Football: Senior and Junior Mid-Season Reviews

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Bede's Head of Football David Leggett and Head of Junior Football David Caryer have taken stock of the various teams' successes during the first half of the Autumn Term.

Seniors

This term has been as busy as ever on the Football front. The Senior Boys have been out in force every Saturday as well as training hard during the week and competing in various cup campaigns during the midweek.

The 1st XI started off the season with the task of trying to secure a hat trick of wins in the National 6's competition. They came ever so close and made their 4th final on the trot but were unlucky to lose in extra time is year.

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The team has also made good progress in their competition games, making their way so far through to the English Schools round three, as well as sitting pretty in the last 16 of the ISFA cup where they will travel to Kings Chester, having secured their passage to this stage with a rousing 5-2 victory over old rivals Charterhouse.

The 1sts have only lost one game this term - a shock result, away to Lancing, where they went down 3 -2. Hopefully their growth and progress will continue through to Christmas. 

Individual honours from the Seniors are, Christian Hutson, who again has made the Sussex U16 County Squad, Matthew Morrish, who has also made the Sussex County U18 squad as well as progressing through to the ISFA south representative side alongside Jacob Merrick.

The 2nd Xl have also performed well and are working hard to develop as a side and push for 1st Xl places.

They had a great result in the Sussex Cup, where they beat Hazelwick to move through to the last 16 after half term. The young players in this team, most notably Charlie Pugh, Ben Finch and Bertie Bextor, have really made the step up from last years U15s and are putting in impressive performances week in week out.

There is also a strong work ethic and committed attitude amongst our 3rd and 4th Xl teams. Mr Cook, Mr Dozgic, Mr Rimmington and Mr Oliver have been impressed with their performances and are looking forward to both those teams taking some serious scalps after half term.

David Leggett

Head of Football

Juniors

The U14s made an ideal start to the season winning 6-2 in their first very match. Since then however they have found it more difficult, playing against big schools whose teams have long-since gelled while out u14s are still getting to know each other.

The team has a very strong spine however, with Oscar Stewart and Ryan Welch at the back, Tommy Trenaman and Zac Cissotti in the middle and the dangerous Carl Okojie and Luca page up front, meaning that success is all but inevitable.

The U14Bs have had some mixed results too, however their recent win against Lewes Old Grammar was evidence of the improvements they have made in recent weeks.

The U14Cs have serious competition for places meanwhile, with almost 20 players the squad. The school is very proud to have so many committed players, and their efforts are being borne out in games including their recent 2-2 draw against Lancing.

The U15As have performed well so far this season, with notable wins against Charterhouse, Hampton and Lancing. Unfortunately, they under-performed in their cup fixtures, but hopefully will be able to perform more consistently in the coming months. 

The U15Bs have found it tough going so far this season, although some of the new players, such as Brandon King and Nic Schreiber, have really started to gel in recent weeks.

The future is looking bright for the Junior teams, and we look forward to really seeing the teams starting to shine in the coming months.

David Caryer

Head of Junior Football

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