Football trip to France
With all 24 boys looking very smart in their matching tracksuits we set off for Vieux-Conde in France around 12.30pm on Friday 18th May via coach.
After the smooth journey into France we sat down for dinner and got settled in to our accomodation in preparation for the weekends fixtures.
The boys were told on the Saturday morning which teams they were going to be playing in, and brand new playing kits were handed out to the whole squad.
After breakfast we went through formations and tactics in preparation for all of our fixtures.
The games were to be 15 minutes in duration and 8-a-side.
Saturdays results saw the ‘A team’ with one win, one draw and one loss.
The B team finished the day with one draw and one win.
Goals were scored for Towers by Alfie Dalton, and Jack Hinwood, but the whole squads contribution and work ethic was really promising moving in to Sunday.
Sunday’s start to the day was excellent for both teams. The ‘B team’ won their first fixture 2-0 against Marcienne thanks to goals from Tyler Hendry and Alfie Richards. The ‘A team’ also won their first fixture of the day thanks to a well placed header from Harley Kirton.
The ‘A team’ then went on to their next fixture and drew 0-0 against Ganshoren from Belgium. Unfortunately we even scored with the final kick of the game thanks to Tom Bilboe, however, the referee had blown his whistle as the ball was about to hit the back of the net. We had to accept the referee’s call even though we knew we had been hard done by.
The ‘B teams’ last fixture of the day was a well fought 0-0 draw against VCF1.
So, a fantastic set of results meant that both of our Towers teams finished 2nd out of 6 in our respective groups, and both teams had to play the winners of one others groups.
On the Monday the ‘A team’ played VCF 1. We didn’t quite get into any rhythm and both teams cancelled each other out. VCF1 ended up scoring with a rare shot at goal and we lost the match 1-0. This meant that our ‘A team’ were now playing for a 3rd or 4th placed position.
Our B team were playing against PUC who were an excellent team from Paris. Our boys really dug in and defended for their lives. Fantastic defensive and goalkeeping displays meant we drew the game 0-0 and the game went to the lottery of penalties. Unfortunately we lost 4-3, but the boys could hold their heads high with their achievements.
It meant that our ‘A team and ‘B team’ were drawn against each other to determine who were 3rd and 4th placed.
The game was played in good spirits and the ‘A team’ won 3-1 with goals from Jake Manning, Clayton Myers and Harvey Archer. ‘B team’ goal scored by Tom Scamp.
It was a lovely way to end a fantastic weekend of football.
The boys all left with individual trophies and a 3rd and 4th placed finish which surpassed all of our expectations considering we were the only school to compete in the tournament and the quality of the opposition was so high.
I would not only like to thank all of the students for their fantastic attitudes and behaviour over the weekend, but also to Mr Attrill, Mr Alldridge and Mr Donald who were the other members of staff on the trip. They all contributed to the overall experience, and the health and safety of everybody involved.
A huge well done to everyone! We hope that our students are left with memories that will last a lifetime!
PE teacher and teacher i/c football