Football: Bede’s 1sts Compete at Hard-Fought ISFA Six-A-Side Tournament
Bede's were looking to make the final of the national ISFA 6's tournament for the year fifth running on Sunday - something which would have been an unprecedented achievement.
In the group stage, first up was RGS Newcastle, Bede's started brightly and were soon ahead through an own goal thanks to great work from Jacob Merrick. Bede's then managed the game effectively rotating players and playing a good brand of possession football to run out 1-0 winners.
That result was followed by a 1-0 win against the hosts Chigwell thanks to a fantastic strike from the edge of the box from James Allen.
In the last game in the group Bede's ran out comfortable winners against Kimbolton thanks to a great one on one finish from Bobby Watkins. This meant Bede's finished top of the group and were drawn against Manchester Grammar school in the last 16.
Bede's were far from their best in this match and squeezed through on penalties thanks to a great save from David Caruthers.
The game of the tournament for Bede's came in the quarter final when they faced Millfield, who are historically one of the strongest football schools in the country.
Millfield took the lead early on however Bede's showed tremendous courage, energy and work ethic to pull their way back into the game and Knory Scott equalised before James Stone in the dying minutes smartly finished lobbing the keeping from 30yards out.
Unfortunately, this game took a lot out of the team and in the Semi-Final against Bradfield Bede's ran out of energy and couldn't maintain their high level of performance.
Bradfield went on to become the eventual champions, and Mr Leggett and I hope the result of the tournament highlights to the team the importance of the strength and conditioning work they will be doing in the coming weeks!