Friday 2nd February 2018
Year 5/6 Virtual Football League away to Abbey Primary School
There was much excitement ahead of this fixture as our brand new football kit had arrived on the morning of the game! The boys couldn’t wait to choose their numbers and get kitted up, ready to play their best with the Berry Hill badge upon their chests. Shea, Callum and Alfie were all looking forward to making their debuts for the school team and with Mr Wright absent through illness, Mr Jenkins was also making his debut as Caretaker Manager with Mrs Kendall as his assistant.
It was a bright and sunny afternoon when the referee blew his whistle to start the game and our team started off well, keeping the ball and having some good attacking opportunities which were cheered on by our many travelling spectators. With some good runs down the wing, we were creating chances and putting Abbey under pressure causing them to concede a corner. Joshua stepped up to swing a beautifully curved ball into the box which had so much curve that it turned into the nearside top corner and was fumbled by the goalkeeper…1 nil to Berry Hill!
Our goal made Abbey step up their game and they kept coming at us with some good runs and a fast pace which our defenders, particularly Campbell coped with in a calm and confident manner. Unfortunately, as we were attacking, Abbey broke and ran through at speed to score with a great shot. 1-1.
From that goal, Abbey were on top and kept control of the ball with our team working hard to challenge and earn it back but then came another goal, 2-1. At 2-1, Abbey attacked again and there was a brilliant save off the line by both our goalkeeper Alfie and our defender, Sonny. Abbey piled on the pressure and pushed for the goal scoring to make it 3-1 and then 4-1. Ashton wasn’t going to give up easily though and he chased a lost ball to go one on one with the keeper, forcing him to make a good save. Joshua and Sonny continued with good runs down the wings before a crunching tackle on Ethan in midfield. He bravely got up to play on before the half-time whistle blew.
Mr Jenkins’ team talk was positive and he told the boys to go out and win the second half. Abbey were quick off their starting blocks and scored straight away to make it 5-1 but Ashton was soon to grab one back for Berry Hill, scoring with a great goal to make it 5-2. This was quickly followed by a great burst from Charlie who took a look at goal before hitting a super strike into the top right-hand corner, 5-3 and Berry Hill were back in the game!
Unfortunately, Ethan, who had been playing so well in midfield, was involved in another challenge and this time had to come off with a badly injured knee. Abbey took their chances to make it 6-3, 7-3, 8-3 and finally 9-3. It could’ve been more but for some good saves by Alfie. Ashton had another fast run through from his own half to hit a brilliant shot which was tipped over by their goalkeeper and out for a corner. Sonny also ended the game well with a good effort on goal which sadly, went inches wide.
Abbey were definitely the strongest team that we have faced so far and were deserved of their win but our boys battled hard and gave it their all. It’s a tough defeat to take but we’ll come back stronger and learn from it for our next game. Hopefully now our new kit has been worn in, we’ll get back to winning ways! Well done boys for a hard-working match!
Result: 9-3 to Abbey.
Man of the Match voted for by Abbey: Alfie
Friday 17th November 2017
Year 5/6 Football – Virtual League
It was the second fixture of the Virtual League competition against St Edmunds and we were coming into this match with confidence as we had a fantastic win last week. The match was played on Astroturf which can make it tricky if you are not used to how the surface plays. So a slight advantage to the home team.
It took the players time to adapt to the surface as it was slippery and quick. Once Berry Hill had found their feet, we started to dominate. Ethan worked hard to win the ball in the centre of the pitch and followed up with perfect through balls for our wingers Joshua and Finley. These boys were not shy to run at the defenders and pass or cross the ball to Charlie who had efforts blocked. The opposition had a defender who was like a wall and challenged for everything! He was magnificent. To make it even more difficult, their goalkeeper was exceptional (who we voted man of the match).
But we had a solid defence of our own. William and Campbell committed to challenges and often beat the strikes to the ball. Well done. Campbell went on an attack of his own and managed to win a free kick on the edge of their area. Campbell, the captain, took the responsibility and stepped up. He shot with power and the keeper had no chance. What a strike! 1-0.
Not long after, Ethan had a strike from a distance and it was just over! Another super effort. He is getting closer to his first goal for school. We gained another free-kick on the edge of the area. Charlie wanted this. Another great strike, but the keeper managed to tip it onto the bar and go for a corner.
From a Berry Hill attack, St Edmunds cleared the ball and caught us on the break. It was a 3 on 1 chance and they took it. 1-1 at half time.
The second half started and St Edmunds played more direct. The goal keeper had a huge kick on him. He kicked it and it bounced just before our defence and the bounce went over our defenders where their striker was waiting. However, Kamran came off his line to put pressure on him and forced the shot wide. Believe it or not, this happened again a couple minutes later. Berry Hill was on the back foot!
However, the midfield really stepped it up a gear. Sonny was making some big tackles in midfield. Very big tackles! Then running at defenders. It was exciting to watch. Ashton matched this and was consistently running up and down the
right hand side to attack and defend. He was quick and made it hard for their defenders. He had a couple of chances but could not beat their keeper.
Harry had never played defence before but he gave it a go for the team. He made some excellent tackles and was calm and collective when he won the ball and consistently put the pressure back on to the home team.
There was 5 minutes left on the clock and Ethan played the ball down the left hand side where Joshua beat a player to put a cross in. Ashton met the cross and had a shot but was blocked… by a HAND! PENALTY! The captain again, took responsibility. He placed the ball on the spot and waited patiently for the whistle to blow. Campbell stepped up and drove the ball hard into the roof of the goal! There was an enormous roar from the crowd and the Berry Hill players. 2-1.
Berry Hill fought hard for the last 5 minutes and managed to hold out! Another win for the team! A great game. Entertaining, tense and stressful but a great game.
Undefeated in 3 games.
Result: 2 – 1 Berry Hill
Man Of the Match: Sonny
Friday 10th November 2017
Year 5/6 Football – Virtual League Competition
The Year 5/6 football team played their first game in the Virtual League football competition at Forest Town Primary School. It was another brilliant game but the difference this time was that we came back to Berry Hill with the 3 points. Well done!
There were some fresh new faces this week in the team and they all gave it their best. Mr Jenkins and I could not have asked for more from the players. The team chemistry was amazing. The teamwork and support was excellent.
We started off as the stronger team and had chance after chance. Charlie Sm held the ball up well to play in the wingers, Finley and Charlie Sn who whipped in the crosses but unfortunately we could not put them away.
When they cleared the ball, Ethan was quick to intercept to put the opposition under pressure again. We eventually passed around their defence which left Finley one on one with the keeper and he took chance. He placed it perfectly into the corner! 1-0.
Forest Town reacted and started to put the pressure on us but Ollie and Campbell were like a wall and let nothing past. This resulted in shots from distance. However, Alfie was outstanding and pulled out some brilliant saves. Although, the Forest Town striker finally found the back of the net with a superb strike from distance which was unstoppable. 1-1 at half time.
Forest Town started the second half well, but Charlie P was everywhere, making it hard for their attackers. Forest Town had a clear chance after some good link up play and scored. 2-1. The match was even for the next 10 minutes and we had some good chances but we could not put the chances away!
There were 5 minutes left and Campbell the captain, who had been outstanding all game, was left in defence on his own so we could play with an extra attacker. Campbell was put under pressure but won the ball and played it down the line which was then crossed in, and waiting back post was Finley who controlled the ball and then smashed it into the net 2-2.
In the last two minutes of the match we had a corner. Charlie Sn and Ethan had been putting in great crosses all game but again Forest Town cleared and caught us on the break. One pass played in their striker and they were one on one with Alfie. Alfie came running off his line to put pressure on the strike and…SAVE! It was really tense. Campbell cleared up and hit the ball away. Charlie Sm controlled the ball and turned on the edge of their area. The whistle was about to go when Charlie Sm took a shot and… GOAL! 3-2. There was an enormous cheer from the crowd!
Forest Town kicked off and the whistle blew for full time. An outstanding effort from the team. The team went over to the crowd after the team talk at the end and received a massive round of applause from them. They deserved it. Well done!
Result: 3-2 Berry Hill
Man of the Match: Campbell.
Friday 3rd November 2017
Year 5/6 Football – Dukeries competition
The Year 5/6 football team played their first Dukeries league fixture today. It was a fantastic game to start the competition!
We played Parkgate Academy and they were a very tough opponent. The teams were even and it was end to end action. It was a very tense game but so exciting for the audience who came out in their numbers.
In the first ten minutes of the game, the opposition struggled to get out of their own half and we dominated possession, although we lacked shots on goal. Parkgate started to come back into the game but Campbell (the captain) and William stopped them in their tracks.
However, we made a couple of substitutions with Sonny, Ashton and Jacob coming on and with those fresh legs and determination we again dominated. At the end of the 1st half it was even 0-0.
The second half started and Parkgate came out strong and worked the ball well to score. 1-0. Parkgate showed confidence and kept up with the pressure and had some one on one chances with our goalie Kamran. However, Kamran was brilliant and denied chance after chance and kept Berry Hill in the game.
It was the last couple of minutes of the game, and we decided to play Campbell in defence on his own so we could play an extra attacker. Ethan never stopped all game and continued to win the ball and play our strikers in. There were some magnificent link ups between Joshua, Ashton and Sonny. The crowd were shouting ‘SHOOT, SHOOT!’ and Charlie took on the responsibility and had a shot from distance and finally we beat the keeper to make it 1-1.
Not long after and the final whistle went. The game finished all square 1-1.
A brilliant performance from the team, real spirit and determination. The parents, carers, Mr Jenkins and I were so proud of them and gave them a massive round of applause.
Parkgate were a fantastic team, great sportsmanship and hosted really well! Thank you for the biscuits!
Man of the Match = Kamran (Goalkeeper)