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Archway Football Future Looking Promising  

Archway Football Future Looking Promising 

The Year 7s have had a brilliant start to their football careers at Archway School.

     Although early disappointment in the National Cup, they’ve put that to bed with an impressive record of winning 5, drawing 1 and only losing 1. The momentum has built towards the District Tournament where the team has shown promise to do well. A 3-2 loss to Millbrook Academy didn’t deter the boys’ enthusiasm in tricky conditions and from then the A team haven’t looked back. Wins against Wycliffe, Rednock, Marling, Kingshill, Deer Park and a draw against Maidenhill have seen the boys score 24 goals. Notable performances have come from Ciaran Shelbourn, who has led the team as captain superbly at the back, Jack Liddiot, Tom Samak, Silas Sinclair and Levi Francis.   

 With so many players out at training every Friday, there have been a number of Development Team friendlies as well. This has given a great chance for others not getting into the A team to push their name forward for selection. Although losing against Marling, Rednock and Wycliffe, the Development Team bounced back to win an impressive game against Kingshill. Strong performances from Josh Flight, Malique Cooke, Joe Smith and Harrison Butt have seen them play for the A team.

     The Year 8s season got off to a flying start, beating a strong Rednock with an enthralling 6-1 victory in their first District League game. With a performance like that, the team were well on their way to doing well in the league.

     However, through a few injuries and unavailabilities, the team’s momentum had lost its way when it came to a 3-2 loss against Millbrook Academy. With regular goalkeepers not available, Alfie Bradshaw and Travis Cooke deputised very well but were unable to shut out the Millbrook attack. A friendly against Wycliffe enabled a bit more rotation but the game was still within Archway’s grasp, and a few errors meant a 3-3 draw. A strong Maidenhill team were next on the list and again rocked by unavailability, the team were unable to get any more out of the game but a 1-1 draw. The local derby against Marling proved a step too far on their quest to the District finals. In poor conditions, Marling outplayed Archway to boast an impressive score line. There have, however, been strong performances from Ben Brown, Bayley Evanson, George Tarling, Louis Wilkins and Travis Cooke this season, providing the backbone to the team.