Football: Colts Dominate 2014 Season
For the third time in the last 4 seasons, Bede's Colts football team has ended the season unbeaten and for the second time in the last 4 seasons we have achieved a 100% record.
There was not a draw in sight, with the team scoring 43 goals and conceding 7.
What sets this team apart, however, is the fact that we also won the Lancing College Festival, a tournament comprising of 24 of the best Prep Schools in the area. Winning this prestigious trophy is a rare thing indeed and the boys should be very proud of their achievement.
The season started with a couple of 'development' matches against two of our closest rivals, Brighton College and Hurstpierpoint College, with the end result the same; victory by a 3-goal margin.
The 3-0 win against Brighton and 4-1 win against Hurst were early indications that we could score freely at one end but keep things tight at the back at the other end. An all-conquering team needs the ability to do both.
We went into the Lancing Festival in good heart but made the worst possible start with an undeserved 0-1 loss to Cumnor House in our opening group match (a team we were to beat 7-4 in a 'proper' full match later in the season).
The team showed a huge amount of character to pick themselves up from this and won the following 6 matches in a row to eventually win the trophy. Part of the prize for winning the tournament was a tour of the Amex Stadium, which was an unexpected bonus.
Buoyed by the Festival win we marched on to thrash Holmewood House 6-0 and St.Christopher's 5-1, before exacting our revenge on Cumnor House!
The low point of the season came in the ISFA Regionals. Unfortunately I was unable to be there due to Open Morning commitments at the same time, but having performed well to win the group we then lost in the quarter final. The disappointment was compounded by the fact that Great Walstead, who we had beaten in the final at Lancing, went on to win the tournament and represent the area in the Nationals.
We bounced back strongly, however, by thrashing Ardingly 7-0, before moving on to beat Marlborough 3-0 and Solefield 2-0 in a triangular. Only Vinehall now stood between us and our 100% record and it wasn't a record we were going to give up easily.
It may have only been a nervous 1-0 at half time, but we had spurned several chances, including a penalty, and the final 6-1 score-line was far from flattering.
The team didn't change all season and Grout in goal produced some excellent saves on the few occasions that Plumley and Hinchon allowed the opposition a sniff at goal. Tucknott effectively provided the width on the left, chipping in with his fair share of goals, but it was the combination of Corrie in the middle, Solterman on the right and Lenham up front that opponents couldn't live with.
Any one of these three players would cause problems for opponents, but the three of them together proved almost unplayable at times and even moved up to help the U12s get to the final of a tournament at Ardingly.
I don't often give colours to the whole team, but this season these boys gave me no choice.
Well done to you all.