dribbles and cool finishing, Kheone's been scoring many goals for the school this year. Now expanding his game with diagonal passes and crosses that have contributed significantly to the improvement in the team's style of play, Kheone, like the team as a whole, seems to be improving with every game.
Also many thanks to Mr Gregson, who rewrote the book on football first aid (or may now be able to) after reading up on common football injuries in preparation for a game that turned out to have a significant number of injury stoppages.