Woodlands School 11 Brades Lodge 5
This was Woodlands school football teams third match of the season and after two victories spirits were high. The opposition though had also won their first two games, so this was sure to be a close encounter. Woodlands brought a large squad to the game with several players set for their school debut.
Brades Lodge arrived in Prees with a squad that was small in numbers but large in physical size! Woodlands, captained by Corey started the game positively and after a couple of chances for both sides Tyler finished a long ball from the back to put the home side one up after 5 minutes. Brades Lodge quickly replied before Captain Corey scored a header from a corner and cooly put away a penalty to make 3-1. Brades Lodge battled on and pulled two goals back before Morgan scored on his debut. A tough first half against good opponents meant the score was 4-3 at half time and all to play for.
A rousing half time team talk from the Woodlands Coaching Team seemed to encourage the side as they started the second half full of purpose. Morgan and Devon scored a goal each before great interplay and an exquisite cross by Oscar gave Morgan his debut hat trick! Brades Lodge were now showing signs of becoming tired and frustrated but kept on battling away. Debuts for Romeo, Ollie and Kylan brought energy to the team. Corey completed his hat trick and there was even time for Oscar to score from his own half with an extraordinary effort into the top corner! Cameron showed moments of magic in midfield with his close control and passing while Mackenzie showed great determination in his tackling. Well done to the Jack and Caleb in defence for a solid game along with our goalkeeper Luke who pulled off several amazing saves in the second half. Brandon came off the bench for the last ten minutes and nearly managed to score his first goal of the season.
A massive well done to all the players that earned the third victory of the season and each one showed outstanding team spirit and work rate. It was especially pleasing to see how the new players were welcomed to the squad and how the side represented Woodlands with pride.
Scorers: Morgan (4) Corey (4), Tyler, Devon & Oscar.
Squad: Luke, Caleb, Jack, Oscar, Cameron, Corey ©, Devon, Tyler, Morgan, Brandon, Romeo, Ole, Kylan and McKenzie.