Sport 

 U11A Football v Longridge Towers

Wednesday 27th Feb

JandW

 Wednesday boasted the best weather so far this year for a games fixture, with bright sunshine and a healthy temperature ratio which created the perfect playing conditions for a good kick around on the front pitch.

Longridge Towers were our opponents for the day, and a school which boasts a high footballing pedigree; we knew from the off we were in for good competition.

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The first half began with a St Mary’s kick off, and for the majority of the half the contest was very even with some very exciting skills on display and some stunning saves from the Longridge keeper. The St Mary’s lads pressed the Longridge defence well and Robert managed to edge the ball into the net under some hefty pressure. The Longridge boys fought back and made some stout headway into the St Mary’s half making some strong shots on goal which were safely scooped by Tristan. Our lads came back and John managed to fire the ball into the net after some great running and passing up the wing by Henry and Jack. However, right before half time Longridge fired back with grit and managed to score an utter screamer from about 25 yards out, a high lob which managed to find its mark, just out of Tristan’s reach.

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Going into second half, Isaac B took to the goals and showed his strength by farmering the ball well into the opposition half from his own box. Josh continued to work his socks off in a wing position, creating opportunities throughout the entire game. The defence held firm and Isaac S, Archie and Torquil disrupted the effective Longridge attack consistently, making some good tackles and clearing the ball. Ollie

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The big stand out theme of the day was positivity across the board. There is a growing maturity amongst the U11 chaps where team effort, praise and a common purpose are building a great platform for positive sporting achievement. Well done to the Longridge lads for a really healthy fixture and to all parents and boys for coming down to watch.

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St Mary’s Melrose 5 – Longridge 1
Man of the Match – Henry
for silky skills and creating opportunities even with a sore ankle.
 
Mr Brown

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Marnie Harvey, 01/03/2019

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