The year 8 boys welcomed Pindar school in what promised to be a competitive fixture, in the hope of building on their previous 8-2 win. Both teams began the game very compact, not wanting to give the opponents a moments time on the ball. Whilst Pindar favoured the long ball, hoping to expose Billy Kelly and Will Slade at the back, the boys’ pace and power meant they were knocked back every time. St Augustine’s were beginning to carve out the more clear-cut chances, with Ryder Greening a constant threat cutting in from the right-hand side.

The visitors however struck first blood, with the stand in goalkeeper Cole Van Heerden pulling off a fantastic double save, he was powerless to prevent the third, a somewhat fortuitous lob, leaving the defence stranded. From then on it was all one-way traffic, with Seun Giwa in CDM seemingly everywhere on the pitch, preventing any hope of a Pindar counter attack. Attack after attack finally led to a goal, with Rio Stuttard dancing through three defenders, before finding the bottom left corner with a sweetly struck shot. The through balls were beginning to tell, with Kaiden Sleightholme and Reuben Taylor pulling the strings, releasing the ever-deadly trio of Elliott Thompson, Rio and Ryder.

The dominance was beginning to tell, and it was soon 2-1 with Rio adding his second of the game. George Penfold and Joe Logue were rallying the defence, and were in complete control of the Pindar counter attacks throughout. Reuben Taylor’s corners were a constant threat, with three or four good chances going narrowly over. The introduction of Simon Semourson caused chaos down the right flank, winning the ball back high in the Pindar half before playing a perfectly weighted through ball to Ryder, who delivered an inch perfect cross for Rio to head home and complete his hat trick.

The year 8s would live to regret not putting the game to bed, as Pindar came back strongly, thundering a shot past Cole, before the Pindar striker found his way past 2 defenders before slotting home. 3-3 and Pindar were now looking more dangerous. With the final kick of the game, a Pindar midfielder attempted a cross/shot, which somehow evaded both Cole and Joe on the goal line.

The team conducted themselves in excellent fashion, and despite a minor slip in concentration, deserved to win. They should count themselves unlucky and there is plenty of positives moving forward! Well done gentlemen!