Football: Bede's 1st XI Proceed Through Round 5 of ESFA Cup
On Thursday 20th November, Bede's 1st XI Football team faced their toughest challenge of the year in round 5 of the ESFA cup.
The 1sts were up against a very strong Woodcote High School team, with Woodcote having a very well-run football academy run by Kinetic Coaching.
Woodcote played some outstanding football in the opening exchanges and their movement of the ball is certainly something to be admired, however Bede's hung in there in the early exchanges and then started to assert their dominance in the game as it developed.
Bede's opened the scoring with a good move down the right before Jacob Greene forced the ball home from close range. Woodcote quickly replied with a well-worked goal of their own however, and the game became an end to end affair at this stage.
Jacob Greene soon got his second goal of the match with a fine piece of movement in the box to get free and finish.
The game settled down and Bede's went into to half time 2-1 up. Bede's started strongly in the second half and were soon 3-1 up thanks to James Stone. Woodcote were particularly strong down their left hand side and were able to reply quickly making the game 3-2 in this epic cup tie.
As Woodcote pressed for the equaliser the game opened up and there were great chances for Bede's to kill the game and make it 4-2, however these chances were squandered and in the closing minutes Woodcote snatched a late equaliser.
This sent the game into extra time and both teams tired with little opportunities being created in this period. Then came the nerve racking penalties, with Bede's scoring all 5 of theirs and Woodcote missing one to send Bede's through.
As a whole, the match was one of the highest quality and dramatic games of football I have ever watched. Both teams should be so proud of their efforts and neither set of players deserved to go out on penalties.
I feel we can learn a lot from Woodcote, and their movement of the ball is certainly something we will be trying to replicate in the coming weeks.
On a separate note, congratulations must go to Jacob Merrick on his hat trick for the Sussex U18 County team on Friday 14th November.