Year 3 + 4 Horsham Schools' Football League - Week 2
Slinfold clinched the Division 2 league title on Friday 22nd October after another exciting afternoon of football. After heading into week 2 at the top of the table, Slinfold's first match was against Heron Way B team who were 2nd in the league. A tense match with few chances finished as a 0-0 draw, largely thanks to two excellent saves from Archie.
Our second match against Castlewood couldn't take place as our opponents had to withdraw from the tournament, so we were awarded a 2-0 win. We decided to play a friendly against Southwater B team in place of this fixture and a confident performance resulted in a 2-0 win with Freddie putting in an all-action performance in midfield and Arthur scoring both goals.
Our 3rd match against Northolmes was a really exciting encounter! We hit the post twice and had several shots well saved before eventually taking the lead through a goal from Arthur just before half-time. Northolmes equalised before Fynn and Theo won several tackles in midfield and put Arthur in on goal to score again and make the score 2-1. With only 10 seconds remaining, disaster struck, as the Northolmes striker surged forward and scored a fantastic second goal which secured a 2-2 draw.
We went in to our final fixture against Shelley B team with a 2 point lead over Heron Way B, knowing that a victory would secure the league title. A close match ensued with excellent performances from Grace in midfield and Dylan in defence. However, the decisive moment came when Arthur raced clear and slotted the ball into the goal to give Slinfold a 1-0 lead which they managed to protect until the final whistle blew.
Winning the league is a fantastic achievement for the team and they worked so hard throughout their 8 matches. We really missed George, who was unwell for the second week, but Dylan came in to the team and played brilliantly in defence. Throughout our 8 matches, we scored 14 goals and only conceded 2 - with 7 clean sheets for Archie and our defence in those 8 matches!
Thank you to all the parents who came to support the team and cheered them on to a thoroughly deserved victory.
Team: Archie Forster, Fynn Howell, Dylan Pennock, Freddie Hogarth, Theo Barter, Grace Wheeler, Arthur Fleming (and George Waddington in Week 1).
Year 5 + 6 Horsham Schools' Football League - Week 2
On Friday 15th October, Slinfold completed their fixtures in the Horsham Schools' Year 5 + 6 Football League at Tanbridge School. Going in to this week in 5th place in the league, Slinfold knew they needed to get off to a good start to boost their league position.
Our first match was against top of the table Castlewood School and an excellent performance saw Slinfold emerge victorious by 1 goal to nil thanks to a great goal from Harry.
Our second match of the afternoon saw us take on Rusper. After a slow start to the match, Slinfold eventually found their rhythm and a goal from Harry, and a hat-trick from Tate completed a 4-0 win.
We went in to our final fixture against Northolmes knowing that a victory would guarantee 3rd place in the league. After an excellent start, in which Teddie gave us the lead with a header, Northolmes grew in to the game and equalised in the second half. The final few minutes saw chances for both teams to win but our excellent defence kept Northolmes out and we secured a 1-1 draw. Other results then went in our favour and we finished in a highly respectable 3rd place behind league winners, Cowfold, and the runners up from Nuthurst.
After conceding 5 goals in our first match against the league winners in week 1, Slinfold only conceded 2 goals in the subsequent 5 matches. We also ended up unbeaten in our final 4 fixtures of the season which demonstrates how the team gelled together and grew in confidence. The team were wonderful ambassadors for the school in terms of the way they displayed our values and showed good sportsmanship throughout this event, as well as playing some excellent football.
Team: Matthew French, Josh McCarthy, Charlie Hogarth, Sam Lewis, Luca Doxford, Harry Pateman, Teddie Curtis, Tate Rangecroft.
Year 3 + 4 Horsham Schools' Football League - Week 1
On Friday 8th October, Slinfold competed in Division 2 of the Horsham Schools' Football League at Tanbridge School.
Our first match was against Leechpool B team and a strong performance, in which Grace played particularly well, resulted in a 3-0 win thanks to goals from George, Arthur and Freddie. The team followed this up with an excellent display in a 4-0 win over St Robert Southwell B team. Freddie and Theo scored one goal each and George added 2 more goals.
Tougher matches followed and a strong defensive performance helped us to a 1-0 win against Southwater B team. George scoring the decisive goal after an excellent run and pass from Arthur. Our final match of week 1 was against a strong team from St Mary's School in Horsham and a fine finish from Arthur, along with an excellent save from Archie helped us to another 1-0 win.
The team were an absolute credit to the school, displaying our values and good sportsmanship throughout this event, as well as playing some excellent football. They will return to the same venue in 2 weeks time, hoping to continue their excellent run of form over the remaining 4 fixtures.
Team: Archie Forster, Fynn Howell, Freddie Hogarth, Arthur Fleming, Theo Barter, Grace Wheeler, George Waddington.
Year 5 + 6 Horsham Schools' Football League - Week 1
A team of 8 footballers represented Slinfold in the first week of the Year 5 + 6 football league. Playing with 6 other teams in the small schools' league, our first match was up against a well organised and skilful team from St Peters in Cowfold and we were on the receiving end of a 5-0 defeat. Our second match was a very tight contest against Nuthurst and despite a much improved performance, we were unfortunate to lose 1-0.
Our 3rd and final match of the first week saw us play with much more desire and belief. An early goal boosted our confidence and we ended up defeating St Johns 4-0. Harry scored a hat-trick and Teddie added another goal.
We return to Tanbridge for the second and final week of the league on 15th October, hoping that we can take our improved form into our remaining fixtures against Castlewood, Rusper and Northolmes.
A link to the tournament report can be found here:
Team: Harry Pateman, Alistair Lovett, Josh McCarthy, Luca Doxford, Sam Lewis, Charlie Hogarth, Teddie Curtis, Tate Rangecroft.