Year 11 played their first football match in almost two years on Monday night, when they played our next-door neighbours, Scarborough 6th Form College Third Team.

The match was keenly contested, and St. Augustine’s should’ve taken the lead when captain, Will Marshall, who was outstanding all game, unleashed a 25-yard drive reminiscent of a famous England goal against Germany, that hit the crossbar and bounced over the goal-line. Sadly, it was reminiscent of Frank Lampard in 2010, rather than Geoff Hurst in 1966, and just like in 2010, the goal wasn’t given.

Shortly after, College raced into a two-goal lead before a quickly taken corner by Levi Thomas, was pounced on by Joe Semourson to bring the score back to 2-1. Ex-student, and all-round good egg, Oli Bennett, collected a quick-fire brace for College, the second of which was a glorious curled effort into the top corner to make it 4-1.

Year 11 pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time, the ball ricocheting around the area like a pinball, before Lucas Close calmly dispatched into the bottom corner.

The second half began in controversial style, with Will Marshall and then Joe Semourson having penalty appeals turned down. Year 11 dominated the early exchanges and had several half-chances, before College hit them on the break with a counter-attack, to extend their lead, against the run of play. A further two goals, the second in a similar counter-attacking fashion added gloss to the scoreline for College, before St. Augustine’s scored the goal of the game. Ben Moran picked out Killian Mannan on the right, with a header, Mannan played a deft chip into Will Marshall, who expertly dragged the ball by the defender with his first touch, before squaring to Semourson for the tap-in (see attached video).

The final score of 7-3 to College doesn’t do Year 11 justice, as they dominated for large parts of the game, but their defensive naivety cost them. Captain Will Marshall was a cut above the rest, and Lucas Close showed a fine array of passing and brilliant work-rate and attitude. Newin James in goal made some superb saves, whilst Levi Cox’s right foot caused problems for College all game, especially when delivering crosses from the right, and Oli Edwards showed grit and composure in a strong defensive display.