Once again, our U15 girls’ football team have done us proud. They have always been a very competitive side. Some of these girls actually won the U13 Girls County Cup a couple of years ago, which has been this school’s greatest sporting achievement to date.
This year, they had another good run in the English Schools Football Association National Playstation Cup. Following a bye in the first round, they beat Wootton Upper School 4-0 with two goals from Holly Graham, one from Casey Chapman and an own goal to ease them through to the third round where they played Comberton College from Cambridge. This produced another 4-0 win in what Mr Baxter described as their best performance ever. He doesn’t remember seeing them play as well before. The girls were 2-0 up at half time with a goal from Ruby Tracey, who is a relative newcomer to the team and Britteny Crewe. After the break, the girls added to the score with two goals from Casey Chapman. There were really good performances from everyone, but particularly Lucy Kane, Casey, Carrie Mancini, Ruby, Grace Woodman and Charlie Aldridge in goal, who, by now, had kept clean sheets in both these games.
In the fourth round, however, they were beaten by Cheney School from Oxford who won 4-0. It might have been a different story if Casey’s perfectly placed curled shot from the edge of the box hadn’t been superbly saved by Cheney’s keeper who somehow managed to fingertip the ball onto the bar in the first half. Charlie Aldridge, in goal for us, was much the busier keeper and kept us in the game for much of the time. Mr Baxter and the rest of the team voted her both Man of the Match and Players’ Player.