TBSHS First XI into to Final of County Cup

Semi-Final Win, 4-1, propels TBSHS Team through to County Final

Date published: Thu 22 Feb 2018   Author: HLH/DXS   Category: News   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email

TBSHS First XI won their semi-final match yesterday against St Columba's College, St Albans, to win a hard-earned, but deserving place in the final of the Hertfordshire Schools Football Association County Cup 2018.

The boys started the competition back in October, being one of 64 schools from across the whole of Hertfordshire, entering the event, and are now down to the last two teams. Aged between 15-18 years old, the team, Captained by Nick Randall have battled through five rounds to reach the semi-final.

First team coach Mr Dave Sadler said “This is nothing less than the boys deserve. They have been excellent all year, and some are still reeling understandably from their unjust exit from the national competition at the last 16 stage. I have been impressing upon them that the County Cup is their bread and butter, and that being the first TBSHS senior side to lift the cup should be a huge carrot for them, and one to allay their frustration at their National Cup exit. I very much hope the school will come out and get behind the boys and show their support by attending the final when the date and venue is announced.”     


Match Report

Final Score: 4-1

TBSHS, despite being on an unfamiliar pitch started the match against St Columba's on the front foot and took an early lead when Calum Taylor prodded home a cross from George Jeffries from the left hand side within 2 minutes. Ethan Barton & Nick Randall got an early hold in midfield, and the pace of Coby Miles and effective link up play with brother Olly was causing the away defence clear problems. TBSHS went 2 up when Connor La Plain laid the ball out wide to Jack Walker, whose through ball found Olly Miles to calmly go round the keeper and a lot home. TBSHS were playing ‘Man City style’ from the back, with Will Skingley, Adam Crowther and Alec Chappell exuding confidence in each other’s first touches and close control deep in their own half. It made for some fantastic build up play from the back which was frustrating the opposing centre forwards who were using up valuable energy to no avail chasing the ball down. TBSHS were coping well with some pacey opposing wingers, however Ethan Barton brought down the left winger of St Columbas close to the bi-line of the home side’s box. Will Skingley aligned his 2 man wall, but the low delivery evaded both this and several other players’ within the home side’s box, and a ricochet fell nicely to a St Columba's player who drilled home from close range. 2-1 at half time.  

Following patches of some uncharacteristically nervous play from TBSHS that they did not have a bigger margin of a lead, chances began to come once again to the home side. Olly Miles had a header cleared of the line, whilst Adam Crowther was always threatening at set pieces and the away team were struggling to cope with the deliveries from Jack Walker. The pressure eventually told when Adam Crowther deservedly scored from yet another Jack Walker corner. This lead gave TBSHS breathing room once again midway through the second half, and they started to play some nice controlled football once again. Calum Taylor and Olly Miles both missed chances to extend the lead, before Miles finally got his deserved 2nd goal and the teams 4th with a nice finish from a George Jeffries through ball with 10 minutes to go. TBSHS vocally marshalled in the back 4 by Alec Chappell remained solid, and the opposition knew they were well beaten with their heads well down. In truth, the scoreline flattered St Columba's somewhat, and TBSHS can now look forward to their first ever senior County Cup final with confidence.

TBSHS Goals: Adam Crowther, Olly Miles (2), Calum Taylor

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