West Brom Football Tournament 26/02/2016
The Year 5/6 footballers performed brilliantly in the West Brom run tournament on Friday 26th February 2016. They showed fantastic fighting spirit and were a credit to the school, getting to the quarter finals.
Their first game was a close match against Cherry Orchard, with Hollymount one down after a tactical error from manager, Wayne Telford. However, this shocking error was solved and Hollymount recovered, showing their perseverance and passion to equalize. The game finished 1:1.
A 1:0 win against Kings Hawford and an epic 1:1 draw against footballing giants, St Barnabas followed, meaning that a win would take Hollymount to the quarter finals. The pressure was on the team, and especially on the manager, after recent reports that he’d lost the players.
However, the team achieved a stunning 3:0 win against Banbury School, with some amazing attacking play and fantastic defense. There was even evidence that the team were playing with more independence and confidence, after some strange managerial decisions had limited the teams attacking flair in previous games. It was a brilliant win and took Hollymount into the quarters, already further than they’d been since the great tournament run in 2011, before the current manager took over.
In the quarter final match, against Pitmaston, Hollymount played very well, creating plenty of chances including a acrobatic volley from Kevin and a rabona attempt by Fabian, which was brilliant saved on the line. Pitmaston also created chances, eventually snatching a goal towards the end of the match, after Hollymount’s attacking style left them open at the back. The final score was 2:0 to Pitmaston, but Hollymount performed excellently and were a credit to themselves and to the school.
In an interview after the match manager Wayne Telford said to our excellent reporter: “They played fantastically and we’re really proud of everyone who played. They showed great respect for the other teams, even when they were disappointed after being knocked out, and showed great character to do so well.”