Hollymount vs St Clements 04/04/2016
On Wednesday 4th April, two team from Hollymount School played against St Clements. Both teams did excellently and came away with brilliant wins. Everyone in both teams played really well and were, as always, a credit to the school.
Year 3 and 4 team
The year 3 and 4 team staged a memorable comeback in their match. They were down 3-0 at half time, after three remarkable goals from St Clements. However, after half time, this enthusiastic team played brilliantly, working as a team and scoring 4 goals without reply. All the goals came from star striker and player of the match, Jack, but the whole contributed very well and showed incredible self belief and passion to win the match.
Year 5 and 6 team
The brilliant season for the year 5 and 6 team continued, as they earned a convincing win against a strong St Clements team. The game was very even at half time, with goals from Vijay  and Shelton giving Hollymount a 3-2 lead. The lead was extended when manager Wayne Telford showed his improving tactical awareness, by bringing on Bryn. He showed his quality, by scoring an impressive hat trick to round off an excellent team performance. The final score was 6-2 to Hollymount, with managerial staff praising everyone in the team. The player of the match, chosen by Mr D, was Noah for his very solid overall performance, which saw Hollymount control the game and defend well.
The substitution by manager Wayne Telford during the year 5/6 match, showed the change in tactics which fans have been calling for in recent months. The last few matches have seen unhappiness in the stands, with fans wanting Telford to make more decisions and show some effort to affect the game. On more than one occasion, Telford has needed help from his much smarter assistant manager to cover his complete lack of knowledge of the game.
At one point in this match, he was heard telling his players to pick the ball up and run with it, and wanting the referee to award a scrum. These curious tactics as well as a lack of substitutions, have called his suitability as manager into question. But, despite criticism from the 70,000 fans, he performed very well in this latest match, making astute tactical changes, as well as the brilliant substitution, which ultimately won the game for Hollymount.
An anonymous source within the school, talking to Hollymount’s excellent investigative journalist about Wayne Telford’s tactics, has been quoted saying “Its about time!”.